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  • Summary: In the final chapter of the Legend of Spyro trilogy, players find Sypro teaming up with an unlikely ally - Cynder, his former enemy, to face his most challenging mission to date. As the Dark Master's (voiced by Mark Hamill) evil envelopes the world like a plague, Spyro must fulfill his destiny and unlock the true power of the purple dragon within him to stop the Dark Master in his tracks. The game introduces two never before seen elements into the Spyro universe: Spyro can now fly at any time and players can drop-in/drop-out with the new cooperative feature. The co-op feature allows players to have the option of completing the game as either Spyro or Cynder, giving them more freedom to explore Spyro's world in completely new ways. [Sierra Entertainment] Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 73
    Cooperative multiplayer mode aside, there's no "new generation" style hook and the resulting play mechanics therefore don't feel fresh (especially after two prequels), but the fundamentals are sound and the presentation better than you expect.
  2. The graphics are there, the story is there, and the mechanics are just a few tweaks shy of perfect. Yet when it comes to gameplay, that final and most important 10 percent, most folks will find themselves getting bored, lost, annoyed, or all three.
  3. There isn't much to say about Spyro, it’s not a game with a lot of depth, nonetheless it is still mildly entertaining.
  4. Long story short, this is a flawed game through and through. Even the most devout Spyro fans should avoid it. [Jan 2009, p.69]
  5. The game's problems are much too loud to ignore. [Issue#174, p.83]
  6. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon may be a kid’s game but there isn’t much here for kids to enjoy. They’ll be amused by the story, visuals and music but will be turned off by the gameplay’s many frustrations.
  7. 33
    But decent two-player co-op's just ketchup on a crap sandwich. The game's buggy as hell, with severe slowdown, characters getting hung up in the level geometry, and stuttering audio. Those problems are amplified in the PS3 version, whose only other major differences are unneeded Sixaxis flight control and a noticeable lack of Trophy support versus the Xbox 360's Achievements.

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  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    Folks may think this game is intended for kids with beautiful, nice purple dragons, but it's a bit too complex; more for teens & adults in my opinion. In this episode, an apocalypse is close at hand. Spyro & Cynder must escape from captivity & save the world.

    1 The story is entertaining & intriguing. The music serves the story, drawing you in.
    2 Graphics are decent for a PS2 remake released in 2008. The art design & landscapes will impress.
    3 Fly anytime, as opposed to previous Spyro adventures, feels good & different.
    4 A variety of interesting spells are made-use-of in order to advance at various stages.
    5 Armour found throughout the levels provide added protection or increase skills.
    6 Power upgrades are straightforwardly purchased, reminiscent of God of war "GOW".
    7 Health and magic are upgraded by finding special crystals, some of which are hidden or within a puzzle.
    8 Opening doors & chests are executed by repetitive button taps, adding to the challenge, again like GOW.
    9 The levels provide opportunities for exploration; looking for gems and chests as well as quest objectives.
    10 One more gameplay element that reminds me of GOW is fighting a giant boss, the same principles apply.
    11 Bosses though impressive at first, are not that hard to defeat, think a bit & discover the tricks & secrets.
    12 The easy drop-in drop-out co-op 2 player option is very handy.
    13 In 2 player mode, the often-tedious dragon-switching is not required.
    14 Another good thing is the teamwork. A team, Spyro and Cynder definitely are.
    15 Skipping cinematic or dialogue is possible if desired.
    16 The final battle could have been a bit longer but will not disappoint; it is very well done, as is the ending.

    1 As opposed to nice game graphics, cinematic scenes are sometimes a bit cheesy with weird colours.
    2 At times, the camera goes a little strange & is restricted, which can be bothersome & not very useful.
    3 First impression is that it's gonna be a long journey, by the end, you realize it's a bit too short.
    4 In single player mode, climbing requires switching from Spyro to Cynder & gets annoying.
    5 Climbing controls could have been better explained, you may spend a long time figuring them out.
    6 The fact this PS3 game is discontinued & hard to find is unfortunate.
    7 Despite being able to fly anytime, you don't have the freedom to fly where you want.
    8 A map would have helped as it's not always clear where to go.
    9 Flying can be frustrating, the wind is often difficult to work with.
    10 Finally, the game has bugs as characters can get stuck.

    Everything taken into account, I really enjoyed this game despite its flaws & I recommend to everyone as it's worth playing. The fact that this adventure is a bit too short is a little sad & feels like we'll miss the cute little Dragons, at least it's not disappointing. The RPG elements, storyline, combat system & art design will help you get into it quickly & will satisfy most people, especially fans of the genre.

    Some people note this game has no replay value, I somewhat disagree. Single or 2 player modes can change the dynamic. Choosing Spyro or Cynder gives a different experience. However I can't deny the story will remain the same & might not be the one you replay the most. That being said, I truly believe this Legend of Spyro is underrated & well deserves at least 7 on 10.
  2. Mar 24, 2011
    My young kids picked this out because it has purple dragons on the cover. While they've attempted a few times to play it, they are just too young (5 & 4) to keep up with a difficult game like this. Of course it says on the box that it's for 10+, so I should have known better. Anyway, it has no appeal to me nor my wife either. Maybe in about five years my kids will revisit it and enjoy it. Expand
  3. Apr 27, 2011
    hated it. this is a terrible game and is nothing like the original spyro on the original playstation which i think was an amazing. right from the begining cut scene i was confused with nothing to explain what has happened in the long years since the last game and he is a dragon for gods sake not a ninja so why is he punching and kicking when he should be breathing fire and scratching with claws. the flying was a nightmare with terrible controls and the use of the sixaxis was not great. the graphics were terrible with rough edges bad shaping and all round lack of effort. do not get this game and pass this by Expand

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