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Toy Story 3

Disney, Pixar Toy Story 3

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Date of Review: August 1, 2012
Format Reviewed: Xbox 360
Language / Country of Origin: English, USA
Single or Multiplayer: Single player or Two-player co-op
Online Capability: None.
Prequels: Toy Story, Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue, Toy Story Racer, Toy Story Mania!This game is based on the third Toy Story movie. Various other Toy Story video games have been made; however, this is the first direct movie tie-in for the Xbox 360.
Equipment Needed: Xbox 360 and controller.
Maintenance Required: None required.

Review:
Toy Story 3 the video game is one part platformer, one part sandbox game. The main storyline is set in locations from the movie, but doesn’t follow the plot to a T. All of the stages are detailed enough (both graphically and game-wise) to make playing a pleasant experience.

Fans looking for a lengthy story mode may be disappointed, as Toy Story 3 contains just eight levels. The levels it does have are interesting and engaging enough, though. You get to play as a different movie character in nearly every one, facing new puzzles and gameplay in each. One stage requires you to get your stealth on and sneak around the Sunnyside Daycare without being spotted, while another has you attempting to rescue Hamm from a garbage compactor before he becomes bacon.

While the storyline may be short, you’ll be like a kid on Christmas when it comes to the Toy Box mode (or at least I was). There are no shortage of quests to keep you occupied, from horse races on Jessie’s trusted Bullseye to catching criminals to recreating snapshots. If you appreciate mission-based games like WoW, then you’ll fall in love with what Toy Story 3 has to offer up here. You can even decorate the Wild West and its people, too!

Plot:
Each individual stage has its own mini storyline and objective. It only moderately relates to the feature film overall.

Gameplay:
Plays using standard platforming controls such as A to jump, AA to double jump and X to use a special move or interact. The trigger buttons are used to shoot and drive cars.

Cultural / Historical Value:
Toy Story
is an award-winning and classic film series that children and adults alike have enjoyed. Unlike most movies, the Toy Story flicks can hold their own with each passing sequel.  This game is an adaptation of the third film in the series.

Teaching / Learning Characteristics:
Standard strategizing is needed like in any good video game. Some moves have a learning curve. Many of the missions in the Toy Box mode require solving some sort of puzzle.

Replay Value:
The main story mode is short, but the Toy Box sandbox mode will keep you entertained for many more hours than the storyline did. Finishing all of the quests will prove to be a real challenge for completionist gamers.

Likely Audiences:
Fans of the Toy Story films of all ages, Disney or Pixar aficionados.

Overall Score:
85/100

Other Reviews:
1up.com
Gamerankings
Gamespot
Metacritic
MobyGames

Awards

Award Giver Category Verdict
GAME British Academy Video Game Awards 2011Family Nominee

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ESRB Description:
Cartoon Violence, Cartoon Mischief

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