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PostSubject: Spyro ~ Videos [&] Images   Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:49 am

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Spyro is a platform and action game series starring the video game character Spyro, which was originally published by Sony Computer Entertainment and developed by Insomniac Games for the PlayStation. The first game was a huge success and after 3 games on the original PlayStation, the rights were sold to Universal Interactive Studios. Many sequels and spin-off games followed on later consoles. The series has a total of thirteen games. In 2006, the series went through a reboot with the release of The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning. Spyro was then voiced by voice actor Elijah Wood. The rights of this franchise are now owned by Activision.

The Spyro series has sold more than 20 million units worldwide.

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Spyro the Dragon 1998 PlayStation, PlayStation Network Spyro The Dragon was first released in North America on September 10, 1998, for the PlayStation. It was released in Europe on October 23, 1998, In Australia on November 15, 1998 and in Japan on April 1, 1999. It is a platform game that placed the player as Spyro, a small, purple dragon set with the task of freeing his fellow dragons from crystal prisons, which are scattered around their world. Each level is accessed through 'portals' from a main world. The game concludes with a fight between Spyro and the primary antagonist, Gnasty Gnorc. The game sold well, most critics giving it favorable reviews. It also received acclaim for its musical score by Stewart Copeland.
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! 1999 PlayStation, PlayStation Network Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage (also known Spyro: Gateway to Glimmer in Europe and Australia and Spyro X Sparx Tondemo Tours in Japan) followed on from the success of the first title, making its release on November 2, 1999 in North America. It was released three days later in Europe and Australia and in Japan on March 16, 2000. The game introduced many new characters including Hunter, a cheetah; Elora, a faun; the Professor, a mole; and Zoe, a fairy; and Moneybags, a bear. The structure of the game is similar to the first, with levels being accessed from the three main home worlds, Summer Forest, Autumn Plains, and Winter Tundra. The game introduces some new abilities for Spyro, including hovering after a glide, swimming underwater, climbing ladders, head-bashing, and the ability to use power-ups. Unlike the original game, boss fights were now mandatory to advance to the next home world. Like its predecessor it got very good critical acclaim.
Spyro: Year of the Dragon 2000 PlayStation, PlayStation Network Spyro: Year of the Dragon was released in Autumn 2000 for North America, Europe and Australia, and it was the last Spyro game to be created by Insomniac Games.
In this game, the dragons are celebrating the coming of dragon eggs, an event that takes place every twelve years called The Year of the Dragon. A mysterious anthropomorphic rabbit girl, Bianca, along with an army of rhynocs, comes to the dragon worlds by rabbit holes and steals all the eggs. Spyro, the only dragon small enough, follows her down a rabbit hole to the other side of the world—to the Forgotten Realms, controlled under the rule of the Sorceress, whom Bianca is under the apprenticeship of. As in the previous games, levels are accessed from a central home world, of which there are four: Sunrise Spring, Midday Gardens, Evening Lake, and Midnight Mountain. The third installment of the Spyro series also features levels in which the player controls Sparx in a bird's eye view shooting game. It also includes four other playable characters that must be freed in each home world, Shelia the Kangaroo, Sgt. James Byrd, Bentley the Yeti, and Agent 9.

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly 2002 PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube and was developed by Equinox Digital Entertainment and Check Six Studios. This is also the ONLY game that both developers have ever developed, because their fate after Enter the Dragonfly was left unknown. Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly had mixed responses from reviewers, referring to the numerous glitches, lack of storyline, originality, and long load times.
The story kicks off right after the Sorceress was defeated in Spyro: Year of the Dragon. The baby dragons are now preparing to receive their dragonflies, a rite of passage in any dragon's life (although in the earlier games, none of the dragons besides Spyro have a dragonfly, though it is stated in the first game that Sparx's function to protect Spyro, so one might assume older dragons do not require protection. It is a huge celebration filled with joy and happiness until Ripto comes to capture the dragonflies, making the dragons helpless. He attempts to cast a spell, but he makes a mistake which causes them to be scattered across the world.

Spyro: A Hero's Tail 2004 PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube Spyro: A Hero's Tail is the fifth installment in the Spyro series, is available for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube, and was created by Eurocom Entertainment Software. Red, a former Dragon Elder, begins to plant Dark Gems around the Dragon Realms, sucking the life out of these worlds. He also works alongside Gnasty Gnorc and Ineptune. Spyro then begins his journey to destroy all the Dark Gems, along side Sparx, Hunter, Sgt. Byrd, and Blink.

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Spyro: Season of Ice 2001 Game Boy Advance Spyro: Season of Ice was the first Spyro game not to be developed by Insomniac Games or be on a Sony Console.
Spyro 2: Season of Flame 2002 Game Boy Advance Spyro 2: Season of Flame this Spyro game introduced new features such as Spyro being able to breathe multiple breaths.
Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs 2003 Game Boy Advance Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs In Europe and Australia: it was titled: "Spyro Adventure". It allowed Spyro to breathe fire, ice, wind and electricity. This is the first game not to feature a lives system.
Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy 2004 Game Boy Advance Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy This Spyro was the first to introduce mutiple game screening It was a crossover game between Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot. In this game, you travel through Crash's Universe in a side-scroller, rather than the traditional top-down view. This game was also known as Spyro Fusion.

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Spyro: Shadow Legacy 2005 Nintendo DS Spyro: Shadow Legacy is the fifth installment in the portable and sixth in the original Spyro series. It continues from Spyro: A Hero's Tail and also added RPG elements to the series, as well as a parallel Shadow Realm of each of the individual realms of the Dragon Kingdom, Avalar, and the Forgotten Realms.

The Legend of Spyro series
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The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning 2006 PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning marked the third title to be released on the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube and the second on the Xbox, released in Autumn 2006 and developed by Krome Studios. Portrayed as a reboot to the series, Spyro is sent on a quest to find the captured Guardian dragons so the Dark Master does not return from his prison. An evil dragoness named Cynder uses her dark minions to harness the power of the four Guardian dragons (fire, electricity, ice, and earth) in order to open the Dark Master's prison, bringing terror throughout the lands. The cast includes Elijah Wood as Spyro, David Spade as Sparx, Gary Oldman as Ignitus, and Cree Summer as Cynder.
Although it was first advertised as a prequel to the first Spyro game, this game is in fact a reboot to the series, starting off from scratch and having nothing to do with the previous games.

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning has received average, but mostly decent reviews and ratings from critics, often in agreement as being a good start for the trilogy, but open for improvement on the future installments as well.

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night 2007 PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night was a sequel to A New Beginning, was released on October 2007 for the PlayStation 2 and Wii consoles and was once again developed by Krome Studios. In this game, the Ape King Gaul planned to free the Dark Master from the Well of Souls on the Night of Eternal Darkness, and Spyro—having faced several visions of the threat from the Chronicler, an ancient, wise dragon —embarked on a journey to stop him. Elijah Wood and Gary Oldman reprised their roles for the game, with Billy West taking over the role for Sparx, and Mae Whitman taking over the role for Cynder.
The Eternal Night received less acclaim than its predecessor, usually in part to its difficulty, controls and usual linear setup. Regardless, its sales warranted for continuation, but also improvement of the trilogy.

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon 2008 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is the third and final installment in The Legend of Spyro trilogy, as well as the tenth anniversary game of the series. It was released on October, 2008 for the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 for North America, and was devolped by Etranges Libellules. In the game, Spyro and Cynder awaken in the future, and set out to stop Malefor, the Dark Master, and the first purple dragon, from spreading his evil across the world. Unlike previous Spyro games, this game features the ability to switch between Spyro and Cynder at any time. There is also a two player mode, with two players either playing as Spyro and Cynder simultaneously. Along with this new freedom comes "Free Flight," which allows Spyro and Cynder to fly at any time. Once again, Elijah Wood and Gary Oldman reprise their roles while Billy West is replaced as the voice of Sparx by Wayne Brady, Christina Ricci replaces Mae Whitman as the voice of Cynder, and Blair Underwood voices Hunter of Avalar. Mark Hamill does the voice for Malefor, the Dark Master.
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