Thursday, April 18, 2019

#DeannaPlays: Spyro Reignited - Year of The Dragon

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Deanna Plays is a monthly feature on this blog where every third Thursday of the month I talk about something related to video games. Sometimes these are reviews of the games themselves, sometimes it's a list of books to read if you play X, and anything in between!

This is the final installment of my three-part series where I am talking about the games from Spyro Reignited! You can find my posts on Spyro The Dragon and Ripto's Rage here. Today I am going to be talking about the final game in the trilogy - Year of the Dragon.

This game definitely brings back a lot of memories, and I think this final game is so much longer and fleshed out than the other two. One of the things I love about it is that it brings in all the elements from the other two, but it makes it extra interesting by allowing you to play as different characters. I went back on forth on which game in the trilogy is my favorite. I LOVE Ripto's Rage, but my boyfriend pointed out that you get to play as Sgt. Byrd and that is pretty legit. He has very strong feelings on loving that weird British Penguin.

I do love that each world has a different character that you have to unlock from Money Bags and get to play as them. Although! I did find it kind of annoying that you would come across a sign for them in one of the levels, but you couldn't unlock the character until you went to the next world. That was kind of annoying, but at least it was consistent with the old game. I also HATED playing at Agent 9. I just felt like his controls were so wonky. Again making this update feel really consistent with the original game. 

One of my favorite things about this game is that at the end you get all your gems back from Money Bags. You are probably thinking, "So what, Deanna? That happens in Ripto's Rage." Yeah, but you get to flame and charge at him and it's sooooo satisfying! (Also, I'm not putting a spoiler on this, this game came out legit 19 years ago.) 

Like the other games, this one has a cool bonus round if you collect all the dragon eggs. Which was really freaking hard! But I am pretty proud to say I was able to do it! I actually found the bonus round stuff to be harder than beating all the bosses in the game. I mean, I beat the final boss in the game in one try! So I got pretty good at this game, but I also did spend hours of my childhood playing these games, so that might be why.

I had a lot of fun playing these games again and it was a super nostalgic way to play games. If you loved Spyro as a kid, or if you never picked these up before, I think you will have a fun time playing this.

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