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Quite Short, more fighting than platform
posted by CindyW (REDMOND, WA) Oct 25, 2006
Member since Jul 2005
9 out of 10 gamers (90%) found this review helpful
However, the things that made Spyro games what they were are missing. This is mostly fighting and powering up of dragon-skills (weapons). No exploring, no treasure chests, no puzzling through how to get to the next level (indeed, you're always told what to do next).
I get the feeling the budget was blown on getting big-name actors to do the voices. Why? Because this is an incredibly short game. I maybe got 7 hours of playtime, and that's stretching it. As the 4 levels sped by (yes, only 4), I kept saying to myself, "surely that's not all there will be?" Unfortunately, that was it. There's a quick cut scene after the credits, but no more levels. I enjoyed it, but I'm glad to have rented it here instead of purchasing the game.
Where did Spyro go?
posted by UpsetInKY (COVINGTON, KY) Oct 28, 2006
Member since May 2006
5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Hack'n'slash for the Kiddies
posted by Aleema (SAINT JOSEPH, MO) Oct 31, 2006
Member since Oct 2006
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
I was thrilled about the new battle system, different elemental breath and such, but I was giddy thinking that these aspects would come ALONG with the quality open-ended-ness platforming that Spyro games are known for. The worlds were far too linear, and all you did was fight. While I really enjoyed the battle system, I honestly wanted more than that. I do like collecting things because it requires you to explore and attempt risky moves. The biggest rushes I had with the game was when I had to solve a totem puzzle -- but otherwise it was just fightfightfight.
The voice actors weren't horrible at their jobs, though I never once imagined Sparx to be anything like they portrayed him in this game. I have something against celebrities doing voice overs because, well, they suck at it. I wasn't disappointed here, though. It just seemed unnecessary. Who's honestly going to buy Spyro based on the person who makes his "ARGH!" sounds?
The game was pretty easy (and if you have trouble you can make a crucial change in tactics to fix it). The game is insanely short compared to other Spyro games with tons of worlds, you only get around 5 here. It's filled with tons of pointless things to make the game seem longer (and some just annoying, like training). And while you're in the levels you're begging for it to be over already.
Overall, a great game for the kids and people who love Purple dragons, but the game mirrors the brainlessness of slash'n'hack games and there is no real substance. But I wasted a few days of my life on it.
This is the best Spyro Game ever!
posted by Examiner (BUENA PARK, CA) Dec 16, 2006
Member since Nov 2004
4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
THIS IS NOT THE SAME TYPE OF SPYRO GAME THAT INSOMNIAC USED TO MAKE!
the game play is all about fast paced battling and there is much less platforming.
Spyro is now capable of meele combat as well as upgradeable breath attacks that you get along the way all of which serve a purpose and all of which are great.
This game does have the words "A new Beginning" for a reason as it is a fresh start for Spyro this may annoy some but if you play it chances are y you'll love it.
The storyline itself is also something inspiring, The music captures the moment brilliantly and that being every moment, the voice acting is very top notch, and the game play is the best I've seen in any Spyro game.
My only complaint is it's far too short but if they make other spyro games like this we could see a new age where Spyro becomes mainstream
You'll like it if:
You like fast paced action
you like dragons
you like to have fun playing a video game
you wont like it if
you ONLY accept the first three Spyro games and refuse to look at anything new for the series
you like excessive difficulty
Worst spyro ever
posted by rockerGame (HOUSTON, TX) Apr 5, 2007
Member since Feb 2007
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Great Game Just To Short
posted by ladyann (YPSILANTI, MI) Oct 10, 2007
Member since Sep 2007
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Would defiantly rent this game but I do feel bad for those who bought it.
Engaging, but very short and a bit bland
posted by trainman666 (RENO, NV) Oct 10, 2014
Member since Oct 2014
The story is actually rather engaging from the start, but where it falls is its landscapes. They're all bland and generic. Swamp, snow, fire, grass, crystal palace etc. But personally, I don't really see that as a bad thing.
The graphics were nice, the controls were smooth, and I rarely encountered any bugs or glitches.
Though most of the game just felt like a fleshed out tutorial, it at least showed growth of the title character, and for that, I think it is worth it. Yea, it can be completed in only seven hours, but at least it delivers on action.
All in all, while it's not as great as the games that came before it, it does have its own unique charm and it shouldn't be passed up just because its different.
posted by celticprince (ACKLEY, IA) Nov 19, 2012
Member since Nov 2012
Spyro, How you changed.
posted by snookie (SOUTHAVEN, MS) Sep 12, 2012
Member since Nov 2009
Not what I thought it would be.
posted by anomaly9 (ALAMOGORDO, NM) Apr 15, 2009
Member since Feb 2008
What a breath of fresh air
posted by Taasla (College Station, TX) Oct 30, 2008
Member since Sep 2008
This is a reboot of the Spyro series, and a good one at that. No more gems as a form of currency, and the story throws a bit more of a sinister atmosphere.
For a gamer who has been here since the very first Spyro, this is a great addition. Though woefully short, the graphics are good, the worlds are beautiful, and the character design is finally no longer polygonal.
Unfortunately, majority of the enemies you will find are all the same. The only difference is a color change. Oh, and they come in hordes. Lots and lots of hordes. In the final world you'll be facing them in large numbers with an epic LoTR-esque track playing.
That brings me to the music. Beautiful music as always. If anything that is what the Spyro games have never lacked.
Personally, I cannot wait to buy this game. For others, you may wish to keep this on rental only. It is short, and once you beat the game there is little reason to replay it.
posted by PecanBlue (HIALEAH, FL) Oct 8, 2008
Member since Sep 2008
First of all, not only is it disrespectful to what Insomniac had originally created that was never broken to begin with, it is false advertising. I read what the designers had to say about their own game and they keep insisting that they wanted to "re-establish" the series and Spyro himself. Except, I don't see any Spyro? All I see is some purple dragon and a golden dragonfly that coincidentally share the same names of the older characters. This is no revival of a series at all, it's a completely different game and universe with look-alikes for the sake of making a quick buck.
In any case, the game itself is pretty horrid as well. It's terribly linear. There is no place to go but the path in front of you. You can't wander off to explore or do sidequests; not that there's much to look at anyway. You can't re-visit levels on your own will unless you start from the beginning, and every single area seems so disconnected because there doesn't appear to be any clear way that "Spyro" travels between them. Sure, he can fly on a set path, but from where exactly does he start flying? Not to mention the levels themselves aren't anything interesting and they're so closed in most of the time it makes me claustrophobic.
The story is just riddled with cliches and corny writing. Oh Spyro, you're the special chosen one? YAWN.
Not to mention the length of the game, but it doesn't matter anyway because 90% of it will be pressing the same buttons over and over again to defeat the same enemies as before, even when it's completely unnecessary for them to be in your way at all.
My best guess for why this is a failure? They spent most of their budget on celebrity voice acting and advertising to glorify this game.
Definetly stay away from this one.
Good Spyro game, not good game in general
posted by Okami1 (PASADENA, CA) Jun 21, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
This game is awesome dude!
posted by tineegiant (CHECK, VA) Jun 3, 2008
Member since May 2008
Spyro like you never seen him before
posted by mewlover (KINGSTON, NY) Apr 10, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
The Legend of Spyro a New Begining
posted by We7R4GiveN (EDGERTON, KS) Jan 19, 2008
Member since Sep 2007
Very nice! But not so much...
posted by Razare (COOLEEMEE, NC) Oct 3, 2007
Member since Sep 2007
not that great
posted by eragon6 (VIDALIA, LA) Aug 10, 2007
Member since Dec 2006
i say they should revert to the orginal style game
Nice One for the Deaf!
posted by DeafGod1 (ROCHESTER, NY) Jul 1, 2007
Member since May 2005
I would rate this game based on its subtitiling for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing a 10.
However, the moves that Spyro needs to execute is a little tricky. Then again, it could be me. At age 32, I'm a little bit slower and a bit more distracted with other factors! (laughing)
This is a nice game for pre-teens or adults who want to play it easy & simple. The only hard part of the game is defeating the major bosses or monsters of the game.
Seriously, for all the Deaf gamers - this game is worth playing and your time, and most importantly, your money!
Better than any other Spiro Game
posted by MrJackson (JACKSONVILLE, AR) Jun 18, 2007
Member since Mar 2006
This is our old purple dragon?
posted by LordXbox (SUGAR LAND, TX) Jun 5, 2007
Member since May 2006
#1-Spyro was raised by fireflys???
#2-When did a dragon learn not only fire, but lightning, ice, and earth???
#3-The game is way to short I passed it in 4 days.
#4-Cynder is way, way to easy
#5-This story barely is like the real version at all.
#1-There are new moves that are super cool.
#2-There's way cool terains.
#3-It's a little bit funnier than the others.
If you're a picky game player, I'll highly doubt you will like this game.
Boo! Hiss! Boo! Hiss! Hey... Pretty Music!
posted by spitoon (PLYMOUTH, MI) Jun 1, 2007
Member since Oct 2004
My big reason for writing this review is every level of the game, save for the last one, just feels like it repeats itself. Unending waves of similar monkey creatures just keep coming. By the third land you're thinking, "Hey, haven't I seen these guys before?"
If you love Spyro you'll probably love the game. Just get ready to play the same thing over and over.
NOT THE BEST SPYRO GAME
posted by ballin4lyf (BRONX, NY) May 24, 2007
Member since Jul 2006
Spyro A New Beginning
posted by Jcorson87 (CARMICHAEL, CA) Apr 21, 2007
Member since Aug 2005
posted by MommyD (IMPERIAL, MO) Apr 2, 2007
Member since Feb 2007