- 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 hisIn 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
Game InformerLong story short, this is a flawed game through and through. Even the most devout Spyro fans should avoid it. [Jan 2009, p.69]
PSM3 Magazine UKThe game's problems are much too loud to ignore. [Issue#174, p.83]
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.
JustinG.Mar 29, 2009The game had a nice continuing story line with fair graphics. That made the game more appealing. The downfall was how short the game seemed The game had a nice continuing story line with fair graphics. That made the game more appealing. The downfall was how short the game seemed to be. I beat the game in 16 hours which isn't very good for my standards. The voice actors could have done better also. I was a bit disappointing, but overall if your a true Spyro fan the game is good no matter what.… Expand
Mar 16, 2015The Legend of Spyro Dawn of The Dragon
Great game held back by things you cant see.
Dawn of the Dragon is a God of War style 3D platformingThe Legend of Spyro Dawn of The Dragon
Great game held back by things you cant see.
Dawn of the Dragon is a God of War style 3D platforming Action Adventure Game.
It tells a great story of love and courage, some pretty awesome quotes to be heard.
This is very hack and slash style scaled out linear game.
The world is beautiful, and traversing it will bring you back to the ps2 era when 3d platformers ruled the world.
There are hidden collectibles and xp crystals that you can find to upgrade health and magic like in god of war and armor pieces to increase skills and defense. .
With xp that you also get from defeating regular and bonus hidden enemies you can slowly increase each magic skill again much like in God of war.
While I loved the colors and exploring every inch of every chapter in this game as it reminded me of old school open world Nintendo games and even my beloved glover at times, you are weighed down by the other character far too often.
In the beginning of the game it is revealed you are tied together, so sometimes if you want to climb tall cliff sides you have to switch back and forth and make sure the character you aren’t controlling doesn’t get caught on a ledge, you are also annoyingly stopped by invisible walls that shouldn’t be there.
It makes no sense that I can fly higher in the air 20 feet to the right but if I fly back over at the same level im automatically pushed down.. its frustrating, just gives me a horribly unsatisfied feeling in my stomach to get smacked by something I cant see.
Where things get really bad though is with the actual combat.
You can switch back and forth between spyro and cynder or play couch co op with another person.
Both spyro and cynder have 4 different element attacks. Spyros elements are light, cynders elements are dark. Spyro is stronger in health, cynder is stronger in magic.
While spyro clearly is the better character to use, neither of them nor their elemental attacks seem to do enough damage to make combat even the least bit satisfying.
Combat in Dawn of the Dragon drags on forever.
It takes far too long to take down even the simplest of enemies.
To make matters worse your partner seems to do nothing to help, they will throw some punches, but never bring out the elements to speed things up.
If you plan on playing by yourself, prepare for a button mashing grind.
After you’ve got in enough hits you are given the option to basically go super sayain for a couple of seconds and can just slice through practically anything in your way, but it takes way too long to fill up this bar, I probably only used it a handful of times in the 12 hours the game took me to complete.
At times the game had some pretty interesting ideas, you had to use the different elements to progress through levels, this should have been done much more frequently or at the very least used to solve the non existent puzzles.
You wont use your brain much at all in The Legend of Spyro Dawn of The Dragon.
While this game and its combat can feel like a drag, I enjoyed my time enough with the world, its story, platforming and level design enough to still recommend a play through to experience this game, especially if you miss 3d platformers,
Dawn of The Dragon will quench that thirst.
For what it is 3D Platforming Action Adventure: 8.5/10
Overall: 8/10… Expand
May 4, 2015The Legend of Spyro Dawn of the Dragon is an amazing entry to the Legend of Spyro Trilogy. The game is far from perfect I will say that, butThe Legend of Spyro Dawn of the Dragon is an amazing entry to the Legend of Spyro Trilogy. The game is far from perfect I will say that, but grand overall. Let me add some detail.
The gameplay is much more improved compared to past entries namely in the combat department as well as non-linearity and exploration. It gives you a run for your money in terms of keeping you on your toes and making you rush as fast as you can to complete your objective, while at times knows how to tone things down and make the game relaxing. It's a great adventure that will give you a wide range of emotions throughout. The only downside here though is... it suffers from a lack of content. There are 10 chapters in total, 11 if you count the final boss, and while they can be long, 10 chapters is pretty short to be blunt. There are no side quests aside from backtracking to get extra stuff you may have missed along the way. But it could use more replay value.
The story is very well handled and adds a nice closure to the series (although I still wholeheartedly wish it could be continued) and while I love having a focus on adventure and meeting new allies, here's where we get back into the lack of content again. The elder dragons are there but not as important as they should have been, some only getting one or maybe two lines here and there. That aside, the story is a great continuation and closure as mentioned before. It depicts an epic journey and one you are left wanting more out of, but not necessarily in a frustrating way.
The music is fantastic, getting you pumped for battle, allowing you to just soak in the area, the feeling of urgency and fear, the build up to the climax and that climax, the whole fact that time is running out... It's amazing. It works really well for an ost, and should not be overlooked.
The visuals are mixed for me, I love the world and a lot of its characters, but some of the models seem somewhat irksome for me. The dragons particularly. I get that the game wants to make it more realistic, but even so it comes off as a tad awkward and cluttered at times for me. Even still, the environment perfectly depicts what it wants to give the impression of. A desolate lava area carved by doom and destruction? A lush field that makes you want to work to protect this world? It's all here, and it does its job spectacularly.
Overall, the game is great. And this is coming from a fan who grew up with the classics. Don't let the nostalgia blind classic fans disorient or discourage you from wanting this game, it's a great experience for the open minded. Rich world that I feel holds up, great gameplay and despite a lack of content it did keep me fairly busy and was a great experience I will revisit again and again. I recommend this to anyone who is curious and anyone willing to give this series a try, not for classic nostalgia, but for an individual reboot series.… Expand
Jun 13, 2016The fate of a game when placed under the wing of Activision. They turned the game into a joke, just a mindless massive action sequence. TheThe fate of a game when placed under the wing of Activision. They turned the game into a joke, just a mindless massive action sequence. The only thing it had going for it was the attention to map design and detail, as well as the idea of armor that amplifies Spyro and Cinder. I'd also have to commend the idea of having Spyro go from a single player only to two player for the first time in the series.… Expand
Aug 15, 2014I started off with high hopes that Spyro Dawn of the Dragon would be an enthralling and satisfying gamer experience given the acclaim andI started off with high hopes that Spyro Dawn of the Dragon would be an enthralling and satisfying gamer experience given the acclaim and capitalisation its counterpart Skylander series had in the video game market.
My assumption that this game would be an entertaining and above average engagement soon rescinded about 30 minutes into my gameplay.
While some levels met my expectations, most levels did not and only exposed the deep flaws in Sypro's motion mechanics.
Character control was tacky at best using the example for instance of wall running to progress further throughout a level that became dam near impossible or struggling to free-flow with Spyro in the air whilst in concert with Cinder.
Some levels had uninspiring objectives and led me to the conclusion that this game was rushed at some point in its development.
The worst level in the entire game was 'burned lands for the simple fact that it was a level with no direction and no visual surety the path Spyro was headed was even nearing him towards the finish.
I became very disenchanted quick with this game and would go as far as to say that each level felt like completing it was a chore.
I'm vouching never to purchase another Sypro product again unless the designer that developed this weak effort is willing to compensate me for the time wasted playing this tragedy; given that they went under a few years back I will never be compensated and never play another game in the series again.… Expand
Feb 16, 2016I could'nt decide wether to give this game a 3 or a 4. I thought to myself, it's Spyro, how bad could it be? 15$ plus tax, at that price II could'nt decide wether to give this game a 3 or a 4. I thought to myself, it's Spyro, how bad could it be? 15$ plus tax, at that price I could've drown my sorrows instead which is exactly what I'd have done had I known how badly my childhood was going to be ruined. Even the local coop could'nt make this bearable. If something, you might want to buy it because I bet you so many copies will go in the trash that it might actually become valuable at some point.… Expand
Apr 27, 2011hated it. this is a terrible game and is nothing like the original spyro on the original playstation which i think was an amazing. right fromhated 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