We’ve seen ‘toys-to-life’ games plenty of times before with the likes of Skylanders and Disney Infinity. Those games were a ton of fun for kids but weren’t so great for their parents’ wallets.
Heading to E3, I was admittedly skeptical about Starlink Battle for Atlas but after spending some time with the game, I was pleasantly surprised. I think many people were also won over when they learned Star Fox and his Arwing would appear in the Nintendo Switch version.
Starlink is all about space, you take control of a rocket ship and fly around the open-world, exploring planets and taking on bad guys. The game comes with a controller attachment and a rocket ship figure which links to the game.
We were pleasantly surprised by Starlink which partners ‘toys-to-life’ with exciting gameplay
The Nintendo Switch version exclusively comes with Star Fox and his iconic Arwing ship
The starter pack gives you everything you need and more: one rocket ship, two pilots and two weapons for £69.99. The Nintendo Switch version comes with Fox and the Arwing. Plus if you pre-order at GAME you’ll receive an additional pilot, a chaos loving demolitionist called Startail.
You can chane your rocket ship’s pilot, wings and weapons to completely change how you play. You may choose a tanky body to have more health but equip it with different wings and pilot to improve your speed and/or handling.
The games see’s you fly around and explore planets where you’ll find intimidating boss battles
The toys themselves are great quality, kids will enjoy collecting them while some adults will love displaying the epic ships on shelves at home. Attaching them to the controller is easy and surprisingly doesn’t feel intrusive when playing.
And if collecting rocket ships isn’t your thing, you can also gain access to all of the games different options by buying them digitally. Starlink has more than enough to offer you with exciting vehicle combat and exploration.
Flying around feels fantastic, zipping past enemies and barrel-rolling out the way of attacks makes you feel like a total badass. During the boss battle we tried, we had to fly circles around a giant monster – taking down nodes before we could open up its weak-spot for a brief moment.
As well as battling monsters on the ground, you can get into intense dogfights in space
The fight was multi-layered, surprisingly difficult and incredibly rewarding to complete. Changing weapons halfway through also felt great, changing items automatically pauses the game for you and anything added appears in game without any delay.
By tactically switching to a weapon which suspended enemies in the air, I had enough time to properly focus down the boss’ weakpoint which I burst down with a rocket launcher.
Starlink is overall a really fun experience and one that anyone can enjoy. The game launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on October 16 this year.
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