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  • Summary: This completely new Spyro adventure, featuring gameplay focused heavily on dynamic action and fast-paced combat, uncovers the true origin of Spyro the Dragon as he evolves into a living, breathing weapon of explosive destruction. This epic story of Spyro's quest to discover his roots andThis completely new Spyro adventure, featuring gameplay focused heavily on dynamic action and fast-paced combat, uncovers the true origin of Spyro the Dragon as he evolves into a living, breathing weapon of explosive destruction. This epic story of Spyro's quest to discover his roots and realize his destiny is brought to life by leading Hollywood voice-over cast members Elijah Wood as the new voice of Spyro; David Spade as Spyro’s sidekick Sparx the dragonfly; and Gary Oldman as Ignitus, the Fire Dragon Elder and Spyro's mentor. In The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning, players will experience the awesome power of the purple dragon as they unleash devastating fury attacks, upgradeable breaths and ground-to-aerial melee combos in frenzied battles with hordes of menacing enemies and bone-chilling bosses. The action game also introduces a new dragon upgrade system, giving players the freedom to increase the power and variety of attacks to their liking. [Vivendi Games] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Play Magazine
    85
    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. 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.
  3. A lot of the game's potential falls flat in the face of occasional mediocrity and blandness, which is in turn offset by bright spots that sometimes pop up during the course of your adventure.
  4. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    A reasonable update, but even with the changes there's nothing here you won't have seen somewhere before. This is a rather lazy prequel. [Christmas 2006, p.76]
  5. PSM Magazine
    60
    There's nothing wrong with early retirement....you've earned it, Spyro. [Dec. 2006, p.82]
  6. 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.
  7. It has a fantastic score, an excellent cast and some genuinely good ideas, but its inability to find balance between narration and game, along with poor execution, means that this is one purple headed monster you won’t want to be playing with.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Dec 5, 2017
    10
    Definitely one of the best games in the entire Spyro franchise. I remember, back in December of 2003, on Christmas Day, I got Spyro 2: Ripto'sDefinitely one of the best games in the entire Spyro franchise. I remember, back in December of 2003, on Christmas Day, I got Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage for Christmas (along with my PS1). Three years later, I was still really into Spyro, and I saw the trailer for this game, and I shouted, "I WANT THAT GAME!" Well, fast-forward to Christmas Day, 2006, and I was gifted with a PS2, and—you guessed it—this game. I love all the Spyro games, and in my opinion, this one is in the top three, along with the other two Legend games (the originals are right behind). The game has a great voice cast, with Elijah Wood and Gary Oldman certainly stealing the show, while David Spade, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Cree Summer give a great amount of life to their respective characters, the score is perfection, and the graphics are very good for its time. This game is very nostalgic for me, and I will forever cherish it. Expand
  2. May 12, 2020
    10
    Um dos melhores jogos do Spyro que eu já joguei, jogabilidade MT boa, trilha sonora fantástica e gráficos lindos. Muito bom jogo
  3. Aug 31, 2012
    8
    it isn´t as good as the old spyro games, but it has good graphics, good story, a great score, and a good voice cast, but the game playit isn´t as good as the old spyro games, but it has good graphics, good story, a great score, and a good voice cast, but the game play and combat are sometimes repetitive and tedious Expand
  4. Ghostreviewer
    Nov 13, 2007
    7
    I know many people bash Spyro and his games today and quite frankly I can't blame them. As a fan of the PSone era Spyro games, never I know many people bash Spyro and his games today and quite frankly I can't blame them. As a fan of the PSone era Spyro games, never have I seen a series fall from greatness this hard since the downward spiral of the Sonic series. The bombs that were Enter the Dragonfly and A Heroe's Tale spelt a dim future for this franchise. This is why I was surprised that I genuinely enjoyed A New Beginning.The plot was actually good and the production values made it feel more like a CG movie(especially with Elijah Wood as Spyro's voice, great cast). Although Spyro is not back on top yet, he can get their if Krome studios could polish the gameplay (minor camera issues and repetative fighting controls that make it feel like more of a brawler than a platformer). Thank you Krome studios, for giving me faith in one of my childhood icons again. Expand
  5. Apr 5, 2015
    7
    I can see why people hate this game, but I like change if it's done correctly and well, this game is really good, instead of a collect-a-thonI can see why people hate this game, but I like change if it's done correctly and well, this game is really good, instead of a collect-a-thon we have a Beat-em-up, Spyro like in Enter the Dragonfly has new breaths, Fire, Electricity, Ice and Earth, all 4 feel very useful in their own situations and neither outclass each other, there's also Convexity which is only used at the end boss, I also like how some enemies resist one element while vulnerable to another. The game looks really good and I enjoy the gameplay, I also like Cynder in this game a lot, she's badass when you see her fly around in the distance.

    The only downsides are...
    If you expect this to be like an old school Spyro game, it isn't and you properly won't like it.
    The game can become very linear.
    If you replay the game you cannot skip the tutorials for the new elements, which is very annoying.
    Very easy.
    The guardian dragons except Ignitus are pointless and add nothing besides teaching Spyro.
    Sparx...

    Overall it's a good game.
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  6. Jul 1, 2017
    5
    The first Legend of Spyro game makes it pretty evident that it is supposed to be completely different from other Spyro games before it, inThe first Legend of Spyro game makes it pretty evident that it is supposed to be completely different from other Spyro games before it, in terms of almost every aspect; from character designs, to gameplay to pacing. A New Beginning puts greater emphasis on these factors, to prove its difference. What results is a mediocre game. Series like Super Mario prove that even if your story is predictable, and combat is bland, that a game can still be great with good, unique gameplay and the sense of an adventure that the game should give to the player. This game disregards that. It features boring gameplay and more combat and less adventure. Spyro isn't a combat-oriented game, it's a game loved for it's distinct style, fun gameplay and the ability to explore its many worlds. This game doesn't really have these. It has a pretty good story, a good soundtrack and good visuals, but thats it. Expand
  7. TJBrode
    Dec 21, 2006
    3
    It may have been just the game i rented, but i doubt it. The game played horribly overall. I just can't see this game getting much more It may have been just the game i rented, but i doubt it. The game played horribly overall. I just can't see this game getting much more than a 3. Nice graphics though. Expand

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#38 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
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