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Sunday Classics: Spyro the Dragon

Title: Spyro the Dragon

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Genre: Platform

Platform: Playstation/PSN

 

One of my earliest childhood gaming memories is of charging around Stone Hill, head butting goats. In this gaming age there is no modern equivalent to the original Spyro series, and though Krome Studios tried to reboot the little purple dragon, the new games lacked the charm and fun of the originals.

Nowadays we’re used to top notch graphics, everything looks beautiful and smooth, but Spyro was released in 1998, before developers had managed to smooth out all those polygons. Regardless, Spyro is still visually appealing despite its angular shapes and lack of smooth circles. The environments are bright and colourful, each level is designed to reflect the overworld, from deserts, to plains, to spooky castles and dream worlds. The enemy design may have amounted to little more than re-skinning the same few enemies but at the time that didn’t matter, besides plenty of modern games are guilty of doing the same and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The point is, they’re colourful and recognisable, which is important for a kid’s game.

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Dragon’s Dogma

Dragon's Dogma Logo

Picture, if you will, a peaceful fishing village. There you are, minding your own business, when suddenly an enormous dragon swoops out of the sky and rips your heart out of your chest! Welcome to Dragon’s Dogma. For the next 100 hours (give or take) you’re going to head out on a massive adventure to reclaim your heart. Good luck with that.

One of my favourite additions to an RPG is the ability to create your own characters. Dragon’s Dogma not only lets you create your own arisen, but also asks you to create a companion for yourself known as a pawn. It’s a very customisable feature, allowing for all kinds of body shapes, hairstyles, scars and ages.┬áIt’s up there with Skyrim and Oblivion’s customisation screens.

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