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All Skylanders were not created equal,
This review is from: Skylanders Giants Single Character Pack - Sprocket (Toy)
To give a little background, we've purchased somewhere around 30 skylanders total between the first skylanders game and skylanders giants. I've got a considerable amount of experience with the games.
I initially purchased Sprocket because of the varied abilities I'd heard about. On paper Sprocket has got it all, mines, turrets, and even a purchased ability where she can jump into a turret and turn it into a mobile tank. Unfortunately, she's not all she's cracked up to be. She's hindered by low health, slow running speed, and an underwhelming tank ability. Frankly, the tank really isn't worth bothering with, even after choosing the tank based upgrade path. That's really a crying shame, because who wouldn't want to drive a tank? Sprocket's operator based upgrade path is a little more versatile but still generally requires a player to be up close and personal to get wrench melee attacks in. Unfortunately, low health and melee don't mix all that well. I found myself relying heavily on the mines, far more than anything else.
The turrets are nice but require set up time. Although there are instances where the turrets come in handy, typically the game has you advancing/moving through each level and the set up time can be a nuisance, not to mention it also leaves you vulnerable. I have often found myself trying to set up turrets and by the time I was done my child had already cleared out the enemies lol. I could see Sprocket playing a decent defensive role but for actual in-game purposes, the opportunities to play defense are few and far between.
Overall, I hate to say it but see Sprocket as a subpar character, at least as far as combat strength goes. I really wanted to like this character because on paper, she's got such a nice arsenal to work with. I could really feel her weakness in the heroic challenges that were a cakewalk with other characters but not nearly as easy with her. The same goes for nightmare story mode, the levels were certainly more of a challenge while playing her.
All that being said, if you're just going to play story mode on normal, I guess Sprocket is worth a buy. Anything will work there but if you're limited on funds and trying to get the most out of a handful skylanders to beat the game on nightmare, then I'd pass on her and pick someone else up.
For alternatives among the newly released Giants characters, I've found Hothead to be the best giant released so far. Once upgraded on the burninator path he's just beastly. I'd also recommend Fright Rider, with the joust jockey upgrade path. Fright Rider is a unique, fun character with blazing speed and strong attacks to go with it. If you're simply looking for female characters to play, consider Sonic Boom and Stealth Elf. Both are quite powerful. My daughter particularly enjoys playing Sonic Boom with all her babies that she hatches which join the fight. Anyway, thanks for reading.