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Spyro: Year of the Dragon

The third game in the Spyro series, and the last to be made by Insomniac Games. Spyro: Year of the Dragon is the biggest of all the Spyro games so far made. It incorporates several new playable characters as well as a new evil to fight.

In this game you play mainly as Spyro, but there are certain levels and parts of levels where you can only play as a different character. The playable characters in this game are: Spyro, Sparx, Hunter, Sheila the Kangaroo, Sgt. James Byrd, Bently the Yeti and Agent 9.

Spyro: Year of the Dragon Spyro: Year of the Dragon
North America Oct 11th 2000 European Union Nov 10th 2000

The Story

Every twelve years, the Dragon Kingdom celebrates its most important event: the "Year of the Dragon" Festival. Fairies deliver a new batch of dragon eggs and dragons come from all around to dance and feast until everyone drops from...eggshaustion.

The Year of the Dragon is upon us again and the fairies have brought 150 eggs to the Dragon Worlds. However, unbeknownst to the celebrating dragons, a sinister plot is about to unfold...

Far away - on the opposite side of the world - lies a kingdom long since forgotten by dragonkind. So forgotten, in fact, that even the legends about these "Forgotten Worlds" have now been forgotten.

This kingdom is ruled by a mean and spiteful Sorceress who has frankly become quite fed up with being forgotten. As she sits on her forgotten throne, the Sorceress has hatched a fiendishly evil plan. A plan to restore the fading magic to her forgotten realm. A plan to conquer the dragons once and for all. All she needs is a little help from her army of horn-nosed 'rhynocs', the cooperation of her mysterious disciple Bianca and of course, those 150 magical dragon eggs.

The Controls

Spyro the Dragon
XJump. Press again when in the air to glide
CircleFlame/Spit out rock
TriangleLook around/Aim rock/Drop out of glide/Headbash when just jumped
R1/L1Bring the camera behind Spyro fast
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)
Sheila the Kangaroo
XJump. Press again when in the air to go higher. Press again the moment you land to double jump
TriangleLook around/Headbash when just jumped
R1/L1Bring the camera behind Sheila fast
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)
Sgt. Byrd
XFly, hold to go higher
SquareDrop bomb/projectile
CircleFire guns
TriangleLook around/Aim
R1/L1Bring the camera behind Sgt. Byrd fast
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)
Bentley the Yeti
CircleSpin club
TriangleLook around
R1/L1Bring the camera behind Bentley fast
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)
Agent 9
SquareThrow Bomb
Square (hold)Aim Bomb
CircleFire Weapon
TriangleSniper Mode
R1/L1Zoom in/out in sniper mode
R1/L1Dodge left/right
R2/L2Turn the camera
R1+R2+L1+L2Sparx points at nearest gem (only available when you've earned it)

Gems are strangely identical to the last game. Strangely because Avalar and The Forgotten Worlds are most likely further away from each other then the Dragon Realms is from the Forgotten Worlds. Strange how they have the Avalar set of gems rather than the Dragon Realms set, maybe the Sorceress had the GemCutters in from Avalar though.

Gem ColourGem Value

The same containers for the gems as in Avalar. However here you get gems from killing the Rhynocs whereas in Avalar they released a Spirit Particle. Also this game sees the return of a locked chest, slightly different in appearence from the first game, but you will still need to find a key to open them.

Anyway, on with the walkthrough, and on to Sunrise Spring!

#1931 Pokemon2 16:18:15 02/04/2016
So nostalgic, First game I ever played in my life. smilie is my favorite character (starts fanboying)
#1930 IJAITEE31TNT 22:17:12 24/02/2016
Finally a platformer that is long.
#1929 Spyros1Fan 00:08:24 30/01/2016
The random things I remember when I was little! All I wanted to do was go to the skate park for some reason. Now that I am older, the game provides me with an adventure that I never really cared for in the past.
#1928 SuperSpyroFan 00:58:06 06/12/2015
What do you mean? I'm sure many fans of the series have played this game, it's what made Insomniac successful, if it wasn't for the Spyro games, there would be no Ratchet, and Resistance.
#1927 IJAITEE31TNT 02:35:19 05/12/2015
Why is this game not famous?
#1926 Sesshomaru75 16:02:42 12/11/2015
Though I can now say that I like this game better than the first, it still can't hold a candle to the second.

To me, this game feels way too gimmicky, and a lot of the gimmicks are hit-or-miss for the most part.

The other playable characters are a nice addition, but they can often feel really clunky to control.

I'm starting to warm up to the skateboarding gimmick, but I still don't like it all that much.
(And the race with the yetis in the Super Bonus Round is still complete BS)

The levels also feel sorta less inspired when compared to Ripto's Rage for some reason, though I can't quite put my finger on why that is.

It's still an amazing game overall, just not quite as good as Ripto's Rage, imo.
#1925 VioletEevee 03:05:42 25/08/2015
Ah this game has to be my favorite<3
#1924 Blue egg theif 12:33:35 28/07/2015
I love this game but i hated that it have anti piracy so i could play it only on PC.
#1923 EvilTemptress 21:51:34 11/07/2015
Ah, my favorite Spyro game. smilie I recently beat the Sorceress a second time and completed the game. I was so happy. It was fun, but a little aggravating with the dumb, slow flying saucer. >.> But, still my favorite. There's even a baby dragon with my name. smilie
#1922 shadowstarcat 07:36:42 07/06/2015
#1921 Alydol 04:09:42 26/05/2015
:Spyro used to be cute, heroic, and selfless. Now all he is, is a selfish, greedy, purple mess
Before smilie
After smilie

Look at the spyro picture huh, see any happy, or smile.

Of skylanders spyro

I think the spyro that we know, and love became the dark spyro that we have always wished would never come (this doesn't mean that I don't like skylanders I don't prefer it)
#1920 Ruler of all 13:47:36 17/05/2015
this was my first video game, if you have a ps3 you can download it on the store.
#1919 Spyro Fan 95 20:10:44 04/05/2015
This in my opinion is the best game ever! It was my first video game!
#1918 SuperSpyro700 10:11:24 18/04/2015
The Greatest Hits version of this game is a masterpiece!
#1917 Sesshomaru75 05:33:16 30/03/2015
Since I own the black label version of this game, and not the Greatest Hits version, I decided to play the Greatest Hits version of this game on an emulator (using a PS3 controller) and I was finally able to beat this game 117% and get all of the Skill Points a few days ago. lol

I've beaten this game 117% before, but I had to exploit a glitch to win in the race with the yetis.

I also wasn't able to get the skateboard Skill Points, as they were way too frustrating for me to get at the time when I first played this game, but now that I've finally gotten them and also beaten the game without glitching, I feel so proud and satisfied with myself, and I appreciate this game a lot more than I did at first.

I still sorta don't like the skateboarding parts, and this game is still my least favorite of the original three games, but I like this game a lot more now than I did when I first played it, and I'm proud to have finally completed it.

I plan on completing it again on my PS3, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it.

For me, this is easily the hardest of the original three games, but I find it very enjoyable and I definitely recommend it. smilie
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