You can now also see whether somebody is online by looking underneath their avatar in a topic. Switching 'Private Online Status' to on in Profile Options will disable this for you if you'd prefer people not to be able to see that for you.
I've also posted the first level of my walkthrough to Dawn of the Dragon on consoles.
And another level on the DS version of The Eternal Night as if anybody really cares.
And if that wasn't enough I've just finished off adding all of the characters from Spyro 2: Season of Flame.
As tradition dictates I've put the traditional decorations up on the site; the traditional snowflake gem wallpaper, traditional Spyros wearing santa hats and some kinda snow looking stuff on the traditional logo along with some traditionally crummy looking stock Photoshop snowflake shapes. I even went and made a hat for my Spore Spyro (unfortunately ingame it's yellow ).
First up we have a new feature; subforums. I've moved the Video Gaming forum into a subforum and created a new RP subforum due to the large number of those topics swarming the boards recently.
If I've missed any RP or forum game topics please post a link to it so I can move it to the new subforum. Also, please post any suggestions to help improve the way subforums are implemented or any problems that you find, thanks.
With the release of Dawn of the Dragon you can expect a few more games to appear on Spyro's Lair "very soon".
In other news there are a few more character pictures on the official Dawn of the Dragon website and Prima have added a PDF preview of their Official Guide which details one of the levels quite extensively (and contains spoilers, obviously).
Thanks go to dark_fury912 for the heads up on the new Spyro's Lair game and spyro's #1fan on the official forums for spotting the new pictures.
A warning for those of you not wanting to have Dawn of the Dragon spoiled is to not read through the walkthrough for a game you don't have. Saying that, I don't think there are any spoilers in there anyway but I could be wrong.
If you can speak French or want to see more footage of the console version of the game then JeuxVideo have a video interview with Jean-Marie Nazaret of Etranges Libellules, the interview is translated here in the forum if you can't be bothered to do it yourself.
Thanks go to Spyro VS Evil and dragonwar2 for posting the interview and translation.
The release date for the game has finally been announced on the Sierra forums; the 21st of October in North America.
And today also marks Spyro's 10th Anniversary, so, you know, yay for that too.
There are also some new screenshots of the PS3 and Xbox 360 version on GameSpot, included are the character models of the main cast of good guys. You can also check out these screens in the Dawn of the Dragon image gallery here on darkSpyro.
Thanks go to Aura24 for the finds.
The new information includes the anticipated length of the game: 8 to 10 hours over 12 levels.
They've also got some Wii screenshots too.
Thanks go to EternalSpyro for finding it.
In other news, the first screenshots of the mobile version of the game have appeared on PocketGamer. You can also check them out in their full non-cropped glory in the gallery.
And in site related news, I've recently made some maps for the Sgt. Byrd speedways in Spyro: A Hero's Tail which should help locate where all those turrets are hiding and perhaps improve your time through the course.
Thanks go to Neal of SpyroWorld for spotting the mobile screens.
Thanks go to SpyroFire for spotting it.
It also looks like Etranges Libellules are getting a new logo soon.
If you are looking for new screenshots, there are a couple you might not have seen yet on Xbox.com. You can also find them all in the new look gallery here on darkSpyro.
You can find the game by clicking on Activities once you're in the Lair.
As for statistics, well the site has received over 30 million hits, the forum has broken the 1000 registered members mark and there are now currently around 175,000 posts. The forum has gained several new features including the much requested Private Message service.
What's in the future? I made a comment regarding a new Guidebook last year, that's progressed since then and is still on its way, as too are reworkings of the Season of Ice and Attack of the Rhynoc sections. And of course a guide for the new game Dawn of the Dragon once it becomes available towards the end of the year.
Also check out the updated Dragon Generator here on darkSpyro to recreate your new Spyro's Lair creations.
The director of the film will be Mark Dippe (Garfield’s Fun Fest, The Reef, Garfield Gets Real) and it is being written by Daniel and Steven Altiere (Dr. Dolittle, Scooby Doo 3, Garfield’s Fun Fest).
There is a synopsis of the story which will be very familiar to you if you've played The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, it's essentially the same but with some minor changes. This is intended to be the first in a franchise of Spyro films.
Developed by newcomers to the series, Etranges Libellules and Tantalus Interactive (DS version), the game appears to be taking a much more realistic look after the previous two Legend of Spyro games. The game is due to appear on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS this October.
The minisite for Dawn of the Dragon is up and running with the official Press Release, five screenshots and five pieces of Concept Art. You can also see those images in our gallery.
See also Kotaku for DS screens.
Thanks go to Spyro Technics for spotting them on IGN.
SPYRO THE DRAGON CONTINUES HIS EPIC ADVENTURE THIS FALL IN THE LEGEND OF SPYRO: DAWN OF THE DRAGON
Spyro Trilogy Culminates with Premiere on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system; Elijah Wood, Gary Oldman, Christina Ricci, Blair Underwood, Wayne Brady and Mark Hamill Provide Voice-Over Performances
Thanks go to Twilight for the find.
They had the same information from the Velvet Octopus PowerPoint plus a bit extra...
In the culmination of the trilogy, players find Sypro teaming up with an unlikely ally - Cynder, his former enemy, to face his most challenging mission to date. As the Dark Master's (voiced by Mark Hamill) evil envelopes the world like a plague, Spyro must fulfill his destiny and unlock the true power of the purple dragon within him to stop the Dark Master in his tracks.
- Two elements never before seen in the Spyro universe: fly at any time and drop-in/drop-out co-op, with Cynder. Both characters can complete the game separately as well.
- Cynder being introduced as a strong, female lead alongside Spyro, girl gamers will have something to get excited about!
- Fun combat gameplay with new elemental attack moves/combos, enemies, environments, etc.
- This is the third and final installment of an epic trilogy, giving players a more mature character design and story line since the previous title; The Eternal Night.
- Spyro makes his debut on the PS3! This new venture for the purple dragon onto the next gen console will attract new players who may have not been able to experience the Spyro series previously.
- All-star voice cast including Elijah Wood, Gary Oldman, Blair Underwood, Christina Ricci, Wayne Brady and Mark Hamill
The information posted for both games was quickly removed but Mind over Mutant has today appeared at Crash Village with the same story.
Thanks go to Twilight for spotting it.
The game wasn't well received or highly rated by many, but it had been the only game that I hadn't written a complete walkthrough for for so long that it just had to be done. And it's about time too as I've been meaning to do it since just about the very first day of this website.
Disappointingly it turned out that all 80 puzzles in the new game are in actual fact exact duplicates of the puzzles in The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning just with different names.
- First appearance on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Epic culmination of "Legend of Spyro" storyline Spyro finally faces the Dark Master
- Fly at any time - first free flight in a Spyro game
- Co-op play with Cynder (female dragon)
- Global release Oct/Nov 2008
Other platforms aren't mentioned but I wouldn't cross them out just yet.
And even though this will wrap up the Legend of Spyro story they also go on to mention that annual releases of Spyro on all major gaming platforms in 2009 and beyond are planned.
UPDATE: Called "Legend of Spyro: Darkest Hour"? EBgames, they list PS3, PS2, Wii, Xbox 360 and DS versions of the game.
Thanks go to Vitani333 on SpyroForum and Neal from SpyroWorld.