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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: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  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. Dec 19, 2020
    7
    Improvement from ssa especially with bosses, better level designs, arena battles and more but its still missing jumping and there are some badImprovement from ssa especially with bosses, better level designs, arena battles and more but its still missing jumping and there are some bad things that return from ssa Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2023
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Skylanders Giants is a much better game than Spyro's Adventure, but it's hard to call it the ideal Skylanders experience considering that it is still a very flawed game. It's polished sequel, but not a breaking one. Little kids will still have a grand time bashing trolls and collecting secret jewels. But much like Spyro's Adventure, it doesn't carry much staying power.

    Pokemon games are constantly replayed because they have interesting settings and lore to revisit to go with the satisfying gameplay. While Giants likes to focus on telling childish jokes and use elements that are solely meant to entertain a younger audience. Even more so thanks to the new difficulty settings. Making this game much more easier than Spyro's Adventure. And I actually think that's for the best.

    Beat 'em up games designed for children are at their strongest when they feel flexible to play. Knocking out waves of enemies with a buddy has always brought me a satisfying feeling. And that satisfaction gained from causing total destruction on the battlefield, being further enhanced with the Giants, it's a great title to just pick up and play.

    This game is just so much more comfortable to play than its predecessor. The bosses aren't tedious, the hub area is just right, and even the extra content is more satisfying. This is all well and good, but it still feels like the series is holding back. For instance, I find the lore surrounding Kaos' family interesting, but it's never fully fleshed out. Their's plenty of clues to follow, but there isn't enough evidence to solve the mystery of why his family left.

    This is why I can never take Kaos seriously, the developers still don't give him an interesting enough back story to make players respect him as a villain. If you ask me, the "The Iron Fist of Arkus", is the true villain of this game. I'm glad they get more spotlight here, seeing how they were the most interesting enemy race in the last adventure.

    I think all future Skylanders games should do this, I'm sick to death seeing Kaos being the final boss of almost every single game in the series. Show some love to the zombies, the trolls, or the lost Kaos family. If this series ever makes a comeback, it needs to learn how to appeal to both old and new fans of the series in a breathtaking manner.
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  6. Jun 15, 2014
    5
    Fun and addictive, but I find myself not willing to re do levels. The only thing I can do over and over is the pvp battle mode, which adds aFun and addictive, but I find myself not willing to re do levels. The only thing I can do over and over is the pvp battle mode, which adds a fun competitive air to the game. The levels should be more realistic with less stupid humor. Another thing i noticed was that the quality of the figurines PLUMMETED in Skylanders Giants. In Spyro's Adventure, the figurines are fairly well made and painted. All I can sat for Giants is landfill fodder. Levels got way too easy in this game. In Spyro's Adventure, defeating Kaos was a huge challenge. Even me and my brother working to gather could not defeat him, we must have tried some twenty times, until my brother died, and i finally "killed" Kaos by myself. In Giants, defeating Kaos takes twenty minutes tops in one try; if you were trying to play during a HURRICANE!! I would say five to ten minutes.

    Now on to some things I do like about it. The extra five levels on each character are a great addition, because leveling up is something a lot of people like to do. In my case, only for the pvp battle's sake, but whatever. The new characters are okay.

    Over all, it is a slightly entertaining, if not decent game. I would only recommend it for those who like pvp, or puzzles so easy you could do them in your sleep.
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  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