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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (PS3/360/PC/Wii/3DS)

Written by Jazzking2001 - Owner on . Posted in Video Games

{tab=Info} In Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, players take on the role of a powerful Portal Master who can control over 32 different characters, including the fire-breathing dragon, Spyro. Players will embark on a fantastical journey into an amazing world, where they will explore mysterious, mythical lands, battle menacing outlandish creatures, collect gold and treasures, and solve interesting puzzles while on a quest to save their world from Kaos, an evil Portal Master, that they must defeat.

The video game comes with 3 action figures and a peripheral called the "Portal of Power", which connects to the player's console of choice. Each action figure represents one of 32 playable characters, including Spyro, each with unique abilities. The playable characters become unlocked when their corresponding action figures are placed on the Portal of Power.

Players can also place one of these special action figures on the Portal of Power of a friend's console (even if it is not the same type of console), and the character's amassed scores, level-ups and achievements are instantly imported for the gameplay session. Additionally, two figures can be placed on the portal simultaneously, for cooperative or versus play. {tab=Review (PS3)} I have not played a Spyro game since the original playstation and I do have very fond memories of the game. However, I am reviewing Skylanders with no biases. Has the availability to switch characters between both your own console and your friends enhance the experience. Or are the action figures just another simple gimmick?

Right off the bat, you know that the developers truly did think outside the box. I like the fact that the game combines both the game itself with toy figures. Each figues is its own unique character with its own powers and element type. The game initially comes with 3 characters which represent, fire, water and tech expert. You the player, take on the role of a powerful Portal Master who can control over 19 other different characters.

It is pretty cool that you are able to switch between characters at will. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses. You will be switching them quite often, which I do not think I will get tired of. The switch does not cause any delay, you will see a small animation whenever you switch someone out. In addition, there are certain areas that specific characters types are able to enter. If there is water area, then only a water character will be able to enter that area.

Each actin figure will save all of the player data that onto the action figure itself. As such, you are able to play the game on your PS3, then go over to a friends house and play with him on his 360. This can be done on any of the consoles that the game is on. This game truly defines what a cross-platform game really is.

You are able to play with other player in story mode or in competitive mode. There are 3 competitive modes that you are able to play against a friend. The first is Arena Rumble which is basically a one on one fight to the death. The second one, Sky Goals, is basically football game with 2 players. Finally, SkyGem Master is simply a contest to see who is able to collect the most gems that fall from the sky. However, you are only able to play with the person who is right next to you. It does not seem that you are able to play a multiplayer match online. You are also able to

Besides being a game that has its own action figures that are actually usable in the game, the game is a RPG in its own right. You are able to switch between what hats you wear and learn new moves. Wear Hats? you ask. It may sound weird but you are able to get different stats depending on which hat you decide to wear. Additionally, you can buy new moves which helps you defeat your enemies much easier and faster.

The thing that allows you to play with action figures while playing is the Portal of Power. This is the portal that allows everything to occur. You place your figure on the portal to be able to use it. I really enjoy switching between my action figures. It adds a physical element to gaming that one does not often encounter. The thing i think is great about both the portal of power and the actions figures is that they are well made. Anyone playing this game knows that these 2 things where not a mear afterthought but were well designed.

The graphics are not even comparable to those of the FPS's that are coming out. However, the game is very cartoonish and kid focused, i do not mean this in any negative way. I think that given the theme of the game, the designers made a good choice in the type of graphics they decided to use.

I do enjoy the voice actors used within the game. If you have watched any of the Hoodwinked! animated movie series, you will immediately be able to tell who is the voice actor is. Patrick Warburton, voice of the The Big Bad Wolf in the movie, is the voice behind Flynn, the balloonist. You should also be able to recognize many other voices without much effort. My only issue is that you will occasionally noticed the there is not a perfect lip-sync but its only a very minor issue.

One of the major issues with the is the total cost that it will take to actually beat the game 100%. In order to beat the game to 100%, you will need to pay around $300 to be able to full complete the game. Another minor issue is that the camera is not controllable. The camera does not affect battles themselves but it prevents you free truly grasping the world you are in. Additionally, it makes it just that more difficult for one to locate items and treasures.

The game is very solid. Considering that Christmas is around the corner, I would easy suggest that people consider this game as a gift. There are some minor issues and the total cost to complete the game but neither will prevent you from having a good experience.

8/10 {tab=Video} The Beginning Trailer