posted by Taasla (College Station, TX) Oct 24, 2008
Member since Sep 2008
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After surviving that horrendous abomination, Enter the Dragonfly, I was happy to see all the changes made in A Hero's Tail.
The graphics are a huge step up, especially with Spyro's gliding animation. Traveling between worlds is no longer done by portals but instead by zones. I was a little torn on that at first, but I suppose it will do.
My first major gripe of the game came very early on. The voices. What did they do to Spyro, Hunter, Moneybags, and the Professor? Spyro and Moneybags have it the worst, I believe. Why did they have to change Moneybags so dramatically? He went from being English to... stereotypical ... something? Terrible.
Also, the script is just as bad. The game tries to be funny and give Spyro a bit of an attitude. Unfortunately it falls flat on its face. It's boring, plain and simple.
The quality of the different zones ranges. Some are nicely done while others lack focus. When I first arrived in the Cloudy Domain I felt like a kid with ADD. Where in the heck do I focus?!
This game also boasts a whole slew of minigames. Unfortunately it was these minigames that made this game a chore for me to play. They are not fun... they are obnoxious! With the first two Spyro games I could play them for hours. They were fun. With this there was a few times where I turned off my console in frustration.
Overall, it's a huge step up, but not quite as good as the first two games. If you have the patience to deal with the tedious minigames, then by all means.
Oh, and why did they switch the buttons for breath and charge? WHY? There were so many instances where pressing the wrong button got me killed.
This is the best Spyro game I've played. This isn't really saying much, I've never been impressed by the series, but this one is quite playable. In terms of gameplay, it's on par with the Tak games(but lacks Tak's stellar voice acting). The controls are solid, and the jumping precise. The camera isn't your best friend, but it won't kill you either.
This is classic platforming. Jump, dodge and headbutt your way from level to level. It doesn't break any new ground, but it kept my interest. The later levels are a challenge, with some minor puzzle solving and major leaping and swinging.
A good fun rental that will keep you busy over a weekend (if you like platformers and have a high tolerance for cheesy kid's stuff).