Spyro Reignited Trilogy Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Spyro Reignited Trilogy RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best Xbox One Platformers to Play On Xbox Series X https://www.gameskinny.com/ihj1g/best-xbox-one-platformers-to-play-on-xbox-series-x https://www.gameskinny.com/ihj1g/best-xbox-one-platformers-to-play-on-xbox-series-x Wed, 30 Dec 2020 15:13:20 -0500 Daniel Hollis

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Shovel Knight

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Another knight to feature on this list is Shovel Knight, an 8-bit adventure featuring a knight with nothing but, you guessed it, a shovel. Digging his way to victory and using the gardening tool to vanquish enemies, it’s a delightful little adventure.

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Not only that, but the Treasure Trove edition also comes with various new modes, including a multiplayer brawler. It’s a fantastic package and one that undoubtedly deserves your time.

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These are all fantastic platformers you can play on the Xbox Series X today thanks to the platform's backwards compatibility. What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hollow Knight

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Often heralded as a masterpiece, Hollow Knight earns that title. With swift responsiveness that works well with the simplistic combat, exploring its labyrinthine world is full of mystery and wonder.

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It’s certainly a challenging game, but like many others on this list is insanely rewarding once the challenges have been overcome. With a sequel on the horizon, now is the perfect time to dive into the iconic game.

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New Super Lucky’s Tale

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Super Lucky’s Tale was already a fun little platformer, but the re-imagining does so much new it may as well act as a sequel. With brand new level variants, improvements on the original formula and tighter controls, New Super Lucky’s Tale feels like the game that was originally intended and a great inclusion into the Xbox Series X’s library of platformers.

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Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

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If Banjo-Tooie and Conker Live & Reloaded weren’t enough Rare goodness then Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible acts as a 2D spiritual successor to the developers previous games. As a chameleon, you’ll utilize an array of powers and venture out into worlds inspired by platformers of yesteryear.

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What makes the Impossible Lair so different is the ability to attempt the final level at any time, using the other levels as a means to power up your character. It’s a great mechanic and one that works extremely well for both newcomers and hardcore players.

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Rayman Legends

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When Rayman Origins released, it delivered a fantastic 2D platforming experience than none of us knew we wanted. With the sequel, everything is improved.

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Rayman Origins was already fantastic, but Legends adds more inventive platforming challenges, excellent co-operative play and immensely impressive music based stages. It’s a wonderful game and one that doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves.

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Cuphead

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Speaking of brutally hard, Cuphead is one of the top contenders. Don’t be fooled by its 1930s animated style as each level is infused with a devilishly hard boss to tackle.

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Despite the difficulty, discovering each boss, learning their patterns and eventually overcoming them is an immensely rewarding experience, making getting to the end a satisfying adventure.

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Celeste

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Not many Platformers come accompanied with an emotionally charged story, but Celeste not only manages to do that, but also manages to embed it into its gameplay.

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Exploring themes such mental health and anxiety, the trial and error gameplay lends itself beautifully to the narrative situations it puts the players through. For once, a game being brutally hard has an actual connotation and creates one of the best platformers ever made.

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Conker Live & Reloaded

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Another classic platformer by Rare, the loud mouthed squirrel offers something more adult for those who are fans of the genre.

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Live & Reloaded is an updated version of the original Nintendo 64 version and while some of the content was cut, it’s spirit remains intact.

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The Xbox Series X does a wonderful job of bolstering it to the point that it could pass as a modern day release. Enjoy its crude humor and inventive ways it works with the platforming genre.

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A Hat In Time

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Invoking inspirations from industry titans such as Super Mario 64, A Hat In Time quickly manages to be so much more. The genre shifting adventure at one minute can be a fantastical platforming adventure, before turning into a murder mystery.

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Running throughout all of this is an enormously fun platforming adventure that you won’t want end, even after you’ve collected all of the collectibles

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Banjo-Tooie

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Not only one of the greatest platformers to play on the Xbox Series X, but one of the greatest of all time. Banjo-Tooie builds upon its predecessor with a vast, open-ended way of tackling its various, colorful worlds.

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Each corner is brimming with personality and it’s collect-a-thon gameplay is addictive till the very end. Hopefully one day we receive another entry, until then, check out one of the original entries that defined the genre.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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Following on from the absolutely wonderful Ori and the Blind Forest, the sequel manages to create something truly special. It was always going to be hard following on from the original, but Ori and the Will of the Wisps does it with ease, with a breakneck pace that gives you more toys to play with at a faster rate.

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Accompanied by a beautiful art style and emotional storyline, it’s hard not be enamored the moment the game starts.

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy

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Speaking of classic platforming heroes returning, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a perfect example of another franchise being given a new lease of life.

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Massively easier than the Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, each game builds upon the previous with new mechanics, finer level design and more collectibles than you can imagine.

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Those with a 4K TV will also love the use of Auto HDR from the Xbox Series X, which makes each frame absolute ooze with detail.

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Psychonauts

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With the sequel making its way to the Xbox family next year, there’s never been a better time to dive into the weird and wonderful original version of Psychonauts, which is available via backwards compatibility.

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Even now its unique art style makes it an absolutely charming experience, blending classic platformer influences with an essence of Tim Burton. Not only that, but it’s emotionally charged story is an absolute treat. Check it out ahead of the sequel.

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

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It’s unfortunate that Crash Bandicoot 4 was met with poor sales, as the game is actually a phenomenal step up for the original trilogy. Building on every facet possible, the pitch perfect controls, vibrant worlds and fantastic level design come together in one lengthy package.

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With an array of mirrored levels, gauntlets designed for genre veterans and a plethora of unlocks led, it’s the gift that keeps on giving and one that deserves more attention.

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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It’s no surprise that the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is difficult, brutally difficult intact. Yet, there’s something compelling about its loop that keeps you coming back for more. Containing the original three games, the whole package is here before, with a brand new coat of paint.

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While it doesn’t bring anything entirely new to the table, it manages to capture the sense of nostalgia whilst also feeling modernized. It would only be later another game would build upon it…

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Just got an Xbox Series X for Christmas? No doubt you're looking for some sweet new games to play on your new console. 

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One genre that's stuck with gaming since the beginning is platforming and the genre resurgence over the past few years and the Xbox brand is home to many iconic heroes, some of which are exclusive to the system.

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From fast paced 2D platformers to open-world 3D platformers with worlds begging to be explored, each of these games manages to balance something new and old to create a truly special experience. 

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So without further ado, check out this list of 15 platformers available on the Xbox Series X. Most are Xbox One titles, but some Xbox 360 and even Xbox titles made the list.

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No Tricks, Just Treats with the PlayStation Store's Halloween Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/d0nos/no-tricks-just-treats-with-the-playstation-stores-halloween-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/d0nos/no-tricks-just-treats-with-the-playstation-stores-halloween-sale Mon, 19 Oct 2020 14:45:09 -0400 Josh Broadwell

It wouldn't be Halloween without a PlayStation Store sale, and Sony's got plenty of treats from now until November 3. The Halloween sale runs the gamut from horror games and scary stuff such as Resident Evil and Darkest Dungeon to games anyone can enjoy, including Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Sayonara Wild Hearts.

Sony has over 125 games on sale, and here's a sampling of just a few of the spooktacular deals on offer.

Game Sales Price Normal Price
Death Stranding  $29.99  $39.99
Diablo 3: Eternal Collection  $19.79  $59.99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete Edition
 $14.99  $49.99
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition
 $4.99 $19.99
Raccoon City Edition (Resident Evil 2 remake + Resident Evil 3 remake)
 $39.99 $79.99
Wasteland 3
 $44.99  $59.99
Divinity: Original Sin 2 — Definitive Edition
$23.99 $59.99
MediEvil  $14.99  $29.99
Doom Eternal Deluxe Edition
$53.99 $89.99
Death end reQuest
 $19.99 $39.99
Blair Witch
 $14.99  $29.99
Darkest Dungeon
 $7.49  $24.99
Dark Cloud
 $5.99  $14.99
Resident Evil Triple Pack  (RE 4, 5, 6)  $23.79  $59.49
Sayonara Wild Hearts
 $7.49 $12.99
Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled + Spyro Reignited Trilogy  $37.49  $74.99
The Mummy Demastered
$9.99  $19.99
Days Gone
 $19.99  $39.99
Mortal Shell
 $25.99  $29.99
Little Nightmares
 $4.99  $19.99

 

The PS Store Halloween sale runs through November 3 at 11:59 p.m. Meanwhile, PS Plus members can get their hands on two excellent games for absolutely free before the end of October.

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Sypro: Reignited Trilogy Finally Gets Accessibility Features for Subtitles, Motion Blur Toggle https://www.gameskinny.com/nvnnc/sypro-reignited-trilogy-finally-gets-accessibility-features-for-subtitles-motion-blur-toggle https://www.gameskinny.com/nvnnc/sypro-reignited-trilogy-finally-gets-accessibility-features-for-subtitles-motion-blur-toggle Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:43:09 -0400 Josh Broadwell

When Activision and Toys for Bob first announced the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, fans were ecstatic. For the most part, the closely-related Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy was a high-quality remake, even if it didn't do much to fix some of the issues that plagued the originals, like frustrating difficulty spikes and no subtitles.

Reignited hit all the right notes and brought Spyro firmly into the modern gaming world in all but one area: accessibility. Many players were outraged to find the game had no subtitles in it. However, Activision is finally fixing the problem with a new patch that goes live today.

The patch introduces subtitles in all languages for the cinematic scenes in all three games. The developer is also adding some additional basics to the added subtitles, including headings to identify characters, colored text to match dialogue with characters, and line splits to improve readability.

Equally noteworthy is the addition of a motion blur toggle to turn off the blurring effect the remake included when Spyro would charge.

Those who wish to experience the games in a form closer to their original iterations can simply toggle the subtitles and motion blur off in the options menu.

The lack of subtitles in games with important dialogue was always a problem in Spyro's early days. For those who couldn't have the volume turned up or weren't playing right next to their TV set, it was annoying. But it was flat out unconscionable for the hearing impaired.

When Activision and Toys for Bob first addressed fans' outcries, the companies simply said the goal was preserving the games' original integrity.

However, accessibility is key in modern gaming, and many of the most popular games go above and beyond to ensure their products match the needs of all their gamers.

Naturally, then, Activision's initial response didn't sit well with fans, and it also begged the question of why include motion blur as a new feature when it didn't exist in the originals.

It was a serious problem, and many gamers found they couldn't tolerate Reignited for long periods of time.

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Spyro Reignited Tree Tops Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/71sxt/spyro-reignited-tree-tops-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/71sxt/spyro-reignited-tree-tops-guide Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:14:55 -0500 Sergey_3847

Spyro the Dragon is back in a new remastered trilogy Spyro Reignited. If you've played the original games, then you should be well aware of one of the hardest levels in the entire series -- the Tree Tops level.

It can be accessed through the portal found at the foot of the tree in the Beast Maker Home. Then, you will have the chance to climb up the tree using special supercharge ramps that allow Spyro to cover huge distances between the platforms.

If you're playing this level for the first time, and can't figure out how to move through this remarkable maze, then follow our guide below.

Rescue Isaak

In the Tree Tops level you need to find and rescue the three great dragons and open the Strong Chest.

The first dragon named Isaak is the easiest to find. You will start the level by going up the stairs and jumping over to the first arc. Flame all the chimps on your way there and collect gems.

Go upstairs from the arc where you will find Isaak. He will explode in light and tell you about the supercharge ramps that will help you cover larger distances.

Rescue Lyle

After you talk to Isaak you can use your first supercharge ramp and jump to the next platform. Go downstairs and flame all enemies until you reach the next ramp.

Jump onto the platform that has a Return Home portal. But you don't want to use it yet. Instead you will see a whirlwind on the side of the platform that will send you upwards.

You will find yourself on the previous platform. Use it to return to the very first one where you started this level. On this first platform you will see another whirlwind that will send you up once again.

Go upstairs and take the golden key. Keep moving upstairs and jump over to the next platform where you will find dragon Lyle.

Rescue Jed

Lyle will give you a hint that you can chain several ramps together for a really quick traverse of all platforms.

Use this trick to make a circle and get to the platform with the last dragon Jed. Refer to the map below for exact directions.

Then, return to the platform where you've rescued Lyle using the whirlwind. Use the ramps to return to the second platform and open the Strong Chest using your golden key.

Lastly, get back to the platform with a Return Home portal and jump on it.

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That is all on how to complete the hardest level in Spyro Reignited Trilogy, the Tree Tops level, but be sure to come back soon for even more related guides here at GameSkinny!

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy: Reigniting a Franchise https://www.gameskinny.com/5r5i7/spyro-reignited-trilogy-reigniting-a-franchise https://www.gameskinny.com/5r5i7/spyro-reignited-trilogy-reigniting-a-franchise Tue, 27 Nov 2018 10:12:37 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

Throughout my entire playthrough of Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, I couldn't help but smile.

Revisiting the original Spyro games with an adult mindset and beautiful HD graphics brought about a flood of nostalgia. I could vividly see myself, sitting on my bed, playing the original games on my PlayStation. I remembered the joys of exploring each unique level and showing off to my family what I had achieved.

I never thought I could ever feel such a deep, emotional response with the return of a cartoon-y purple dragon, but by God, did the Reignited Trilogy do that.

I had no doubt that the original Spyro Trilogy would hold up well, as the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy proved PS1 classics could gain a second life in today's gaming world. Sure, there are some hang-ups that don't quite line up as they did in 1998, but Spyro: Reignited Trilogy is another example of why we need more platformers in an age that's filled with open-worlds. 

If you've never played Spyro, here's the gist of his first three games: 

  1. Spyro the Dragon has the titular character fighting against Gnasty Gnork, after the latter turns all of his dragon elders into stone.
  2. The Sequel, Ripto's Rage, has Spyro attempting to go on vacation when he's summoned by a Professor and his two friends to help fight against the titular Ripto and his henchmen.
  3. Finally, Year of the Dragon has an evil sorceress stealing dragon eggs, and Spyro must team up with a group of colorful animals to get the eggs back. 

I say all of that to say this: don't expect much in the way of in-depth story. This is, after all, a platformer. Don't expect something like Jak and Daxter or Ratchet and Clank level's of storytelling

However, the charming cast of characters you meet are filled with personality. From the Surfer-Dude like Hunter to the Greedy Moneybags, each of the characters is filled with well-defined characteristics. You'll even get a few chuckles from the various cutscenes that bookend each level. 

If you never played a Spyro game before, it may just come off as just another 3D platformer. You'll jump, glide, and collect to your heart's content. Your only means of attack includes fire breath and a charge attack to take down shielded and metallic enemies.

What made Spyro stand out from other '90s platformers was the emphasis on exploration. While the worlds you visit aren't quite as deep or complex as in something like Super Mario Odyssey, there's still a lot to do and collect in each of the worlds.

The first game, in particular, is all about collecting, as you'll spend most of your time exploring and looking for dragons. In the Reignited Trilogy, the guidebook you have has seen a noticeable upgrade from the original and now does a much better job of keeping track of the dragons and gems still left to collect.

Aside from a few dragons that are hidden in some obtuse places and will require some finesse platforming skills, the original Spyro is mostly a breeze to get through, taking around four hours to complete.

That being said, you can add an extra hour if you want to collect everything. It's a much simpler game when compared to the other two, but the platforming and "urge to collect everything" still holds up -- even by today's standards.

Ripto's Rage and Year of the Dragon, on the other hand, have aged even better and both feel like what the first game should've been.

Where the first game was a collect-a-thon, Ripto's Rage and Year of the Dragon are more about completing various tasks and mini-games, like skateboarding, jumping challenges, and "killing X enemies" in some sort of order. While a few mini-games that haven't aged as well, they're few and far between.

Ripto's Rage introduces power up's, like increased fire and charge damage, shooting fireballs, short-term flight, and more. It also introduces abilities like swimming, climbing, and other interesting moves that propel the game forward. Some level sections are in-accessible without them, encouraging you to replay old levels with your new movesets.

It all adds up to a much more varied and a meatier game, lasting longer than the original (though it can still be beaten in about six hours).

Year of the Dragon, meanwhile, continues to improve upon the foundations laid by its predecessors and has sections where you play as new characters, such as Shiela the Kangaroo, Sgt Bird, Agent Zero, and Bently the Yeti. Each brings a different and unique style of gameplay to the standard platforming, but they never feel out of place. 

None of this would mean anything if Spyro didn't control well.

Luckily, Spyro has always had simple-to-learn controls and the Reignited Trilogy keeps that going. Spyro moves just as silky-smooth as he did in 1998 and the added analog controls make for better movement. Save for a few instances where Spyro just barely missed where you wanted to go and somewhat stiff flight controls, all three games handle like a dream.

The only real misstep with the controls is the default camera mode. It's far too sluggish to keep up with the action, so I recommend going to the options and choose the alternative camera option. You'll thank me later.

The biggest update to Spyro is the new graphics. The Unreal Engine is put to great use in bringing the blocky, triangle characters and world of the original games to the HD world. It's a beautiful looking game with vibrant colors, excellent animations, and character models that do a great job of mixing new and old.

On a base PS4, the performance kept well, though some of the cutscenes had some noticeable slowdown and it'll take you out of the experience. While some have taken issue with the game's use of motion blur, I never found it to be a problem and thought it worked fine.

The audio is equally impressive, with series composer Stewart Copeland remaking all of the music from the original with a modern take. It sounds just as good as the originals, though you can change back to the original soundtrack if you're not a fan of the new arrangements.

On the voice acting, the game sees Tom Kenny, Greg Burger, Michael Gough and more reprising their roles. They all sound just as great as they did back in the late '90s and it's a nice piece of fan service to have them back. The newer voice actors also do good jobs, though a few characters start to sound too familiar to one another.

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy is another win from Activision. It manages to modernize what made the original Spyro games so memorable while staying to its roots. Some parts haven't aged as well, but it's a testament to how strong game design never ages.

Now that both Crash and Spyro have returned, I can't wait to see what the future holds for these two icons.

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Spyro: Reignited Trilogy Delayed to November 13 https://www.gameskinny.com/un71g/spyro-reignited-trilogy-delayed-to-november-13 https://www.gameskinny.com/un71g/spyro-reignited-trilogy-delayed-to-november-13 Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:49:23 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

Fans itching to get their hands on the upcoming remaster of the original Spyro Trilogy will have to wait a bit longer. In a post from Toys for Bob, Co-Studio Head Paul Yaun announced that Spyro: Reignited Trilogy will now release on November 13. The post reads as followed: 

Everyone here at Toys for Bob is so proud to be reigniting the original Spyro trilogy after all these years. We're deeply committed to getting these games right, so we’ve decided to move the release date of Spyro Reignited Trilogy to November 13, 2018. I really hoped that you would be rescuing dragons and scorching Rhynocs sooner, but the Trilogy needs more love and care.  In November when you’re exploring the Dragon Realms, Avalar and the Forgotten Worlds, we know you’ll agree the extra time was worth the wait.

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy was originally slated for release on September 21st, 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One. The trilogy is set to include the first three Spyro games released on the original PlayStation. Similar to the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, the games will echo the level design and story of the originals but are remade from the ground up with new HD graphics and musical score.

While not outright stated, it's plausible that the delay is a result of the backlash to the announcement that only Spyro The Dragon will be available on the retail disc, while Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage and Spyro 3: Return of the Dragon require downloads via the internet.

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy Coming This September https://www.gameskinny.com/p7zo8/spyro-reignited-trilogy-coming-this-september https://www.gameskinny.com/p7zo8/spyro-reignited-trilogy-coming-this-september Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:59:31 -0400 Zach Hunt

Turns out all those rumors about everybody's favorite purple dragon getting a remaster were true: Activision announced today that the original three Spyro the Dragon games are getting full HD remakes just in time for the series' 20th anniversary this fall.

Set to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 21 at a suggested retail price of $39.99, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will include Spyro the Dragon (1998), Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (1999), and Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000). From the looks of the reveal trailer above, former Skylanders developer Toys for Bob has completely overhauled the visuals of the original PS1 trilogy, bringing the beloved little scorcher fully into the 21st century alongside fellow mascot Crash Bandicoot (who himself recently enjoyed the HD treatment).

In addition to the polished new looks, Spyro Reignited Trilogy will feature full analog stick support, new rewards, and (perhaps controversially) a "reimagined" soundtrack, making this more of a complete remake than a remaster. And in news sure to please everyone, actor Tom Kenny, who voiced Spyro in Ripto's Rage! and Year of the Dragon, will again be bringing his incredible talents to the series.

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How excited are you for Spyro Reignited Trilogy? Are you apprehensive about remakes, or are you among the legion of Spyro fans who have anxiously awaited this news for years? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more news and information on Spyro Reignited Trilogy as it becomes available.

 

 

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