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Pretty good for all the negative reviews around
posted by chocoboRum (GALVESTON, TX) Nov 30, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The story is unremarkable and heavily borrows from LOTR, but enjoyable nonetheless. I'd take a baby dragon over a Hobbit any day. Some people complain too much about the visuals. Its not to par with the tip top games of this gen in technical terms, but my PC can run Crysis on ultra high and I think it looks butt ugly. This game holds its own artistically and I really like the cel-shaded and drawn look of the characters, as well as the environments. The biggest mood swinger is the epic music, which always has a chorus shrilling it up at all times.
The basic combat is repetitive and boring, but the spells are sometimes fun to use. In the PS3 version at least, monsters start getting so hard that it takes dozens of attacks to even kill a normal enemy that can kill you in a few hits. Fortunately, there really aren't any waves of enemies like GOW, and the bosses are easy.
There is a lot more exploration, puzzle solving, and platforming than combat, which I like more. The flight mechanic is interesting but requires some finesse. The two main characters are also always chained together, which also makes for some interesting puzzle mechanics, like using Spyro as a wrecking ball, or pulling objects with one dragon being a tether. Some find the level design unfocused. I think it allows more exploration, and cooler looking levels.
I don't think this game deserves as low a score as people have given. I enjoyed this game much more than I did the latest Ratchet and Clank game, which was boring. Try it out if you like platformers.
By far the best Spyro game to date!!!!!
posted by PhantomXXX (IVINS, UT) Dec 15, 2009
Member since Dec 2009
12 out of 13 gamers (92%) found this review helpful
SPYRO IS BACK!!!
posted by Gamer251 (BARRINGTON, RI) Dec 29, 2008
Member since Jun 2004
8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful
This is the best Spyro game yet! I never liked being forced to do the "speedways" in the earlier games and they left that out. Yeh!
Spyro can fly now! It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the knack of it, it's wonderful to be able to fly to places you can't get to. Would like the flying ability to be improved in the next game, though. There are plenty of "secrets" to find and areas to explore, plenty of crystals to find (a great improvement from the Krome games) to help level up and replace your health and mana. I was able to level up all the breaths for both dragons. The story is very good also.
My only complaint is not being able to move the camera much to look around, especially when I couldn't turn it to see ahead of where I was going, very frustrating sometimes.
All in all, it is a great game. I enjoyed it very much. If you liked the PS1 games and did not enjoy the Krome games as much, then you'll love this one!
Good for all ages. Has something for everyone.
Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon PS3 Review
posted by nightmare6 (GAITHERSBURG, MD) Nov 5, 2008
Member since Jun 2008
6 out of 9 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
The game is a solid game, not a bad rental, but not a good game either. I am giving it a 7 out of 10 since overall, the game is well done and fun and the story is quite good.
The story is for all ages, kids or adults can enjoy it. Think Lord of The Rings with dragons. This is the end of a trilogy, so keep in mind that some aspect might get you lost if you don't know the back story.
The game plays like a clone of God of War. YES, a God of War clone, and not badly done I might add. You have two character at once at all times. You can control Spyro or Cynder (evil female dragon from previous games). You have different combos than you can perform, and you each have 4 magic attacks you can use. Fire, Ice, Earth and Lightning for Spyro and Cynder has Shadow, Wind, Scream and Poison (the later is 100% useless). You will need some of this power to complete puzzles, and there are a lot of puzzles, but mostly are good and break the pace quite well.
Some of the levels are quite generic (like a castle, and a green field) but there are some level than although a little frustrating, are worth a rental just for them alone. The Destroyer level is a monster that you must take out, but the monster is the level, and he is HUGE. I had a lot of fun, but it get frustrating since you NEVER know were to go next in this game, and you will get stuck. You can level up your magic attack with orbs the enemies drop and from chest that you find along the game. The problem is that the game is very beat'em up, no real strategy except for elite enemies is ever used. Just hit, combo, retreat, and do again or use magic.
The graphics are ok, nothing special, best looking Spyro game, but worst than 80% of games in today market. It not bad, just generic and nothing special. The sound is good, it not bad, but nothing to see or hear here that's special.
The game has LOCAL-only two player co-op, which makes the game a lot better, but has no online co-op. Fun rental
posted by dural77 (Richmond, VA) Nov 23, 2008
Member since Sep 2008
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
One good thing...
posted by lihill (BALTIMORE, MD) Nov 7, 2008
Member since May 2008
2 out of 13 gamers (15%) found this review helpful
posted by JonnX20 (PORT HUENEME, CA) Oct 9, 2014
Member since Mar 2014
posted by TinyWeeReview (TOMBALL, TX) Feb 20, 2014
Member since Feb 2014
Failure...Just Pure Failure
posted by weimerman61 (DAYTON, OH) Sep 12, 2013
Member since Sep 2013
posted by Anubis833 (OWENSBORO, KY) Aug 26, 2013
Member since Jun 2012
--voice acting (not the best but not bad), although I didn't care too much for Cynder's voice.
--the scenery of some of the levels was very nice
--some mobs have way too much hp in my opinion
--camera angles were really bad
--most of the levels were just annoying due to previous 3 cons
--end boss was easiest part of the game
--could have done so much more with the destroyer level instead of just make it stationary
Overall I am glad I played it, but wouldn't play it again.
PS2 Vers was...
posted by BloodyHeck (HOLCOMB, KS) Nov 9, 2010
Member since Oct 2008
Not bad for a PS2
posted by compsci78 (GREENSBORO, NC) Sep 1, 2010
Member since Feb 2008
Worst Spyro Out!
posted by simopene (BANGOR, ME) Aug 10, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
DO NOT RENT!! IF YOU ARE A FAN OF SPYRO
posted by spyroluver (LITHIA, FL) Jun 24, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
posted by sailorlon (FRESNO, CA) Apr 16, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
The two dragons in this version are "chained" together with an energy field that acts like a giant rubber band that requires the two to co-ordinate with each other to move smoothly. If you have a partner, this probably isn't all that difficult. But if your "partner" is the game AI, you're cursed with an ally that constantly wants to move in a direction other than the one you need to go in... and thus prevents you from making the huge jumps you require. A faster, more responsive AI would fix this... a ten-year-old gamester would fix this. Lacking either, I quickly reached the point where the game was unplayable.
It just wasn't the same....
posted by nefertiti1 (EVERETT, WA) Dec 29, 2009
Member since Dec 2009
Not really LEGEND Material...
posted by PRFAN1013 (NEW YORK, NY) Dec 22, 2008
Member since Nov 2008