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Jez plays… Spyro: Reignited Trilogy

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a platform video game developed by Toys for Bob and published by Activision. It is a collection of remasters of the first three games in the Spyro series: Spyro the Dragon (1998), Ripto’s Rage! (1999), and Year of the Dragon (2000). It was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2018 and for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch in September 2019. Each game is a 3D platformer featuring the titular protagonist, a juvenile purple dragon named Spyro, as he attempts to restore peace in a set of worlds specific to each game by vanquishing enemies. Spyro’s sidekick, a dragonfly named Sparx, acts as his health, defending him from a limited number of enemy attacks. Additionally, the games feature a number of collectibles which must be acquired to make progress, such as gems, which also act as currency, and dragon eggs.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy attempts to remain faithful to the gameplay of the original games. Each level is designed to match the size and layout of the levels in the originals. A few features, present in only one or two of the original trilogy, were unified across all three games in Reignited, such as the addition of “skill points” in the first game, or Spyro’s ability to roll from side-to-side in later instalments. The remaster also made a few changes to content in the originals that was no longer considered appropriate. Some enemies in the first game, for example, wielded semi-automatic weapons in the original PlayStation version of the game; they wield paintball guns in the Reignited version. Additionally, a genie character in Ripto’s Rage! had its name changed from “Bombo” to “Bob the Flagkeeper” to avoid referencing a stereotype of Arabs and Muslims common since before the publication of the original game. However, most of the game’s differences from the originals centre around quality-of-life improvements. All of Spyro’s lines were re-recorded by Tom Kenny in all three games of Reignited. Visual graphics were overhauled, and non-playable characters were given more distinct and varied personalities. The soundtrack was also re-recorded, with the options to play “dynamic” versions of the new recordings, where tempo is adjusted with Spyro’s movement, or switch back to the original recordings.

My complete playthrough for the trilogy, starting with the original Spyro the Dragon, began on February 24th, 2021.

Neglected poor Spyro for too long! Let’s get back to the sass of everyone’s favourite purple dude… J̶e̶z Spyro!

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Jackbox Game Night XI: In Lieu of Getting Started (September 24th, 2021)

Alex had a family emergency and so there was no Don’t Get Me Started this week. In its place, I had a Jackbox Night. We tried out some games we’d not played in the community before and made some new friends. Join us.

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Jez plays… Rocket League

Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix. Described as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars”, Rocket League has up to eight players assigned to each of the two teams, using rocket-powered vehicles to hit a ball into their opponent’s goal and score points over the course of a match. The game includes single-player and multiplayer modes that can be played both locally and online, including cross-platform play between all versions. Later updates for the game enabled the ability to modify core rules and added new game modes, including ones based on ice hockey and basketball. Psyonix transitioned Rocket League to a free-to-play model on all platforms on September 23, 2020. Associated with the transition, the game added cross-platform progression that covers the cosmetic items players have earned, new competitive tournaments at each rank to earn rewards, new challenges, and other features.

After being coerced into doing so by my friends in the Primetime Streamer Network, I started playing Rocket League in April 2021. Here are some of my best goals and antics during my first week of play:

On May 12th, 2021, my Twitch community gents and I embarked on a night of soc-car. We were bad.

It’s been a little ol’ while but we’re finally getting the band back together on Rocket League. Will our play have improved since last time? Well… no… but it was a fun time all around! Enjoy.

Fall Guys became Fail, Guys so we moved on to Rocket League. Big community involvement, lots of fun.

Back on Rocket League for the second time this week – scheduled this time – to give Season 4 a little crack and be terrible in ranked games, as is the tradition…

Didn’t get to stream at my scheduled time so let’s rock with some Rocket League to while away the evening. Community involvement, much banter.

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Introducing… Stream Racer and Stream Raiders

Trying out some new community games this afternoon – Stream Racer and Stream Raiders.

Stream Racer is a racing game for streamers. Host your own races, stream it on Twitch and have your viewers join you. Engage more with your viewers by giving them a racing car on your stream. Get ready for a hilariously chaotic time for your viewers and you!

Stream Raiders is a game created by the Stream Captain Team. Its main focus is to add interaction between streamers and their viewers. It is a game that can be played dropping units onto your captain’s battlefield every 5 minutes to support them in their battle.

Come check them out and join me live for future interactive gaming sessions.

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Jez plays… American Truck Simulator

American Truck Simulator is a truck simulator game developed and published by the Czech company SCS Software. It was announced as being in development in September 2013 and unveiled at the E3 2015. It was released on 2 February 2016 for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS. The game is the parallel sequel to Euro Truck Simulator 2, the spiritual successor of 18 Wheels of Steel, and the third instalment in the Truck Simulator series. Set in a condensed depiction of United States, the player can drive one of a choice of American-style conventional trucks, visiting various locations across the U.S., picking up a variety of cargos, and delivering them to its destination. Since its release, the game has sold over 2 million copies on Steam.

My first live truckin’ took place on January 25th, 2021 and I decided to get in character with my truckin’ shirt and Route 66 cap.

In my first stream on Facebook Gaming, I’m joined by Rhysage1 and Duff Valley to try out the new convoy mode in the American Truck Simulator 1.41 beta. It was a great laugh and we were joined by some old friends, too.

CONVOOOOOOOOOY!

Back for my second stream on Facebook Gaming, trucking USA once again and convoying with good buddy Rhysage1.

A busy day concludes with a little bit of casual trucking with good buddy, Rhysage1.

Crashing into your lives like a Mack truck for the second time in one day, join the incomparable trio of Rhys, Duff and me as we once again endeavour to write off each others transportation automobiles. Carnage guaranteed.

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