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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. While the game is frustrating in a number of parts, it's still rather fun to play, if perhaps a bit too much for the young audience it's aimed at.
  2. Spyro fans and gamers in the target age group are going to love Dawn of the Dragon and don’t be surprised if the older siblings in the house and even the parents get caught up in the magic that is Spyro. It really is fun from start to finish.
  3. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon offers fast jump ’n’ run-adventure-action, which especially kids will enjoy. Compared to the latest Crash Bandicoot the game seems to be more grown-up and exciting.
  4. This game could have fared far worse, but it keeps itself sitting right on the mediocre line. Long-time Spyro fans should pick it up and enjoy it for what it is. The rest of us will find our platforming fun elsewhere.
  5. For fans of the Spyro franchise, and Xbox 360 owners alike, I recommend that you pick this one up at your local rental store before you decided to drop 50 bucks on it.
  6. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    57
    By yanking the dragon's latest into adolescence, both kids and adults will be disappointed. [Jan 2009, p.75]
  7. A lumpy ending to an uneven series, it’s unclear what conclusion Dawn of the Dragon is attempting to draw. If it’s overused set pieces, repeating gameplay, and obfuscated puzzle solving -- then Spyro succeeds.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Aug 11, 2020
    10
    Cynder made me cum! Good game, you should play it too. Cynder is literally one of the most attractive videogame characters next to duke nukemCynder made me cum! Good game, you should play it too. Cynder is literally one of the most attractive videogame characters next to duke nukem and gordon freeman Expand
  2. Aug 1, 2012
    10
    This game is absolutely beautiful. Graphics are near realistic in most of the game. I still listen to the soundtrack while I use the laptop.This game is absolutely beautiful. Graphics are near realistic in most of the game. I still listen to the soundtrack while I use the laptop. This game was the most amazing thing I have ever played. The only word that can truly describe this game, is magical. Playing this game is like being IN the game, having the adventure yourself. Everything about this game is just right. The game doesn't hold your hand for too long, after you have learned everything you need to know, it lets you go and gives you a chance to do things your own way. Replay value is very high, it never gets boring! Even the cover art is beautiful! This game is everything you could wish for from a Spyro reboot, and more, and the only thing that disappointed me was that it had to end! This game is possibly the best game ever made. Expand
  3. Sep 22, 2010
    10
    How is this game scoring so lowly on here? Are you people without heart? Like what Black Eyed Pea sang on that song, Where is the Love? IHow is this game scoring so lowly on here? Are you people without heart? Like what Black Eyed Pea sang on that song, Where is the Love? I played this game and it is truely magical, in the truest form of the word. The dragon steals the show with his fire breething capabilities. I like how in the options menu you can change the sound levels and the music levels (if you so desire). I have been blogging about games for close to 12 years now and I still find it hard to believe that more games like this arent bean made. The developers really took it up a notch on this one. The blew it outta the park and hit a home run. Its a total touchdown, a goalfest a summer barbecue. My only real problem with it is the lack of 4 player support as this wood have made it into my top 4 best games ever. Anyway, i only rented this game and played it for about 2 hours so the ending may have ruined it completely but the opening cinematic was awesome. Expand
  4. JPK
    Jun 7, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Great Ending
    I almost cried when Cynder said “I love you”. That line alone pushed this game’s rating from an 8 to a 9
    Other than that, this game is a very satisfying conclusion to a pretty good trilogy.
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  5. Jan 20, 2018
    8
    Pretty damn good, the game is worth playing, but not the best

    Graphics=10, VERY VERY GOOD Music=7, Pretty good, but you hear it over and
    Pretty damn good, the game is worth playing, but not the best

    Graphics=10, VERY VERY GOOD
    Music=7, Pretty good, but you hear it over and over
    Story=7, Lord of the Rings much?
    Replayability/Length=7, Worth replaying but only a couple times
    Gameplay=9, Very good, glitchy at times but very good

    This leads to a grand total score of .......

    80!

    A good game with good graphics and gameplay, definitely worth it
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  6. Mar 16, 2015
    8
    The Legend of Spyro Dawn of The Dragon
    Great game held back by things you cant see.
    Dawn of the Dragon is a God of War style 3D platforming
    The Legend of Spyro Dawn of The Dragon
    Great game held back by things you cant see.
    Dawn of the Dragon is a God of War style 3D platforming Action Adventure Game.
    It tells a great story of love and courage, some pretty awesome quotes to be heard.
    This is very hack and slash style scaled out linear game.
    The world is beautiful, and traversing it will bring you back to the ps2 era when 3d platformers ruled the world.
    There are hidden collectibles and xp crystals that you can find to upgrade health and magic like in god of war and armor pieces to increase skills and defense. .
    With xp that you also get from defeating regular and bonus hidden enemies you can slowly increase each magic skill again much like in God of war.
    While I loved the colors and exploring every inch of every chapter in this game as it reminded me of old school open world Nintendo games and even my beloved glover at times, you are weighed down by the other character far too often.
    In the beginning of the game it is revealed you are tied together, so sometimes if you want to climb tall cliff sides you have to switch back and forth and make sure the character you aren’t controlling doesn’t get caught on a ledge, you are also annoyingly stopped by invisible walls that shouldn’t be there.
    It makes no sense that I can fly higher in the air 20 feet to the right but if I fly back over at the same level im automatically pushed down.. its frustrating, just gives me a horribly unsatisfied feeling in my stomach to get smacked by something I cant see.
    Where things get really bad though is with the actual combat.
    You can switch back and forth between spyro and cynder or play couch co op with another person.
    Both spyro and cynder have 4 different element attacks. Spyros elements are light, cynders elements are dark. Spyro is stronger in health, cynder is stronger in magic.
    While spyro clearly is the better character to use, neither of them nor their elemental attacks seem to do enough damage to make combat even the least bit satisfying.
    Combat in Dawn of the Dragon drags on forever.
    It takes far too long to take down even the simplest of enemies.
    To make matters worse your partner seems to do nothing to help, they will throw some punches, but never bring out the elements to speed things up.
    If you plan on playing by yourself, prepare for a button mashing grind.
    After you’ve got in enough hits you are given the option to basically go super sayain for a couple of seconds and can just slice through practically anything in your way, but it takes way too long to fill up this bar, I probably only used it a handful of times in the 12 hours the game took me to complete.
    At times the game had some pretty interesting ideas, you had to use the different elements to progress through levels, this should have been done much more frequently or at the very least used to solve the non existent puzzles.
    You wont use your brain much at all in The Legend of Spyro Dawn of The Dragon.
    While this game and its combat can feel like a drag, I enjoyed my time enough with the world, its story, platforming and level design enough to still recommend a play through to experience this game, especially if you miss 3d platformers,
    Dawn of The Dragon will quench that thirst.
    For what it is 3D Platforming Action Adventure: 8.5/10
    Overall: 8/10
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  7. Oct 22, 2011
    2
    This game is truly awful stay away from this monstrosity,if you want to destroy something this game is the best choose,shame on those whoThis game is truly awful stay away from this monstrosity,if you want to destroy something this game is the best choose,shame on those who created this monster!!!!!! Expand

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