Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a platforming game developed by Toys for Bob and published by Activision. The game is a compilation featuring HD remastered versions of the first three Spyro games developed by Insomniac Games: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.
Why It Rocks
- Just like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, the collection recreates the original PlayStation Spyro games from scratch using completely new graphics and assets, yet faithfully recreates the gameplay of the original games.
- The physics are improved from the original games but are still accurate enough that muscle memory isn't a problem for veteran players who'd be expecting the old physics.
- Lots of new details and improved visuals are added to the games, some characters are redesigned to look more appealed compared to their overly-simplistic original designs, NPCs are more colorful with more personality than before, and some lighting effects are improved.
- Dragons you rescue in the first game have more varied dialogues and animations.
- Cutscenes are expanded with more detail.
- Gorgeous cartoony graphics that fit very well with the fantasy tone of the franchise.
- The collection features remixed versions of the games' soundtracks, yet you have the option of using the original untouched soundtracks.
- Controls are less stiff than the PlayStation versions.
- There's a good amount of content in the collection as a whole.
- The side characters in Spyro 3 control better.
- All games have a map available.
- Sparx can point in the direction of Gems in all games, making Gem collecting significantly less tedious because you no longer have to spend a long time searching every corner of a level to find the one game you're missing.
- Many of the minigames and missions that were notoriously frustrating in Spyro 3 have been improved to be more forgiving and smoother to play.
- If you buy a physical copy, only the first Spyro game is in the disc, the second and third games both need to be downloaded as a patch, which is very inconvenient and doesn't make sense because all three games easily could've fit in just one disc.
- The humor tends to be written as a Saturday-morning-cartoon, which can be hit or miss for some people.
- The Nintendo Switch version is heavily graphically downgraded. A water fountain was even changed from a continuous stream of water to spurts.
Immediately after the release and success of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy there was a massive demand for Spyro the Dragon to also receive a remastered collection, which led to countless rumors, speculation, and subtle hints from Activision. When the Reignited Trilogy was officially announced it was met with huge amounts of hype and anticipation.
One minor point of controversy came from many fans of the classic Spyro games frequently complaining about any aspect of the trilogy that was even slightly different from the originals.
Upon launch, the collection was very well received both by fans and critics.