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  • Summary: The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning explores the true origins of Spyro as you embark on a dangerous, combat-driven quest that will bring you face to face with the Dark Master's ultimate creation, Cynder. Experience the true power of the purple dragon as you unleash devastating fury attacks, upgradeable breaths and ground to aerial melee combos in a frenzied battle with hordes of menacing enemies and bone-chilling bosses. It's an epic and cinematic gameplay experience. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. With any luck Krome's overhaul will prove lucrative enough to warrant them continuing the brand, flying Spyro into next-gen skies and who knows, perhaps a veritable rebirth. [Oct. 2006, p.54]
  2. This new Legend is one you'll enjoy immensely while it lasts and crave once it's over.
  3. 77
    The franchise has gotten a serious lift in nearly every area. The overall gameplay was extremely solid for a children's title, the overall presentation was baffling complex – with everything from scripted story events and innovative enemy entrances – and the overall audio/graphical design is definitely stronger than we expected.
  4. A button-masher that's unlikely to set you ablaze. [Dec 2006, p.39]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  1. Tinq
    Nov 10, 2006
    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. Collapse
  2. Angie
    Dec 29, 2006
    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. Expand