Review of The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning – Nintendo DS Version

It’s time for us to learn a new story about a familiar legendary dragon: Spyro. In The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, the story of Spyro the dragon is rebooted, and the young purple dragon is given an actual backstory.

As the eleventh installment overall, any fan of Spyro knows him well. But from the previous ten games, we never once met his parents or learned anything about his past. This game changes all of that by teaching us the circumstances surrounding his birth, and his previously unexplained relationship with Sparx the dragonfly.

For those who have read my other articles, you may know that I have actually already reviewed this game. However, the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS versions are different enough in gameplay that I decided to review them separately. The story is the same, but the mechanics and graphics in the GBA version are ‘meh’ at best, while the DS version is very well done.

In the DS version, you enter a 3-D world, rather than the GBA side-scroller. In each version, the story is the same: every ten generations, a purple dragon is born. Purple dragons are rare and powerful, and the only one in existence is the Dark Master.

The Dark Master learns of a prophecy, telling that a purple dragon will rise to defeat and replace him. Not wanting to lose his great power, he sends his minions to the Dragon Temple, where the dragon eggs are kept and protected by the Dragon Guardians.

While the minions destroy the eggs and capture the Dragon Guardians, the Fire Guardian Ignitus manages to escape — with the purple dragon egg. He manages to get outside, where he sends the egg down the river in the hope that it will find safety.

Spyro’s egg is found by a family of dragonflies. They don’t recognize Spyro as a dragon when he hatches, and decide to adopt him, raising him alongside their son Sparx, who was born that same day.

Three years later, Spyro and Sparx are out playing when some of the Dark Master’s minions find them, taking Sparx captive. Spyro gets angry and breathes fire, defeating them and rescuing Sparx.

Sparx is amazed, and the pair rush to their parents, who explain how they found Spyro. Spyro learns of his adoption (he and Sparx always thought he was some mutant, fat dragonfly) and the two decide to set out to learn the truth about where Spyro came from.

This is the beginning of the great adventure, and I won’t tell any more, so I don’t spoil anything. I’ll just say that this game is a lot of fun, and has a really cool story. As a dedicated Spyro fan, I really like and appreciate it, along with all of the other details you learn along the way.

This game has a lot of tough enemies, and although the game is pretty straightforward in what you must do, it is challenging. Like any good game, it was frustrating at times, but rewarding in the end.

The music and sound effects in A New Beginning are a lot of fun. There is a good amount of voice acting, and I really liked that. It made the stories, legends, events, and memories come alive.

The graphics are amazing as well. Although they aren’t incredible or flawless, they look very good, and are so much better than the GBA version. The cutscenes are a lot of fun as well, and I honestly think that they are perfect just the way they are.

A New Beginning has as much replay value as the original games, which is saying something. I absolutely love those games, and I am pleased to say that I absolutely loved this new game. I enjoyed the 3D world, the awesome story, and I had a lot of fun experimenting with new breath attacks.

Although some of the enemies are strange and unexplained, and there are a lot of loose ends that need tying up, I thoroughly enjoyed The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning. I highly recommend it, especially to fans of the older Spyro games.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and learn for yourself. You’ll see just how powerful Spyro the dragon can be.

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