The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning GameCube

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Unfortunately, the entire affair is filled with repeated waves of what amount to the exact same enemies, and it doesn't take long for boredom to set in.
  2. A step in the right direction. It's just plagued with mistakes that make it an uneven ride of missed chances. What makes it all the more galling is that it's presented so beautifully and uses the touch-screen in enjoyable ways.
  3. Games Master UK
    70
    Plays more like a scrolling beat-'em-up, and you know what? It's pretty damn good fun. [Christmas 2006, p.62]
  4. Nintendo Gamer
    66
    A button-masher that's unlikely to set you ablaze. [Dec 2006, p.39]
  5. While this is one of the best-looking games we've seen and the combat, in and of itself, is designed well enough, the gameplay just isn't any fun after the first hour of play. If it isn't very fun, it isn't very good.
  6. The title may say that this is a new beginning, but Spyro's latest adventure isn't much more than a collection of tired, overused platforming clich├ęs.
  7. Nintendo Power
    55
    For now, we're left with another disappointing entry in a once-great franchise. [Nov. 2006, p.90]
  8. Aussie expertise has produced the best Spyro game in many years, but the action gets repetitive and some old fans might be dismayed by the emphasis on combat.
  9. 50
    Despite some smart moves on the part of the developers (voice talent, good graphics engine, franchise overhaul) none of them really pan out and bring much to the experience, leaving the game to flounder with its new but repetitive focus on combat.

Awards & Rankings

#16 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2006
#3 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2006
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 22, 2016
    8
    A New Beginning brings back what I like about Spyro and it is still flawed and not as good as the playstation 1 trilogy but still is good.A New Beginning brings back what I like about Spyro and it is still flawed and not as good as the playstation 1 trilogy but still is good. Sierra Entertainment knew how to make a spyro game. Full Review »
  2. Angie
    Dec 29, 2006
    6
    Graphics were good. Some of the dialogue was entertaining but there was too much of it. Got tired of fighting the same enemy throughout the Graphics were good. Some of the dialogue was entertaining but there was too much of it. Got tired of fighting the same enemy throughout the game. Big bosses were too easy. At least in the first games there was a goal--collect eggs, collect coins---this games whole purpose seemed to be fighting. Basically disappointed, didn't even take much time to beat either. Full Review »
  3. Tinq
    Nov 10, 2006
    8
    Overall, this is a great game with great graphics and combat scenes. The only thing I found dissipointing was that most of the enemys were Overall, this is a great game with great graphics and combat scenes. The only thing I found dissipointing was that most of the enemys were the same, and the bosses got easyer as the game went on. I found it very entertaining reading the names of each individual monster though. Full Review »