Spyro Reignited Trilogy Review

Spyro Reignited Trilogy makes its way to PC, and it comes with the option to play in 4K with an unlocked framerate.

On ultra settings, Spyro Reignited looks almost like a Pixar movie. The artwork and rich animations really breathe life and character into Spyro and the dragons he rescues. The classic platformer is recreated beautifully with all the bells and whistles that modern hardware and graphics can provide.

The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a game that you can really just pick up and play. Its platforming gameplay remains largely unchanged and is a faithful recreation of the original releases from the PlayStation era.

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Loading times would probably be a bit of a pain if I was running off a spinning disk. They’re noticeable on my SSD. The original release masked loading times so well you never really noticed them.

Not so with this release, which is really one of the few things I can find fault in. The camera can be a bit rough and Spyro has a floaty feel to the way he moves; otherwise, this game is really just you and the controller. Everything that was included in the original console release is here, including classic and remixed soundtracks.

The greatest difference between this PC release and last year’s console release of Spyro Reignited is the ability to play at 60 frames per second or more versus the locked 30fps on the console build. The game is just smoother to play on PC. There are issues with the unlocked frame rate, but everything plays fine if you cap your framerate at 60.

The minimum system requirements are fairly modest and so are the recommended specs. Spyro Reignited comes with a wealth of graphical options for users to tweak to reach the desired performance. My setup is an AMD FX-6300 Black Edition six-core processor, 16 GB RAM, SSD, and GTX 1050 Ti. I was able to run Spyro Reignited at 1080p with all settings turned up to ultra, locked 60fps, and V-Sync enabled.

You can see the stark difference between the low settings and the Ultra settings in the screens below. The difference between the medium to high settings and the high to ultra settings are less dramatic. One thing that seems to be missing is support for High Dynamic Range output, but that was also omitted in the console release.

Overall, Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a pretty solid remake that hits all the nostalgia notes. In this package, you get all three Spyro games from the PlayStation One era: Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Riptos Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.

As I wrote earlier, this trilogy is very much a game you can pick up and start playing. There are not any tutorials to speak of and very little exposition. The trilogy simply thrusts you right into each game after a brief setup and you’re off saving other dragons within the first minute of gameplay.

The timed stages can be pretty challenging. You’ll definitely need a handful of tries before you can get things just right to beat the levels. The other levels are less challenging, but they can definitely stump you if you’re going for 100% completion. Finding all of the gems, meanwhile, can be tricky.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is pretty much bang on as a remake that is faithful to the source material, one that arguably elevates it to nearly the same level of art as contemporary animated films. It is worth the trip down memory lane.

Disclosure: Game Freaks 365 received a free review copy.

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