Spyro: Year of the Dragon - PlayStation

Also known as: Spyro the Dragon 3

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Insomniac Soft. Co.: Insomniac
Publishers: SCEE (GB/GB)
Released: 12 Oct 2001 (GB)
10 Nov 2000 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Features: Vibration Compatible
Accessories: Dual Shock JoyPad, Analogue JoyPad, Memory Card

Summary

After the release of the first 3D-capable platforms Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation, a whole new world of development opportunities was been created. The transition from 2D to 3D had the capability to change every genre in the industry for the better. As one of the most popular game types on 2D consoles, the platform game was one of the first to receive a breath of life (ha!) and originality. Spyro is one of the prime examples. With this third instalment of the series, developers Insomniac have had a good chance to perfect the 3D-platform genre, at least visually, and they have done just that. Spyro 3 has some of the most clean cut graphics around. Well, as far as the PlayStation is concerned anyway.

As far as gameplay and game structure is concerned, the world of Spyro is a simple, yet paradoxically complex one. The system of progression is similar to the likes of Banjo-Kazooie and Super Mario 64, whereby you must collect numerous items to access other areas of the game. Unique to Spyro 3, there as many as six different playable characters. Since all the dragon eggs have been stolen by a mysterious villain, you’re going to need all the help you can get from these extra playable characters. Good luck with this one. The huge challenge dictates that you’re going to need it.

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