If my memory serves correctly Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot were both designed to give the Playstation a mascot that was associated with the console in the same way that Mario is to Nintendo and Sonic to Sega. That never really panned out and you can now play their games on many different machines (much like Sonic… Mario is the only one to remain faithful).
Sierra, the publisher of both the Spyro and Crash games, had a press event last week and they announced a bunch of new versions of their most popular franchises, along with some fresh blood – namely Ghostbusters.
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
Apparently Dawn of the Dragon is only the third game of the Spyro trilogy – I could have sworn there had been more…
Anyway the new game is going to be another platformer, this time Spyros adventure takes on an interesting twist.
In the final chapter of the trilogy, players find Sypro teaming up with an unlikely ally – Cynder, his former enemy, to face his most challenging mission to date. As the Dark Masterâ€™s (voiced by Mark Hamill) evil envelopes the world like a plague, Spyro must fulfil his destiny and unlock the true power of the purple dragon within him to stop the Dark Master in his tracks.
On top of this the tiny pink dragon has some new tricks up his sleeve, namely flying at any time and cooperative play. For me the co-op play is the most interesting. I am a big fan of playing through the same game with other people – I loved going through Gears of War and the HALO series with my brother.
Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant
A new Crash game has been announced, and it’s coming to all major formats (Wii, DS, 360, PS3, PSP) later this year. The game sounds like it has seen a major evolution since it’s early platforming days. Mind Over Mutant will feature elements of Pokemon (collecting and rearing small mutants), and GTA (free roaming environment) – along with a new female companion and abilities new to the crazy marsupial.
A game with a mottled history. I think the fan love has done a lot to get it off the ground, and it looks like we won’t be disappointed.