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Why you might actually want to play Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3’s biggest appeal is Toy Box Mode, an open world you can customize to your heart’s content. It starts out in the Old West, and gives Sheriff Woody an opportunity he’s never had before - to be an actual Sheriff. As you take down you dastardly banditos hellbent on ransacking the town, you’ll gain money. And this is where things get interesting. You can start adding buildings… which then attract more familiar characters and townspeople… who then offer you branching missions. The more you do, the more items you can customize. And the more you customize, even more gameplay opens up which you can tackle at your leisure.

Double jumps, dash attacks and projectiles make for a solid little platformer, only now the developers are working free from the film narrative of the film and basically letting you play in Andy’s brain. You’re looking at hundreds of objectives - hidden treasure, heroic rescues and high altitude puzzles, just to name a few - that branch from the breezy decisions you make. You start out buying buildings, outfits and weapons, then eventually vast new environments, like Zurg’s space fortress as well as a haunted land of demonic toys created by sadistic tinkerer Sid from the first Toy Story… which you’ll then travel to and from with unlocked vehicles. Oh yeah, and Bullseye.

We couldn’t believe it, either, but Toy Story captured not only our attention, but our imagination. The Toy Box mode alone looks like it’ll offer a crap ton of value. The very idea beautifully embodies everything that makes Pixar and Toy Story special. Toys are only as fun as what you, individually, do with them. There was even a magic goop that could shrink or enlarge objects. To what purpose? No idea really, but it certainly symbolizes the game’s approach of presenting you with a billion things to do whatever you want with.

Toy Story 3 is a no brainer for the kids, but taxpaying Pixar nerds are in for a real treat, too. Playing as Woody, we got to use the iconic Luxo Jr. ball as a weapon, and were then told that the in-game store will also feature content from the entire Pixar universe! Wall-E, The Incredibles and Cars?! We were told “yes” on all counts.

May 7, 2010

20 comments

  • Apollomon - May 11, 2010 10:43 a.m.

    other pixar stuff? awesome!!! I want to get me an OCD m-o, cause he is brilliant...during the film i thought he said his name was mop til the end credits and it said his name was m-o...then i thought of 3 stooges lol
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - May 10, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    @Fanboyhunter - It's Pixar. End of.
  • GameManiac - May 9, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    A movie-based game that doesn't suck... Well I'll be damned.
  • batman5273 - May 9, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    cant wait
  • Hydrohs - May 9, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    I have the Toy Story 2 PC game, and I always loved it as a kid. No idea how it hold up now however. I'll keep my eye on this one.
  • Fraught - May 9, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    Even though I really like Pixar's movies, I don't think I'm willing to pay $100 for a movie tie-in, no matter if it's from my favourite studio's movie ever.
  • Triscuitable - May 8, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    Sorry for the double comment. But what kind of ReCAPTCHA is "atas Fosdick"?
  • Triscuitable - May 8, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    I might actually pick this one up. Another nice touch would be the little seams where the body parts are sealed together, and little holes with screws holding it tight. Ah, childlife. How I miss it. Dear god, I WANT TO SEE A G.I. JOE FIGURE IN THIS GAME!
  • Azymuth - May 8, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    Yeah, you always make an article about the next movie tie-in and how THIS ONE won't suck. I'll wait for the real review. reCaptcha: is riskiness
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 8, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    I still remember the SNES game. Not good...
  • Camoxide - May 8, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    Video games have almost caught up to 15 year old CGI
  • Tenfey - May 8, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    I played Toy Story on the SNES. It had a strange first person segment that reminded me of Doom.
  • brickman409 - May 8, 2010 4:33 a.m.

    will any game ever actually look like toy story?
  • michaelmcc827 - May 8, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    But will it be the next Team Fortress 2?
  • Cyberninja - May 8, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    only chris can make me want a childrens game and my nephews and niece would like this
  • Cleanser247 - May 7, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    This really does look exciting! I didn't know to much about this game until you explained what it was all about. You've actually got me interested in what this game has to offer. Good preview Chris!
  • fanboyhunter - May 7, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    I think it's cute how you like Disney stuff Chris but I gotta say I would never spend a single penny on something like this.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - May 7, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    >What kind of monster doesn't have a soft woody fot buzz lightyear. i might play this game but i wouldn't pay $60 for it unless it gets really good reviews.theres 3 reasons i wanna play it, because 1. it doesnt look like it will be doomed as a video game of a movie i hear it has a different story then the movie and im hoping it has a deep customization for the level creator. 2. i loved the first 2 movies as a kid. and 3. what kind of monster doesn't have a soft woody for buzz lightyear. bud light to the rescue. to .08 and beyond!
  • skynetiscoming - May 7, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    Wow, your enthusiasm has me really excited. Always loved Toy Story since I was five. After the thrid movie ends, and I presume there won't be any more, it'll be cool to have all the toys from the movie to play with FOREVER! :D
  • KevlarTurban - May 7, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Dude, I saw this trailer and instantly knew you would be writing an article about it. Looks awesome by the way, and is actually working to get my son excited about potty training so he (daddy) can get it.

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