Five big changes added to Skylanders Imaginators
Once again Skylands is under a threat, and players are called upon to take up the role of Portal Masters. Scan your Skylanders — the real-life, physical toys — into the game to see the characters come to life and join the fight against Kaos. In Imaginators, though, players aren’t just limited to a selection of figures. Instead, they can create their very own custom Imaginator to help save the day.
Long ago, the Ancients used the power of “Mind Magic” to create Skylands and everything in it. Though that power was sealed away, it’s since fallen into the wrong hands. Kaos controls the once-sacred magic to create an army of Doomlanders, but Portal Masters can fight right back by creating their own Imaginator. Choose a Battle Class from one of ten categories: Brawler, Sorcerer, Smasher, Bowslinger, Knight, Quickshot, Sentinel, Ninja, Bazooker, and Swashbuckler, and you’ll be on your way.
Of course, a class is only one the first decision you’ll make. Players must also choose an element for their Imaginator, and that’s determined by which Creation Crystal they start with. Each Creation Crystal is a physical toy that stores the data for your Imaginator, and it’s what you’ll scan when you want that character to drop into your game. You can use multiple Creation Crystals with one game, but each Crystal will only save the data for one character at a time. To attribute a specific element to your character, you’ll have to own the correct Creation Crystal: Air, Dark, Earth, Fire, Life, Light, Magic, Tech, Undead or Water. Put that together with the classes and you have a hundred decisions to consider before you even begin customizing your Imaginator. Should he or she be a Water Brawler, or a Tech Bowslinger? This starting point is permanent for the character, so choose wisely!
Mix and Match
Once you’ve chosen a class and an element the real fun begins. You can modify any aspect of your Imaginators appearance, and scale different parts up and down, making anything from a banana split-themed hero to robotic lizard. There are automatic color palettes that’ll match everything to look good with your Creation Crystal’s element, but you can tweak the color of every tiny part individually, right down to the whites in your Imaginator’s eyes. Don’t forget to add armor either! Different gear and even body parts, like special ears, can be picked up throughout the levels, meaning that as you play more with your Imaginator, the more options you’ll have to customize them.
But Wait, There’s More!
Customization doesn’t stop with your Imaginator’s looks. Each one also has customizable sounds. Pick from several voices, pitch them up and down and even put them through synthesizers to make your Imaginator sound exactly right. Of course, a good voice would be useless without some lines, so you can create a heroic catchphrase for your character, fill-in-the-blank Mad Libs style. Even your character’s weapon can have custom sounds — does your hammer squeak like a dog toy, ping like a digital throwback to 8-bit arcade games or reverberate through the heavens as it smacks down an enemy?
Wax on, Wax off
Your Imaginator, Fire Swashbuckler or Undead Ninja that it is, already knows some pretty cool moves (which you can also pick during character creation). But there’s always more to learn, so why not learn from the best? The most skilled warriors in their classes, Senseis, are either returning heroes like King Pen and Tri-Tip or returning villains like Golden Queen and Bad Juju. Whether a hero or a villain, the Senseis are able to help train your Imaginators by bestowing Secret Techniques of their own Battle Class.
Crash-ing the Party
If you own a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 you can even experience an exclusive hero from another dimension, Crash Bandicoot spins his way into Skylands as the Life Brawler Sensei. When a wormhole opens up during the Synchonization Celebration, the worlds collide and Wumpa Island is in trouble. Something’s throwing the entire island off-rhythm, so you’ll have to smash, explode, and, well, crash your way through Crash’s homeland to the source of the trouble. Crash Bandicoot can be found as part of the Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Developer: Toys for Bob
Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U
ESRB: E 10+
Release Date: 10.16.2016