Gamescom preview: Skylanders Superchargers

Skylanders Supercharges is alweer de 5de in Activision’s series van succesvolle speelgoed – game combo’s

De nieuwste installment in de Skylander’s series speelt zich af in een iet of wat romeinse setting. Je neemt het op tegen Kaos die met zijn Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction de Skylands bedreigt met intstorting. Gelukkig zijn er de SuperChargers, een speciaal team van Skylanders die in het bezit zijn van krachtige voertuigen waarmee ze het via land, zee en lucht tegen Kaos opnemen.

Hieronder een feature lijst met wat te verwachten:

Vehicles-to-Life – For the first time, players can take their Skylanders vehicles straight from the real world into the videogame via the Portal of Power to explore the land, sea and skies of Skylands. The vehicles are aligned by element and terrain type, giving players unique abilities and diverse experiences across different settings throughout the game. Not only are the vehicles playable in game, but many will have movable parts making the toys fun and playable outside of the game.

More Diverse Gameplay – The game delivers a dynamic, story-driven gameplay experience, filled with vehicle-based and on-foot adventure – complete with combat, puzzles, mini games, activities and platforming — all set within a variety of compelling environments. There will be 20 new vehicles toys that fans can play with that feature a variety of designs and types – race cars, motorcycles, boats, tanks, helicopters, jets, submarines and more.
Land: Stunt, skid, and drift while driving and experiencing high octane combat
Sea: Explore underwater seas, race down roaring rapids and ride the surf and waves
Sky: Engage in aerial dogfighting and enjoy freedom of flight with 360 degrees of control

New and Returning Heroes – A brand-new class of Skylanders, known as SuperChargers are ready to buckle up and throw down in their fight against evil. Skylanders SuperChargers introduces 20 new SuperChargers toys and supports all 300+ Skylanders toys from previous games, enabling any Skylanders character to pilot land, sea or sky-based vehicles. SuperChargers also have special in-game abilities that help Portal Masters fight Kaos.

Customized Vehicles – In Skylanders SuperChargers, kids explore Skylands like never before by going behind the wheel of powerful, tricked-out vehicles. SuperChargers will have the ability to customize vehicles in-game with super cool modifications and upgradeable weapons. As players travel throughout the game, they can also discover hidden mods such as a volcanic booster engine that spews lava rocks and jet wings with feathers made of gold.

SuperCharged Combos – For the ultimate gaming experience, players can pair a SuperCharger Skylander with its unique signature vehicle to create a SuperCharged combination, unlocking an exclusive mod that revs up the performance of both the vehicle and character.

Fast-Paced Storyline – Fans can immerse themselves in an all-new, high-velocity adventure that ignites imaginations and fuels excitement as they speed through Skylands like never before.

Racing Mode – Skylanders’ all-new Racing Mode, playable in Land, Sea and Sky environments, features supercharged racing combat, layering in even more depth and excitement to the game’s online multiplayer component. The high-octane mode is further amplified with all-new time trials, which include three-lap races that take friendly competition up a notch as players battle for the best time score on the leaderboard. All Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs will come loaded with six dynamic race tracks – two each for Land, Sea and Sky. With hidden routes, power-ups, and diverse locations, Racing Mode offers completely new ways to enjoy the game. Whether played in offline split-screen or online multiplayer, gamers can choose the best route to finish a race, trying to avoid attacks along the way as they navigate through dynamic environments. Voice-chat is available with friends for an added layer of excitement.

Toen ik de Wii U versie speelde constateerde ik frame-rate drops tijdens de eerste race-sectie van de game, als wel een glitch waardoor ik door de baan heen ging en moest resetten. Ook raad ik aan niet al te energiek rond te springen, want dit zorgde ervoor dat ik zo’n 15-30 seconden bleef hangen. Zoals al eerder genoemd is de game nog niet volledig klaar en is het goed mogelijk dat er in het eindproduct hier niks meer van terug te vinden is, als dat niet het geval is, bij deze.

Verder speelt het spel soepel en is er op de gameplay niks aan te merken. Je kan welke combinatie van bestuurder en voertuig dan ook gebruiken, echter zijn er wel secties waarin sommige elementen sterker zijn dan anderen.

De Wii U eigenaren in het specifiek zullen ernaar uit kunnen kijken om Bowser en Donkey Kong als Amiibo voor andere Nintendo games en Skylanders voor Skylanders Superchargers.

Skylanders Superchargers lanceert 25 September 2015.