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Published on March 6th, 2011 | by Charlie

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Do You Remember? – Spyro the Dragon

This is a segment of where we remind you guys of classic games you may have forgotten, those that should always be remembered, and games we wish we could either have a remake, be brought back to life as an arcade game or be given a sequel, or quite possibly something else, no matter what platform they were on. At the end of the article, I will tell you guys what I believe should be done with the game.

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I’m so sorry. I just had to. It wouldn’t be “Do You Remember?” without this iconic figure! And what a great way to end the first season of the segment. This is of the very first Spyro game, before you begin to ask. Spyro has evolved so much throughout the years, and is one franchise which was good with every sequel… up until it went multiplatform. And to make matters worse, the franchise is now owned by Activision… oh yes. Run in fear children. Like Crash Bandicoot, it was one franchise that was a must play. The first game, which is the one we are talking about, was developed by Insomniac Games and Universal Interactive. Set in the world of Dragons (as the very first sentance states), the five dragon families live peacefully in their own worlds (so initially, there are 5 worlds). It’s not long before the villain pops in… Gnasty Gnorc (Yes. Nasty with a “G”), where he turns all the dragons in the world into crystal. All but one: SPYRO! Why doesn’t he turn to crystal, may you ask? Well he’s such a small dragon that he manages to avoid the spell. It’s then up to Spyro to travel to each world and release the dragons from their crystal shells, whilst finding a way to defeat Gnorc.

DON'T BURN ME!

How could you forget Spyro without his trusty dragonfly sidekick, Sparx! Sparx himself is incorporated with the gameplay, as he is your personal health bar. Throughout the game, you would obtain gems and dragon eggs, as well as find dragons trapped in crystal. Before you could travel to a new homeworld, you would have needed to find a certain amount of those items. Sparx would help you in collecting the gems too (the picking them up part that is), but it was your job to actually find them. In each homeworld, you could find your way through a series of puzzles, which were really fun to get past. Those puzzles would mostly require you to use your glide ability to the extreme, for example to get from one platform to another, which sometimes cut it close on if you would reach the platform or not. A rather short “Do You Remember?” this week, I understand.

 

This is the new Spyro from "Skylanders"... WHAT HAVE THEY DONE?!

So of course, Spyro has recieved many sequels. The first 2 was good, when they were just originally on the Playstation. But, just like most exclusive franchises, Spyro began to lose its magic when it went multiplatform. Spyro is now on it’s 10th developer, which is producing a brand new spin off series of Spyro, “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure”. The franchise is also on it’s sixth publisher, which sadly had to be Activision. I honestly feel the Spyro series in a desperate need of a reboot, because I just wonder where the heck the franchise has gone to. I just hope Skylanders is worth it (but have you seen what Spyro looks like in it?!). You can, however download the first three Spyro games on the PSN network, which is great, so buy them now! But to be honest, some franchises need to stay exclusive. And as for the cancelled movie… don’t get me started.

Spyro the Dragon was released in 1998 on the Playstation and 2007 on the Playstation Network US.

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Next week, I will introduce a new segment called “Have You Played”, where it looks at current generation games you need to play, and if you haven’t, shame on you! This means that this weeks “Do You Remember?” will be the last for a little while.

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  • DavidPoppell

    …How recently did you learn English?
    Your grasp on the language is horrible and your grammar is atrocious. A spell check would have helped too since you can not seem to spell correctly.
    Who gave you a job writing for a website?

    • So because I got a “few grammical” errors, I suddenly don’t know how to spell?

      First of all, this is an opinion piece, so I can write the length of sentences as long as I like. Second of all, way to act like a douche.

      • And the way you replied is not really being grown up, sure he maybe a douche but that is your opinion. and the reply is public, what was that thing called… Think read post (i just made that up)

        • I dont fight back as much as you do. You do it all the time. I’ve done it once. I dont want people thinking im not english. You’re the one who learned english, not me.

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