(I wrote this yesterday, but I just didn't post it)
If you probably couldn't tell from my recent post, which I only threw out there because I wanted to brag about having all the figures, and I hadn't posted anything in a long while, I really, REALLY love Disney Infinity. It's a great concept, it's a great game, but I'll admit that there are some things that I'd wish they did better. This is mostly just going to be talking about the roster we have and what I personally hope to see in the future for these games. This idea is simply too great and too ingenious to just fade away after one or two games. According to the wiki, there are plans for a Disney Infinity 2 which is rumored to feature backwards AND FORWARD compatibility between both games, and if that's true then it's the absolute greatest thing they could add. Just to be on the safe side, though, here are some runner-ups:
1) More Female Playable Characters- Out of the roster we do have, only seven characters are female--eight if you count Holley Shiftwell, but she's a car. I know, despite the Disney Princesses being Disney's most marketable and profitable franchise ever, it's not very easy to give them weapons and stuff, but Disney's had tons of female characters in the past. How about Mulan or Meridah? How about tossing in Kim Possible? Hell, if Phineas and Agent P can make it in, why not KP? One guy posted his Disney Infinity dream team with characters like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (who 98% of everybody only knows because he was in Epic Mickey), Roger Rabbit, and--my absolute favorite--Sofia the First! XD Y'know, what? I laugh at this, but I honestly hope they go for it just to see what happens. It'd be so awesome, and nobody would see it coming.
2) Breaking '10 Year Rule'- Seriously look at the roster we have and you'll notice something. That's right, every character was from a movie released in the last 10 years, the worst offenders being Anna and Elsa who debuted the SAME WEEK FROZEN WAS RELEASED IN THEATERS!!! The only ones that defy this are the Incredibles characters, who barely make it seeing as how their movie WAS ten years on the nose at the time, and Jack Skellington. 'What about Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mouse from Fantasia,' asked everybody reading this. That doesn't count; it's still Mickey Mouse regardless, he's just one of the most recognizable personas they have (that and Steamboat Willie, which even casual animation fans know of as the first appearance of the character). Disney has an entire CENTURY worth of characters to work with, both mainstream and obscure, so it feels like a bit of a cop-out to throw in Pixar characters--even if they aren't any less great as the Disney ones we have, don't get me wrong.
3) Add More Villains- Again, going back to that whole roster, what else seems kinda lacking that Disney is really, really good with? Villains; Disney is well-known for having some of the greatest, most menacing, and sometimes even most complex villains in the history of animation, so how many are in the current roster? Four (I'm counting Barbossa since he was a bad guy in the first movie)! Okay, technically six if you count Elsa and Ralph, but their anti-heroes so I don't think that counts. I want to see more villains in the next one, and I don't think we'd be able to use Frollo, Lady Tremain, Gaston, those are plenty great villains but they'd seem way too out of place if they were taken out of their respective settings (the first two especially, since they're more plotters than doing any actual work themselves). I'm talking Captain Hook, Maleficent (preferably the animated one, regardless of how well the live action one is protrayed; it's just a classical, familiar design), Hades, Jafar, Chernabog. Yes, Chernabog, the demonic figure from the Night on Bald Mountain sequence in Fantasia. I don't even care that he'd probably be about twice the size of the other characters, cost about thirty bucks, and be rare and overpowered as hell; just picture it for a moment, and you'll totally agree it's worth every penny.
4) Costumes- this one isn't about the roster, it's just a cool idea to introduce: unlockable alternate in-game costumes to costumize characters when playing in the Toy Box. I mean, let's think about this, since most of the characters' alternate costumes draw themselves: Vanellope's princess dress, Mr and Mrs. Incredible's original costumes, the aforementioned Steamboat Willie thing for Mickey Mouse, Jack Skellington's Santa Claus suit, Anna and Elsa's coronation dresses, get creative.
5) Expanding the Roster- the game is called Disney INFINITY, so this has the potential to include just tons and tons of characters: classics like Stitch, Tarzan, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Alice--preferably the animated one but I'm not biased--or expanding on other characters' background like adding Flynn Ryder, Ferb [unless he's going to be in the next one], Fix-It Felix Jr., Sally, Oogie Boogie, the list goes on.You can add characters from the Disney Afternoon like Chip and Dale, Darkwing Duck, the Mighty Ducks, frickin' GARGOYLES!!! Where's the downside to this supposed to be? I mean, they have the Cars, then does that mean it's possible to add in their cast of animals (or talking animals like Simba and anthropomorphic)?
If there's one thing, well two things, that I would personally draw the line, it'd be excluding Marvel and Star Wars, simply because Disney has enough of its own stuff to use; even though it would be intensely satisfying to see Wolverine, Captain America, and the Lone Ranger fighting Syndrome and Darth Vader. Or including Marvel Characters like Deadpool and the Power Pack, or resurrecting the awesomely/stupidly/awesome Brute Force and having Robo-Bear vs. Cyber Gorilla vs. Buzz Lightyear (which, now that I say it out loud sounds like a movie off the Sci-Fi channel...until that part about Buzz). Y'know what, I realized that I accidently talked myself into it, but I remain skeptical.