The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning

Format: PS2
Vivendi Games

3 348542 206120
Age Restrictions: 7+
29 October 2006

An ancient evil has emerged from the past, plummeting the world into total darkness. When a young dragon named Spyro leaves his home searching for the truth about his origins, what he discovers is a shocking revelation - that the future of the world rests on his wings. In a race against time, Spyro must realise his destiny and learn what it takes to be a hero...

Hats off to the developers of The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning for attempting to reinvent Spyro. Let's be honest, as much as we all love the little purple fellow, he was getting a bit dull. A New Beginning works incredibly well in its bid to reinvent the franchise.

The opening, which shows Spyro entering the world as an egg, is about as close to a movie opening that I've seen in a kid's game. Our hero is discovered by a family of dragonflies, who raise him as one of their own. Once Spyro learns that he is not a dragonfly, he sets off, with his dragonfly brother, to find out what happened to his kind. It's not long before he meets a large dragon who tells him of his kinds past. Spyro is then sent off on a quest to hunt down several other elderly dragons - all of whom have the ability to control a different elemental power.

Once you've rescued a dragon they will teach you how to use their powers, so that you can pick and choose which power to use as you fight your way through the bad guys.

There's plenty of the trademark Spyro humour and you never really feel as though you are just going through the motions as you attack wave after wave of enemies. The different environments and beasties help to keep this game fresh and exciting for the duration.

Remember though, this is a game for the younger age group and it works well for that market. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it proves that there is still life in the old dragon yet.

Nick Smithson

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