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Upcoming Pixar Reviews Toy Story 3: The Video Game!

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Posted by Martin • June 17, 2010

For many of us film fans, disregarding the latest movie-based video game is a religious practice.

After playing Toy Story 3: The Video Game, I can’t say that I think that way anymore. In fact, I was hooked on Disney Interactive and Avalanche Software’s latest once I picked up the controller at Pixar. Finally getting my hands on it for the Wii has got me even more excited!

The playable accompaniment to Pixar’s latest does right what so many other movie-based games do wrong: It expands on the story without copying the film. After all, the main criticism I’ve had for these type of games is that I’ve already experienced the movie, so how can playing through it enhance such a gem?

The story mode in Toy Story 3: The Video Game, a 3D platformer/puzzle expansion of the upcoming film, is action-packed yet only satisfactory. But the real value is in the game’s Toy Box mode.

I can easily describe this aspect as sincere and plain old fun. The Toy Story series highlights the spirit of play, and that’s also your objective here. Completing missions in the free roaming mode allows you to unlock treasures while exploring the unique world of a child’s imagination.

If you’ve ever wanted to control the fate of the gang from Andy’s room and create a Toy Story world of your very own, this game is for you.

Toy Story on your terms is available now, order your copy at Amazon.

Have you picked up the game? What did you think?

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Available Now: Toy Story 3 Soundtrack/Video Game/App!

Soundtrack, Toy Story 3, Video Game

Posted by Martin • June 15, 2010

Although Pixar’s 11th isn’t in theatres quite yet, a lot of great supplements to the film are now available!

Toy Story 3’s official soundtrack hits iTunes and Amazon today. The digital-only album includes seventeen original tracks (two of which are songs) and an e-booklet. Randy Newman’s music never fails to impress me! 

Toy Story 3: The Video Game is now available in stores and on all platforms! Fans will appreciate Toy Box mode the most, in fact, I’d recommend buying the game for that feature alone. I had a lot of fun playing it at Pixar and I hope to be able to bring you a full review of the game soon!  

Toy Story 3 also made its way to iOS this week with a brand new app. Although it includes purchasable games, TS3 is quite robust on its own, including pins, a community, trailers and more. Download it for free on the App store now!

Stick around — a rootin’ tootin’ news round-up is coming right up!

Which of the above mentioned products is on your wishlist?

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Toy Story 3: The Video Game Opens a Toy Box Full of Possibilities! [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • February 16, 2010

"The ongoing development of the Toy Story 3 game has continued to amaze me" raved Lee Unkrich on the upcoming tie-in game.

According to the latest press release from Disney Interactive Studios, its subsidiary Avalanche Software has been working with Pixar to "create an authentic Toy Story experience." For starters, that includes a Story Mode which replicates the toy’s struggles as Andy leaves for college and their fate unfolds.

But what’s unique about Toy Story 3: The Video Game is that it includes a first for Disney games: Toy Box mode. Players will be able to play with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the gang in an "open-world" environment through non-movie specific scenarios. I’m not usually excited for movie tie-in games but the free roaming, imagine-it-yourself features sound very appealing.

Toy Story 3: The Video Game will be available on all major platforms, each with distinct variations, starting June 15th, 2010. You can pre-order the video game now over at Disney Store. Also on the way are mobile versions of the game including an iPhone app.

Update: Apparently some shots from the proposed Toy Story 3 game by THQ have made their way online. THQ’s deal with Disney/Pixar ended with Up and all their games (starting with TS3) will be handled in-house. Check out the posters on Andy’s wall…

Will you invest in a copy of Disney/Pixar’s latest tie-in video game?

*Preliminary box art shown above.

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Toy Story Mania iPhone/iPod Touch Game Released

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Posted by Martin • August 17, 2009

Leading experts have diagnosed a brand new condition spreading throughout humanity: Toy Story Mania!

Luckily, this "mania" is not detrimental to one’s health and is quite fun actually. The latest products to be affected are Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch which recently got an app based on the super popular ride at both US Disney Parks. For those who don’t know, the attraction is a highly addictive shooter set in a midway play set in Andy’s room.

Ok, let’s be serious, this branch of the Toy Story franchise has really exploded into something I didn’t expect. From Toy Story Midway Mania! "clones" at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure + plans to open this attraction worldwide, to the upcoming video game adaptation. I’m glad it has gotten to be such a big deal in the company considering it’s one of those attractions that everyone will enjoy. I think I’m going to try this version of the game too, it includes the classic carnival activities like ring toss and balloon pop with a Toy Story twist, and it’s handheld!

You can purchase Toy Story Mania now on the iTunes Store for $4.99. If you bring your device (with game downloaded) to a Disney resort, you’ll also be in for a big surprise!

On a related note: I believe I mentioned earlier that Up had an iPhone application, specifically the THQ video game. It seems there are two Up apps, one being from Disney and completely free! Check that out here; includes a minimal game.

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Up: The Video Game Trailer

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Posted by Martin • May 10, 2009

The trailer for Up: The Video Game has just been made available on PlayTHQ.com, but unfortunately it cannot be embedded.

In the game by THQ and Heavy Iron Studios, you play as Carl and Russell in an adventure through the jungles of South America. We included a game play video by GameTrailers.com that you can watch below:

Enjoy!
The tie-in game is rated E-E10+ and can be purchased for most gaming platforms on May 26th.

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Toy Story Mania! Coming to Wii in 3D

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Posted by Martin • March 24, 2009

The much loved ride, Toy Story Mania!, is coming to a Wii near you!

The adaptation of this WDW and DCA shooter is in development thanks to Papaya Studio, being released through Disney Interactive Studios. The video game will include a multitude of levels, best of all, they are all in 3D! Toy Story Mania! is perfect for Nintendo’s flagship console because the Wii remote can simulate shooting action just like in the ride. The game is set to tie in with the 3D re-release of Toy Story on October 2nd, 2009.

The fun and action of the ride… in your home! Sounds like a deal to me, are you in?

(via Earth Times)

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New Promotional Still Featuring the Up Gang

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Posted by Martin • March 19, 2009

Dug holds on to Kevin, Carl is annoyed, "No!" screams Russell.

That’s what you’ll find in this new image from Pixar’s Up which will be released in about two months all over the US. The colors are rich and the characters are full of emotion, stills like these make you want May 29th to be here already!

Please, click on the picture to view larger.

(via MovieWeb, Thanks Zubir)

More pics: You can also click here for a high resolution image of Up: The Video Game‘s cover art and/or visit here for some new stills from the game including some aerial fight shots.

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New Up VG Stills Revealed

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Posted by Martin • March 12, 2009

The official Australian THQ site has uploaded four new stills from Up: The Video Game!

These include gameplay shots with Carl, Russell and Dug, with one particularly interesting screen featuring an immense anaconda, which you can see in this post! The video game will be available May 26th, 2009 from THQ for Wii, DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, XBOX 360 and PC, and is rated E  through E10+ depending on console.

Again, you can check out the official website here and download a free demo.

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The View: Up Video Game Cover Revealed + New Up Still

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Posted by Martin • March 11, 2009

This whole week, ABC’s The View has been broadcasting their show from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

Today, the guests included, Patrick Dempsey, Disney CEO Bob Iger, WALL•E (the animatronic version), and of course John Lasseter, who introduced a short clip from Pixar’s 10th feature. The audience went home with the WALL•E DVD, a charter membership to D23 and a copy of Up: The Video Game for the Wii.

Here we have a picture of the cover straight from the telecast, it’s very well designed and exciting, this should catch shopper’s eyes.

A beautiful Disney•Pixar montage played (where this new picture from Up is from; click to view larger) and when it was done, John Lasseter came in with a bunch of balloons in hand to promote Up. He talked about his history at The Walt Disney Company and at Pixar, with his usual, but always funny, story about being a hopper on The Jungle Cruise.

You can watch the whole show streaming on ABC.com now!

(Thanks Bryko614 and Mitch from the Pixar Planet Forums)

Note: Dont’ forget to check out the concept art from Partly Cloudy, playing in front of Up presumably in Disney Digital 3D, in our updated post.

More Pixar on TV: Disney Channel will play a preview of Up during Cars this Saturday. Read more here.

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Up: The Video Game Details

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Posted by Martin • March 10, 2009

New details have been released on THQ‘s Up: The Video Game through a press release:

"The Up video game will take players on an exotic adventure with Carl Fredricksen and his young sidekick, Wilderness Explorer Russell, as they set off on a wild journey through the undiscovered jungles of South America. Players will be able to experience all four main characters from the movie — Carl, Russell, Dug the lovable dog or Kevin the prehistoric bird — while playing as a single-player or with a friend cooperatively throughout the entire game. Players will encounter exciting, new environments as they navigate through treacherous jungle terrains, battle dangerous creatures and trek the slippery slopes of the Amazonian Tepuis. In addition, the game also features multi-player game modes, including an epic level that will allow up to four players to compete in aerial combat."

The official site is also live now, where you can download a free demo. The full page is coming soon.

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