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.
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.
Summary: First impressions of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure aren't good. There's a new peripheral to clutter the living room, a collectable range of toys required to play the game, and the reappearance of a tried and tested video game character--all the components needed for a cynical money-making scheme. Ironically, however, it's the toys and how they are used in the game that turn what might have been a derivative action platformer into something much more interesting.
Pros: Toys with brains, Role-playing-style progression, Game expands with figure collection, Adventure Pack toys DLC works well
Cons: Multiplayer is offline only, Costly to complete everything, Portal peripheral can be temperamental
Conclusion: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure looks to not only be a pioneer in merging physical toys with a video game, but also take the Spyro franchise to a younger audience. After a two-day marathon across four platforms, I think that Activision, Toys for Bob and XPEC have succeeded. While the game has a few flaws and I have some concerns with lost or broken toys and portals, I believe the game (with the help of an aggressive marketing campaign) will make this one of the hottest...
Excerpt: This interesting game from Activision revisits the popular Spyro franchise which revolves around one of the world's friendliest purple dragons... Spyro ! However Activision have done something totally different with their latest game and as opposed to just a stock standard video game, the developers have included a Wired Portal of Power™ that connects into your USB on the XBox 360.