While many gamers would have you believe that originality is dead- Activision would like to disagree. Skylanders: Swap Force represents a brand new take on how gamers play RPGs and purchase additional content. Rather than tying the hands of gamers to intangible data in the form of DLC, the Skylanders franchise entices gamers with physical, in-game purchases in the form of figures and accessories. The series launched on multiple platforms (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, PS3) to massive success. If you’re trying to make some decisions on which champions to invest in, this is your opportunity to gain some insight.
You can pick up a Skylander for between $8-$10 and the starter packs are bundled with three already. The only question now for happy buyers is… who should you buy next? Look no further if you’re trying to decide what Skylanders warrant an investment! If you find yourself unsure of who to invest in, look no further. This time we’ll be taking a look at a Water Skylander. Is Chill an excellent wintry warrior or an icy disappointment?
Chill is one of the more popular, capable female champions introduced in Skylanders Giants and is likely to continue that trend with Skylanders: Swap Force. While some of her ice skills are mostly for show, she’s an excellent mid-range fighter thanks to her javelin. Those looking for a heroic, nicely designed icy Amazon to lead their champions will be more than satisfied. You just might not think so right off the bat.
Chill is a difficult champion to proclaim the merits of. It’s telling that lookers like Flashwing and Stealth Elf have enamored lady gamers while Chill and Sprocket haven’t been so lucky. Chill has received a much more positive reception than her engineering contemporary, but she still struggles to match the rest of the newcomers- namely Pop Fizz, Hot Dog, and Eye-Brawl.
If you love ice users and are on the fence about Chill, it will boil down to either her or Slam Bam. Admittedly, it is a tough choice. Neither of these frosty fighters shines particularly in PVP- with Chill getting a very slight advantage in the comparison. Slam Bam is much more effective offensively, but Chill outperforms him defensively. Both figures look fantastic. The details on Chill’s ice shield and armor are very appealing to the eye.
Chill is a competent Skylander on the portable side of things- she’ll serve you faithfully against bosses and enemy hordes. If you’re also interested in Ignitor and Zook, snatch up all three in their triple pack. Where Chill struggles most is in utility. She’s a great looking figure and a successful second foray into the ice elemental, but she just isn’t particularly effective. Her javelin tears through enemies with general ease, but her ice walls do remarkably little.
Chill is, in many ways, a much better version of Chop-Chop. Unlike the skeletal knight, Chill’s shield skills are bolstered by her javelins and ice attacks. Unfortunately her shield abilities are situational at best and should ultimately be ignored in favor of the Ice Lancer path. Chill’s defensive style works very well with Fright Rider, Cynder, or Stealth Elf. Throw the Kufi hat on her for an elegant, dignified look.