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Editors’ Choice: Why Spyro Reignited Trilogy is One of 2018’s Best Games

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Editors’ Choice: Why Spyro Reignited Trilogy is One of 2018’s Best Games

Toys For Bob remasters the purple dragon’s platforming gems to a stunning new luster

Spyro has charged back into our lives, horns first! PlayStation has a rich history with the lovable purple dragon, and returning to his original adventures is a whimsical homecoming. This remastered trilogy is much more than an upscaled nostalgia trip thanks to how well the timeless formula of the originals has aged.

Spyro the Dragon was a pioneering game in the fledgling years of 3D platformers. Original developer Insomniac Games captivated players with liberating, exploration-friendly gameplay. Climbing up to a stage’s high point and gliding to collect far off gems was a magical revelation back in 1998, and that formula has aged beautifully thanks to the wizards at Toys For Bob.

We live in a magical era of blockbuster games that rival Hollywood productions, yet returning to the simple, pure world of Spyro is a breath of fresh fire air. For example, your goal in the first game is to free your dragon brethren, collect all the gems, and toast the villainous Gnasty Gnorc. That’s it.

This distilled experience allows players to relish the joy of combing through expertly designed levels hunting each shiny collectible. Chasing down those pesky dragon egg thieves and flaming every last Gnorc restores the soul, just like butterflies rejuvenate Spyro’s little dragonfly helper, Sparx.

Speaking of Sparx, Toys For Bob have made tons of wondrous quality-of-life-changes, like the dragonfly’s ability to point at the nearest gem. This optional feature saves tons of time spent scouring the map for that last bit of treasure. A new minimap feature lets you see whole levels at a glance and spot potential secrets hidden around blind corners. To bring it all together, the Guidebook has been unified across all three titles, which makes tracking level completion info a breeze. Like Spyro himself, the littlest things can make the biggest difference.

The sequels that followed the first game — Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon — are also delightful. Collecting oodles of gems and crucial items like orbs and dragon eggs to unlock new areas to explore is still the goal. These sequels also spice things up with minigames like Spyro hitting the ice for some hockey, or blasting rockets at baddies with militaristic penguin, Sergeant James Byrd. Quirky characters like Hunter the Cheetah and Elora the Faun also expand Spyro’s lovable world. The entire cast has also received a flattering makeover.

Even the most beautiful treasures naturally tarnish over time, yet the crafty devs at Toys For Bob have expertly restored these Spyro classics well beyond their original luster. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is visually stunning whether you’re comparing the remastered games to your memories or going in with fresh eyes.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

The onscreen action rivals today’s prettiest CG films. Spyro’s spunky attitude is keenly conveyed through detailed animations, from impatient tail swishes to his curious eyes darting playfully. He’s undeniably adorable. Every burst of fire breath exemplifies the skill and love that went into this remaster, like how the flames illuminate the environment and scorch patches of grass. Every second sparkles.

The Dragon Realms where Spyro lives are exciting and beautiful locales to visit. Like the inventive worlds from the game, Spyro Reignited Trilogy perfectly injects captivating, innocent joy into our gaming libraries this year.


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8 Comments

  • Hey Tim, I wonder where this lands in Game Informer’s roundup of 2018.

  • feels like we haven’t had this many contenders for best 2018 games in recent memory. These were my goty by far upon their original release. so nostalgic! Id take this and the new crash over the ps classic. Two of the best, and not on classic due to the remasters i imagine. I cant wait to get my hands on these games, again!! nothing but love.

  • Just wondering about the fact that the store identifies the game as 31.39 GB but after purchase the size jumps to 65GB. Shouldn’t the store be accurate? PS love the game.

    • Unless I’m wrong that 31.39 GB the game size before the updates and 67 GB is for with the updates

  • Jeffthehappy

    Honestly I would have put red dead redemption 2 up instead cuz rdd2 has sooo much hype

  • I would say Battlefield V. Had a lot of negative reviews which I personally can’t understand. Red dead 2 was great but got a bit repetitive and online needs a lot of sorting out. I’m finding BF5 I’m going back to the most and really enjoying it.

  • JustFrankNYC

    I am having allot of fun playing this. I played the original Spyro when if first came out and loved it. This is as much fun as I remember, and the updated graphics and sounds are perfect. I never had the 2nd and 3rd game so I’m excited to get to play those.

  • “Toys For Bob have made tons of wondrous quality-of-life-changes”

    There’s one really glaring quality of life thing they left out and it’s a huge surprise… where are the subtitles? It’s a very well done remake and they’ve got a lot to be proud of, but I just don’t understand the lack of subtitles. I’m hearing impaired so I’m missing out on all of the dialogue…

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