Excerpt: Dating back to the PlayStation One days, Spyro the purple dragon has been with us for quite some time. Not being familiar with the series I was very curious to see what the action and adventure based game was all about. After some extended time with the latest title, and after reading about some of the other successful ones in the franchise, I have say I am left a little disappointed as this one just did not live up to any of the expectations I had.
Excerpt: Once again it’s that time when we critics swarm down onto the latest release of a dying series, and tear what little life there once was from the rotting corpse of the franchise; we are the vultures and you are our family waiting to be fed. Spyro was once a fresh catch which we all loved to devour slowly and time and time again we came back for more, until one fateful day in November 2002 the dish went stale and other recipes looked to give us the same satisfaction and...
Conclusion: Some stellar V/O work with the likes of Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci providing voice-work for the main characters. Co-op is a lot of fun, and really adds to the experience. The absence of XBL co-op is a bit puzzling though. All-in-all a very good game that'll keep you entertained for a few days. Reminds me a lot of a combination of Kameo and the Lord of the Rings movies. 8/10 for me.
Excerpt: Welcome my friends, to Spyro:Dawn of the Dragon (The review). This game marks the third and final installment of the “Legend of Spyro” trilogy and has players thrown back into Spyro’s magical world and must once again help people for no real reason what-so-ever! But don’t let this put you off, see how much I enjoyed the title in our review… The story so far… The game begins with a mysterious set of enemies, who enter the ruins of “The Mountain of Malefor”(Big evil dude),...
Excerpt: Spyro has been around for quite some time now and since his incarnation on the PlayStation, our little dragon has come a long way. Although our colourful and fire breathing dragon has had a few ups and downs in his career, Spyro Dawn of the Dragon is the latest title of the franchise which not only pays homage to the original premise but also takes the franchise onto the next evolutionary stage.
Excerpt: The worlds have a vibrancy that recalls the original PlayStation games, special effects are suitably dazzling and the whole affair is efficiently produced whilst making the most of the host hardware. It’s close to being the sort of Spyro game that, judging by their PS3 Ratchet & Clank adventures, series creators Insomniac would have made had they still an active interest in all things purple dragon, and an appropriate way to mark Spyro’s 10th anniversary.
Summary: The Legend of Spyro Dawn of the Dragon will minimally fill your cravings for platforming, and if you are expecting the Spyro from back in the day then prepared to be disappointed. The slightly buggy game can make things difficult at times, but if you have a young one in your family that loves platforming, then you might want to at least check this one out for a rent.
Pros: Co-op can make the game better with a friend
Conclusion: 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.