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SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY
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REVIEW
By JAY TEE
10/12/18

Spyro is a charming, beloved early PlayStation era staple that defined a generations first steps into 3D platforming. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Crash Bandicoot, this trio of classic titles were equivalent to Rare’s Banjo Kazooie or Conker’s Bad Fur Day. They were true system sellers for Sony’s first console, and remain wholly adored to this day.

Activision and Toys for Bob’s remastered collection, lovingly titled the ‘Reignited Trilogy’, is a masterclass in fan pleasing preservation and sweeping visual upgrades. The original gameplay feel has been left untouched, right down to enemy locations and level design.

Graphically, it’s stunning. The framerate is silky smooth, a critical layer of polish particularly in the tougher, time base d challenges. We’re reviewing the game on a PlayStation 4 Pro, and the bump to 4K resolution does wonders for the already excellent texture work.

THE BASICS - An HD remastered collection of classic 3D platformers Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

PLATFORMS - PS4, and XB1

PLAYERS - Offline - 1, Online - 0

CO-OP? MULTIPLAYER? - Nope.
 
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT - None announced.

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The Look - Art style, graphics, and overall presentation.

The Feel - Mechanics, controls, and learning curve.

The Sound - Music, sound effects, and dialogue.

The Experience - Anecdotes and random thoughts.

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5

Spyro is back and feels immediately relevant again in this faithful, lovingly made remastered collection. It’s as good as you remember, with a fresh coat of paint.

*PS4 review code provided by Activision*

TARP BADGES:

GORGEOUS

Easily one of the best looking platformers available on console.

NOICE!

Movement is snappy and responsive, and overall Spyro controls like a dream.

CHIT CHAT

The remastered, fully voiced cutscenes are superb. This world feels alive.   

AWESOME!

These three titles are challenging, rewarding, and a huge amount of fun.


THE FINAL SCORE:

REVIEW POLICY:

We use a simple “out of 5” rating criteria for all reviews.

5 out of 5 is FANTASTIC.

To put it simply, a game with this rating comes highly recommended, and is pretty much close to perfect.

OUT OF 5

THE BREAKDOWN:

THE LAST WORD:

There’s an enormous amount of bang for your buck, with three huge adventures that will chew up a massive amount of your time. There’s collectibles galore, optional challenges, and all manner of hidden areas to explore. The whole thing is presented in a slick package, with genuinely dazzling new artwork and well optimised load times. Honestly, it’s tough to find a fault. As a Spyro fan, this is everything you’d want and more (short of a brand new mainline 3D platformer). As a newcomer, you get to jump into one of the most playable, and enjoyable titles of the late 90’s.

Toys for Bob have done incredible work here, and I can only hope that Activision recognise the extremely healthy sales numbers and plethora of positive reviews and give them the budget to make a big splashy sequel.