Review by YSF

Reviewed: 01/23/00 | Updated: 12/16/02

Will Spyro be BIG ENOUGH to replace Sony's Crash mascot? Definitely, possible!

Before i picked up the game, i thought it would be another lame 3-D platformer game but i was wrong! What Spyro does to the PlayStation is what Banjo-Kazooie does to the Nintendo 64.

The story is pretty standard, much like Croc style type. The dragons have all been turned into giant crystals and taking the role of a young dragon, Spyro, your main task is to collect gems and save your dragon buddies that are scattered throughout the world.

Spyro is easily one of the best-looking, smoothest-moving 3-D platformer on the PlayStation. It has slick, fast graphics, with hardly any seams, warped textures or other common gitches. The animation is clean and silky-smooth, bringing into a whole new realm of realistism.

The music and voice acting, as of expected, are definitely top-notch. The controls are pretty responsive and perfectly tuned. Cameras are very well done and not that crappy like most 3-D platformers.

Very few games totally immense you into the game like what Spyro does. Expect plenty of exploration on a vast piece of land, and encountered a variety of nasty enemies. Spyro may look small and cute but beware of his fire-breath. It can be lethal.

As of most traditional 3-D platformers, you get to collect many stuffs like gems, eggs etc. But what makes the game excel in its gameplay is the countless exploration which many 3-D platformers have yet to achieve, other than a few exception like Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie etc.

The levels are all pretty well-designed, providing enough challenge to keep you busy for at least a week. Not all levels can be easily accessed immediately; some requires you some special criteria such as finding a certain amount of gems or dragons. And then, there's also a bonus stage as well. Probably the most interesting ability that Spyro can do is the ability to fly. There are quite a number of areas which seem to be unreachable unless you fly over to there.

However, there's one problem. Most of the bosses look quite small and fairly easy. On the other hand, it tends to look childish because of its cutish side but i guess it's all right for me.

Spyro is asolutely an incredible solid 3-D action-adventure game that surpasses most games in most aspects, whether it is graphics, musics, gameplay or sound and so on. With gorgeous graphics and challenging gameplay, Spyro is definitely a game for everyone, whether you are an adult or a child.

Story : 7.5/10.0
Graphics : 9.5/10.0
Challenge : 8.0/10.0
Camera : 9.0/10.0
Music : 9.5/10.0
Sound : 9.5/10.0
Voice : 9.5/10.0
Gameplay :10.0/10.0
Replay : 9.5/10.0
Overall : 9.0/10.0

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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