Skylanders: Swap Force

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Skylanders: Swap Force
Skylanders Swap Force.jpg
Developer(s)Vicarious Visions[1]
n-Space (3DS)
Beenox (Wii)[1]
Publisher(s)Activision
Distributor(s)Activision Blizzard
Composer(s)Lorne Balfe[2]
SeriesSkylanders
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
PlayStation 3
Wii[1]
Wii U[1]
Xbox 360
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release date(s)Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii,[1] Wii U[1] & Xbox 360
NA 20131013October 13, 2013

AU 20131016October 16, 2013

EU 20131018October 18, 2013
PlayStation 4
  • NA November 15, 2013
  • EU November 29, 2013
Xbox One
  • WW November 22, 2013
Genre(s)Role-playing, action adventure, platform
Mode(s)Single-player, co-op
 
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Skylanders: Swap Force
Skylanders Swap Force.jpg
Developer(s)Vicarious Visions[1]
n-Space (3DS)
Beenox (Wii)[1]
Publisher(s)Activision
Distributor(s)Activision Blizzard
Composer(s)Lorne Balfe[2]
SeriesSkylanders
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
PlayStation 3
Wii[1]
Wii U[1]
Xbox 360
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release date(s)Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii,[1] Wii U[1] & Xbox 360
NA 20131013October 13, 2013

AU 20131016October 16, 2013

EU 20131018October 18, 2013
PlayStation 4
  • NA November 15, 2013
  • EU November 29, 2013
Xbox One
  • WW November 22, 2013
Genre(s)Role-playing, action adventure, platform
Mode(s)Single-player, co-op

Skylanders: Swap Force is a platformer video game developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Activision. It is the third main game in the Skylanders video game and toy franchise, following 2012's Skylanders: Giants, which was a direct sequel to 2011's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (the spin-off of The Legend of Spyro series).

It is the first Skylanders game to be released in North America before other regions, unlike the previous two games where Australia got the installments first. It is also the first Skylanders game not to be owned by Vivendi.

Plot[edit]

During the last eruption ceremony (the volcano fuelled Skylands magic) something tragic happened. The Darkness came to destroy the volcano. But a team of Skylanders defended the volcano. After the epic battle, the volcano erupted, sending these Skylanders to Earth. But the magic of the volcano gave these Skylanders the ability to swap their tops and bottoms, transforming them into the Swap Force. Now bring them back to defend Skylands.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay for Swap Force is based on the two previous games, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and Skylanders: Giants. Players use a portal to bring real life action figures into the video game. For the new game, Skylanders are able to jump, and there are new swappable Skylanders. The new game also brings a new Portal of Power (and therefore is only sold as a starter pack). The new Portal was added because of the new technology that makes the Swap Force characters work correctly. The older portals from the past two games would not be able to sense the top half of these new Swappable characters. These sixteen new characters have top and bottom halves that can be separated from each other and recombined with the halves from other characters. This allows for a total of 256 combinations between all tops and bottoms. Another new feature of the swappable characters is that each has one of eight distinct ways of moving. These different movement types are necessary to enter certain side areas in the game called "Swap Zone Challenges". Only characters with the correct bottom half can enter said areas. There are eight: Rocket, Spin, Dig, Stealth, Teleportation, Bounce, Speed and Climb.

Starter Packs[edit]

As with the previous installments of the game, Skylanders: Swap Force will be available for purchase in starter kits that will include a copy of the game itself, the portal of power, three characters to begin or supplement your collection, a poster of the entire Swap Force collection, cards, stickers, and Web codes. The current starter packs and the characters include the following:

Console Starter Pack[edit]

Nintendo 3DS Starter Pack[edit]

Pre-Order bonuses[edit]

New Skylanders/Returning Skylanders and Map Packs[edit]

Swap Force features sixteen new core characters and sixteen new swappable characters, in addition to sixteen reposed Skylanders from previous games, five new dark figures and eight Lightcore Skylanders.[3]

Dark Figures[edit]

Dark figures are in game variants that are only available as part of a packaging exclusive by Gamestop (US stores).

Legendary Figures[edit]

Legendary figures are in game variants that are only available by certain retailers (Toys R US - US stores).

Adventure Packs/Items[edit]

Battle Packs[edit]

Lightcore[edit]

New characters in Skylanders:SWAP Force[edit]

Swap Force[edit]

Returning Characters / Reposes[edit]

Variants[edit]

Variants in Swap Force comes in the following categories:

In Game Variants:

Physical Toy Variants:

Employee Exclusives:

Chase Variants:

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(X360) 84.68%[4]
(PS3) 83.93%[5]
(WiiU) 88.44%[6]
(Wii) 88.00%[7]
(3DS) 72.79%[8]
(XONE) 80.00%[9]
(PS4) 79.67%[10]
Metacritic(X360) 83/100[11]
(WiiU) 89/100[12]
(PS3) 83/100[13]
(PS4) 79/100[14]
(3DS) 68/100[15]

Skylanders: Swap Force was released to very positive reviews, with the reviews from GameRankings and Metacritic being the highest and most genuinely positive of the series so far across all platforms. Gaming website Quarter To Three gave both the Wii U and Xbox 360 a perfect score of 5/5.[16][17] Video Game website Gaming Age gave the PlayStation 3 version the highest grade of an "A" and further commented that "Whether you’re a Skylanders fan or a gamer who’s looking for a charming and unique family-friendly game series to get into, Skylanders SWAP Force comes highly recommended."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f East, Thomas (July 2, 2013). "Skylanders Swap Force Wii will be very close to the HD versions". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Greening, Chris (2013-05-01). "Lorne Balfe Interview: Scoring Assassin’s Creed and Skylanders". Game Music Online. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force FAQ". Activision. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for Wii U". GameRankings. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for Wii". GameRankings. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for 3DS". GameRankings. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for XONE accessdate=25 April 2014". GameRankings. 
  10. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for PS4". GameRankings. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for Xbox 360". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for Wii U". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for PlayStation 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Skylanders Giants for PS4". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force for 3DS". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Skylanders Swap Force is enough new stuff to delight a whole family". Quarter To Three. 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  17. ^ "Is Skylanders Swap Force a force for good, a force for evil, or something else?". Quarter To Three. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  18. ^ "Skylanders SWAP Force review for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U". Gaming Age. 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2014-04-25.