• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2000
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 277 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: 65 out of 68
  2. Negative: 1 out of 68
  1. Jonny
    Oct 15, 2007
    10
    This game was brilliant. the imaginative levals just make you want to play it through the night. and the music is catchy.
  2. Nov 17, 2018
    10
    Одна из лучших игр на пс1. Проше 100500 раз в свое время. Можно играть за кучу крутых персонажей.Одна из лучших игр на пс1. Проше 100500 раз в свое время. Можно играть за кучу крутых персонажей.
  3. Mar 22, 2013
    10
    What great level design. The higher difficulty and incredible (for its time) graphics, infectious exploratory gameplay, and colorful visualsWhat great level design. The higher difficulty and incredible (for its time) graphics, infectious exploratory gameplay, and colorful visuals make it one of the greatest games on the PS1. Expand
  4. AshtonM.
    Oct 18, 2001
    10
    This game is so easy I beat the whole game, and it was incredible!
  5. Mar 6, 2017
    9
    Spyro 3... Well, I Have an Interesting story with these one... Before i can play the Real Copy of that wonderful game, i play 7 pirate copiesSpyro 3... Well, I Have an Interesting story with these one... Before i can play the Real Copy of that wonderful game, i play 7 pirate copies of them... and... i hope than my review doesn't affect by that…

    The Story Starts when a mysterious sorcerer order to her minions to kidnap all dragon eggs, so Spyro and Hunter (From the previous Game) travels to the buried old dragon worlds to rescue them…

    The Control Mechanics it’s basically the same As Spyro 2 (Except for the Double Jump Trick)... In Addition, You can also play as a New Spyro Friends... each one with their unique movesets...

    The Level Design, in some cases are even more shorter than the First Spyro Game, but their challenges are even more fun, especially the skateboard ones... jeje, a Purple Dragon With a Skate Board... that's really fun and unbelievable...

    Spyro 3... Someone could tell than is the best of the series... but... i can't support that... Otherwise, Spyro 3, has a really Funny and Fantasy Platforming game, with many modes of game, but... it is really short if you try to compare to Spyro 2 (These one have less levels but some of them are really extensive and with a high challenge)

    Other not favorable point it's than the Skill Points Don't unlock anything... these one is not a bad point, but, i could be some beautiful extra, like the Spyro 2's Epilogue and CTR Scrapbook...

    You Can Find lot of fun With Spyro 3, Is not the best, but is really Fun, and a amazing idea to play with more characters than Spyro...
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  6. May 17, 2016
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon is game, that is still great, after all these years. This game is of my all favorite PlayStation games, best on PS1.

    Gameplay is fairly simple. Spyro can use fire breath or ramming to harm enemies. He can temporarly gain more abilities and skills he learned in previous game are usable from the start. This mechanic is simple and it works. Spyro is easy to control and that is good, since there is a lot to do.

    Spyro is not only playable character this time, there is several other playable characters that all work little differently.
    Sparx the Dragonfly is playable in 2D style shooter levels.
    Sheila the Kangaroo is playable in 3D and 2D sections and she is little simpler than Spyro, but few abilities are in constant use.
    Sgt. Byrd is penguine that can fly. His sections are very different cause you can fly freely and blow enemies apart with rocket laughter.
    Snowman Bentley is juggernaut that breaks everything with his huge club. He is not very good in jumping stuff, but his brutal strength covers that.
    Agent 9 is monkey that uses laser pistol and his sections are shooters. Few sections are played in FPS style.
    Hunter is cheetah who is used in Speedways. Every section is different, with somekind of vehicle or equipment.

    Enemies are also very well made, much better than previous games. Sorceress is well made main villain but her thugs are even better. They can be challenging, but never unfair. Buzz, Spike and Scorch are very different battles, but each so fun and well made.

    Worlds are all different, there that unique touch in levels and missions. Few mission are similar to previous, but there is so much variety, that it keeps game fresh. Spyro 3 is pretty large game and if you want to get to the Bonus world, you need to collect all Dragon eggs and all Gems, that is challenge, but with Sparx, you can gain abilities, that will make it much easier.

    Spyro: Year of the Dragon is game that gives so much. It is well made game from beginning to end. Real masterpiece.

    + Spyro
    + Multiple playable characters
    + Well made villains
    + Variety in levels and missions
    + So much to do

    - Some minor details

    95/100

    Masterpiece
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  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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Awards & Rankings

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