The return of another PS1 classic!
Remember in 2017, PS1 classic game Crash Bandicoot came back and was revamped for PS4? In 2018, the game came back for multiple consoles for X1, Switch and PC. Crash N-Sane Trilogy gave fans the nostalgia with the game’s music, characters and gameplay. In 2018, Activision made a surprise announcement and gave fans what they wanted, they brought back Spyro the Dragon. Spryo the Dragon was another PS1 classic game which came out around the same time as Naughty Dog’s game Crash Bandicoot. Spyro was made by Insomniac Games, the same company who did Ratchet and Clank and the recent Marvel game Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4. However, Insomniac left Spyro after the release of the third game Spyro: Year of the Dragon and worked on Ratchet and Clank. Spyro was later on bought and made into other titles in the same way like what they did to Crash after Naughty Dog left them. Spyro later on moved on to a spinoff toy game series called Skylanders and he ended up not being the main hero. Now, Activision and developer Toys for Bob came together and wanted to restore Spyro and give players a trip to memory lane. Now that I successfully, completed all three games and the trophies, I am ready to talk about my experience.
Spyro the Dragon – A Gem in the Rough
The story begins with a group interviewers talking to the dragons in the world of Artisan (according to Wiki, it’s one of the five realms of the Dragon Kingdom). When a reporter asks one of the dragons about Gnasty Gnorc (main antagonist of the game), the dragons make fun of him and calls him ugly. However, when Gnasty Gnorc hears about this in the interview, he gets mad and uses his magic to crystallize all the dragons into stone. He also sends his minions to take over the Dragon Kingdom as the dragons are encase in crystal. All but one dragon named Spyro avoids his magic due to his small size. Spyro, along with his dragonfly partner Sparx, will save all the dragons, reclain their treasure and defeat Gnorc.
Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage – Dragon vs Sorcerer
Taking place after the events of the first game, Spyro and Sparx decides to leave Artisan and go to vacation. However, their plans changes when they summoned to Avalar by the professor and his friends Elora the Faun and Hunter the Cheetah. According to the Professor, they were experimenting on a portal and accidentally allowed the villain sorcerer Ripto to enter Avalar along with his minions Crush and Gulp. Using the detail, The Professor and his friends tried to use the portal again to summon a dragon to defeat Ripto and they ended up getting Spyro Believing that there was no dragons, Ripto decides to take over Avalar. However, when he does meet Spyro, he plans to get rid of Spyro and rule over Avalar. Deciding to put his holiday vacation on hold, Spyro agrees to help them and save Avalar from this small hot head sorcerer.
Spyro: Year of the Dragon – Dragon Egg Z
After the events of Spyro 2, Spyro, Hunter and the dragons are in peace at Artisan with Dragon Eggs. However, the eggs gets stolen by a mysterious magician Bianca and her servants Rhynocs. Spyro and everyone wakes up and tries to stop them, but they ultimately fails. It’s up to Spyro, Sparx and Hunter to work together to save the all the eggs. The mastermind behind of the eggs stealing mission is the Sorceress. She plans to steal the wings of the baby dragons and create a potion to give her immortality. As Spyro travels to this new world, he learns about this place and ask what happened to the dragons that used to live here.
Review: A Classic Gem Polished
After playing three games and getting all the trophies, I am going to give the positives first and then my negative feedback.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is one of the fun games I really enjoyed. Playing the game really gives me the nostalgic feels and Toys for BoB really paid attention to the small details on the games. Just like Crash N-Sane Trilogy, the game gets updated with enhanced graphics and gameplay controls. The way Spyro moves around like flying and charging feels very precise and I didn’t have trouble controlling Spyro. What’s even better is that game included both versions of the game’s soundtrack: original and dynamic. The drummer of The Police, Stewart Copeland, returns to this game and gives us both versions of the soundtrack for a fun gameplay experience. The original is the same soundtrack from the classic PS1; it’s recommended to use this soundtrack if you want to experience Spryo like the old times. Dynamic is similar but from what I hear, the music changes a bit when you are either charging or regular walking. The game seriously updated the characters as well. It’s evident in Spyro 1 where Toys for Bob gave each dragon you saved a different look or appearance as opposed to having them the same with a different color palette. This update occurs to some characters that helps make them stand out more such as Sparx, Elora, Hunter and the rest of Spryo’s friends in Year of the Dragon. There is not much to talk about the story since it’s pretty self-explanatory where you mostly have to collect stuff and defeat enemies to progress through the game. If you played the game in the PS1, you already know what happens in these three story. Personally, I felt like this game nailed it on the animation and how the game is visually beautiful in HD graphics. Whether you play it on PS4 or X1, this game is beautiful to look at. The voice acting for the characters got updated as well and I didn’t have too much to complain. I did like Tom Kenny’s voice as Spyro in all three games; in the original PS1 game, Carlos Alazraqui was the first one to voice Spyro in the first game and he also does the voice for Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life. For a fun fact if you get this game, your controller changes the light as a way to indicate Sparx life. I heard about this detail from a game reviewer called AntDude. The game also updated new features such as using your right stick to point out all the gems you need to collect and they even added skillpoints even in the first game. Skillpoints in the game serves similar to achievements/trophies where you complete tasks, but the pay off is that you get access to the game’s concept art. There is also cheat codes in the game where you change Spyro’s color just like the PS1. Overall, this game is visually amazing and playing this game gave me great memories of my youth.
I already my pros, here is my cons. For the most part of the section, I won’t be nitpicking that unlike most game reviewers. I do one want to talk about the stuff that I noticed. The game does have some kind of blur whenever the game thinks you are going to fast especially if you are just messing with the camera. There is one part of the game where I got bothered and it was a censored enemy in the last word of Spyro 1. In the classic game, the enemies carried machine guns, but in this new one, they use paint guns. I just noticed this detail from Antdude and it’s ironic that they censored this, but in Crash, they kept guns. In the fly levels of Spyro, the controls while flying and speeding can be slippery. In a video from Caddicarus about ten things worst, he pointed out that in the remake edition, the controls can be annoying when you re boosting and you are trying to turn. In short, you feel like you’re drifting and that can be a problem if you are trying to race for time. The bosses in the second and third game got a bit tougher than the original games. I had a bit trouble before I could get adjusted to their fight pattern. Overall, besides the game looking impressive, the game can miss out on small details that is actually part of the gameplay. Even in the PS4, the game can be stubborn in controls and motion speed.
Is Spyro Reignited Trilogy worth getting? As a nostalgic gamer, I would say yes. I grew up playing the PS1 where I played all the Spyro and Crash trilogy games and playing these games today on the PS4 is an awesome experience. I feel like this game got a brand new make over and the everything you remembered from the past is still here. Same characters are here and are updated with a old and new cast of voice actors and polished designs. The only thing that can both you is the game’s motion when going faster than expected and movements in flying stages can be slippery. Personally, if you never played Spyro, but you want to give this game a try, I say go for it. This game is pretty easy to play and even if there are some challenges, it’s not like Crash where it is too hard. It’s fun to explore and view the game’s atmosphere.
Have you played this game? What’s your thoughts on it?
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