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Spyro: Ripto's Rage

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Spyro: Ripto's Rage Publisher: Sony
Category: Action
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: November 1999

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

Like Sonic Adventure, Sony's Sypro: Ripto's Rage has the user-friendly feature of automatic saving between levels. However, that's the best feature of Spyro's second adventure.

Don't get us wrong. This is a solid game, but it's not a must-have. Neither camera view consistently shows what's in front of you - a complaint left over from the first Spyro. Controls are smooth as silk underwater, but on land, you can't reverse direction as smoothly as you can in Nintendo's Banjo-Kazooie or Mario 64.

The over-used concept of learning abilities is even more over-used in Spyro. Believe it or not, but you have to learn such simple abilities as climbing and swimming. This lead- you-by-the-hand style of game play makes this title an excellent choice for children but less so for experienced gamers.

The business of smashing things to collect gems is also a throw-away. The gems are not in unique places. The whole gem thing has been done ten million times. It's a lame attempt at increasing challenge and replay value, but to be honest, it gets boring quickly.

Overall, the new Spyro is well-executed, better than the original, but needs more originality throughout its 30 levels.

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