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REACH FOR THE CONTROLS; Third time lucky as new Toy Story finally takes you to infinity and beyond.

There is no doubt that the Toy Story experience is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable animated movies ever made. The first film not only impressed us with the level of detail and clarity never before seen on an animated movie but also brought new levels of hype and commercialism with it. The alwayd sold-out Buzz Lightyear toy a case in point.

As the franchise grew, the game spin offs also started to grace our shelves and for the most part these were badly executed affairs that simply cashed in on the hype of the movie and had no real substance of their own.

With Toy Story 3 this way of thinking is finally behind us. It looks like the developers were set on producing a game that would achieve the same level of notoriety as the newly release film. For the most part they succeeded and a very interesting game was created.

that would achieve the same level of notoriety as the newly release film. For the most part they succeeded and a very interesting game was created.

Toy Story 3 is a hard game to try and review. Typically these types of games mirror the storyline of the movie and try and cap ap ca ture the exp experi eri erienc enc ence gai gai ga g ned in the Toy Story 3 is a hard game to try and review. Typically these types of games mirror the storyline of the movie and try and capture the experience gained in the ci cin cinema e and extend nd en en it thr h oug oug ugh cinema and extend it through pla pla pla layi yin ying the ga ga game me me. e. So So So ge ge gener nerally you get a straightforward storymode type of experience. This game is different. The developers were very clear on disclosing that although the game does have a very central storyline, that takes place around the locations featured in the move, it is the sand-box mode that is the main focus of the game.

playing the game. So generally you get a straightforward storymode type of experience. This game is different. The developers were very clear on disclosing that although the game does have a very central storyline, that takes place around the locations featured in the move, it is the sand-box mode that is the main focus of the game.

The main story campaign fe fe fea eatures all The main story campaign features all the best loved characters of the movie and you get to interact between Buzz, Woody and Jessie during the game depending on the situation. The three characters have subtle differences and you need to work together to get through the levels.

On the whole the campaign levels are well thought out and there will be a lot of familiar places to those who have seen the movie. The levels are also very diverse. One minute you'll be battling with Zurg, navigating his base through mazes and puzzles and the next you will be creeping across the garden of the Day Care centre or chasing down a train on the heels of the evil Dr Porkchop.

For what is basically a kids game there are a lot of thought provoking sections of the game that require puzzle solving and precise navigation. Sometimes however this type of depth can falter, especially for the younger gamers who may find it frustrating when they fall from a tall position only to spend a matter of minutes climbing back to the same location. Especially if there is a very precise jumping point or difficult enemy to overcome.

The camera angle can also be a hindrance at times and you'll find yourself trying to make tiny movements to get in the right position for a jump or lining yourself up so that the camera is best placed to allow you make to leap etc.

It's not that the story mode is hard or too difficult, in fact the game will notice if you are stuck on a particular point and help out somewhat, but the experience is a little too fiddly or annoying at places to really allow younger gamers play by themselves.

Despite the failings of the story mode it is still a very good gaming experience and just long enough to give the younger gamers the perfect gaming session.

Toy Story 3 is not just about the story, tucked away in a corner of the gaming board (menu) is the section marked Woody's Roundup. This is a free roaming world packed to the rafters with missions and challenges one after the other. It contains multiple locations that are unlocked as you progress and each location has its own characters, themes and special abilities.

In this world you are the sheriff and your job is to grow the town and protect it from enemies. There are dozens of buildings that will expand the town's borders and provide different elements to the game. The town is populated by little characters that you can design and transform by providing them with some of the services found in the town's buildings.

You can change people's hairstyles at the barbers, dress them up at the tailors, imprison the bandits at the jail or even throw a barn dance. The possibilities are endless and these are all fuelled by over 100 missions and challenges that help you on your way.

There is also a story of sorts that runs through the town and you can chose to follow it or go your own way. Buildings can be bought by mining gold and you can even earn credits by taking cool pictures and posting them up in the town.

The game supports split screen multiplayer that allows Woody, Buzz or Jessie to play together and complete the challenges. There are even horse and car races to take part in and a few modes of transport to unlock.

Woody's Roundup is really where the game shines and you can instantly see that this is where the developers have put most of their efforts. For the younger gamer, this is the section that they are going to spend most of their time as the free roam nature allows them to experience the game in whatever order they want and is less restrictive and fiddly than the story mode.

Toy Story 3 is an excellent game in its own right. It has its problems and the story mode lets the game down a little but the depth and enjoyment of the free roam element more than makes up for it.

RATINGS 85% Toy Story 3 is a hard game to try and review. Typically these types of games mirror the storyline of the movie and try and cap ap ca ture the exp experi eri erienc enc ence gai gai ga g ned in the ci cin cinema e and extend nd en en it thr h oug oug ugh Toy Story 3 is a hard game to try and review. Typically these types of games mirror the storyline of the movie and try and capture the experience gained in the cinema and extend it through ENEMY: The evil Zurg pla pla pla layi yin ying the ga ga game me me. e. So So So ge ge gener nerally you get a straightforward storymode type of experience. This game is different. The developers were very clear on disclosing that although the game does have a very central storyline, that takes place around the locations featured in the move, it is the sand-box mode that is the main focus of the game.

playing the game. So generally you get a straightforward storymode type of experience. This game is different. The developers were very clear on disclosing that although the game does have a very central storyline, that takes place around the locations featured in the move, it is the sand-box mode that is the main focus of the game.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2010
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