Nostalgia seems to be the key for success in the recent years with so many pop-cultural titles emerging all around, and don’t get me started with Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls revival tours. But someone as cute as Spyro will most certainly pique the interest of all those gamers who stayed late all those days in 1998 and playing Spyro the Dragon game on their PlayStation 1.
Now, 20 years later, Spyro is back in a remastered collection for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One developed by Toys for Bob and released with a smallish delay with launch date moved from September to November. It took four years for this release to come true and discussions on the relaunch started back in 2014. But now, we get to play Spyro again with better graphics and somewhat improved gameplay.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy consists of Spyro the Dragon where we came to meet and love this purple little dragon. Then came the sequels Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. When these games first appeared in 1998, 1999 and 2000 respectively, parents went nuts because kids didn’t want to stop playing. And now, we have old games in the new suit to tantalize the new generation of parents.
New Spyro story looks better with amazing details and captivating colors which will definitely catch everyone’s attention right from the start, besides the little dragon is mighty cute. The soundtrack is also reimagined and you will find some nice new scores besides the old ones.
Those worrying that the game will bring different gameplay can relax. The developer Toys for Bob definitely didn’t want to cause any big stir and left the gameplay pretty much as it was. This is good and bad at the same time for two obvious reasons. Older players will love going down the memory lane, while new ones may be a little bit deterred by outdated gameplay like “press X to jump” for example.
And honestly, Spyro brings nothing new so it is far from being a remake, and more just a remaster for the new consoles and generation of players. Although it’s still a nice way to spend some free time, and I will allow myself to say, it’s even better than some new titles. These games are not perfect even today and with a considerable makeover, but they’re fun and satisfying to play.
Those who found camera focusing a tad frustrating will certainly wonder why would they play a game they loved so much only to be disappointed with some technical imperfections? Well, nostalgia beats a few issues you may experience during the gameplay and once you get used to the fact that this is a new version of the old Spyro, you will find it quite agreeable to play.
Let’s not forget that Sypro Reignited Trilogy is an ideal for kids. That said, some issues you may find annoying, dull and inadequate won’t bother children since adventures of the little purple dragon in the vivid world of magical beings and items will be enough to steal their attention. And with Christmas just around the corner, Spyro Reignited Trilogy may be a perfect gift for the little ones, too.