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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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  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  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. Game Informer
    60
    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. PSM3 Magazine UK
    56
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Feb 25, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is tied for the best Spyro game of all time with the originals, in my opinion. As I jumped into this game, I had a fairly good grasp of what the plot was from the previous two installments, seeing as I didn't play them before this game. What I didn't expect was how high the graphics quality came out to be (playing on the Xbox 360), how decently written the story was, and how the co-op allowed you to work together with another player, allowing trust building where you had to lead at times and then pass on the baton of leadership to your teammate from time to time to progress on in the game (if you were playing with a friend). You had to work together, and seeing as the two main characters, Spyro and Cynder, were originally rivals, that brought the game out even more into reality, sharing what the characters feel being restricted by the snake charms that bound the two together. If you were playing single player, you had that kind of balance between the characters as well, whether it be through the combat or elemental challenges. The "take flight at any time" part of the game was a little skeptical. How can you have a game where you could go anywhere without obstacles? That would be a broken game. The developers found clever ways around it with the young age of the dragons and their physical strength. They used adamantite orbs to hinder your flight along with strong currents of wind that the two protagonists aren't strong enough to fly through yet (because of age). I only found the invisible walls a little annoying from time to time. Next, the beauty of the game had my jaw drop every time. From Twilight Forest to The Valley of Avalar to even the floating islands before Malefor. I was awestruck every time. The fact that everyone complains about it's "button mashing combat" is a bunch of ridiculous talk. As the game progresses, you are almost constantly fighting an enemy of Malefor. From grublins to golems to orcs, they are always around you. When players complain about this, I want to throw a tic-tac box at them. REALLY?! Every combat-related game can consider itself with tedious combat. Minecraft, Terraria, God of War, Gears of War, Halo, etc. The complaints from this function of the game mainly come from the hitpoint count of the enemy being relatively high and how many of each enemy you have to fight. In reality, this is supposed to be like that. Think that you are in the middle of a war, fighting inanimate objects against someone who has destroyed your side's armies for 3 years. Plus, your armies are living, breathing creatures. Every life counts. I don't think Malefor wanted each warrior to be unique from the rest if it meant he'd waste his time. He would rather spend his time plotting attacks and conquering the world. Well, actually ending the world. Each enemy is kind of like a zombie. It doesn't live with organs, or blood, or brains. It was built with magic, so the only hit points it has is how strong the magic used to create its being was. I felt immersed in a war playing this game. The stress also hits you in some levels, and not very many games can do that. Next, it isn't very violent allowing even more players. The age range is E10+. I think it could easily be E8+, but we don't have that. Its E. Finally, the romance between Spyro and Cynder, in opinion, was a great addition to the story. It fit in nicely with what went on, and when players say that it was just her way of thanking her savior. I think otherwise. Spyro gave her a chance, saved a killer's life, and constantly went after her, literally crossing the sky for her. He saved Cynder at the well of souls and disregarded the Chronicler's advice to leave her to fall again. Heck, Spyro seemed to be the one loving Cynder the moment he realized that she was forced to do the evil things, hoping she could be given a chance. To conclude, this was the best game I've played in the longest time. A ton better than skylanders, and it is up there with the originals. I highly recommend this game, and I hope many of those critics can see the better sides of the game. Expand
  2. JustinG.
    Mar 29, 2009
    9
    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 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
  3. May 4, 2015
    8
    The 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.
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  4. Feb 16, 2019
    7
    What I loved the most were the two protagonists. Liked the flashy graphics also. However, the controls are a bit messy and sometimes theWhat I loved the most were the two protagonists. Liked the flashy graphics also. However, the controls are a bit messy and sometimes the dragon does whatever he/she wants. It's also easy to get lost not knowing what's your next quest. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2011
    5
    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 tooMy 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
  6. Jun 13, 2016
    5
    The 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
  7. Apr 27, 2011
    1
    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 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

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