SPYRO THE DRAGON

Spyro the Dragon is fi­nally get­ting the re­mas­ter treat­ment

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Af­ter the an­nounce­ment of Crash

Bandicoot com­ing to Xbox One we’ve now got an­other plat­form­ing clas­sic on the way in the shape of a lit­tle pur­ple lizard. That’s right, Spyro is back with the Reignited Tril­ogy. This ver­sion will in­clude the first three games in all of their remastered glory pack­aged to­gether in a sim­i­lar way to the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Tril­ogy, with a fair few tweaks to bring the ex­pe­ri­ence up to date.

Graph­i­cally it’s an ab­so­lutely mon­u­men­tal leap. Where there were once muddy brown blocks for trees there now stand beau­ti­fully de­tailed trunks and branches with ac­tual rounded edges and tex­tures. It also boasts smoother, up­dated con­trols to make an­gling the cam­era a far bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence than it was in the late ‘90s. Tom Kenny is also re­turn­ing as the voice of Spyro and even the mu­sic is be­ing rere­corded to make sure it’s as crisp as pos­si­ble.

Scaled up

Of course un­der­neath all that pol­ish you’ll still find the ex­cel­lent 3D plat­form­ing an­tics of the orig­i­nal and each of the ar­eas has been faith­fully recre­ated even though it all looks a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. You’ll still be res­cu­ing your fel­low dragons, stop­ping evil wizards and re­cov­er­ing stolen eggs like be­fore. Spyro also has a mean head­butt to dis­patch en­e­mies with and a very handy fire breath at­tack. He’s also ac­com­pa­nied by his drag­on­fly com­pan­ion Sparx who acts a bit like a health bar to show you just how many more hits your scaly avatar can take.

This may be the re­turn of a nos­tal­gic fran­chise, but with all these up­dates it will be one fit for the most mod­ern of gam­ing tech. Be­tween this and Crash Bandicoot it’s a great year for plat­form­ing game fans both new and nos­tal­gic. You’ll be able to join Spyro’s ad­ven­tures in Septem­ber.

Top He may be cute and tiny com­pared to other dragons, but Spyro means busi­ness and has a fiery at­ti­tude to back it up.

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