Following the success of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy release, in which the first three Crash Bandicoot games were remastered using today’s standards, Spyro has receive the same treatment, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a collection of the first three titles in the series: Spyro The Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, all reworked and spiffed up for the modern gamer. I played just about any Spyro title I could when I was younger, but I always relied on friends and never owned my own copies… until now! I’ve spent the last couple of days with my old dragon friend, and to say I missed him would be a tragic understatement. Spyro Reignited Trilogy brings with it nostalgia for many of us, but also a chance for younger gamers to get in on the adventure and fall in love just like we did back in the day. The levels and layouts are just as I remember (albeit that memory may be a little fuzzy after nearly 15 years), and I’m often left wondering how I used to be so much better at Spyro when I was younger, because these games are much more of a challenge than I anticipated!
Spyro Reignited Trilogy was one of my most anticipated games of 2018, which is saying a lot for a remaster, and my expectations have been exceeded. The animation is smooth but still reminds me of the first time I picked up the controller, the voice acting is spot on, and the colors are gorgeous. The soundtrack is fitting and boppy, just as I remember; I often found myself nodding along to the melody while I jumped and charged around each level. Even little tidbits like watching the grass burn after it’s been scorched by your dragon fire are a joy. I’m genuinely grateful that Spyro got to join us here in the future, though I would argue this beloved character has never been left behind.