What is Disney Infinity 3.0: Rise Against the Empire Play Set?
An expansion pack for Disney Infinity 3.0, Rise Against the Empire is a Play Set add-on that lets you play through a full co-op adventure - in this case, one that takes you through the events of Star Wars episodes IV - VI (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi). As an expansion for Disney Infinity 3.0, Rise Against the Empire requires Disney Infinity 3.0 to work.
The Rise Against the Empire Play Set bundles a Play Set piece (which unlocks the Play Set in game when placed on the Disney Infinity base) alongside two new figures - Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, letting you play in split-screen co-op out of the box.
How do you play Disney Infinity 3.0: Rise Against the Empire Play Set?
Taking in all of the most memorable moments from the classic Star Wars trilogy, the gameplay here is divided up into three very different types - missions, hubs and space travel. The missions are arguably the most varied here, and see you doing anything from taking part in the battle of Hoth, tripping up AT-ATs in your Snowspeeder, to infiltrating the Death Star on foot in an effort to disable its tractor beams, or blowing up the Death Star 2. Hub worlds, meanwhile, are more open affairs, with dozens of quests to be completed for various townsfolk, whether you're shooting womp rats, disguising ewoks, or taking new recruits on a sightseeing tour of Echo Base. Finally, the space sections tie everything together, letting you fly from planet to planet, blowing up a few Star Destroyers on the way.
How easy is Disney Infinity 3.0: Rise Against the Empire Play Set to pick up and play?
In terms of accessibility, Rise Against the Empire is no trickier than any of the other Disney Infinity games or expansions, with a fairly low difficulty level throughout. A third person game, the camera is good enough that you don't ever really need to use both analogue sticks at once, letting you move your character with the left stick, while jumping/hitting/shooting things with the other buttons.
That said, some levels do put a very strict time limit on things (particularly the evacuation of Echo Base, where you have to round up various characters, and lob them into ships), which make things a bit more complex. It's also worth keeping in mind that while Disney Infinity isn't as strict as Skylanders, it does have a kind of similar lives system. Should you get defeated in a level, if you're playing in co-op, you can have a friend come and revive you, and pick up from where you left off - but if you're on your own, you have to respawn back to the last checkpoint. Much more forgiving than Skylanders' one figure = one life idea, this isn't actually that much more harsh than a "normal" game.
As an added bonus, any Disney Infinity Star Wars characters you own are compatible with this Play Set - so both Anakin and Ahsoka from the starter pack can be used here, once you've found the relevant "champion coin" to unlock them (these coins are hidden in the hub worlds, but are all pretty easy to spot).
For the youngest of players, a solid reading ability is required here, as there's little in the way of voice overs, and much of the reading is essential when it comes to figuring out what you need to do next.
- "There are womp rats infesting the town. We put traps down in the rubbish piles, but they're wise to that"
With nothing in the way of bad language or sex, and only very mild, cartoon violence, Disney Infinity 3.0: Rise Against the Empire is suitably family friendly. Enemies in game are all very plasticy in appearance, and when defeated, simply break up into their constituent parts before disappearing. There's nothing in the way of guts, gore or realistic impacts at all.