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The Spyro Reignited Trilogy preserves the excellence of a PlayStation masterpiece



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998, with Insomniac Games, we gave a little violet dragon that has fun in control, colorful, free-running playgrounds and exquisite music. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy looks different but feels just as good.

Released in 1998 for the original PlayStation and 1999 followed by a couple of sequels, Spyro the Dragon ] was the perfect game at the perfect time. In a time when the Nintendo 64 was seen as a children's game console and the PlayStation tended to darker, more adult themes, this brilliant, violet, mythological creature gliding through the skies of a cartoon fantasy world. Spyro debuted in 1998 at the E3 in Atlanta, a large plastic statue of him that floated above the Sony booth. The statue made me happy. The game made me even happier.

The 3D graphics of the time were up to date. The revolutionary panoramic engine of the game, developed by Alex Hastings, made it possible to reproduce distant geometry with fewer polygons, creating the darkening fog that Games of this epoch plagued, was eliminated. Stewart Copeland, former drummer of The Police composed unique and exotic music for the series and contributed to his whimsical character.

Spyro always stood in his field.

And the movement. The movement was perfect. It's hard to describe how good a 3D motion system is. Tim Rogers, Kotaku came closest in 2010 with his treatise on "Sticky Friction". Spyro trots carefree through fantasy landscapes. Hold down the load button and his little dragon face gets a sombre, determined look as he heads toward his enemies. Jump in the air and hold down the sliding button. Spyro floats gracefully through the void. There is no guess. Within minutes you can easily gauge where Spyro can go and not, and even the most daring jumps come by themselves. It just feels right.

He is so quick and easy to control.

The satisfactorily precise movement is the key to the Spyro trilogy. Although there are opponents to defeat in the three levels of the three games, they are less deadly opponents than obstacles on the way to exploration. Once Spyro frees the enemies from one of the game's levels, conveniently accessible from a series of free-roaming hub worlds, these enemies are gone. So Spyro can collect gems, break up treasure chests and clear the optional goals of the three games. The crucial moment in a Spyro game is to see the glint of a seemingly unreachable gemstone in the distance and to find a way to get there, be it to discover a secret path or glide from above.

There is nothing like the end of the plane and you discover that you miss a gem.

Collecting gifts in all three games is very important. In the first one, Spyro travels from the hub world to the hub world and frees dragons caught in crystal by Gnasty Gnorc. In Ripto's Rage each level contains a talisman and a number of challenge orbs that the little dragon can find or win through minigames. After all, in Year of the Dragon Spyro and his friends must save Dragon eggs stolen by a wicked sorceress. It is a game for players who do not leave a level before they have found 500 out of 500 gems and four out of four dragons and found two of them to stolen eggs.

Why did the big dragons never help once they were released? Jerks. [19659029] Spyro Reignited Trilogy leaves mostly Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon originally intact. Exercise is still exciting and addictive. The music remastered by the Activision Studios Toys for Bob composers arouses the same miracle as Copeland's original tracks (though there is an option to switch to original music). Layer layouts are the same. The enemy placement is the same. Complex tricks that I had to perform to reach hidden areas of the original game are just as frustrating this time around (with you, Tree Tops).

The most important change is the look of the game. From here it is gone:

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Toys for Bob is Spyro the Dragon no stranger. The studio created the series Skylanders the first episode of which was created as a Spyro vehicle ( Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure ). The popular Toys to Life series was born by Spyro and borrowed many of their signature elements and themes from the platform series Insomniac.

The anthropomorphic animals that populate the Skylands are undoubtedly relatives of Alora, the faun, and Hunter the cheetah, two figures introduced in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage. They could also be tied to Sheila, the playable kangaroo that was introduced in the third game, Year of the Dragon .

Many fans do not dig Sheila by the arms.

The characters of all three games have been completely redesigned by the Toys for Bob team. Some longtime fans and fan-art creators may not be satisfied with the new look some of the characters show (like Sheila's human arms), but I like the change. The transformation even extends to the enemies of the game, which are more threatening or bizarre depending on the toys for Bob's interpretation.

The first three Spyro games are unbelievably good and the lush graphic overhaul makes them even better. Combined with a budget package ($ 39.99), this is an incredible amount of games at a relatively low price.

Just make sure you play the games in the correct order. Start with Spyro the Dragon . There you will learn to appreciate what the little hero can breathe by sliding, charging and fire. The next game, Ripto's Rage adds swimming and rock climbing, and gives Spyro more locations to explore, as well as creative mini-games and level-based challenges. And then there's the Year of the Dragon which features four more playable characters and even more side activities, including skateboarding. It's cheesy, but it works.

Spyro Dragon Pro Skater

I received my copy of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy on Friday. I defeated the first game on Sunday afternoon. I finished 40 percent with the second and finished 20 percent of third place when "just hopped in to try it out fast." What can I say? I love this series and have been dreaming of a remaster for years. Toys for Bob made this dream come true.

The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is now available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.


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