Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Official Xbox Magazine
    65
    Problematic moments of senseless enemy invulnerability and camera management siphon off some joy, but ultimately, this glorified plushie is fun enough to avoid extinction. [Dec. 2006, p.84]
  5. With puzzle solving taking a backseat to the action, battling enemies becomes the highlight of A New Beginning. If the nonexistent A.I. and poor camera angles were fixed, completing the adventure would be much more fun.
  6. An anthology of washed up ideas and concepts seen in almost every non-Nintendo platformer post 2D.
  7. 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.

Awards & Rankings

49
16
#16 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. StuartL.
    Sep 25, 2006
    10
    This game is truely one of the best games of its genre. Definately the best of the spyro franchise.
  2. Nov 14, 2015
    8
    If you can accept that this game took a large step away from the mechanics of previous Spyro games, this is a game you will regret not pickingIf you can accept that this game took a large step away from the mechanics of previous Spyro games, this is a game you will regret not picking up. With a great story, top-notch music, and beautiful graphics for the Xbox, this was a great start to The Legend of Spyro trilogy. Full Review »
  3. Aug 12, 2012
    9
    So much better than Dawn Of The Dragon, although almost all the enemies are the same, colored a little differently and are more powerful thanSo much better than Dawn Of The Dragon, although almost all the enemies are the same, colored a little differently and are more powerful than the last one you fought in the level before the one you are on, it gets a little repetitive, but when half a dozen apes coming at you at the same time, you don't really think about that, and i have yet to play The Eternal Night. this re-boot to the spyro series is my favorite out of the trilogy so far, i have yet to beat Dawn Of The Dragon, and i hear its insanely hard. Lord have mercy X( Full Review »