While these days we love to consider video games to be interactive tools of artistic expression, there was a time when games were just toys, and that’s not a bad thing! Toys are important. They help to foster creativity in young developing minds and remind adults what it was like to be a carefree adolescent. There is, perhaps, no video game better at owning its toy-like identity than Skylanders. It’s fairly obvious to all that Skylanders: Swap Force is basically just a vehicle to sell more action figures, and that alone would make it a success, but Activision goes so far above and beyond the call of duty to create a brilliant action game experience that reinforces the things that make toys great. It’s exactly what a toy should be, rewarding creativity in children while providing a sense of nostalgia for adults.
Skylanders SWAP Force
What do you think is the most successful game franchise in existence? Call of Duty? Nope. Mario? Still wrong. Give up? The answer is Skylanders, one of the most absurdly successful money making games ever to come out of Activision. This year, at E3 2013, we got a chance to take a look at the newest Skylanders game, Skylanders: Swap Force, and picked up a limited edition E3 run Hot Dog Skylanders figure by doing so. We are all now 300 dollars richer after pawning off this figure on eBay, but how did the game hold up?