After the delay of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, it seems the hype for this game died down a bit. Especially since it launched right after huge AAA titles released in October, when it was supposed to be out back in September. However, don’t be so quick to push it aside.
I’ve played these three titles since their launches back in the day and always complete it as fully as it will allow. I’ve played them every year, as a tradition to the games I spent hours playing as a kid. So, naturally, I was worried any changes that were made would ruin the emotions attached. My expectation were high and, thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed.
For anyone out there that’s never played Spyro, it might appear to look like a silly child’s game not worth the time to play. Those who know and love Spyro, will deeply appreciate how these remakes were handled. New players, be it children or adults, can take advantage of learning the slightly modified mechanics.
At first, I noticed how beautiful the upgraded worlds looked. The people over at Toys for Bob did an amazing job reimagining each area, characters and all the fine details, like gems, treasure chests, portals, etc. All the colors are vibrant, but doesn’t cause strain on the eyes and the art-style gives off that old Spyro feel.
In fact, in Spyro the Dragon (first title), all the crystalized dragons have characteristics associated with their home worlds. For example, an Artisan dragon looks like an artist. They’re painters, sculptors, bakers… it definitely gives them more of a personality, as they don’t just look like blocks with slight color changes.All the characters from Ripto’s Rage and Year of the Dragon, have newly updated models. They’re exactly what I imagined they would be in on the latest console generation.
While the sights are spectacular, the audio is just above average. The updated songs still hold that Spyro funk, but the slight tweaks can sound odd to the ear. There is a setting to change music back to the original soundtrack. The voice actors for the Reignited Trilogy did an excellent job with all the characters. Each one felt familiar, but was different and unique from the originals.
Mechanically, it plays slightly different than before. The jumping, gliding, and charging have much smoother motions. It actually took me a bit to get used to the tiny adjustments, but they’re actually great. You can also use R2 (PS4) to breathe fire instead of circle, which makes it easier to defeat enemies.
Aside from all the improvements, everything in these games is exactly as it was before. Placement of gems and treasure chests, dialog, cutscenes (more or less) and area layouts, are the same. It’s honestly surprising how on point these are. The dev team stayed as close to the originals as possible and it really payed off.
If you’ve played the three original Spyros’ in the series, you’ll appreciate the care taken into remaking these titles. Each one has nostalgia written all over it, bringing up all of those special feelings you had as a kid. If you’ve never played it, give it a try. It might be simple, but it’s really fun and not overly time consuming. Considering you get all three updated titles for one price, it’s practically a steal. So don’t hesitate to bring Spyro Reignited Trilogy to your collection, as you shouldn’t worry whether it will hold its own against the earlier series.