Review by Justinsl1986
"Spyro Is Back And Still Great"
Spyro the Dragon was a great platfomer one the Playstation. Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage follows in its shoes, providing almost an identical experience. Everything is still pretty simplistic, but it all seems like an upgrade from the original. Spyro is a dragon who is aided by his sidekick dragonfly Sparx. As you explore the world of Avalar, you will find new challenges, new friends, and new foes that cross your path and try to hinder your quest.
The graphics are definitely a step up from the original. The animations seem crisper, and the overall design of the characters and enemies just seems better. The levels are still nicely designed, with enough variety to offer a great experience. This was just the step up that was needed to the series.
Spyro 2 retains the basic gameplay found in the original. The most notable difference is the addition of new characters, offering a deeper game. There are a multitude of challenges in every level, varying the gameplay even more so than just your basic adventuring game. In addition to the newly added challenges, there are power-ups and new moves for you to master. Thanks to these new additions, there is always something fun to be done within the game. The upgrade from the original game is great, proofing that great platformers are still being created.
This time around, the dragon world is not in peril. In fact, Spyro begins the game on vacation from his previous adventure, only to find himself being summoned to the world of Avalar. The evil Ripto is wreaking havoc across the world there, and the locales are tired of his biddings. The local scientist has found a way to harness the power of orbs, and by using this power he summons you and Sparx into their world. It is your job to stop the evil Ripto from taking control over Avalar, with the help of your new friends. The story is still incredibly simplistic and still lacking at times.
The music in Spyro 2 is just like the original. There are multiple tracks throughout the game, offering a bit of difference through it all. The effects are nice as well, with varying noises from each creature across the lands. In addition, everything you do has its own effects, creating a great experience overall.
The worlds in Spyro 2 are larger than the ones in the original, though they aren't as many. There are only three worlds this time around, but with each one being much larger, the game seems to last just as long, if not longer than the original. The array of challenges throughout offer a nice challenge, and some are even fun to do multiple times. Just like the original as well, you will most likely find yourself playing through the game multiple times just because it is so fun.
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage is another great installment in the Spyro game series. The platforming is nicely done, and the additions of multiple challenges throughout the game are a nice addition. The graphics are a nice improvement, the gameplay is slightly evolved, the story still seems to be a bit lacking, the sound is still nicely done, and the replay value is still high. This is another entertaining platforming experience that anybody can enjoy.
Rating 9 + 9 + 7 + 8 + 8 = 41/50 -> 8/10
Buy or rent-
If you are a fan of the Spyro series so far, you will simply love this game. It improves upon everything great in the original, offering up new and interesting gameplay styles. You should be able to find this game for a relatively cheap price as well, so you should pick it up the next time you see it if you don't already own it.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/23/07
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