Spyro Reignited Trilogy

released on Nov 13, 2018

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a collection of remasters of the first three games in the Spyro series: Spyro the Dragon (1998), Ripto's Rage! (1999), and Year of the Dragon (2000).


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I reviewed the collected titles here here and here, so I'll just use this spot to comment on the collection as a whole.

I think this was the remake collection I was most hopeful for, after Crash Bandicoot's N. Sane Trilogy proved there was a market for these sorts of nostalgic throwback remakes (holy moly was there ever). In retrospect I have some quibbles with N. Sane Trilogy, which I'll come back to some other time, but these were largely addressed when Toys for Bob took a swing at Spyro Reignited. Each game retains its mechanical identity, with quality-of-life updates rolled back where beneficial but everything otherwise left good enough alone. The art direction is a ton of fun, adding a lot of personality while generally not compromising the original games' personality. The collection helped me better understand a lot of the appeal to Insomniac's original trilogy, in particular helping me "get" Spyro 1. The game isn't exactly a technical marvel anymore, though I think that's a pretty unrealistic expectation to have for most of these remake compilations.

I will especially commend Toys for Bob for remaking the trilogy without access to the original games' source code (as Insomniac had lost it over the years), meaning they had to reconstruct everything from the ground up. Like... dude. I would've expected way more differences than what we got, but Toys for Bob busted their chops getting the game feel just right. Huuuuuge respect.

I do wish Spyro Reignited had more of a legacy than it did. Perhaps it's too early to say just yet, but I dunno - N. Sane Trilogy was only a year earlier, yet it's resulted in something of a renaissance for Crash, between Nitro-Fueled, 4, and Team Rumble. Spyro's really only appeared in a cameo capacity in Crash's revival games. And yeah, that's been really cool, seeing Crash and Spyro continue to be brother series like in the old days, but I get more and more worried that this is to be Spyro's legacy as time goes on. Ah, well, maybe he'll fly again some day...

The first game I ever decided to speed run was Spyro Ripto's Rage back on the PlayStation 1. My love for video games truly started with the Spyro franchise, and all of the old games being remastered made me so incredibly happy. I love these games with all of my heart and still continue to replay them over and over again to this day. A platforming masterpiece these three games are. It's too bad every Spyro game after this was not good. Maybe there is hope for a future Spyro game that is similar to these three moving onwards.

The first game I ever decided to speed run was Spyro Ripto's Rage back on the PlayStation 1. My love for video games truly started with the Spyro franchise, and all of the old games being remastered made me so incredibly happy. I love these games with all of my heart and still continue to replay them over and over again to this day. A platforming masterpiece these three games are. It's too bad every Spyro game after this was not good. Maybe there is hope for a future Spyro game that is similar to these three moving onwards.

I love the first Spyro game so much, but unfortunately I think the games get worse through the trilogy. The first game is near perfect and I could replay it a million times and not get bored.

All-around solid. Looks great, runs great, although kinda simplistic, though that's expected, given it's nature.