Time for more games. I left out one game that I have also been playing here and there. It has already been completed
Mega Man 1 (Mega Man Legacy Collection 3DS)
Crash Bandicoot 3 (85%)
Somehow I forgot to mention Mega Man 1. The Legacy Collection was on sale recently. Paying around €7 for 6 Mega Man games that I never played should be worth it. It should be noted that as far as Mega Man games go, I only played Mega Man Powered Up (completed) and Battle Network 1. I wasn't planning on starting with the collection but my curiosity got the better of me. It turned out to be a good idea thanks to the save state ability. You can save at any point in the game and load your progress straight away when you want to. I wouldn't have bought the collection if that wasn't the case. Mega Man 1 is not necessarily difficult. There are some parts that can be cheap or brutal. It is the fact that you rarely get lives and you have to start from scratch if you mess up is what makes it frustrating. Something that I don't have time for anymore. This has made Mega Man 1 a very pleasant game to play in short bursts. Mega Man Powered Up is a remake of Mega Man 1. So while certain parts were similar to Mega Man Powered Up, it still feels different enough and worth playing. I didn't realize how precise Mega Man games can be. The levels were enjoyable and I liked the soundtrack. I feel I got a good taste of what Mega Man games can offer. I'm looking forward to playing the other 5 games in the future. The port is not great btw. There is some slowdown, weird effects in the stages and more such issues. The game is still playable but it's unfortunate how the collection was not treated with more care. I did enjoy the Museum and Database modes though! Especially when you can read them in other languages.
Crash Bandicoot 3 is a fun game. As mentioned before though, I'm not fan of collecting relics by running through the levels with a timer. It became clear that some levels would became annoying. I decided to leave the game before it got ugly.
Spyro The Dragon (PSN/PSP)
Yep, stopping Crash allowed me to start with the first Spyro game. I have a different history with the Spyro trilogy. While I played Crash Bandicoot 2 and 3 a lot in my childhood, I remained distant with Spyro games. I remember playing a demo of Spyro 1 and not being interested enough. It was mostly being lost in the first hub world and not understanding the objective of the levels. As a child, that was apparently too much to ask
This means that I know little about Spyro games and the lore created. I can say that I am mostly impressed now that I have played Spyro 1. I also didn't realize how faithful the GBA Spyro game is compared to Spyro 1. I completed Spyro Season of Ice not too long ago. It was enjoyable for the most part even with the flaws it has. The structure of the game along with the collectibles is similar to Spyro 1.
Spyro 1 was released in 1998, while Crash Bandicoot 1 was released somewhere in 1996. You can tell that the 2 years difference has been put to good use. Many of the mistakes made with Crash Bandicoot 1 were not found in Spyro 1. The biggest issue being the save system. Here you can save pretty much at any point. Not just in the hub worlds but also in the levels themselves and even in the different checkpoints within the levels. It is a bit unfortunate that you can't continue with the checkpoints you saved from if you quit the game though. You start with the first checkpoint of the level/world you saved at with your progress intact. This is just being greedy though because it's still miles ahead of what other PS1 games offer in terms of convenience.
So this being a good first impression...there are other things that impressed me about the game. The hub world and levels are huge. The levels feel more like mini sandbox levels. The way Spyro controls is unique. They nailed how a dragon feels in terms of animation, movement and the skills that come with a dragon. You feel like they put a lot of attention to the way Spyro runs or glides. It makes exploring Spyro with mini sandbox levels very enjoyable. The way Spyro interacts with other dragons also adds to the personality of the game. All the dragons are voiced along with Spyro himself.
My progress is 24% at the moment. I really liked what I tried even with the one flaw that I had. The camera is very annoying. Changing it from passive to active has helped after getting used to it though. So I think I won't be having issues with it anymore.