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Just out of curiosity what's your opinion on the Spyro series?
I'll do it in the same format:
Back then - 5/10 Now - 8.5/10, MAYBE a 9
I used to play the Crash games much more than Spyro. Heck, I never beat any of the original Spyro games when I was a kid despite being a bigger Spyro fan. Going through them recently, they hold up surprisingly well. Now, I don't mind linear games. Heck, I love the Legacy of Kain games (Blood Omen's not linear, but the rest are fairly so), the Legend of Spyro games (The third is much more open-ended), and even enjoyed FFXIII despite it being pretty meh in retrospect.
The open-ended nature of the Spyro games, especially with the missions and collectibles introduced in the second and third games, gave a very complete feel. It helped that the soundtracks were good, catchy, and diverse and each world was equally different. I loved the characters as well. The little touches like how each world was very personalized, from enemies to its residents, were nice as well.
Much like the Crash series, I would say that the first game was the weakest of the bunch. Even then, the first Spyro beats the first Crash out for good, responsive controls and level/music diversity.
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