Disney Infinity is a great game that you can enjoy by yourself or share with the family, it will provide countless hours of fun and enjoyment for however you want to play. I know Disney Infinity has been compared by many to Skylanders, the fact of the matter is that the similarities start and end with the figurines.
This game works through a portal system similar to Skylanders. The portal has three sections, the first is at the top and is a hexagon shape that you will use for going into different worlds to complete the storylines or to give your toy box world a theme. The next two spots are circles where the characters will be placed or power ups that will give your character extra bonuses in game.
The game itself comes with the portal, Sully (Monster's University), Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean), Mr. Incredible (Incredibles) and a world selector cube that will take you between the three starter worlds. Now on to the various sections I think are essential to covering this video game.
This is always a big factor in buying a game new or waiting until it drops in price for some people. If you are ok with an initial $75 and then purchasing extra characters and power ups (then skip the rest of this section and go to the next). This is where I was a little hesitant before purchasing. I dropped an initial $100 dollars to get the sidekicks pack to get more out of the game and have a plethora of characters to choose from. The price itself I would give a 3.5 out of 5 stars for the extras you get with the price. It is reasonable, but if you're on a budget this is a deal breaker.
Storylines and Missions
Disney Infinity did a great job here, not only did they give you three storylines to choose from, they also put extra side missions in just in case you didn't want to follow the main plot. The side missions themselves were sometimes dull. I mean by this during my playthrough of all three stories the Incredibles world specifically had side missions that seemed like a chore, but the good thing is that you don't have to do them if you don't want. Overall I would give the execution of the storylines and missions a 4.5 out of 5 for the sheer amount of options you have with 3 stories all wrapped into 1 game. (More if you purchased the Cars pack of characters or Lone Ranger)
Toy Box Mode
This absolutely is where the game goes to infinity and beyond (I had to make at least one cheesy Disney line). Toy box mode gives you infinite possibilities to create and build your own worlds and play with any character you choose. With over 1000 different objects to build from, you can build everything from landscape to different games or even create an awesome racetrack. The part that some people might not like is that you don't start with all 1000+ objects, but have to earn them by gaining spins in the disney vault where an object is selected from the board that is shown. I however really enjoy this feature because it keeps me wanting to earn more pieces to expand on my worlds. For the Toy Box Mode I give it a 5 out of 5.
Don't forget about achievements, this is an achievement tracking website. The achievements this game offers will come naturally as you play and evolve your characters. There are a series of 3 achievements that will force you to purchase and entire playset (all of the characters from one movie) to earn all 50 achievements. This is an issue if you are looking just to buy the starter pack and work your way to the completed game. In total the best way to get this would be to purchase either the sidekicks pack or the villains pack and then purchase the 1 remaining character you need in either the pirates or the monsters playset. With the achievements finding themselves between being atrociously frustrating and being too easy to give you a challenge, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5, but being forced to pay for another $40+ to get 100% brings it down to a 4 out of 5.
Overall I have decided that Disney Infinity is a 4.5 out of 5, because of its replay value with the toy box mode, opportunities to expand (Disney owns Star Wars and is coming out with Jack Skellington the best Disney character in my opinion) and the limitless fun you can have playing games you've created. There is more than what I've covered and I would highly recommend this game to any and all types of gamers. If you want to let your inner game designer out or just want to have a great game to play with your family go ahead and pick up a starter pack today.