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Toy Story 3 Wii review

Can Disney keep up their run of quality tie-ins?

It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since the original Toy Story movie. "It can't have been that long," we tell ourselves. Then we think back and remember the Toy Story video game, and remember it was released on the Mega Drive. We feel old.

Suitably, this is the main theme surrounding the third Toy Story movie, in which all the toys are nearing the end of their time with (the now-adult) Andy and would give anything for one last play with him. Such melancholy would never do for a video game, however, and so the focus on Toy Story 3 on the Wii is squarely on action.

The game is split into two distinct parts: the main single-player story and the Toy Box mode. The story roughly sticks to that of the movie and, without trying to sound patronising, offers surprisingly solid gameplay for a children's movie tie-in. The developer could easily have chucked together some hobbled gameplay engine and shifted plenty of copies anyway (step forward, Cars) or put together an embarrassingly short adventure (take a bow, Where The Wild Things Are) but instead it's clear there's been real effort put into this one.

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The levels are nicely varied and each has you doing something completely different to the one before it. One minute you're riding Bullseye next to a speeding train, climbing aboard and rescuing hostages, the next you're exploring Andy's room, and then you're playing the actual Buzz Lightyear videogame that featured in the second movie.

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Once you've played through the main story mode that's usually it for most tie-ins, however Toy Story 3's toy box mode is a huge extra feature that will actually take up more of your time. Disney hyped it up as a huge playground where you can do anything and while it's nowhere near as flexible as that it's still great. It's essentially Grand Theft Auto with Toy Story characters, where you talk to the likes of Slinky, Hamm and Stinky Pete and go on missions for them (usually going somewhere and collecting something).

The more of these you do, the more money you get to buy new toys, which unlock new missions. You can also find capsules which give you new costumes and building designs, which allow you to decorate the area as you see fit. The mode is very well-structured, and gives you new features and toys just as you start to get bored with the ones you have. Kids will be in their element here: we spent half an hour just chucking balls at small civilian toys' heads, giggling away to ourselves.

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But Toy Story 3 isn't perfect, of course. Some of the tutorials could be clearer for younger gamers and the voice acting is truly atrocious, even though they got Tim 'Tom's brother' Hanks to voice Woody. If you've taken a young one to the cinema to see Toy Story 3 however, you should have no qualms about buying the game afterwards. It's got enough content to keep them occupied for a while, and the gameplay's solid enough that you can enjoy playing it on the fly while they're asleep.

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  1. Rhenopolos Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 13:12

    Really? A good videogame tie in? In this day and age!


    First post!!!

  2. kirbyman62 Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 15:11

    Exactly the same score as OPM (which I agree, is very dull, my libary get it though, so can read it free :wink: ) gave the PS3 version.

  3. MrChewtoy Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 15:13

    TBH, the so called "toybox" mode looks like it could get dull very quickly.
    You heard it here first!

  4. TechnoWolf Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 15:15

    Really? A good videogame tie in? In this day and age!


    First post!!!

    "welcome to *insert generic name here* news. Our top story tonight-Hell has frozen over and the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse are approaching"

    Also should a game really be marked down because of voice acting?

  5. IG-42 Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 15:23

    looks much like the toy story 2 game but with characters other than buzz playable

  6. Teeboy Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 16:36

    Lack of Tom Hanks in it makes me sad :(

  7. LiamGodOfFood Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 19:17

    I don't care how old I am, I'm gonna see this in cinema. Hopefully won't be full of 2 year olds...

    I had Toy Story on PS1. Quite good actually, not much to do with the film though...

  8. starfox1994 Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 19:45

    I'm 16 and I'm getting this game. For Xbox 360 of course. 8)

  9. wolfy98 Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 21:48

    Really? A good videogame tie in? In this day and age!


    First post!!!

    "welcome to *insert generic name here* news. Our top story tonight-Hell has frozen over and the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse are approaching"

    Also should a game really be marked down because of voice acting?


    yes voice acting is importent

  10. wolfy98 Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 21:49

    I don't care how old I am, I'm gonna see this in cinema. Hopefully won't be full of 2 year olds...

    I had Toy Story on PS1. Quite good actually, not much to do with the film though...


    that was actully a good game

  11. Cyberguy Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 23:15

    ONM, can you make a video showing off the voice acting? I'd like to hear how awful it sounds.

  12. Malice of Yoshi Friday 16th Jul 2010 at 23:54

    I bet the review score will please Flash7.

  13. ShadowofPain Saturday 17th Jul 2010 at 10:07

    Wow this is a genuine surprise! A great game to go with an excellent movie!

  14. ShadowofPain Saturday 17th Jul 2010 at 10:21

    I don't care how old I am, I'm gonna see this in cinema. Hopefully won't be full of 2 year olds...

    I had Toy Story on PS1. Quite good actually, not much to do with the film though...

    I'm gonna see it at least 3 times :D Toy Story is one of the biggest staples of my early childhood. I remember watching the film on video so much that I actually wore the tape down so we had to get another copy (collectors edition too). I had memorized every word :P

  15. Smash-bros fan Saturday 17th Jul 2010 at 11:00

    I don't care how old I am, I'm gonna see this in cinema. Hopefully won't be full of 2 year olds...

    I had Toy Story on PS1. Quite good actually, not much to do with the film though...


    that was actully a good game


    Yeah.. that game was great!

  16. Waldy565 Saturday 17th Jul 2010 at 15:46

    I don't care how old I am, I'm gonna see this in cinema. Hopefully won't be full of 2 year olds...

    I had Toy Story on PS1. Quite good actually, not much to do with the film though...

    lol same ere mate :D hoping its gonna be good seeing it on the 19th! (Ł2 each ticket at cinebowl uttoxters, mondays only xD)

  17. MrChewtoy Saturday 17th Jul 2010 at 16:27

    I don't care how old I am, I'm gonna see this in cinema. Hopefully won't be full of 2 year olds...

    I had Toy Story on PS1. Quite good actually, not much to do with the film though...


    that was actully a good game


    Yeah.. that game was great!


    I really ejoyed it too. Toy Story was the first film I ever saw, and I am definately gonna see the film. Not getting the game though! :roll:

  18. drakey31 Sunday 18th Jul 2010 at 09:00

    From all of the previews and write ups ive seen of this i honestly expected more than 80?% A game being marked down for bad voice acting? Surely that wast the only negative of the game for it too drop 20%?

  19. mgaby Sunday 18th Jul 2010 at 10:14

    Toy story was first film i ever saw :lol: i will see the new film and might get the game

  20. shadow.x Sunday 18th Jul 2010 at 10:37

    Hmm, I absolutely love Toy Story but I have a feelin this would ruin it for me. Im sorry Woody ....

  21. Waldy565 Sunday 18th Jul 2010 at 17:32

    depending on how much the toy box feature is alike to GTA 4, may get this

  22. drakey31 Monday 19th Jul 2010 at 07:59

    depending on how much the toy box feature is alike to GTA 4, may get this

    Yes I'm sure a video game movie tie in of Toy Story will feature Woody shooting a prostitute in the face.

  23. crazyrockboy Tuesday 20th Jul 2010 at 14:33

    depending on how much the toy box feature is alike to GTA 4, may get this

    Yes I'm sure a video game movie tie in of Toy Story will feature Woody shooting a prostitute in the face.

    He's on about the free roaming aspect, not the actual content you smug so 'n' so.

  24. Nintendo Boy Tuesday 20th Jul 2010 at 21:08

    Maybe I'll rent it...

    Although Toy Story is one of my favourite animated films, so I may purchase it.

    Hopefully it hits the bargain bins soon.

  25. ShadowofPain Thursday 22nd Jul 2010 at 16:17

    From all of the previews and write ups ive seen of this i honestly expected more than 80?% A game being marked down for bad voice acting? Surely that wast the only negative of the game for it too drop 20%?

    Voice acting wasn't the only negative. If you actually read the review you would see that although the game is relatively fresh, it's clearly not fresh enough. Remember, it being a movie tie in there are still quite a few things lacking as far as originality goes.

    Though funnily enough IGNs review actually praised the voice acting saying it was "superb".

  26. Wiintendo Thursday 22nd Jul 2010 at 17:35

    mmmmmmmmm.....maybe I'll with rent it, or pick it up at a bargain bin on the 360 since I really enjoyed the Toy Story 2 on the PS1 and plus that I'm a huge fan of the franchise and the movies.

    Besides, Toy Story 3 was utterly Amazing! :D

  27. Problem Child Thursday 22nd Jul 2010 at 18:09

    I'll probably pick this up in a few months on 360/PS3, it's been getting plenty of good reviews

  28. YoshiLimbo Friday 23rd Jul 2010 at 22:25

    I think the voice acting is great. Rex, Hamm, Jessie, Buzz and most of the over toys are either voiced by the orignal actor or soundalikes the only voice acting that isnt so good is Woodys and he doesn't say all that much anyways (apart from the off "yee har" and even that sounds good) The main story has some very imagitve levels like when your in Bonnies Room and its flooding with Coffee then you jump out the window and your in space and the Toy Box Mode is fantastic, Im loving IT ! I would say buy because its fantastic best movie game ive ever played !

  29. IPecksU Monday 26th Jul 2010 at 22:48

    I bought it after I saw the film, very impressed by both, the last boss in the game was definitely one of the best in history of video games

  30. shane12234 Tuesday 27th Jul 2010 at 09:15

    This isnt to bad at all, i bought it for my children and ended up playing it my self for a good feww hours. Im a bit bord of it now mind, but kids love it, good recomendation for under 12s, but i would of thought any one older it might get a bit repetative.

  31. YoshiLimbo Tuesday 27th Jul 2010 at 13:39

    I bought it after I saw the film, very impressed by both, the last boss in the game was definitely one of the best in history of video games

    Same here like with the cow launger=P

  32. LaytonMario3 Saturday 21st Aug 2010 at 06:18

    Yesh, finally. A good movie tie-in. 8)

    Last post :cry:

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