Graphics, Sound, and Setting
Spyro 3 follows Spyro, a young purple dragon, who is celebrating the “year of the dragon” with his fellow dragons. During the celebration, a young sorceress named Bianca leads an army of creatures named Rhynocs and steals the dragon eggs from the dragon realms. Spyro chases Bianca and ends up in an ancient world that is ruled by an evil sorceress. The game’s plot involves Spyro freeing the dragon eggs, and fighting the Sorceress’s army in various worlds. The game’s story is very simple and interesting, and you do not need to play the second game to enjoy the third game. The world is divided into four realms, and each realm has portals leading to many different areas.
The world’s look incredible, with a rich blend of light colors and great detail in each level. The enemies look fierce and intimidating. Spyro looks very good, and moves fluidly through the world. The only major problem with the graphics are some blocky textures in some of the worlds. However, overall the graphics and story both mix wonderfully and the game creates an immerse environment. The music in Spyro is amazing, each world has a unique track of music and this leads to the game having a very diverse and beautiful sound to it.
Controls and Gameplay
The controls are for the most part the same as the old Spyro games. You move with the directional pad, and unlike other PlayStation games during that time, you can also move with the analog stick. Pressing the square button makes Spyro charge with his horns, and it’s useful when you need to get places fast. The circle button allows Spyro to breathe fire, and the X button allows Spyro to jump and pressing it twice makes him glide. The game does a great job making the controls very easy to learn, but having a variety of ways to use them.
Along with these basic controls, Spyro can perform a variety of other abilities including swimming, hovering, and climbing. The game also has a plethora of minigames, that allow Spyro to do things such as ride a skateboard and pilot a submarine.
The gameplay is very much like Mario, and other platformers where you control Spyro and take him through portals into different worlds where you help the local creatures there and collect gems. These gems have different values and can be obtained by exploring and also defeating creatures. The gems can be used to buy things in the game from a man named Moneybags. Beating the levels releases dragon eggs and it progresses the story. The game’s levels are very vast and enjoyable, and are all different. There is a lot of unique and challenging content in the game, and it’s a blast to play through.
Rent or Buy? Final Thoughts
Spyro 3 is definitely a game you should buy. This is the best game out of the whole trilogy, and has incredible gameplay combined with a rich and fantastic story and solid graphics. This is a underrated gem on the original Playstation, and if you’re looking for a great platformer, this game fits the bill perfectly.