Review by TweetAngelStar
"An Excellent Game Guaranteed to Last Forever"
Released in September of 1998, Spyro the Dragon looked like a promising game for the Sony Playstation which itself was only released a few years back. The game's first impression was that of a fun-filled action and adventure game for anyone of any age and the first in a series of like games to come. It truly did seem like one of the best games of it's time and it still is fun and enjoyable; it's an original work that still stands out in the gaming world today.
But I'm not here to blab about the intricate history of this game and it's future, just the game itself. And I truly have good words to say about this game!
The gameplay is like a work of art itself! The controls are smooth with Spyro moving throughout the game while you do the work almost effortlessly! Quick learning and active reflexes and can have you gently button-mashing through the game.
The game falls between the categories of easy and hard. It is certainly not impossible to get through the game since you're already naturally equipped with the necessities needed to fight your enemies and progress through levels and worlds. But don't think it's an easy game that you'll finish in no time! Yes, you don't have to be an expert at controls, but dangers lurk in every nook and cranny of the game from where you're forced to follow the edges of cliffs to get some treasure to having a multitude of enemies to get through. But believe me, the enemies usually only need to take one blow before dying and vanishing (rather humorously). And navigating Spyro is like a piece of cake if you know what and when to press a button which becomes second-nature to you.
As for how fun the game is, the opinion differs between people but I'm sure many will agree this is a great game to play! The intertwining of both exploration and combat leave you eager for more but the exciting fun of it is nearly indescribable and, I may as well be exaggerating, but you must see for yourself!
Though the story of your objective throughout the game is unique being that the dragons' enemy, Gnasty Gnorc, has imprisoned the dragons in crystal while stealing their treasure and turning them into minions and it's up to you, Spyro, to free them, the story may seem to start off a bit rushed. You might see that in the next few games, there are a few cut scenes that introduce you to the game and hide secrets that come out later, but Spyro the Dragon's storyline seemed rushed in the beginning then over-stretched as you play. Yes, you constantly follow the routine of freeing dragons, collecting treasure, and fighting off enemies after a quick mock new's interview and flashes of magic crystallizing the dragons. There could've been the option of a few story lines that branch off that would probably have made the game a bit more original; I'm not saying it sucked at all though. There was just a large room for improvement.
The graphics of this early game for the PS would leave you breathless. It is obvious that the guys at Insomniac and Universal Studios took lengthy amounts of time in this game. There are details in your surroundings everywhere and even the characters aren't just blocks of color. Each world and level is unique, the number of different enemies are enormous yet they all don't look alike, and the gems are almost like real diamonds, glinting, shining, and rotating. Just looking throughout the landscape of the game is like looking at scenic nature views.
The soundtrack of the game is stupendous! Every single level and world has it's own music to it, each one suiting it's level or world nearly perfectly. The few flaws about the soundtrack were that the music can get repetitively annoying and the music's sometimes not extremely well-done. But then again, the music was a superb example of the originality of this game.
Play Time: 7/10
The game is not a short one and it would most likely not take you only a couple of hours to finish it. There are a large number of levels that you would have to go through to actually score a 100% in the game and you might not feel the same level of achievement if you didn't. It might take you a few days if you're an active gamer but if you have school or even work then it might take you around a month if you don't play too often. But don't think you're in for a boring time! Whenever you come back to play, don't expect the same exact gameplay everytime; the game can turn from navigating Spyro through desert cliffs to avoiding slipping off an icy precipice. It truly is a wonderland like adventure experience. And the first time around getting through the game might not land you that perfect score you dreamed of, going through the game a few more times can leave you learning more secrets and hints then before. It certainly won't be boring with the nearly endless possibilities!
Final Recommendation: Yes, buy this game.
I encourage you to buy this game. Sure, it has a few flaws but that means it's as good as it gets since there really isn't a perfect game out there for you to buy. This game won't be a waste of your money and you're in for a fun, exciting, action-packed, thrilling ride if you go out and buy Spyro the Dragon.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 12/02/08
Game Release: Spyro the Dragon (US, 09/10/98)
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