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The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning is indeed a game worth playing if you're a dracophile, if you like the character or like animated movies, and if you're not averse to starting over with a fresh slate. It's also a game worth playing if you like beating the snot out of things and then setting them on fire. If, however, you can't stand the idea of not hopping from difficult jump to difficult jump while collecting pieces of the Ancient Cosmic Thinganummy to Save the World, this isn't the game for you. Sorry, fans. This dragon's got a new thing going on.
Being another Spyro game, the response towards The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning was always going to be a bit mixed – but here at Futuregamez.net, we give it thumbs up. There are certainly areas that could do with a bit of work, and it is obvious that the game is still aimed at a younger audience, but those fans who have gritted their teeth over the last few years will be happy to know that Spyro is on a comeback. Given that the game leaves opening for a sequel, we can only cross our fingers and hope that the next instalment fixes the few problems here. But for now, Spyro has gained a bit more respect in our eyes.
In the end, The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning can't reclaim the glory days the franchise enjoyed on the PS1, but it's a definite step forward from previous PS2 installments. A lot of the game's potential falls flat in the face of occasional mediocrity and blandness, which is in turn offset by bright spots that sometimes pop up during the course of your adventure. The game has its high points and low points, like all games, but it's a pretty consistent experience, and we always appreciate consistency. We just hoped to see a bit more in the way of polish, refinement, and overall quality, but then again, we have to admit it should be good for the target audience. And in comparison to some of the other kids games out there, this one is actually a fine choice. We just can't recommend it for purchase for older, more avid gamers, unless they're very big fans of the Spyro series.
In summary, it's a surprisingly good game that's worth a look as long as you don't expect the earth.
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It’s hard to recommend the game to anyone. Kids will like the idea of playing as Spyro until they find that he has very little interaction with the world around him outside of creaming every creature he encounters. Older gamers will find the gameplay simply too repetitive and simplistic. A new beginning for Spyro was a good idea, but this game is more of a false start.
The lack of consistency in the game's design makes it difficult to enjoy and tough to recommend to anyone, regardless of their age. Kids might be drawn to Spyro because he's a cute purple dragon and they might not mind the simple levels and repetitive combat, but they'll probably be turned off by the plodding story, which seems to be geared to a slightly older audience and frequently interrupts play. Anyone old enough to appreciate the story or anyone who remembers Spyro's glory days will likely find the game too simple and be turned off by the story's poor pacing. The developer took no chances with the game and brought nothing new to the table. As a result, there's no reason to take a chance with a purchase--you've played this game before.
Was ist nur aus dem kleinen lila Drachen geworden, der zu PSone-Zeiten jung und alt verzaubert hatte? Nach zahlreichen Entwicklerwechseln ist von Insomniacs einst charmantem Action-Adventure mittlerweile nur noch ein ödes Affengekloppe auf Schienen übrig geblieben, bei dem man fast schon froh ist, dass einem nach wenigen Stunden bereits der Abspann entgegen flimmert. Drachen liebende Grundschüler werden zwar von einigen Frustpassagen abgesehen ganz gut unterhalten, von der nicht nachvollziehbaren USK 12-Freigabe aber eigentlich schon im Vorfeld aus der Zielgruppe ausgeschlossen. Wer älter ist, dürfte angesichts des monotonen Ablaufs, der mangelnden Gegnervielfalt und der linearen Levelstrukturen hingegen schnell die Lust an Spyros jüngstem Abenteuer verlieren.
I have to admit I'm disappointed with A New Beginning. Despite some smart moves on the part of the developers (voice talent, good graphics engine, franchise overhaul) none of them really pan out and bring much to the experience, leaving the game to flounder with its new but repetitive focus on combat. This new beginning kind of made me want to go back to the old beginning, Insomniac's original Spyro the Dragon for PSone. That game doesn't have fancy voice talent or slo-mo air combos; what it does have is solid mechanics, charm, and decent level design, three things mostly lacking in Spyro's latest incarnation. Consider this one only for fans, kids, and fans who are kids.
This results in The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning being a moderately entertaining game, rather than the minor travesty it could so easily have been. It’s still not enough though, and in the end the game is significantly worse than Spyro’s earlier exploits, the very games it was trying so desperately to improve upon.
Je n'arrive décidemment pas à comprendre comment les développeurs en sont arrivés à un tel désastre. Outre l'univers qui ne colle pas avec Spyro, le problème vient surtout du fait que le jeu n'est pas amusant une seule seconde. En effet, on se lasse très rapidement du gameplay qui n'a rien d'autre à offrir que des centaines de combats rendus illisibles par une profusion d'effets pyrotechniques. Spyro continue son naufrage.