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Reviewed: The Legend of Spyro - Dawn of the Dragon
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: December 10th, 2008
Page: 2

Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

There's a lot of potential here, but it still doesn't rise to the level of stellar.

Graphics:

It's good, but obviously limited by the fact that they were putting out a PS2 port of the title. Certain levels are a lot better than others as well; forest levels work well for Spyro, black-and-red lava levels not so much.

Sound and Music:

All-star voice cast? Check. Resounding musical score? Check.

Difficulty:

90% of DotD isn't difficult. And then there are these "elite enemies", which are like throwing yourself at a brick wall. The fact that some actually can't be avoided (nor would you want to) makes it a bit rougher than it might need to be for the E-10 crowd.

Controls and Interface:

You're a dragon. You're fighting enemies who can fly, at least part of the time. They can control their own altitude. You can't. Between that and a neurotic, actively antagonistic camera system there is plenty to improve in the control and interface scheme.

Overall:

As a purchase for two bona-fide kids, or something to play together with parent and child, it's a home run. As a game for mature adults, reach for something else.

 


Added:  Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Score:
Page: 3/3

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