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Old 12-25-2016, 08:52 PM   #1
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Skylanders Imaginators is probably my breaking point in the series

I've gotten the kids each of the Skylanders games and then most if not all of the figures over the course of the year or so until the next game came out. That trend continued with Imaginators, but it's probably the last Skylanders game we're going to get even if the series doesn't die off like other 'toys to life' games.

I'm fine with the idea of locking away content behind 'element' gates, since old Skylanders can be used for those. It was a little annoying that they kept adding new things they had to be - Giants, for example - to open gates, so you had to at least buy one or two more with each game, but not too bad.

This time though, enough's enough. The idea that you can create your own Skylander from collected pieces was great. Tying it to a creation crystal...well, ok that's your cash pump this time around but at ~$10 a crystal it's not too bad. Just one of each element and...wait. When you create a Skylander you choose a class and it ties that class to the crystal. So if you choose 'brawler' you can ONLY use that crystal to make brawlers. If you accidentally make two brawlers of the same element...well tough luck, dumbass.

Already annoyed by that, I watched Tyson play for 10 minutes or so. Xbox One version looks great and he was having a blast. Left him alone to clean up the Christmas carnage and 10 minutes later he came to ask if he could buy something. Went to check and found this:



This game, which has always asked you to buy locked in-game content via $15 figures, now asks you to buy $10 'creation crystals' that you can't reuse to make a new class of character, to buy multiple Sensei Skylanders so your Skylanders can 'learn' all the skills, AND has a real-money store to buy the hundreds of parts that are locked at the outset.

Fuck that. Activision still can't figure out how their franchises get ruined, huh?
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Old 12-26-2016, 09:54 AM   #2
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Holy shit, that is pretty extreme. Two sets of micro-transactions as well as game purchase is definitely stretching it.
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Old 12-26-2016, 10:23 AM   #3
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Damn. Thanks for the post. I was going to give it a try with my kids, but not anymore.
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Old 12-27-2016, 03:15 AM   #4
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Old 12-27-2016, 08:10 AM   #5
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I guess random loot boxes are going to be everywhere for a while.
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Old 12-27-2016, 02:47 PM   #7
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Old 12-27-2016, 07:41 PM   #8
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I hear Zanzibar and immediately I'm thinking metal gear.
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