The best of the PS1 collectathons returns to Nintendo Switch, home of platformers: today’s review is all about Spyro Reignited Trilogy
If in our review dedicated to Super Mario 3D All-Stars we have elected 64 as fathers of all collectathons, it is true that other contenders can aspire to the crown: we would not have placed the re-review of Spyro Reignited Trilogy so much further up the charts, otherwise. Already from the first Spyro The Dragon of 1998, the premises for success were all there: Mario’s moveset, aimed at a less forgiving difficulty curve, gives way to a satisfying combo between glides, horns to charge enemies like bulls and, of course, a simple but effective flare. Plus bare-bones backtracking, for one of the most speedrun-friendly debut titles ever seen.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy, fifteenth review of the Nintendo Switch Calendar
The high point of the trilogy, in our opinion, is Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, aka Gateway to Glimmer for us of the Old Continent. The dragons to be saved, once collectibles and NPCs in equal measure, give way to worthy substitutes capable of managing the two different roles. The typical escalation of each second chapter has not spared even a scion already born with talent in every flake: new mechanics, underwater sequences, cannons, vehicles, and one of the most tender rewards ever seen for completionists: the aforementioned amusement park in the opening scene, elevated from gag to tangible prize.
In between, between the drastic differences of the two, we have the concluding chapter Year of The Dragon. The game manages to round off different corners, defenestrating what didn’t work and magnifying what best captivated the fans. Using more distinctly separate secondary areas allows gameplay ideas to be expanded to include skate parks, secondary characters (including Agent 9, prototype Ratchet & Clank for Insomniac “Spyro couldn’t even hold a gun in his hand” Games). The bittersweet sense of finality is tempered by the reverential reconstruction of Toys For Bobas well as the return of the legendary Stewart Copeland.
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