Skylanders: Swap Force

As we get closer to the release of Skylanders: Swap Force, we’ve obtained better access to the game. Having played through some snatched sections at Gamescom, it was good to be able to take the time to fully investigate the available levels at this year's Eurogamer Expo.

Played here on the PlayStation 4, you can see why this latest version of Skylanders continues to attract interest from outside its traditional family audience. The visuals and audio really add polish to the experience, promising a surprisingly attractive adventure.

Perhaps the biggest question mark here is how many special edition characters there will be. After Disney pushed the retail envelope with its foil pack collectible upgrade tokens for Disney Infinity, we hope that Activision isn't tempted to bleed the family market too hard.

In truth, we've already spotted a bunch of different store exclusives for both Walmart and Toys R Us, and we recently caught a glimpse of some seasonal specials: Kick Off Countdown (maybe for June), Springtime Trigger Happy (likely for April), Jade Fire Kraken (possibly for Summer), Enchanted Star Strike (looking like a Halloween fig for next year), and Jolly Bumble Blast (likely for this Christmas).

Then, of course, there is the Skylanders Dark Starter Pack available at certain retail stores, which is not currently confirmed for the PS4. Unlike some special editions, though, this actually promises quite good value, with the increased price boasting not only limited edition characters, but also a wider selection to get you started. Let's hope that it's announced for Sony's next generation system soon.

What do you think of Skylanders: Swap Force's presentation on PS4? Are you planning to purchase the impending sequel? Let us know in the comments section below.