Today is Tuesday 13th November which means that the Spyro Reignited Trilogy has finally arrived – along with a bunch of online opinions to help you decide whether you’d like to buy it or not. Gamers of the 90s (and possibly later) may affectionately remember the cute dragon-led platformer from the glory days of the original PlayStation, and whilst to some degree it existed in the shadow of the Crash Bandicoot behemoth, there’s no denying that it’s a franchise that’s well-deserving of a fiery revamp. But has the developer Toys for Bob done the series justice?
The good news is that, according to Metacritic, the answer is a universal “yes.” At the time of writing, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy has a solid Metascore of 83 on the PS4 and Xbox One, with the highest result coming from Attack of the Fanboy who awarded the title an impressive 4.5 stars. The site explains: “Not only does it recreate the original gameplay experience in every way that’s important, but it also adds subtle improvements that make it feel just that much better… For old fans and those who’d like a glimpse at what the height of triple-A quality was like 20 years ago though, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy will deliver in spades!”
IGN was similarly impressed with the game, rating it a “great” 8.5 out of 10. The site notes that Spyro moves in a smooth and seamless manner which is strongly reminiscent of the original PlayStation games, only with “much more adorable” animations. IGN explains that the developer has utilised “two decades of technological advancements to give [Spyro] a delightful hybrid of cat and dog mannerisms both in cutscenes and while roaming the realms.”
The sound design has also been praised, with PlayStation Lifestyle appreciating the fact that each level has a song which is unique to that particular area, whilst acknowledging that it never came across a track that it was disappointed with. Moreover, the website notes that it’s possible for players to switch between the new compositions and the pieces from the original PlayStation games, although it does admit that the process is a little “cumbersome” to access.
Critical Hit, meanwhile, was a little more – well, critical – of the game, admitting that whilst the “easy platformer is as charming and engaging as ever,” its “persistently troublesome camera controls in some stages” and occasional “jarring audio implementations” somewhat let the side down. Critical Hit is also disappointed with the lack of broken-up control schemes for traditional platforming, flying and swimming, “especially when it comes to inversions for the y-axis.” The website explains that “being restricted to one type for both swimming and flying is odd to say the least and can make either one of them feel stranger and more restrictive to control with no remedy.”
For the most part, though, it would seem that the Spryo Reignited Trilogy is “ridiculously fun to play,” according to a review from Game Informer – even if it’s not always obvious what you have to do. “In the first game, you don’t really have any guidance to tell you what you should be doing other than reawakening dragons,” Game Informer says. “These three games are a great study of iteration. You can see how Insomniac [the original developer] learned from its mistakes, become more ambitious, and figured out how to create a clear through line for players, while still delivering an adventure that pushes for player-driven discovery.”
For me, the unfortunate thing about Spyro is that it’s coming only a couple of weeks behind Red Dead Redemption 2 and a matter of days before the launch of Pokémon: Let’s go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee! Had this arrived during a quieter period, I would have doubtless snapped it up at launch. As it stands, I probably won’t dive into the Spyroverse until 2019, but that’s okay – by all accounts, it sounds like it’ll be the highlight of my year.
What are your first impressions of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy? Do you think these reviews are a fair reflection of the game’s quality? Or will you be waiting a while before you dive into this triumvirate of nostalgia-laden wonderfulness?? Let me know in the comments below.