Microsoft is popping The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning and Guilty Gear X2 #Reload on the Xbox Originals list on Monday. Each game will be priced at 1200 Microsoft Points (GBP 10.20 / EUR 14.40).
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Once upon a time in the far away land of the Dragon Realms, there was a young purple dragon who spent his days charging into sheep, Gnorcs and Rynocs until they went poof and turned into butterflies and sparkly oh-so-collectable gems. Eight years have passed since those carefree days of gorgeous PSone worlds, enemies who were more comic than scary and gameplay which included more movie parodies than you could shake a dragon at. (On second thoughts, I suppose the two numbers probably coincided.) Anyway, Spyro soon became the unofficial icon - the poster-dragon, if you will - of the PSone, but a series of terrible PS2 titles changed all this. Now the good folks at Vivendi have unleashed yet another Spyro title for the PS2 and this one goes right back to the beginning.
In a shocking turn, The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning is set before the previous games and rewrites his story, introducing a few famous voices, some new friends and enemies and some really, really cool moves. When the game begins, the Dragon Realms are being attacked and wise elder Ignitus is charged with saving the precious dragon eggs. Rather than being sensible and putting them all in a large basket, he grabs one lone egg (guess whose?) and flies from the nursery chamber, heading as far from the encroaching forces of darkness as possible. Landing by a river, all he can do is let the egg
Good news for Spyro fans - the little purple dragon is returning in a new adventure for PS2, GameCube, Xbox, DS and GBA this autumn.
The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning will "focus heavily on dynamic action and fast-paced combat" and will reveal the true story of Spyro's origins. Expect upgradeable breaths, exciting new ground-to-air melee combos, lots of boss battles and that kind of thing.
In fact, we got the chance to take a look at the PS2 version of A New Beginning recently, and it's looking like it could be a lot of fun. The developers have clearly taken a few hints from the likes of Ratchet and Clank and the first Jak and Daxter game, judging by the expansive environments and souped-up attack options, and the game is designed to appeal to hardcore platform completists as well as little kiddies.