Skylanders: Giants

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Skylanders: Giants
Skylanders Giants cover.png
Developer(s) Toys for Bob (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)
Vicarious Visions (Wii U)
n-Space (Nintendo 3DS)
[1]
Publisher(s) Activision
Neoplay (South America) Square Enix (Japan)
Distributor(s) Activision Blizzard
Composer(s) Lorne Balfe[2]
Series Skylanders
Engine Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS[3]
PlayStation 3
Wii,[4]
Wii U
Xbox 360
Release date(s) AU 20121017October 17, 2012

EU 19 October 2012[5]

NA 20121021October 21, 2012
  • SA 22 November 2012
Wii U
NA 20121118November 18, 2012

EU 20121130November 30, 2012

AU 20121130November 30, 2012
  • SA Q4 2012
Genre(s) Role-playing, action adventure, platform
Mode(s) Single-player, Cooperative Multi-player, Competitive PvP, Online multiplayer
Distribution Blu-ray Disc, 3DS Game Card, Nintendo Optical Disc

Skylanders: Giants is a 2012 video game in the Skylanders series, and a direct sequel to the 2011 game Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. It is the game before Skylanders: Swap Force. As the title suggests, it features larger Skylanders known as "Giants", along with other new gameplay mechanics. It was released on 17 October 2012 in Australia, on 19 October 2012 in Europe, and was released on 21 October 2012 in North America,[6] and was released on 22 November 2012 in South America, by Neoplay.[7] Square Enix is also scheduled to release a Japanese version of this game. It has also been released on the Wii U as a launch title in North America, Europe and Australia.[8][9] This is the final Skylanders game to be owned by Vivendi before Activision became an independent company on 25 July 2013.

Gameplay[edit]

Skylanders: Giants builds upon the fundamentals of the first game, which merges a line of physical toy figures with a video game world.[10] The game will introduce over 40 new toy figures, some of which are more than twice the size of the original Skylanders cast in both physical and virtual form.[11] The game involves connecting a physical toy to the video game console through a "Portal of Power"; whichever toy is used creates a respective character in the game.[11] Toy figures from the first game are also forward compatible with Giants,[11] although there are also new versions, called "Series 2", which have more powerful attributes than the originals. A new series of figurines called "Light core" was also introduced, which glow when put on the Portal of Power.[12] The game has a new and improved "Battle Mode", for head-to-head play, featuring more areas and gameplay options as well as offering a new variety of alter ego Skylanders.

Plot[edit]

The plot of this game is focused on how the history of the Skylands comes alive again in the present. The main villain from the last game, Kaos, finds himself in a toy store. He finds a Portal of Power, and goes back to the Skylands. the first level takes place 10,000 years ago to discover where the Skylanders and the Giants came from. 10,000 years ago, the Skylands were ruled by an evil race of giant robots called Arkeyans, until the Skylanders made a stand and began war with the Arkeyans. Eventually, the Giants, who were the first ever Skylanders, faces the king of the Arkeyans and removes the source of the Arkeyans' power, the Iron Fist of Arkus, but this victory also sent the Giants to Earth, ready for the player to use them.

The player is sent out on a quest to rebuild Flynn's ship, and get to the Lost City before Kaos. Multiple new characters show up throughout the levels, including Ermit the hermit and Brock the gladiator. Ermit reveals that Kaos has returned and has accidentally awakened an ancient Arkeyan robot, which recruits Kaos as its new leader, and goes on the search for the Lost City of Arkus. Ermit also reveals that he has a giant robot of his own, however, while attempting to activate the robot, the player encounters a "machine ghost" which turns out to be the very soul of Ermit's robot, who also joins the Skylanders on their journey.

The Skylanders travel to an ancient vault which is said to contain a map to the city of Arkus, but Kaos arrives and attempts to crush the player under fallen rocks, but in an effort to save the player Ermit's robot sacrifices himself by shielding the Skylanders from the falling rocks. Kaos and his robot travel into the vault to find the map, but they are destroyed as a result. Glumshanks, Kaos' butler, remembers an image of the map, and with Kaos' help. finds the location of the lost city. Meanwhile, machine ghost tells the player to go after Kaos and find the lost city , before disappearing, presumably dead.

However, Kaos eventually finds the Lost City of Arkus. When Kaos enters a powerful, robotic fist, he transforms into a large robotic version of himself. The player must now find their way into the place where Kaos is, and defeat him. In the last level, the player must run down a long path, avoiding punches from Kaos. In the last part of the level, Ermit and Machine ghost who survived the landslide, return to help the player defeat Kaos. During the battle, the player must avoid dangerous magic, smaller enemies, robotic Kaos, all the while attempting to destroy the robotic fist containing Kaos.

After the level is completed, Kaos is rescued by Glumshanks as the Arkeyan robots start to tumble down after losing their power source. However, the two escape in an Arkeyan robot (which too is losing power). The robot slowly loses power, and then crashes into a nearby floating island.

Post-credits, Kaos and Glumshanks are shown entering Kaos' Kastle. There they run into Kaos's mother, whose shadow is only shown, as we are left to wonder what happened next.

Characters[edit]

These are the Skylanders from Skylanders Giants:

Giants[edit]

These Skylanders are bigger than normal Skylanders and light up when placed on the Portal of Power.

  • Swarm (Air)
  • Tree Rex (Life)
  • Eye-Brawl (Undead)
  • Crusher (Earth)
  • Hot Head (Fire)
  • Thumpback (Water)
  • Ninjini (Magic)
  • Bouncer (Tech)

New Characters[edit]

These are new Skylanders from Skylanders Giants.

  • Jet Vac (Air)
  • Shroomboom (Life)
  • Freight Rider (Undead)
  • Flashwing (Earth)
  • Hot Dog (Fire)
  • Chill (Water)
  • Pop Fizz (Magic)
  • Sprocket (Tech)

Series 2[edit]

These are returning Skylanders from Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure that have new Wow Pows! and can switch uprade paths.

  • Sonic Boom (Air)
  • Whirlwind (Air)
  • Lightning Rod (Air)
  • Stump Smash (Life)
  • Zook (Life)
  • Stealth Elf (Life)
  • Cynder (Undead)
  • Chop Chop (Undead)
  • Hex (Undead)
  • Bash (Earth)
  • Prism Break (Earth)
  • Terrafin (Earth)
  • Ignitor (Fire)
  • Eruptor (Fire)
  • Flameslinger (Fire)
  • Zap (Water)
  • Gill Grunt (Water)
  • Slam Bam (Water)
  • Spyro (Magic)
  • Double Trouble (Magic)
  • Wrecking Ball (Magic)
  • Drill Sergeant (Tech)
  • Drobot (Tech)
  • Trigger Happy (Tech)

Lightcore[edit]

These Skylanders light up when placed on the Portal of Power and cause a huge explsion on the screen.

  • Jet-Vac (Air)
  • Shroomboom (Life)
  • Hex (Undead)
  • Prism Break (Earth)
  • Eruptor (Fire)
  • Chill (Water)
  • Pop Fizz (Magic)
  • Drobot (Tech)

Legendary[edit]

These are black and gold versions of Skylanders.

  • Bouncer (Giant - Tech)
  • Jet-Vac (Air)
  • Stealth Elf (Series 2 - Life)
  • Ignitor (Series 2 - Fire)
  • Chill (Water)
  • Slam Bam (Series 2 - Water)

Alt Deco[edit]

These are different color versions of Skylanders.

  • Gnarly Tree Rex (Giant - Life)
  • Granite Crusher (Giant - Earth)
  • Scarlet Ninjini (Giant - Magic)
  • Polar Whirlwind (Series 2 - Air)
  • Jade Flashwing (Earth)
  • Molten Hot Dog (Fire)
  • Punch Pop Fizz (Magic)
  • Royal Double Trouble (Series 2 - Magic)

Discontinued[edit]

These are Skylanders from Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure that were discontinued, but are still playable.

  • Warnado (Air)
  • Camo (Life)
  • Ghost Roaster (Undead)
  • Dino-Rang (Earth)
  • Sunburn (Fire)
  • Wham-Shell (Water)
  • Voodood (Magic)
  • Boomer (Tech)

Items[edit]

  • Dragonfire Cannon - Also comes with Chop Chop (Series 2 - Undead) and Shroomboom (Life).
  • Scorpion Striker - Also comes with Zap (Series 2 - Water) and Hot Dog (Fire).

Starter Packs[edit]

The Stater Packs has every thing you need to start your Skylanders adventure.

Console Starter Pack[edit]

These Stater Pack accessories are:

  • Skylanders Giants disc
  • Poster of all the Skylanders from Skylanders Giants
  • Portal of Power
  • Trading cards (3)
  • Stickers and codes (3)
  • 3 Skylanders (see below)

The Skylanders are:

  • Tree Rex (Giant - Life)
  • Jet-Vac (Air)
  • Cynder (Series 2 - Undead)

3Ds Starter Pack[edit]

The 3Ds Starter Pack has almost all the accessories the console Starter Pack does, except you have a 3Ds card and you have Punch Pop Fizz instead of Cynder.

Development[edit]

It was shown on Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012.[13] Despite not containing "Spyro" in the game's title, he is still playable in the game.[14]

Reception[edit]

This game was received with mostly positive reviews. Metacritic holds the Xbox 360 version an 82/100 score, with the PlayStation 3 version holding an 80/100 score.[15][16] IGN gave the game an 8 out of 10 score, calling it a "...a more polished but by-the-numbers sequel that’s really fun to play".[10] Cheat Code Central gave the game a 9.2 out of 10.0 saying: "With tons of new and exciting things to do, new figures to collect, and the ability to use your previous Skylanders, it feels like someone finally got everything right when creating a sequel."[17] PlayStation Lifestyle however, gave the game a lesser score with a 70/100, saying: "The reality is that Skylanders: Giants is age-appropriate fun that harkens back to the delight you had collecting Pokémon cards or mashing your way through a dungeon crawler. If you've got little ones, then you already know the verdict here."[18]

Sales[edit]

Skylanders: Giants generated over $195 million in U.S. sales in 2012.[19] In the first two weeks of sales, 500,000 Starter Packs and Portal Owner Packs were sold in the U.S. and Europe.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "We’re developing Skylanders Giants for Nintendo 3DS". n-Space. 
  2. ^ Greening, Chris (2013-05-01). "Lorne Balfe Interview: Scoring Assassin’s Creed and Skylanders". Game Music Online. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Skylanders Giants Confirmed for 3DS, Vicarious Visions Developing". Activision. 
  4. ^ Nintendo Power, Volume 276, Page 42
  5. ^ Ivan, Tom (2012-07-26). "Skylanders Giants release date October 19". ComputerAndVideoGames.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Skylanders Giants Release Information for Xbox 360". GameFAQs. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Skylanders Giants terá legendas em português do Brasil - Wii Brasil". Wii-Brasil.com. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  8. ^ 13 September 2012 By Ryan Fleming (2012-09-13). "Nintendo reveals the 51 Wii U launch titles". Digital Trends. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  9. ^ "Nintendo: 23 games launching with Wii U console". Usatoday.com. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  10. ^ a b Casey Lynch (2012-10-18). "Skylanders Giants Review". IGN. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  11. ^ a b c "Skylanders Giants™ Revealed at the 2012 American International Toy Fair". Activision. 
  12. ^ Petit, Carolyn. "Skylanders Giants: Too Much of a Good (But Expensive) Thing?". GameSpot. 
  13. ^ Industry Happening: Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Was Top Selling Console Game - Game Industry News
  14. ^ "Wii Feature: Skylanders Giants interview - Spyro still has a role to play". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  15. ^ "Skylanders Giants for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  16. ^ "Skylanders Giants for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  17. ^ "Skylanders: Giants Review for PlayStation 3 (PS3) - Cheat Code Central". Cheatcc.com. 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  18. ^ "Skylanders Giants Review (PS3)". Playstationlifestyle.net. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  19. ^ "Skylanders Franchise Reaches More Than $500 Million in U.S. Retail Sales". Investor.activision.com. 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  20. ^ "Skylanders Giants two-week sales exceed 500,000 copies - GameSpot.com". Uk.gamespot.com. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 

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