Reviews and Problems with The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
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The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
8 May 2009
Conclusion: The game worlds, both under- and over-ground are simply breathtaking, and once again, as has become commonplace with the series, the role-playing elements are superb. The action has undergone some refinement too. Spyro still wields fire, electricity, earth and ice, but Cynder possesses the powers bestowed on her by the Dark Master; poison, wind, shadow and fear. She’s also faster and more nimble than Spyro, although Spyro has better defense.
Excerpt: It's a purple haze! No, this isn't a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert I'm talking about; it's another Spyro game, with emphasis on the word "another." No matter how many times the little purple dragon graces gamers' consoles, people never seem to tire of him. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is the latest installment in the long-running game series. But in a market so focused on first-person shooters and all action, all the time, Spyro faces some stiff competition.
Excerpt: The fall of a beloved videogame icon is perhaps the greatest tragedy in the gaming world - the more revered the series or character, the more devastating the fall is. I was a fan of the Spyro the Dragon series back during the purple dragon's glory days on the PlayStation. I enjoyed its simple yet charming approach to gameplay, and I knew then that franchise creator Insomniac Games would go far in the industry.
PS3/X360 Review - 'The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon'
2 February 2009
Summary: In the final chapter of the 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 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.
Conclusion: The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is a decent platforming title for the PS3, but it's definitely not the cream of the crop. So many other games have done what this game does and they have done it better. Fans of the purple dragon will be pleased enough, but newcomers to the franchise may be left scratching their heads. A glitchy framerate and many frustrating moments during gameplay really overshadow the highlights.
Excerpt: Spyro the Dragon, much like Crash Bandicoot, was the closest thing Sony fans had to a mascot back in the 90s. Thanks to Sony, the Spyro the Dragon franchise has really established itself as a solid platform-adventure series of games. Thanks to Sony's enormous budget, the original three Spyro games were heavily campaigned by the publisher, and it certainly didn't hurt that developer Insomniac put together a solid set of games.
Summary: When he first debuted on the scene just over 10 years ago, Spyro the lovable purple dragon starred in a series of truly excellent platformers on the original PlayStation. But oh, how the fire-breathing have fallen. The first two entries in his current trilogy, The Legend of Spyro, have been marked by mediocrity, and sadly, the conclusion follows suit. It's an unfocused, uninteresting game that, despite its flying heroes, never manages to get off the ground.
Pros: Gorgeous visuals and a thrilling score create a vivid fantasy world, Convenient local co-op lets second player drop in or out at any time, Good variety of elemental powers at your disposal
Cons: Combat is uninteresting and sometimes tedious, Unfocused level design can lead to aimless wandering, When playing solo, the AI-controlled teammate can sometimes get stuck, Control of the camera is too limited, Story borrows too much inspiration from elsewhere