Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure (Xbox One) Review – A little New Unnecessary

Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure (Xbox One) Review – A little New Unnecessary

In a move to introduce older Kinect games to a new audience, Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure was remastered to include controller supported play and modern graphics. While this remaster seems rather unnecessary, it does breathe new life into an old title.

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Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure (Xbox One) – gameplay image via Microsoft Studios and ASOBO

Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure consists of six Pixar worlds to explore: Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Incredibles, Up, Ratatouille, and Cars. Each world consists of 2-3 episodes and can vary in gameplay style. Cars is driving(duh), Dory is swimming(obviously) and the rest are mostly made up of platforming, similar to a bare-bones Disney Infinity. These episodes are short and only take a matter of minutes to complete, however, players can play through again to find secrets and try out new abilities. This does allow for replay value, but that value is measured in cents.

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Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure (Xbox One) – gameplay image via Micorsoft Studios and ASOBO

The remastered graphics for Rush bring the title into the modern day technology. With 4K capabilities, the game really does have a crisper and more colourful appearance, even for those of us without 4K televisions. The sound isn’t anything to write home about, but it is acceptable. The introduction of the controller support works perfectly, allowing a seamless transition from being a strictly Kinect title to one that offers controller play. Although it’s easy to tell Rush was a Kinect game due to the simplistic controls and limited gameplay variety, Pixar fans will enjoy the opportunity to explore these franchises. Especially with the brand new Finding Dory episodes.

Rush is a very middle-of-the-road title. Nothing spectacular, yet nothing weighing it down. If you have already played Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, there is no need to revisit it. The new content of Finding Dory isn’t enough to justify recommending it for a second time. For young fans who have never experienced Rush, it is worth considering, just don’t expect hours of entertainment.

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Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure (Xbox One) – gameplay image via Micorsoft Studios and ASOBO

Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure was reviewed using “retail” Xbox One download codes provided by Microsoft Studios. You can find additional information about CGMagazine’s ethics and review policies and procedures here.


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Disneyland Adventures Remastered (Xbox One) Review – A Not So Magical Journey

Disneyland Adventures Remastered (Xbox One) Review - A Not So Magical Journey

The Kinect has come and gone. Microsoft is no longer encouraging players to get up off the couch, and in this new era, Kinect games are getting remastered to include controller supported controls. Disneyland Adventures went through this makeover, and it should have been left to rot alongside the Kinect.

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Disneyland Adventures Remastered (Xbox One) – gameplay image via Microsoft Studios and ASOBO

At the beginning of my adventure, I found I was really enjoying myself. Sure, it doesn’t appear to be all that remastered. The sound isn’t perfect, some characters sound hollow and distant, and the graphics—while sharper than the original Xbox 360 release—are unable to rival this generation’s visuals, even in 4K. The animations are awkward, the children run as if they are wearing diapers, and characters occasionally speak without mouth movement—but hey, I was laughing up a storm playing alongside player two. We progressed through the game, doing mundane tasks like chatting up the Disney family and collecting autographs, but not too far into our magical journey the game crashed. Fine, I give games one free crash. Technology isn’t perfect. I restarted the game and continued to play, yet I noticed the longer we played, the glitchier it got. The frame rate dropped, our feet clipped through the ground and at one point player two lost the ability to control his character. The controls refused to respond, making the fun factor of the mini-game drop like the Tower of Terror. And to my sheer disappointment, before I knew it, BAM, we hit the ground floor with the game crashing again.

Disneyland Adventures crashed on average, once an hour, until I had to throw in the towel. Someone stole Tinkerbell’s fairy dust and I can no longer fly high playing Disneyland Adventures. The small variety of gameplay could have easily been forgiven if the game didn’t crash repetitively. The idea of introducing the controller is a brilliant one, but only if players don’t have to live in constant fear of the game crashing. Sadly, I have said goodbye to Disneyland and will be staying away from this not-so-magical adventure. I suggest you do the same.

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Disneyland Adventures Remastered (Xbox One) – gameplay image via Microsoft Studios and ASOBO

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