Review by LotsOfGames
"SpyroMaster's Review of Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage"
Spyro the Dragon has been released. It is doing so well, that it was almost guarunteed that Insomnic would make a new title. And they did. This time though, Spyro would really have to bust a move, since they had to compete with Crash Bandicoot's fourth title CTR (Crash Team Racing). And once again Spyro comes through for us, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! is, in my opinion, Spyro's best game. But there is one, just one screw up that keeps this game from earning a 10/10. But this game without doubt is a major improvement from the original and is almost perfect.
//::-- Story --::\\
In the dragon realms, there is terrible rainy weather. Spyro and Sparks are fed up with it and decide to go on a vaction to a realm called Dragon Shores. A couple days before this in the magical world of Avalar, three creatures called the Professor, Elora the Fawn, and Hunter the Cheetah, are working on building a new portal. When the Professor needed coordinates for the portal, Hunter enters his birthday date, February 24, 1975. Out of the portal hopped three creatures. Two stupid dinosaurs named Crush and Gulp, and a little tyrant-like Riptosaurus (yes the third one is also a dinosaur) named Ripto. When Ripto discovers that there are no dragons in Avalar, he decides to stay in this new world. When Crush tries to return where the trio came from to get there belongings, fairies took orbs out of the portal and hid them around the worlds of Avalar. The Professor and the others decide to go get a dragon out of the Dragon Realms by creating another portal, and they hijacked the portal for Dragon Shores; thus, they got Spyro. This really ticked Ripto, and when he started throwing a hissy fit, Gulp swallowed his magic septer. The trio retreated and Elora told Spyro that since Ripto was ticking them off and there was no way to get to Dragon Shores without beating him, Spyro decides do defeat Ripto and his cronies. Elora then gave Spyro a Guide Book to Avalar's worlds. As you can see, the story is WAY more developed than in Spyro the Dragon. More characters, better plot, more developed plot, mor cutscenes.
//::-- Graphics --::\\
The graphics in Spyro 2 are a little better than the original, and have more detail and color in the levels, something that Crash seems to always fail at. I can't say much about the graphics though, because not much has changed, and for PSone standards, Spyro the Dragon and Spyro 2 are both pretty beast.
//::-- Music --::\\
This games soundtrack is perfect. Every song is atmospheric, sometimes inovative, sometimes it makes you want to get up and do the dance. I can't say anything else about it. It is perfect.
//::-- Gameplay --::\\
This game has the same formula from the original, mostly. You still collect gems, but now there are side missions where you can earn orbs, the collectables are talismans which are earned by getting to the end of a level, enemies now give you little light balls which help to power-up a power-up in the level, like supercharge, superflame, and superfly. Now you can get an extra life by making Sparks eat a blue, shiny butterfly. You can also now but moves from one of the locals named Moneybags. They are swim, climb, and headbash. I have to talk about swimming though, because these are the best, of yeah, and I mean the best swimming mechanics EVER in a video game. There is only one problem with gameplay. If you charge in the middle of a jump, you will do a double jump move. There are over 50 oddities you can do with this move. Luckily, this can be skipped and forgotten, and, all of the oddities are, for fun or convinience, not to skip the whole game.
//::-- Bosses --::\\
These bosses are way better than the originals. They are now challenging, epic, and actually fun. Crush is plain fun and pretty difficult, Gulp is fun a little hard and epic. Ripto is pure awesomness, challenging, and a heck of a good time.
//::-- Overall --::\\
This is the must-have game of all time. If you have not played this game, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! It was released on PSN so there are no excuses if you are a platform/Spyro fan.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 06/27/11
Game Release: Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (Greatest Hits) (US, 11/02/99)
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