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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 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Nintendo Gamer
    86
    Sky-high production values, lavish special effects and great fun to explore with a friend. A highly enjoyable adventure that you'll happily forgive for its shortcomings. [Christmas 2008, p.63]
  2. In many ways, this is the Spyro game fans have been waiting for, and a perfectly plausible place for everyone else to start.
  3. While there are some glaring flaws that should not have been overlooked, The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is a pretty decent game that will satisfy Spyro fans and capture the attention and interest of new fans as well.
  4. Spyro grows up, flies in company, goes farther, glides over wider scenarios, but he doesn't better himself. The trilogy ends in a videogame which keeps alive the prestige of the franchise, although the power of the dragon should be improved in the future.
  5. This game is just not much fun. Spyro Dawn of the Dragon could have been a great game, but the game as a whole isn’t an engaging experience on the Wii. There are worthy qualities present, but they don’t succeed in raising this game above mediocrity. It’s hard to recommend this game to anyone except a die-hard Spyro fan.
  6. However, for the adventure fans still looking for a fix, go back and give Twilight Princess another playthrough instead.
  7. Long story short, this is a flawed game through and through. Even the most devout Spyro fans should avoid it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. AndyL.
    Nov 1, 2008
    10
    The game rocks!! Sound-graphics-gameplay are all amazing in this one!!
  2. Mar 18, 2017
    10
    I LOVE this game. The original trilogy is also fantastic but to be honest this is such a more memerable game with fantastic grafics, fenomenalI LOVE this game. The original trilogy is also fantastic but to be honest this is such a more memerable game with fantastic grafics, fenomenal soundtracks, amazing boss battles, great atmosphere and a engaging story. Dawn of the dragon is epic as hell an dshould be played by everyone Expand
  3. JuddMan
    Mar 12, 2009
    9
    A thoroughly enjoyable game, once you get used to the controls, and even more fun with a friend.
  4. Aug 12, 2012
    7
    this game is a little too hard im stuck at the level right before the dark master's lair level, fighting two of those mace wielding giantthis game is a little too hard im stuck at the level right before the dark master's lair level, fighting two of those mace wielding giant grublins at the same time, but it has the most interesting plot and awesome cutscenes of the trilogy, but i prefer TLOS: A New Beginning more. Expand
  5. Jul 22, 2016
    7
    Dawn of the Dragon almost revives the series but not so much. The game does lack a lot and it is generic and the gameplay is stall butDawn of the Dragon almost revives the series but not so much. The game does lack a lot and it is generic and the gameplay is stall but everything else I like. Expand
  6. Apr 23, 2016
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Legend of Spyro... More like The Legend of Boringness. So this is a game about exploration, but i just don't find the world really fun to explore. It's really confusing and its very easy to get stuck at times. And sometimes you don't even get enough tutorials on a few levels. For example. in one level in a place called Dragon City, you were supposed to close a door. However, i didn't know it meant, first use your fire ability in one of the spots and then close the door. The combat is also very tedious. It's a button mashing thing that just keeps repeating. It's just so boring too most of the time. So here's my list of the pros and cons:

    Pros:
    -Interestingly designed characters
    -A bit of atmosphere.

    Yes, that's literally it for the pros, so now we go to the bad things:

    Cons:
    -Lack of memorable characters
    -Button mashing combat
    -Not enough advice
    -Very confusing
    -Co-op almost needed for the entire game

    So, sorry Spyro fans but that's my rating to this game. And i don't even understand how the Wii port got
    better ratings than the other ports, even if it technically was the worst. So... yeah.
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#61 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008