Taking into account the joy provided by the release of Crash Brandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, it was silly to think that this venture wasn’t going to kickstart a flurry of remakes that would send us flying head first back to our childhood. Despite some hearty competition in 2018, the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy still manages to sparkle like a gem in the rough, bringing smooth animation and personality to its once clunky and rigid PSone forebear.
Infuriating, clumsy controls were the very essence of retro platforming, and any fan of the likes of Crash or Spyro will be well acquainted with the immeasurable bouts of frustration that had us gritting our teeth and shaking our fists at the TV screen. This was forgivable by game standards back in the 90s, however, our purple, scaly quadruped required a real do-over in order to impress modern gamers and their more demanding expectations. Fortunately, the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy addresses most of these finicky issues; no more soaring off a cliff with a mere flick of the analogue or fussing with non compliant camera controls – everything feels sleek and smooth.
The trilogy’s a real treat for the eyes thanks to both the vibrant, breathtaking visuals it’s flaunting and commendable animation work that breathes a sense of life into each character, provoking the trademark charm and cheekiness you’d expect from the genre. Even the sound design is enough to raise hairs on the back of your neck. It’s weirdly satisfying hearing the buzz of Sparx as he races to collect gems or the beat of Spyro’s wings as he swoops into a glide. It’s clear as you play that the developers pride themselves on its acute attention to detail and it all pays off in constituting a real Game of the Year contender.
The best part is that even in the shadow of a sizeable refurb that’s seen the widely adored PSone trilogy scrubbed shiny and new, Spyro still remains true to its roots. Every second of play time feels like a nostalgic trip down memory lane, making the Spyro Reignited Trilogy a dandy throwback that cleverly highlights and allows us to appreciate the substantial progress made in the industry over the last few generations of gaming.
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