• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2000
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 311 Ratings

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  • Summary: Thieves have kidnapped a brood of dragon eggs, while, elsewhere in the Dragon Lands, a gateway to the Forgotten World has been uncovered. Sent to recapture the eggs, Spyro the Dragon, and his best friend Sparx, face a journey into uncharted territory against his most fearsome enemy yet - theThieves have kidnapped a brood of dragon eggs, while, elsewhere in the Dragon Lands, a gateway to the Forgotten World has been uncovered. Sent to recapture the eggs, Spyro the Dragon, and his best friend Sparx, face a journey into uncharted territory against his most fearsome enemy yet - the Sorceress! All new playable characters, frantic challenges and new exciting worlds to explore - the Year of the Dragon begins here! Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    It's one of the best games to come out for the PlayStation in 2000.
  2. 100
    Like "Sonic" and "Crash," Spyro grabs on and doesn't let go, and the complexity of the levels, hidden games, and non-stop action make it one of the year's best platform games.
  3. Daily Radar
    100
    More creative minigames, a slightly higher difficulty level, superb level design and some of the best realtime graphics the PlayStation has ever seen all make Year of the Dragon a winner.
  4. 91
    A universally excellent game.
  5. CNET Gamecenter
    90
    The folks at Insomniac have built an incredibly detailed, fun, and immersive action/adventure that is definitely worth picking up, whether or not you're familiar with this franchise.
  6. Game Fan
    90
    The game play in this episode is so thought out and well-realized that I found myself actually discouraged that this would be Insomniac's last venture with the purple dragon.
  7. Spank!
    70
    A good, solid 3D platformer that won't disappoint fans of the purple dragon, but may leave fans of the genre feeling a little empty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 72
  2. Negative: 1 out of 72
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    10
    I shall never forget this game, it brings such great childhood memories, and still is a great game, Year of The Dragon showed somethingI shall never forget this game, it brings such great childhood memories, and still is a great game, Year of The Dragon showed something different then the other 2 spyro games before this, well you weren't able to play as different characters and a whole lot of fun mini games. I suggest you play this or any other spyro game that was for ps1, purchase it off of the Ps store today! Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2013
    10
    spyro year of the dragon is one of my favorite games for the ps1. the levels are all memorable, the musics great and the 5 playable charactersspyro year of the dragon is one of my favorite games for the ps1. the levels are all memorable, the musics great and the 5 playable characters none of which feel tacked on and the story is great. well its a not epic RPG story but a nice simple story that is easy to follow and perfect cut scene to game play ratio. meaning the they aren't too many cut scenes to bog the game down but enough to have a story that flows thru the game. lastly the graphics for its time the graphics where amazing, colorful worlds and nice to look at enemies and characters. to simply put spyro year of the dragon is a must buy for your gaming collection and hell buy the other 2 ps1 spyro games there pretty good to. Expand
  3. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    The Spyro trilogy was my first set of games ever. I never got tired of playing these games. Spyro 3: Year of The Dragon was a awesome sequelThe Spyro trilogy was my first set of games ever. I never got tired of playing these games. Spyro 3: Year of The Dragon was a awesome sequel to Spyro 2: Riptos Rage! So, practically, this game describes my childhood, along with many others. The game added many new features to keep it fun, but still not turn away from the other two original Spyro games. It is definitely worth your time and money to get this game! That is why I give this game a full 10/10. Expand
  4. Oct 7, 2012
    10
    Spyro 3 it took everything good about the first two Spyros and perfectly put it into one great game with new added features. Amazing levels,Spyro 3 it took everything good about the first two Spyros and perfectly put it into one great game with new added features. Amazing levels, smooth controls, great characters this is a game that you can't help but love. By far the best in the series you should really check it out Expand
  5. Jun 7, 2017
    9
    The best Spyro game perhaps ever made. In the days of platformers and Mario-look alikes wanting a piece of the fame and glory pie, SpyroThe best Spyro game perhaps ever made. In the days of platformers and Mario-look alikes wanting a piece of the fame and glory pie, Spyro always had the best potential to capitalize on itself when it came to levels. The first Spyro was very ambitious and good, the second improved and was better, but Year of The Dragon is quite outstanding. The level design was always unique and special in virtually every place you went to. The Rhynocs and enemies were still comical in their actions, but they had a defined charm that made them a threat to the lands they invaded, unlike Ripto's rage where by convenience everything just so happen to go south when Spyro comes in. The extra little missions with Bentley, Sheila, Sgt, Agent and Sparxx are fun distractions that breaks a bit from Spyro's main running. While it is a collect-a-thon kind of game, I did love just going through levels just get eggs and gems. As a child, this was everything I loved and now as a much older adult with a more critical perspective on it it might have issues (like plot and some challenging areas along with a cumbersome camera system), but the core game always feels unique and crafted well. Expand
  6. M.M.
    Sep 30, 2002
    9
    This is a great game and I highly recommend this to all gamers. The only part that doesn't exceed my standings is that moneybags is This is a great game and I highly recommend this to all gamers. The only part that doesn't exceed my standings is that moneybags is still in the game! I don't mind him once in awhile but he's in every level more than at least once. Your practically giving away your gems for one simple move or other things that can be learned other ways. Other than that this game rocks! I love how sparx now has his own level! Great job! Expand
  7. Hellogoodbye
    Jan 15, 2003
    0
    The game is a waste of money people would be better to put their money towards a PS2 and grand theft auto or timesplitters2 or Devil May Cry The game is a waste of money people would be better to put their money towards a PS2 and grand theft auto or timesplitters2 or Devil May Cry y' know something decent! Expand

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#4 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2000
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#7 Most Shared PS1 Game of 2000