In an business where avoiding risks at all costs has become the norm, it’s refreshing to see Activision offering gamers something other than Call of Duty. Not only did they give Spyro another chance, but they took a shot at something radically different and hit a grand slam. Skylanders Swap Force is the latest in this incredible franchise that improves on the original in virtually every facet.
If you are one of the millions of gamers that have fallen in love with the Skylanders, you’re probably trying to decide who is worth buying and who should be skipped. If you’re interested in an explosive Tech Skylander, you might want to recruit Countdown!
Initially, it is very difficult to recommend Countdown. He isn’t very agile, effective, or strong. Making matters worse- one of his three main abilities seems very predictable to enemies. However, should you set Countdown up with a couple of crucial upgrades; he becomes more than capable of holding his own in some of the tougher levels.
I was a bit underwhelmed by both Countdown’s volatile gameplay at first. For one thing, he’s missing the wow factor of greats like Slam Bam or Slobber Tooth. Making matters worse, he lacks the stopping power of more powerful Skylanders like Double Trouble or Bash. What does Countdown have going for him?
Defensive players will adore Countdown for his counter techniques while offense lovers will be mostly disappointed. Many gamers will be turned off by his overly simplistic gameplay and minimalistic design. He’s a somewhat weak champion that fights primarily with rockets and small explosives.
Countdown does grow on you after you’ve gotten unlocked some of his stronger attacks. I was initially disappointed when Countdown was announced. He looked dull to play as and his design was a tad ugly. Nowadays, I no longer rate Countdown so poorly. Just make sure you don’t parade him about in harder levels before putting him through a few Heroic Challenges.
While you might want to invest in the Light-core Countdown to cover some of his weaker attributes, you can make this bursting champion into a serious force without doing so. With somewhat limited range, Countdown is best served with Scratch or Trigger Happy as a partner. After you’ve spent some time with Countdown, you’ll probably find yourself adapting to his irregular style or outright despising it. Just be aware that before you take the plunge and purchase Countdown, he is a poor choice for soloing bosses. He simply cannot handle the heat most Swap Force bosses bring to the table.