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3:25 PM - Wednesday the 28th of August, 2019 - by dark52
For the past couple of months Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled has been running online "Grand Prix" events that you could take part in to unlock new characters and customisations, the upcoming one, starting this Friday, is the turn of the previously announced Spyro and Friends Grand Prix.


The unlockable characters for this event are Spyro, Hunter, and Gnasty Gnorc. For a closer look at the Spyro themed track itself, called Spyro Circuit, and some other unlockables (like a Reignited style Dark Spyro skin) you can head on over to the PlayStation Blog.
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9:10 PM - Thursday the 25th of July, 2019 - by dark52
The fifth and sixth post launch additions to the lineup of Skylanders in the mobile game Skylanders: Ring of Heroes were released today, they were the Undead element Chop Chop and the Light element Spotlight. Unlike the previous additions they were not accompanied by an episode dungeon, so you'll just have to unlock them both the regular way: through sheer random luck when summoning.

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The full patch notes give more details about the many other changes to the game that 1.0.12 has brought with it. Most notable are the changes to how you earn Soul Stones, the game has removed the ability to earn them through Adventures and has instead greatly boosted how many are given to you when summoning. Naturally this has meant a lot of changes to the rewards for activities throughout the game, with most being reduced or switched to make it harder to earn a summon than ever before.

Anyone who has finished powering up a Skylander and found themselves with excess Soul Stones will be interested to hear that there is now a way to convert them into "Soul Stone Shards" which can then be combined into an "Element Ticket" which is then used to summon either 200 Heroic or 100 Legendary Soul Stones for a random Skylander of your chosen element. Of course this has an incredibly low exchange rate considering it requires 12,000 Shards for one ticket.
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11:07 PM - Thursday the 20th of June, 2019 - by dark52
Today's update for Skylanders: Ring of Heroes has brought with it a brand new mode: Guild War. If your guild has 10 or more members you can take part in daily battles against members of another guild, rewards for competing include guild points and wish stones as well as gems at the end of each season. You can find all the details on how to get battling by reading the official Guild War Guide.

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The patch also brings a few changes to several Light and Dark Skylanders and lots of initial cooldown changes which may mean you'll want to change up your start of battle strategy.

Meditating Woodland has returned to a useful EXP amount, the active Skylander EXP is slightly lower than it was originally but spectators in the Woodland now get the same EXP as the active Skylanders.

And the Magic Shop has gained two more purchasable slots, it now also sells Runes and the stock can be refreshed with Gems.

As usual check out the full patch notes for all the details.
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5:05 PM - Tuesday the 11th of June, 2019 - by dark52
In today's E3 Nintendo Direct it was very briefly revealed that the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy will indeed be releasing on the Nintendo Switch at long last, due on the 3rd of September the game will also be releasing on Steam at the same time.

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It was also announced today that Spyro will be a playable driver in the upcoming Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. He won't be available at launch but will instead be unlocked in a free, post launch, Grand Prix event.


And in some Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly news, LXShadow recently discovered a couple of brand new cheat codes for the game including one that makes the game really slow!
2:55 PM - Thursday the 23rd of May, 2019 - by dark52
Today's patch for Skylanders: Ring of Heroes brought with it two newly playable five star Skylanders: Drobot and Head Rush. As with the previous set of new Skylanders the update also brings a new Episode Dungeon, this one featuring Drobot. It'll only stick around until June 6th so don't dawdle if you want to earn all the rewards!

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The update also makes some more changes to the arena system, the incredibly harsh reset introduced in the last update has been cut back to now only dropping you back one rank group rather than two. And earlier in the week a small update cut defense losses in half.

And you now have three entries per day for the Guild Invasion but the rewards have been reduced for each go. You also cannot use the Skylanders that were defeated in your previous runs from that day so you'll now need 9 strong Skylanders if you want to get the maximum rewards from it.

Check out the full patch notes for all the Skylander ability modifications and other assorted changes and bug fixes.
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4:24 PM - Thursday the 18th of April, 2019 - by dark52
Skylanders: Ring of Heroes has today added a brand new set of boss fights against none other than Kaos himself. Rewards for taking part include soulstones for the three newly released playable villains and cubes that are used to level up in the brand new talent system.

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There's also an Easter event going on that gives you some extra bonuses every day and an arena event where you earn points to spend on soulstones. See the full notes for more details on those.
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9:42 AM - Thursday the 28th of March, 2019 - by dark52
Another large update has hit for Skylanders: Ring of Heroes this time adding the first pair of new Skylanders since launch: Nightfall and Blastermind.

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The update also includes a new set of levels they're calling an Episode Dungeon (it will only be available to play until April 11th so don't hang around!), many changes to lots of existing Skylanders and a lot more changes and fixes.
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4:54 PM - Tuesday the 12th of March, 2019 - by dark52
A patch was released today for the Spyro Reignited Trilogy which addressed several major requests for additions or changes. Most notably it has added subtitles to the areas of the games that didn't have them, added a toggle for motion blur, and reportedly fixed several progression blocking bugs.

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The full patch notes are as follows:

Quote: Activision Support
SUBTITLES

  • Added subtitles in all languages (across all three games) for previously unsupported cinematics, including:
  • Character headers to identify active speakers
  • Succinct line splits for readability
  • Colored text for improved character association in most languages
  • Subtitle on/off toggle added under the Options menu

MOTION BLUR

  • Added an option to toggle motion blur on/off under the Options → Camera menu

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed progression and completion bugs impacting Wizard Peak, Hurricos, Fracture Hills, Lost Fleet, Fireworks Factory, and Charmed Ridge
  • Fixed camera bugs in Sgt. Byrd's Base and Dino Mines
  • Stability improvement fix in Spider Town
  • Additional misc. bug-fixes and improvements impacting Glimmer and Ripto's Arena
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1:03 PM - Thursday the 7th of March, 2019 - by dark52
Guilds in the mobile game Skylanders: Ring of Heroes just got their first bit of actual content, Invasion!

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If you're in a guild then once a day you can take on a Dark Doom Raider in an attempt to inflict as much damage as you possibly can, the more damage you do before it defeats you the better your score and the better your reward.

Your individual score will then be combined with your fellow guild members' scores to give your guild a total score. That's used to compete against other guilds on your server with rewards given out at the end of each week based on your guild's ranking.
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3:04 PM - Thursday the 28th of February, 2019 - by dark52
Today finally sees the global release of Skylanders: Ring of Heroes, check out the long list of countries that that includes as it misses plenty of places but they do continue to promise more regions will be added in the future. Or just hop on over to your local version of the App Store or Google Play Store to see if you can download it and get started playing.

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The game has also seen a new patch that updated a fair few things like adding in the ability to have private realtime arena battles with your friends instead of just randomly selected opponents.
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7:25 PM - Tuesday the 22nd of January, 2019 - by dark52
As they continue to prepare for a wider release, Skylanders: Ring of Heroes today updated to add a real time friendly arena mode that lets you fight against other randomly selected players. There's no ranking in this mode so no penalty for losing and there is not yet a way to battle a specific opponent but that is apparently on its way in a future update.

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They've also kicked off a couple of new events. The "Create Your 5* Dream Team" event asks you to use the Ultra Premium Summon (800 Gems) and they'll then give you a Legendary 5* Skylander (or 50 Soul Stones for it if you already own it) on the 3rd time, the 10th time, and the 20th time you use the summon. The event lasts 14 days but that's an awful lot of gems to spend....

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The second event they've started is "Hugo's Portal Master Mission Book" which is a lot more manageable and gives you smaller rewards for completing a variety of basic tasks. Every three you complete will get you a bunch of bonus gems. This one lasts until the beginning of April.


And there were also a whole slew of other changes as detailed in the full patch notes below:

Quote: Update Notice
1. New Content: Friendly Match

  • This is a REALTIME Arena mode where you can compete against other Portal Masters!
  • You can enter Friendly Match from the Duels menu then to Friendly Match.
  • Quick: Random matches with current participants.
  • Unlike the Arena, no Gears will be needed to play a match on Friendly Match.
  • Private mode (against friends) will be added on future updates.

2. New Packages

  • 4 brand new packages will be added.

1) Energy Package
  • 300 Energy + 20 Red Potions (S)

2) Value Package 1
  • 1,250 Gems + 450 Energy

3) Value Package 2
  • 1,250 Gems + 45,000 Gold

4) Power-up Package
  • 1,250 Gems + 250 Energy + 15 Red Potions (L)

3. Town Background Change

  • Winter themed Skylands are now over! We’re going back to original Skylands.

4. Improvements

1) UI Improvements
  • Tutorial and Quest menus are revised to be more intuitive.
  • Rune menu layout and usability has been improved.
  • Tutorial features are added for more user-friendly experience.
  • The battle result screen has been improved.
  • The currency you get when defeated are displayed.
  • Recommended guild display conditions are added.
  • The info of Watcher stones in boss stages are now displayed in the battle preparation screen.
  • The enemy team's power rating is also displayed in the battle prep screen.

2) Battle
  • Invincibility buff will now remove all debuffs granted on the target.
  • Behavior of Hot Dog when in auto-battle will be improved. (Fire Bark skill is now used more frequently when HP is low.)

3) Summoning
  • You will be able to summon Skylanders with sufficient Soul Stones right from the result screen.
  • The tutorial summoning has been re-vamped. (Previously: 1 type of 4? ? Changed to: 1 type of 4? and Soul Stones of 2~4?)

4) Others
  • You do not need to build a Spring of Souls anymore. We've done that for you.
  • Amount of Gold required to use Red/ Blue Potions (L) and (XL) has been reduced!

1) Red Potion (L)
2,500 Gold → 2,000 Gold

2) Red Potion (XL)
12,500 Gold → 7,500 Gold

3) Blue Potion (L)
300 Gold → 250 Gold

4) Blue Potion (XL)
900 Gold → 550 Gold

* Gold cost per potion usage.

  • More precise Power Rating calculations.

  • Displayed power rating may look different than previous rating due to the improvements in calculation method.
  • Summon Villain’s power will also be included in the power rating calculation.

5. Bug Fixes

  • Addressed typos on several skill descriptions translations.
  • Correct Arena grade icons will be displayed at the top ranks.
  • Incomplete requests will now show at the top of the guild support menu.
  • Battle play time will now stop counting at the end of each battles.
  • Skylanders will not be defeated anymore when Instant Defeat debuff is removed with a debuff removing effect.
  • Distorted Dimensions' drop Rune info will show properly.
  • Fixed a bug where buffs did not activate when summoning characters.
  • No damage will be done with damaging effects while Invincible buff is active.
  • Additional damage will be done to enemies for Awakened Chain Reaction while shield is active.
  • Enigma's skill "Mystic Staff" now casts ATK UP to correct ally target.
  • Skylander Soul Stones required to summon Krypt King has been addressed to the correct amount.
  • The battle pause pop-up won't be exposed while auto battle is on.
  • Nightshade will now activate counterattack when using a skill right after using the Clone skill.
  • Fixed an issue where Shadow King Pen did not return to its original position during battles.
  • The limits on deletions of friends per day will now reset every day.
  • Auto battle won't be disabled if you tap the auto battle button while using the auto battle function.
  • Fixed an issue where Tidepool's Whale Tale skill heals a random target.
  • Fixed an issue where Cynder’s passive skill ‘Ghost effect’ did not show when activated.
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12:29 PM - Monday the 24th of December, 2018 - by dark52
Today a patch was released for Skylanders: Ring of Heroes that added a whole new type of dungeon to the game: the Cave of Gold.

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The Cave of Gold is a new source of coins giving you several thousand gold each time you successfully complete a floor, the catch being that you can only enter three times a day across its five floors so you'll have to be cautious not to venture too high for your Skylanders' abilities. You'll also first have to complete level 2-4 on Normal difficulty to unlock access to the dungeon.
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6:27 PM - Tuesday the 18th of December, 2018 - by dark52
It's still in a limited launch in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada but as it's rapidly approaching Christmas the brand new mobile game Skylanders: Ring of Heroes has started its first in-game event.

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Running until the 3rd of January this event simply requires you to complete three very basic daily missions and then spin a wheel to win a prize. There are extra bonuses for every five times you do that up to 30 times so with a limit of three spins per day it'll take at least ten days to earn the final reward of 800 Gems.

It doesn't look like there's anything exclusive to win, just in-game currency, so those not yet able to play won't miss out on too much.

Beta Test Participation Event Coupons

Anyone who took part in the beta earlier this year should check their emails for their coupon, make sure to check your spam folders as that's where it ended up for me. While it says it won't expire until the 30th of June 2019 your email provider might delete the message a lot sooner if it's left sitting in your spam folder unnoticed.
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12:20 PM - Tuesday the 11th of December, 2018 - by dark52
For those of you in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada it has been announced on the official Facebook page that tomorrow is the day when the mobile game Skylanders: Ring of Heroes finally launches.

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Launching Schedule: Dec. 12th 5pm PST
  • Australia: Dec. 13th 12pm (GMT+11)
  • Canada: Dec. 12th 8pm (GMT-5)
  • New Zealand: Dec. 13th 2pm (GMT+13)


Other regions will have to continue waiting for a release in their local app stores but as of yet there is no clear schedule for when that will happen or in what order.
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5:45 PM - Monday the 12th of November, 2018 - by dark52
The reviews have started to roll in so here we go once again with the round-up for the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. The reviews all seem to be generally positive with praise for the collection's updated graphics and quality of life improvements but do call the game out for issues with camera controls as well as other general criticisms of the core gameplay that also apply to the originals.

Quote: Glitched Africa - 9.8/10
Everything in Spyro Reignited Trilogy just works. Toys for Bob took the original games and made them from scratch without changing anything but the visuals and you would never believe that the core of the experience is over twenty years old now.


Quote: Gamereactor - 9/10
Everything from the individual blades of grass that singe when you breathe fire, the lighting as the sun beats down on Cliff Town from the first game, to Spyro's own facial animations is smooth and polished, so much so that it really feels like a game made for 2018.


Quote: PlayStation Lifestyle - 9/10
Many video games don’t age well, but Spyro Reignited Trilogy feels like the game didn’t age at all. Toys for Bob applied the fountain of youth to a 20-year old series, and the little purple dragon is just as perky and fired up as ever.


Quote: Press Start - 9/10
Visually the game is absolutely stunning – the level of detail in each world looks as good as my imagination saw it as a child. The colours are vibrant and vivid, and gone are the jagged polygons that were once buildings; it is here we can see that the games have come a long way.


Quote: Hardcore Gamer - 4.5/5
The Spyro games were legitimately great for the time, though, and thanks to an near-perfect balance between preservation and updating, Spyro Reignited Trilogy is every bit as excellent by today’s standards.


Quote: Venture Beat - 88/100
Similar to what the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy did last year with its trio of PlayStation classics, Reignited Trilogy makes Spyro look modern without abandoning the tone and style of the originals.


Quote: Game Informer - 8.5/10
Given just how different the worlds look in remastered form, I found this trilogy to be more interesting and enjoyable to return to than Crash’s. These games don’t preserve history as well, but that’s okay. Having already lived through them, it’s fascinating to see how the worlds have been reimagined and differ from the vision I had in my head.


Quote: IGN - 8.5/10
Toys for Bob has nailed the feel of controlling Spyro. He leaps, glides, and charges with the momentum I remember, but with much more adorable animations.


Quote: God is a Geek - 8/10
Whether you played it back in the 90s or are trying it out for the first time, Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a laidback platformer that offers plenty of hours of gameplay and a humour that’s relatable to kids and adults alike.


Quote: The Sixth Axis - 8/10
As a package, Spyro Reignited is a fantastic experience, and Toys for Bob have done an amazing job in updating the series whilst maintaining its feel. This truly is a Spyro for today rather than a quick cash-in that plays off your nostalgia.


Quote: Critical Hit - 7.5/10
This easy platformer is as charming and engaging as ever, with its slapstick humour, colourful worlds and improving level and objective designs. But it’s the smaller details that let it down, with persistently troublesome camera controls in some stages and some jarring audio implementations in others.


Quote: Sirus Gaming - 7/10
Despite the new look and personality that Unreal Engine 4 is able to give the game, it isn’t without its flaws. For one, the character details, mainly for the supporting cast, can at times look a bit smudged and plastic-like.


The game is out on Tuesday the 13th of November worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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