For many gamers, there are many characters that are linked with the nostalgia of playing their first game. For me, one of the first games I can remember playing was Spyro the Dragon on my brother’s PlayStation. Everything from the music to the graphics at the time to the snarkiness of some of the characters made the game perfect. When I heard that developer Toys for Bob was remastering the original trilogy I was nothing short of ecstatic. It is always a daunting task taking on a remaster with such a storied background such as Spyro. Toys for Bob has taken the original Spyro trilogy and remastered it into something that is not only packed full of nostalgia for veteran gamers, but is also easily one of the best 3D platformers to release this year on current generation consoles.
When you boot up the game you are given the choice between three different save files. After choosing one you then get to choose whether you want to start with the original Spyro the Dragon, Spyro: Ripto’s Rage or Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Naturally I started with the game that started it all, the original Spyro the Dragon. Toys for Bob did a near perfect job of replicating and remastering the feel of the original games. They feel like they truly belong in this console generation. One of the first things I recognized immediately was the music, which you can switch back and forth between the reignited music and the original. Immediately I switched to the original and was taken on a trip. All of the music is the same as it was upon original release, the same goes for all the voice acting in the game.
We’ve established that Toys for Bob did an excellent job on the visuals and audio for Spyro, but what about the gameplay itself? I would say that it is pretty well comparable to the original, but better because we’re in the generation that we are in. Even if you haven’t played a Spyro game before, then you will still enjoy an excellent platforming experience. The first game didn’t ever offer a whole lot as far as mechanics were concerned, but it got the job done. Over the course of the three games, mechanics were added to the game that made them unique in their own rite. I did unfortunately experience some FPS fluttering whilst playing and it is worth noting I played on the PlayStation 4 Slim on a 4K UHD TV.
The game doesn’t take too long to beat, that includes getting through all three games. Doing so will only take the player roughly 20 hours to complete and if you want to go for a perfect run, you’ll be looking at around 30-45 hours total. It isn’t that long of a game but you have to think, this is a remake all the way back from the original PlayStation, so a platformer like this won’t be that long anyways. I definitely think that you should check this game out regardless of if you have played it in the past. Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a great title both for fans of the series and newcomers to the platforming genre. The controls are tight and feel better than they ever have. The camera was a little wonky at first but a simple setting change fixed all of that. The graphics look great in the Unreal 4 Engine and the audio, both music and voice acting, were on point. I loved Spyro Reignited Trilogy and can’t wait to go back through to get 100% across all three games!
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Review statement: The copy of this game was supplied by the developer for the sake of this review.