Reviews and Problems with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure review (X360)
8 January 2012
Excerpt: Levels feature lots of loot and they all contain special areas that are locked behind gates. To enter gates, you must have a character with the matching affinity. As long as you have such a character and he hasn’t been disabled for that stage, you can simply pull the current character off the pedestal and replace it with a new one. The whole process takes mere seconds and it lets you feel like you’re actively involved in the adventure.
Excerpt: Skylanders takes place in a mythical world comprised of aerial islands that are threatened by an imposing darkness created by the evil Kaos. After destroying Skyland’s magical tower of light, Kaos disbands the last remaining hero while the Skylander “animals,” each with its own character class, scatter to all corners of the galaxy to find another hero. That’s where you — and the toys — come in.
Conclusion: Graphics:a nice appealing set of graphics with bright colours with each skylander starting off looking like the figure then as they are upgraded changes can be seen making them feel alive however the NPCs feel lifeless outside of cutscenes never changing at all and occasionally failing to lipsync correctly .
Conclusion: SOARING HIGHA Dungeon Crawler For Kids - Despite the cheery characters and the colorful settings, at the heart of Skylanders beats a dungeon crawler disguised as a kids’ game. Don’t let the platformer label fool you. All the elements of a RPG dungeon crawler are here: XP grinding, leveling up, multiple paths, things that make a dungeon crawler are here…sort of. See, this is still a kids’ game and to throw an unprepared kid into his or her first dungeon is just wrong.
Summary: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure might have very little to do with Spyro himself, but it certainly provides a unique take on the action-platformer by adding the addictive element of collectible, colorful figurines. That same addition causes some irksome pacing issues along with some flustering difficulty spikes that require experience hands be close by to lend some assistance, which takes some of the power away from younger players.
Excerpt: It has been a while since Spyro has graced a console game. While Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is technically a new game in the series, Spyro is really just an accessory. Speaking of accessories, if you have not already heard, Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is a $70 game that comes with three figurines, a circular portal that you put the figure on and the game. Other figures have to be purchased in the toy department.
Summary: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure lets kids take on the role of a powerful Portal Master, who can control over 30 different characters, including the beloved purple dragon Spyro. The game allows players to transport real-world toys into virtual worlds of adventure through the Portal of Power.
Conclusion: Skylanders is a good game made wholly better by a great gaming experience that is provided by the Portal of Power and the figures. Enjoyable for all ages, you would be hard pressed to find a more engaging, better-produced family friendly game this holiday.