|System: DS, PS3, X360, PC, Wii, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Avalanche Software||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Disney Interactive Studios||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 15, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Controls in the game are fairly basic and use the standard Wii-Mote and Nunchuk setup. Use the thumbstick to move around, press A, B, Z or C to interact with the environment, and shake the Wii-mote to shove things. The controls work fairly well, but there was one small problem that I noticed almost immediately.
During the game, there are certain areas that require you to shoot at targets and use the Wii's IR pointer to line up your shot. In most instances, this did not work very well and it was difficult to get your aiming reticule to settle on one spot instead of trying to target nearby objects automatically. Fortunately the IR targeting isn't a very prevalent gameplay mechanic and I didn't have to deal with it enough for it to be too frustrating.
As far as technical specs go, it goes without saying that the Wii version of Toy Story 3 falls short of the visual capabilities of the other console versions. However, the game still looks pretty good, and the pre-rendered cinema scenes look especially polished. The in-game world does have a few blurriness issues, and I did run into the odd graphical glitch (getting too close to a ledge caused Woody to spaz out quite often), but on the whole, the game looks pretty good. The music in the game is also fairly good. The background music in the Toy Box mode is nicely themed for the different missions and areas, and the movie-like score in the story mode is a joy to listen to. The only complaint I have with the sound (and it's a minor one) is the prevalence of Randy Newman's ubiquitous "You've Got a Friend in Me". I know this song has an iconic status, but hearing it all the time makes this otherwise-pleasant song seem grating after a short time.
Toy Story 3 is a great movie, and surprisingly, it is a great game too. With the combination of the story mode and the Toy Box mode, there is plenty to do with this game, and users may be pleasantly surprised with exactly how much play time they will get out of this licensed title. Although the Wii falls short in the feature category when you compare it to the bigger console versions, there is still enough here for the game to stand on its own, and if you only own a Wii, this game is still worth playing in this form. If you own another console however, I would definitely choose the bigger console version first as the expanded Toy Box mode is worth the extra few dollars.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor