Date: 01-19-2010 18:48
Reviewer: Halladay

Type: PSone
Genre: Platformer / Action
Developer: Insomniac Games

Spyro's Back! Take control of this hot-headed dragon as you journey across the realms of Avalar, fighting enemies and collecting treasures, with this PSone Classic, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage.

Presentation: You play as Spyro, a young purple dragon who is eager to prove his abilities....and take a vacation. When Spyro is accidently tranported to Avalar with the intention of relaxing on Dragon Shores by the means of The Professor, he is asked to defeat Ripto the tyrant in an attemt to rescue Avalar. Spyro accepts, and the adventure begins.

Gameplay: the gameplay is similar to the original Spyro, with a few minor tweaks here and there. Several levels are built around Spyro's ability to glide, which comes in handy when trying to reach for some gems or orbs. Throughout the game you are able to purchase new abilities from Moneybag, a greedy bear. These include climbing, swimming, and others which are neccesary to advance in the story. power-ups are a new feature, enabling Spyro to reach ares or complete tasks otherwise impossible without the extra boost. The controls are easy to adjust to, with your basic fire breath and dash attack that will dispose of your usual enemy. Enemies are a minor threat, where as you can easily ignore them to quickly complete a level. the gameplay gets increasingly more fun, with the power-ups and new abilities keeping it fresh.

Graphics: With different realms and areas, the graphics are presented with spectacular attention to detail and color. Although not a major improvement from the original, the graphics are displayed with great effectiveness, with the changing environments a key aspect of this. The characters move smoothly through the different places, and you can notice the impact of your attacks on your enemies (burn marks, etc).

Sound: The sound in Spyro 2 is decent, based on the small taste of sound offered. In-Game music is basically non-existant, which is odd because the "bubbly" environment is a great opportunity to complete the experience. While running around in the Homeworlds with nobody around, you can only hear the pattering of Spyro's footsteps, which darkens the mood of the moment.

Replay Value: Spyro offers decent replay value, especially if you didn't bother to collect much orbs or gems along the way. After completing the game the portal to Dragon Shores is revealed, but is only accessable with the sufficient amount of orbs collected. Within Dragon Shores there are mini games to collect tokens, which will unlock bonus content for your enjoyment. Also, collecting ALL the gems and orbs will unlock a special feature. Lots of room for exploration and replay.

Final Word: Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage is definitaly a game worth taking a look at. With solid gameplay and plenty of content, you'll get your money's worth half way through the story. With a $5.99 payment, I suggest adding this to your collection.

Presentation: 8
Gameplay: 8
Graphics: 8
Sound: 4
Replay Value: 9
Overall: 7.4
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