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  • Summary: Skylanders Giants is an all-new adventure for existing Skylanders toys that will also add 20 new characters--including eight giant ones--to the roster.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 95
    Skylanders Giants is a fantastic game regardless of your desire to shell out money for additional characters. Whether you have three figures or 48, this well-designed game is worth the time of kids and adults alike. Don't scoff at its concept; you shouldn't miss one of the best Gauntlet-esque games in years.
  2. Nov 5, 2012
    86
    Activision does almost everything right and delivers a nearly perfect sequel. Skylanders Giants offers an enormous amount of content while all the great things the predecessors offered are imbued or originally found again.
  3. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    For parents, this is a sure-fire hit. For Gamers, keep an open mind. There is something under the cuddly hood. For Gamer parents, don't pass this up.
  4. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    Skylanders Giants is, at its core, a child-friendly dungeon crawler with simplistic smash-everything gameplay, but what elevates it is its understanding of its market. There's plenty of variety to keep kids entertained and loads of things to collect, all wrapped in an appealing package – and the toy aspect is still a stroke of genius, an undeniably cool idea that speaks directly to kids and big kids alike. If you or a younger member of your family is a fan of the series, this could be another expensive Christmas.
  5. Nov 9, 2012
    70
    Skylanders Giants is essentially more of the same. Developer Toys for Bob has added more characters, collectibles, and mini games to the already solid offering of the original title, but if you were expecting the giants themselves to make a significant impact on the gameplay, you might be a little disappointed. Still, the lengthy campaign is fun while it lasts, and gathering Soul Gems, leveling up your figures, and grabbing hats is as addictive as ever.
  6. Nov 20, 2012
    67
    Ultimately, Skylanders: Giants isn't going to convert many gamers my age as I think we might be a little too cynical for a game that's so blatant in its "pay-to-play" model.
  7. The gotta buy 'em all mentality is as ferociously addictive as ever, but the delightful characters deserve a more imaginative, better made game. [Christmas 2012, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. May 1, 2022
    10
    This game will always hold a special place in my heart, this game has a mediocre plot, but if you don't care about story like I do this is oneThis game will always hold a special place in my heart, this game has a mediocre plot, but if you don't care about story like I do this is one of the best third party wii games you will ever play, the characters in this game are very memorable and NPC's like Flynn are some real fun once you hear him talk. Overall very nostalgic and very fun to constantly replay. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2022
    10
    The greatest game of all the time if u disagree your incorrect u maggots fort
  3. TSW
    Oct 27, 2014
    10
    my second favourite game. A magnificent improvement and huge innovation in the games industry. It's a wide range of dudes to play as mymy second favourite game. A magnificent improvement and huge innovation in the games industry. It's a wide range of dudes to play as my favourite being Drobot and Ninjini. The oracle level is brilliant and the final one is awesome. Buy this! Expand
  4. Jan 15, 2021
    8
    I definitely have nostalgia goggles for this game. The game consists of fun puzzles and realized combat. The game has a wide array of enemiesI definitely have nostalgia goggles for this game. The game consists of fun puzzles and realized combat. The game has a wide array of enemies and many different unique scenarios. The gameplay is the strange part. Having to buy so many figures to truly experience the game can be drag to some. For people who just want to play the game the three characters given to you is enough, although it leaves some to be desired. I had many characters as a kid that stay dormant in my garage. Not counting the pay to play elements of the game it’s a very fun 3D platformer with a passable plot. I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to play it, but if you do I’m sure you’ll find some enjoyment Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2013
    6
    This is an interesting mix between collecting toys and game. The levels and puzzles are not particularly challenging, even for my 8 year old,This is an interesting mix between collecting toys and game. The levels and puzzles are not particularly challenging, even for my 8 year old, but the kids enjoy the combat element of the game. If it weren't for the need to buy new toys to further the game, the novelty factor would wear off quickly. While it's fun for them to spend their pocket money on the next Skylander toy, in terms of hours of gameplay Mario Kart Wii is much better value for money. Expand
  6. Dec 31, 2021
    5
    Oh Skylanders...you've been a pain in my wallet ever since middle school. These games have peeved me for what feels like generations...and yetOh Skylanders...you've been a pain in my wallet ever since middle school. These games have peeved me for what feels like generations...and yet I keep returning to Skylands for another adventure regardless. I was really excited to return to Giants, hoping to clear Nightmare Mode and the story level challenges to boot. I reseted 8 Skylanders to start from scratch, in order to polish my skills through harsh conditions. See, Skylanders games, excluding Spyro's Adventure...are all easy to complete thanks to Easy Mode. It makes the game more enjoyable for younger and new players who are just looking for a fun adventure. The ability to change the level of challenge along with multiple unique characters to play as, makes each play through feel more enjoyable than the last. That's one of the biggest advantages of the Skylanders series, a new character can make levels feel fresh, so it's worth it to buy new Skylanders to replay old levels in new ways. Though I'm not completely satisfied with the new Skylanders line-up. In the beginning...Spyro's Adventure released 48 Skylanders, along with a few altered figures like Legendary Bash. Giants however, releases a total of only 16 new Skylanders, along with powered forms of classic Skylanders. It may not seem like much, but generation 2 makes up for that with booming new abilities. The Giants are great for combat purposes, they can send enemies flying with big attacks and charge through enemy blockades with ease. However, their low speed makes them sitting ducks in smaller areas, its best to play them in larger areas, so they can also avoid the attacks of the bulkier enemies. Believe me, Crystal Golems eat Skylanders for breakfast. Their unique "feats of strength" abilities are sadly just situational though, making them feel more like slightly bigger characters rather than ultimate warriors. They're at there worst getting stuck between large enemies with no means of escape, beautiful. Lightcore Skylanders are great for retaliating against hoards of enemies. They can smash the earth with a strong burst of energy like the final attack from an Adventure Pack figure. Very handy for creaming hoards of enemies, not so much for those who carry shields. The new Skylanders...just exist for fun. Since we can no longer cross water in the main game levels, regular Skyalnders are completely worthless. And then their's Series 2, probably the best choice for competitive players. Classic Skylanders are given a brand new move, along with the ability to change their skill set. That's great for forming strategies to take on different kinds of levels, unfortunately, changing upgrade paths also resets the previously used upgrade path. I already have money to spend on Sky Stones and boss fight power-ups! If I wanted to re-train Skylanders, I would just reset them and replay levels! So much for genuine battle mechanics. Also, 8 Skylanders from the Spyro's Adventure were never released, meaning that even with a collection of reused series 2 Skylanders from other games, you would still need those rare series 1 Skylanders for total completion of of the 1st game. And in Giants, you can only use new Skylanders introduced in Giants to unlock heroic challenges excluding the rare series 1 Skylanders I just mentioned...how tedious can you get?! You know many people claim how the modern Skylanders are awful because you have to buy countless just to unlock everything in the game. Well, it was always like that when you take the Heroic Challenges and the Villain trophies from Superchargers into account. Its just really hard to get motivated to fully complete these games, thinking about all the crap I need to purchase in the process. And the most useless Skylander award goes to...Lightcore Jet-Vac! Why should you buy a figure that looks no different than the one you get in the starter pack? Your guess is as good as mine. I would say the best thing about the 2nd generation set, is the nostalgia. Since Giants uses a graphic design similar to Spyro's Adventure, these games are like the sky and space. One game has beautiful elemental themed levels and the other...bigger, bolder worlds. Despite all my gripes with this series, Giants represents the big step this series took to better itself. Even if you don't have a fancy army of Skylanders sometimes it just feels good to put everything you got into the adventure. It's excellent that completing Nightmare Mode is sweet accolade all by itself. Decorating my hard working team with the mighty Knight Helm armor reflects my growth as gamer. The best way to play this game is to aim to beat Nightmare Mode after game completion. With the freedom to select a wide variety of colorful characters, play the game in a comfortable fashion. I had more fun playing this game on Easy Mode years ago. But graduating with the Knight Helm has never felt sweeter. This game feels even grander to play after beating Spyro's Adventure. Skylanders Giants, big steps to enhance the experience. Expand
  7. May 9, 2021
    0
    Skylanders Giants is one of the games I've looked back on for years and still have many, many fond memories of playing it with my friend. It'sSkylanders Giants is one of the games I've looked back on for years and still have many, many fond memories of playing it with my friend. It's story is great, the characters are extremely memorable, and playing through it is just plain old fun. It's one of those games you won't put down for hours. Expand

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#5 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2012
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#9 Most Shared Wii Game of 2012