Spyro fans can enjoy a blast from the past now that they can play newly-remastered versions of Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon with the newly-released Spyro Reignited Trilogy.
Voiced by Tom Kenny (aka SpongeBob SquarePants) Spyro the purple dragon is a character that many PlayStation fans grew up with in the ‘90s. So, now that he – and his games – are back in all-new HD glory, how do they hold up? Are these games worth the revisit or do they fizzle out once the initial burst of nostalgia fades?
Well, the reviews are in, and for the most part, critics say the games within the trilogy hold up quite nicely on their own terms.
GameSpot awarded the remaster an 8 out of 10, calling the trilogy “the best kind of collection that not only brings a beloved series up to current visual standards but also proves just how well-built the original titles were.” The review added that “the Reignited Trilogy's developer, Toys for Bob, deserves major kudos for bringing Insomniac's vision to life in the way we could've only dreamed in 1998.” So, there’s that.
Meanwhile, IGN ranked the trilogy an 8.5 out of 10, saying “the Skylanders developer has rekindled the spark of the original PlayStation mascot’s first three adventures. With a gorgeous new coat of paint, a score that modernizes the iconic soundtrack, and quality of life improvements, this collection is a reminder of why these charming platformers were — and still are —so loved.”
Game Informer’s review, which gave the trilogy a score of 8.10 (out of 10), said that the games are “ridiculously fun to play” and “more interesting and enjoyable to return to than Crash’s.” The review added: “If you’ve never played these games before, I can’t recommend them enough. Spyro is a blast to control, and collecting gems is an oddly satisfying thing to do. You’ll watch the credits roll on each game before you know what hit you.”
The review from GamesRadar, which gave the trilogy a score of 4 (out of 5), said that playing the Spyro Reignited Trilogy was “a joyous trip down memory lane well worth taking."
Now, not everyone was unabashedly thrilled. The review from Eurogamer (which provides no numerical score) admitted that although “Spyro Reignited Trilogy will certainly stoke the fires of nostalgia,” the reviewer admitted she was “left without a burning desire to return” to the game “once the novelty [wore] off.” Ultimately, Eurogamer found the game “an intriguing window into the way we used to play, but one which I won't gaze through repeatedly.”
The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is available for $39.99 on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.