28th Nov2018

‘Spyro: Reignited Trilogy’ Review (PS4)

by Kat Wheat


Christmas day 1998… I was one lucky girl who got a PlayStation along with Spyro the Dragon game and Crash Bandicoot, flash forward ten years and with the success of the remastered Crash Bandicoot trilogy, Activision wasted very little time in a remastered Spyro trilogy.

Spyro has returned and his attitude is fiercer than before! Enjoy all three of the original games with enhanced HD graphics; enjoy gameplay from old flames including Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! And Spyro: Year of the Dragon. With a realm in danger, there’s only one purple dragon to call and he’s prepared to turn the heat on and set evil on fire! There are more puzzles, eggs and dragons to discover and you can easily swap between the three classic games, offering up hours of heated gameplay. Get ready for a real adventure through the realms in Spyro: Reignited Trilogy.

The many small challenges in the large worlds mean you will have hours of adventure with this new Spyro, just like I did in 1998… in fact I lost many hours playing the game back then and today too!

Spyro the Dragon

Gnasty Gnorc has returned from exile and has unleashed evil magic on the Dragon Realms, trapping the Dragons in crystal and raising an army of Gnorcs. Spyro, with his friend Sparx the Dragonfly, is the only Dragon left who can traverse the six Homeworlds, free the Dragons and save the day. Guide Spyro as he glides through the Dragon Realms, toasting colourful enemies with his fiery breath and encountering countless puzzles and adventures along the way.

Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage

Spyro has been brought to the land of Avalar to defeat the evil sorcerer Ripto who has brought war to Avalar’s Homeworlds. Each Homeworld is being held captive by Ripto and his minions, and it’s up to SPYRO to defeat them and bring peace to Avalar’s realms. In this adventure, Spyro powerflames, supershots and headbashes his way through enemies while completing unique challenges such as herding strange beasts, target shooting and defeating ravenous dinosaurs.

Spyro: Year of the Dragon

The Dragon Realms are celebrating the ‘Year of the Dragon’ when a mysterious cloaked figure emerges to steal all the Dragon Eggs. Under the spell of the evil Sorceress, an army of Rhynocs is now guarding the helpless eggs in the Forgotten Realms. With new and old friends, Spyro is on a quest to recover the lost eggs, defeat the Rhynoc army and stop the evil Sorceress. Turn up the heat in this adventure by exploring the mysterious realms and completing outrageous challenges, such as pulling off sick tricks on a skateboard and stepping into a boxing ring.


First of I love how much detail has gone into this new remastered trilogy. Gone are the fussy backgrounds and 1990’s blocky scenery and we get more modern and defined details in the dragons and other character’s, without moving too far away from the original game and its the little things that make the improvements look better – such as flags moving in the breeze and grass smouldering when using fire. Undoubtedly because rather than the games being ported to the latest console, the games have been built from the ground up by Toys for Bob – and all that effort it makes running and gliding around world’s beautiful to look at.

One thing that hasn’t changed from the original games are the levels themselves, I was excited to see that jumping on the stones in Artisan still revealed a world behind the waterfall. I had such much fun playing these games and going down memory lane… except for the flying levels, I’m so bad at them, they aren’t fun at all. Damn those flying levels! There is a downside to so much detail – it means longer loading times when entering worlds and levels. Another thing that cooled Spyro’s fire was the awkward camera, I found myself having to constantly move the camera manually and possibly spent more time adjusting the camera than running around the levels exploring.

All in all I love the original Spyro games and Spyro: Reignited Trilogy only fuelled the fire even more, not to mention I love Skylanders (which included Spyro) and was also developed by Toys for Bob.

Now if only someone could please, please, please remaster Pandemonium!


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