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3. Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic: Disney Infinity has a weird knack for making really fun games out of movies or shows I don't personally care about that much. The Cars play set is still one of the very best, and this set based on the Clone Wars cartoon is the best of the Star Wars bunch. From a play perspective it's not necessarily any more notable than the other two Star Wars games, but either it's less distracting in how its story incorporates the source material or else my ambivalence towards that cartoon makes me overlook any missteps. It helps that the planets it's set on don't seem that overexposed within the world of Star Wars games (or perhaps, again, it helps me that I just haven't played a lot of games based on the prequel trilogy or its cartoon spin-off). I don't think anybody would argue that certain aspects of those prequels were designed specifically to feel like a videogame, so it's no surprise that those ideas work well within a videogame. Also Ahsoka Tano is the most fun Star Wars character to play as in all of Disney Infinity, and this is the play set she stars in, so that definitely helps, too.
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2. Cars: It's mystifying how the Cars movies can be the least interesting Pixar films and yet make for such a great play set and such an amazing theme park experience at Disney California Adventure. Like the Route 66 of the park, the play set is a beautiful little cartoon recreation of the Southwest, with a gorgeous desert backdrop and mountains and ravines that are fun to drive through. And of course driving is basically all you do here, as unlike the other Infinity characters the Cars aren't remotely humanoid. I'm generally not a big racing game fan, but this is a more arcade-style form of racing, and like Mario Kart it's both fast-paced and simple to understand. Extra depth comes through a city-building dynamic, where you grow your Radiator Springs and gradually unlock buildings and characters from the movies. It's a beautiful world that doesn't feel like any other play set, and thus it was my favorite of them all until Disney Infinity 3.0 came out.
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1. Inside Out: If Inside Out came out in 1995 instead of 2015, you would've loved this game on your Genesis or Super Nintendo. In a departure from almost every other play set on this list, Inside Out is a straight-up platformer built largely around the proper exploitation of physics and the discovery of collectibles and hidden objects. It's a visually beautiful translation of a beautiful film, and although it never tries to get nearly as deep as the movie, that just means it also doesn't have some of the movie's more cloying aspects. The unique abilities of the five main characters all cleverly play off their strongly defined personalities while also giving the developers a launch pad for inspired game design. It may not be as tight or elegant as a Nintendo platformer or those recent Rayman games, but Inside Out easily slides in alongside Little Big Planet and Sly Cooper on the next half-step down.