4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A pretty solid platformer with some setbacks.,
This review is from: Toy Story 3 The Video Game - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Yeah yeah, we all know how people review games based on movies. They start out with how the track record for them isn't very good, then tell you that the product in question is either just another waste of money, or something surprisingly good. Usually it's the former. Toy Story 3 here isn't one of those games, and the reviews have mostly been in its favor since it came out. It surprised me, and what surprised me even more was when I played it for the first time, and seeing how solid it is. But playing through the game, I noticed a few things that keep this from being up there with the likes of the SpongeBob Squarepants Movie game, Ghostbusters and several others. But even then, this is something that younger kids and adults can enjoy, and definitely a fun game for families to play together and help eachother out with.
Chances are, if you're interested in the game, you've seen Toy Story 3, or at least know the plot summary. Woody and the others are worried about what's going to happen to them now that Andy's moving out and going to college, and they don't want to end up in the trash, but still don't want to be stuck in the attic for who knows how long. They end up being donated to a day care where things aren't as nice as they seem at first, and the whole thing turns into yet another prison escape kinda deal. The game is a platformer, meaning you'll be doing tons of running, jumping and collecting things. Most of the time you'll be able to play as Woody, Buzz and Jessie, each with their own unique ability to help you progress to the next level. Woody can use his pull-string to swing around, Jessie can do...some weird spin jump that lets her reach certain areas, and Buzz can do a cool tackle move and fly around in some levels and shoot his laser. Some levels will let you ride around on Bullseye, others have a kind of roller coaster design as you slide around on rails to get key items, and then there's the Toy Box mode, which almost counts as a second game. It's a separate area from the main game that you can select on the menu, and here you can customize a toy town, go on tons of little quests for other toys, earn new characters to populate it with, and unlock numerous trophies. It's very well made, and I spent way more time here than I did with the story mode.
All in all, the story mode is pretty good. It tells the story of the movie with a couple of big parts taken out, or characters removed probably due to copyrights (the cymbal monkey is nowhere to be found in ANY TS3 merchandise, and the game continues this trend). A lot of the levels are based on things in the movie, like the first level being from the imagination/pretend opening in the movie with Woody trying to stop Dr. Porkchop. They're fairly simple to navigate through, but the camera is what'll screw you over more often than not, usually when you have to time a jump just right to a moving platform. It got so bad in one level to the point where I had to just stop playing for a while, cool down, then return a few hours later and try another 30 times before I made the jump. This doesn't happen -too- frequently, but when it does, it ruins the flow of the game. The camera will be positioned a little too high or low, and since you can't move it around with the shoulder buttons of right analog stick, there's no fixing it. The other problem I have with the game is that a couple of levels drag on for way too long. The roller coaster rail one where you play as Woody comes to mind immediately, and I slunked in my chair when I found out I had to collect more batteries to finish the level. Luckily everything in the Toy Box mode is problem-free, and like I said, I enjoyed this part of the game a lot more than the story mode. Time flew by when I first started my town there, and kids will have a lot of fun with this portion if they get sick of the couple of long levels in story mode.
The graphics are as good as you can get for a game like this, and everything fits the Toy Story style perfectly. I rarely noticed any slowdown, even in some of the faster paced levels like those where you fly around as Buzz. The voice actors all did an excellent job with their characters too, and the music is recognizable from the get-go. No generic background filler here.
I know I might sound like I'm contradicting myself by saying that the story mode is pretty good, but has big problems. But compared to a couple of other movie-based games I've played in the last year, I won't let those ruin things for me. As you can see, I'm giving this game 4 stars for fun, with the Toy Box mode being the main thing that kept me coming back for more. But that awful camera at the worst times takes off a star from the overall score, as does the overly long levels. If I could, I'd give Toy Story 3 a 3.5/5 instead of just a 3. It's definitely worth the money, especially with the recent price drop, and a good platformer for all ages, but it could've used a little more polish. At the very least, rent or borrow this one.