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Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon

by Just A Friend, Sinatrapod

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Original Thread: Let's Play & Break 'Spyro: Year of the Dragon' and More!



"Spyro: Year of the Dragon" is the third entry in the successful PS1 platformer franchise "Spyro The Dragon". Developed by Insomniac Games, this was the last one they made before they sold the franchise and moved on to Ratchet and Clank.

The game was released in North America on October 23, 2000 and in Europe on November 10, 2000. Unfortunately Japan did NOT get the game.

Spyro 3 adds some new (arguably gimmicky) ideas to the Spyro formula. Most notably a bunch of new playable characters with their own skill sets and play styles. Also skateboarding. Overall the game has a more Far-Eastern theme to it (to go with the whole Year of the Dragon thing).

Joining me as before is the radiant Sinatrapod.

So why THIS game?
To quote what I said before:


"The original Spyro games are among my absolute favorite games. Sure, nostalgia has a little bit to with it but the games have crazy solid fundamentals. The level design in particular is fantastic. In its core Spyro is just a simple platformer but its executed really well. I also don't find that it's aged poorly at all, especially compared to most PS1 era games. The camera is kind of poor but the controls are still pretty solid."
What about the previous Spyro games?
You can find the archived version of my Let's Play & Break of "Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage" here.

For the original, check out Flare Elevar's Spyro the Dragon LP.

"Let's Play & Break"? Will you be breaking the game as much as Spyro 2?
Like before this will be a 100% playthrough of the game where I'll try to break the game as much as I can along the way. Unfortunately Insomniac took away an important tool for that in Spyro 3. But it just means I'll have to be more creative!

"And More!"?
Check the second half of this page for that.

Anything else
- Videos marked with "♪♪" have dual audio.
- I will let the thread decide on what levels to visit first at each hub of the game. Make sure to put in your vote!

Welcome to the Bad Spyro Theatre - Only Your Soul for a Ticket!

Aside from it being a neat idea, I never played most of the bad Spyros. I'm taking this opportunity to learn just why they're regarded as such bad games! And you viewers can learn that too, of course.

How's this going to work?
A little differently. I will not be beating any of the games but merely trying them out for an episode or two. Basically until I can take no more. The episodes are not entirely blind. It's still post-commentary and I test stuff out a little first.

With that, I won't be collecting all the things or furiously hunting for breaks (not on purpose anyway). And since the video format is a little different, so will the commentary. Instead of just me and Sinatrapod I will be having a rotation of other cool dudes to suffer with me.

What games are you gonna play?
Basically all of them, including the ports. Until I get tired of doing them. More or less in chronological order. EXCEPT Skylanders. Simply because it doesn't emulate and I'm not NEARLY willing enough to buy all those figurines.

Anything else?
Episodes will be coming out sporadically at best. The main focus still lies on Spyro 3. I will be doing these whenever there's a gap because of voting or when I feel like it. No promises on this ever getting finished. Just think of these as bonus videos.

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