20 years on from the original spyro game he is back in a blaze of glory.
- Developer: Toys for Bob
- Publisher: Activision
- Genre: Adventure
- Release Date: 13/11/18
- Platforms: Xbox One and PS4
- Reviewed on: Xbox One X
- Game Supplied by: Activision
For those who never enjoyed the original spyros a quick rundown of what you do.
Spyro is a adventure game where you are aiming to collect every gem and egg around so that you can free all of the dragons and get 100% completion. With the odd puzzle thrown it and plenty of enemies to flame and ram, and some damn hard flight missions that will give any gamer a hard time.
Spyro is back! And he is not here to disappoint.
The Spyro reignited trilogy does just that, it has reignited a love long lost for a certain plucky purple dragon.
I want to get straight in to explaining that Spyro has not just been remastered, this is in no way a quickjob.
This is the definition of what a remaster should be, The graphics are not upscaled or cleaned up they have truly been re made in full beautiful HD, and it doesn’t stop there but back to graphics.
I have gone back and re watched hours of old school spyro action.
I have gone back and re watched hours of old school spyro action, and there is obviously no comparison spyro has been amped up in full HD and looks stunning, every detail has been taken care of, I can really feel the effort and passion that has been put into re mastering the Spyro trilogy you would honestly never know it was a remaster.
The next big thing and I think it is one that many people who played through the original games may have been worried about is the controls.
I will avoid name dropping but we recently had another famous icon remastered and many had a issue with the feel of the dated mechanics and controls when playing on their new gen controllers.
Spyro has not disappointed, everything is smooth and feels brand new and fluid, it again felt like a brand new game everything feels like it has been torn down to its core and tuned to feel fresh and functional, this isn’t just a new paint job the Spyro engine has been fine tuned and cleaned up to be on par with the best of them.
On to some great features that have been added! That’s right, they haven’t just churned out the same thing and cleaned it, they have added to it, I would hate to ruin any of the fun surprises for Spyro fans but as the devs said themselves, there are new puzzles, eggs and dragons in the newly revamped world of Spyro.
Touching on the Dragons, they are my favourite change in the game, Spyro has been fully realised in the 21st century, everything has been updated and improved where needed and the dragons are not left out, they have all been reimagined with completely individual personalities and style. Its amazingly fresh, it makes it so nice for old fans to have something new to look forward to and for me at least this has removed the usual effects of nostalgia (you know when you remember loving playing a game and when you do it becomes boring and samey due to basically repeating previous experiences) to me at least these detail changes and quality of life improvements made all the difference.
Down to sound, what can I say, not a lot has changed bar the quality, as with the rest of the game it has been revamped and sounds great not leaving any of the dated feel in the game.
The only personal dislike I have for the whole game is that the flight challenges still fell pretty hard to me, but this depends how you see it, as a challenge they are great, from a story progression aspect they could be dialed back just a little.
All in all Spyro Reignited is not only a masterpiece of a remaster it is also so clean and well done that people who never played the original games will love it as a stand alone game with no history of it. It’s just that well done that kids who grew up with Xbox ones would never know it is a remaster of a near 20 year old trilogy.
Bar some difficult flight missions it hard to fault Spyro and not let the little guy back into our hearts.