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  • Summary: In The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning, players experience the awesome power of the purple dragon as they unleash devastating fury attacks, upgradeable breaths and ground-to-aerial melee combos in frenzied battles with hordes of menacing enemies and bone-chilling bosses. The action game alsoIn The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning, players experience the awesome power of the purple dragon as they unleash devastating fury attacks, upgradeable breaths and ground-to-aerial melee combos in frenzied battles with hordes of menacing enemies and bone-chilling bosses. The action game also introduces a new dragon upgrade system, giving players the freedom to increase the power and variety of attacks to their liking. [Vivendi Games] Expand
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  1. It's a fun game that takes advantage of the DS touch screen without being gimmicky. Hats off to the developers for keeping the spirit of Spyro alive and well.
  2. 71
    The game still needs a bit tightening up -- the framerate's a bit of a drag at times, and the boss battles are very uncreative, but overall this action-ized Spyro game is a solid and surprising design on the Nintendo DS.
  3. Intense boss fights and hot video scenes make up for the doldrums brought about by Spyro's constant struggle against generic enemies.
  4. A playable adventure with some clever touch-screen applications, but its disappointing technical cutbacks leave us feeling that our beloved DS can do a lot better. [Dec 2006, p.93]
  5. 65
    The action can become a little bit repetitive, and the adventure aspects of old Spyro titles are gone, but it does feel like a New Beginning for the franchise.
  6. I would wholeheartedly suggest that any Spyro fan check out any of the console releases of A New Beginning before delving into this frustrating release.
  7. By dropping some of its heavier elements, Amaze’s attempt at straightforward play is not without merit on a console designed for just such a purpose. It’s just a shame that it’s entirely undermined by the need for those playing to have three or more hands.

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  1. RonaldM.
    Oct 20, 2006
    9
    This little game is pretty action packed. It might turn off some Spyro fans with its emphasis on combat, but I think it's really fun. This little game is pretty action packed. It might turn off some Spyro fans with its emphasis on combat, but I think it's really fun. All the enemies have elemental weaknesses that you have to exploit by switching your powers on the fly. This adds a lot of depth to the combat and really sets it apart from the console version. In the console version you can use your most powerful attack for most of the game and there's really no reason to even use half you powers . Also, the DS version has these light beam puzzles that are fun and become quite challenging. Unfortunately, the nice looking boss battles are kinda boring. Overall, this game represents a good value for Spyro fans who want a portable version of their favorite purple dragon. Collapse
  2. LolaL.
    Oct 28, 2007
    9
    I finished it in about a day (and it's one of the first action games I've played...and yes I'm over 18) it is actually very I finished it in about a day (and it's one of the first action games I've played...and yes I'm over 18) it is actually very fun and very endearing. Things can get tedious, but overall it's great for killing time and hanging out with Spyro... I just wish all the other games were as action packed as this one. One comment is true though, it does seem to want 3 hands to be able to play it. But it's very good use of the DS double/touch screens. Expand