19 Oct 2015
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The verdict on Disney Infinity 3.0’s Rise Against The Empire play set

By Damian Seeto

A new play set has arrived for Disney Infinity 3.0 called Rise Against The Empire. It adds the original Star Wars trilogy as a playable new story-based campaign. This new play set allows you to experience the famous scenes from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. If you are a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, this play set is for you. The play set itself retails for $49.99NZD and comes with both Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia as playable characters. Sold separately are other characters like Chewbacca, Han Solo and Darth Vader. Boba Fett is also playable, but remains a PS4 exclusive for now. Rise Against The Empire is somewhat of a short summary of how the events played out in the actual films. It’s not an accurate portrayal of the films because several scenes are missing while others have been integrated into different scenes instead. For example in this game, Luke finds out Darth Vader is his father on Hoth and Cloud City is not even featured. In Return of the Jedi, Han Solo is not in carbonite and the opening scene with Jabba the Hutt has been cut. That’s not to say the play set is not fun, but the story telling is a little off if you are familiar with the films inside out like I am. The game still has a lot of action-packed action and recreates the famous scenes as best as it can. One thing I like better about Rise Against The Empire over the Twilight of the Republic play set is that you get a chance to pilot both the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing ships. The space battles are great and it’s satisfying destroying the TIE-Fighters in mid-air. The famous Hoth battle is also recreated as you have to pilot a snowspeeder to take down the huge AT-ATs. You also get a chance to use the AT-STs in Endor and ride on the fun speeder bikes too. The vehicles are the best part of this play set. As for the playable characters, I would say Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are the best people to use. This is because they have lightsabers and force powers. Chewbacca, Han Solo and Princess Leia only have hand-to-hand combat and pistols which aren’t as fun. Speaking of combat, it is solid throughout. The laser pistols have great hit detection and the boss battles are fun too. There is only one lightsaber battle in the playset, but it’s still entertaining. I also felt this play set was slightly longer than the four hours I got playing Twilight of the Republic. Overall, Disney Infinity 3.0’s Rise Against The Empire play set is a great addition for huge Star Wars fans. It recreates some of the famous parts from the films and getting a chance to play as Luke and Darth Vader is really cool. If you own Disney Infinity 3.0, you’d be crazy not to pick this play set up. Verdict: 8.5/10

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