[Spyro： Year of the Dragon]Spyro Reignited Trilogy Vs Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy： Which Is Better？
Spyro Reignited Trilogy Vs Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy: Which Is Better?
By Marie Pritchard
Published Jun 27, 2021
These games are similar, and we’re looking at the pros and cons of each.
Older games are still very much loved by large portions of the gaming community, so when two iconic gaming franchises got their own trilogy remasters, the gaming world was buzzing with excitement. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy was released in 2017. It included beautiful remasters of the first three games;?Crash Bandicoot, Cortext Strikes Back, and Warped.?
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Then in 2018, Spyro Reignited Trilogy dropped. Similar to Crash Bandicoot, the Reignited Trilogy included remasters of the first three games in the Spyro series. These are;?Spyro The Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year Of The Dragon.?Both remaster trilogies gained tons of attention once they were out and many players are still loving them today. However,?if you can only get one, it’s time to make a hard decision and figure out which one is better.
All three of the Spyro games in Reignited boast extremely beautiful environments. The original versions of the games did have dynamic environments but once they had been upgraded, remastered, and put through Unreal Engine they gained a whole new level of perfection. Some fans believe that the Dream Weavers world should be heeded as a lesson in world design.?
Not only are the environments beautifully detailed, but they are also responsive to some actions that you can do in the game. In Spyro: The Dragon, you can walk up to a number of pieces of foliage and set fire to them. You don’t get any gems from it but the satisfaction of being able to burn something in your environment is nice. Also, you don’t damage the aesthetics as the plants simply shake?it off!
Now, many gamers know that when you say Crash Bandicoot to someone they may react normally or they may have signs of pain and anger on their face. If it’s the latter there’s a good chance they’ve played the games at some point. Crash games are notorious for being infuriatingly difficult but that’s what makes the games so appealing.?Some of the hardest Time Trials in the trilogy can challenge even the best gamer.
Sometimes you want to play an easy-going game and that is definitely not Crash Bandicoot. Crash is a brilliantly challenging game where you need to use basic gaming controls to beat the levels, explore new heights, and run away from gigantic boulders. Also, you need to use your intellect to find the hidden areas. Spyro is more on the easy-going game side.
When you get into a game, often you will want to adjust the audio settings to suit you and to make your gameplay experience more enjoyable. Once you are in any of the three games, you can go into your settings menu and change your audio settings.
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You can choose to have the original soundtrack to the game for nostalgia purposes or you can choose to have the Reignited soundtrack. The Reignited soundtrack is a new take on the original soundtrack so it will be familiar but new at the same time. Crash only offers basic audio settings like SFX and Music volumes.
When you sit and play through the Crash Bandicoot trio, you can really feel that the controls mimic the original games. The controls don’t feel like they have been upgraded to the newer generation of consoles, so, for people who have played the originals, it doesn’t feel out of place.
When you move Crash or Coco to jump or attack, there is a slight delay, the same way there was in the original games.?This can cost you valuable lives in the levels and is extremely noticeable in the Bonus Levels. Spyro is a great game however it does feel a little strange to players that loved the original as the controls felt extremely different from what they were used to.
In the original Spyro games, the characters were a bunch of very visible polygons, but that was how the latest games of the time were. However, the older the game got, the more obvious it became that it was starting to dramatically age — especially with new game development technology upgrading thick and fast.
When the Reignited Trilogy was announced, a lot of fans were concerned that the Re-master would destroy their favorite characters, but it made them even better! The perfect examples are Elora, Hunter, and The Professor from Ripto’s Rage. Their redesigns really highlighted their unique personalities, and the details that went into their character designs made them feel brand new. Crash’s character redesigns were less dramatic than the Spyro ones, so they are slightly less noticeable.
Although Spyro does give some sassy looks toward the player in cut-scenes, that’s about it when it comes to interacting with them. However, in Crash Bandicoot games, there is a ton of player interaction and often it feels like the game itself is mocking you when you fail then lifting you up when you succeed.
An example of this is when you finish a level and you may think that you have done really well. The game will then tell you about whatever boxes you had missed in the level by subtly dropping and crushing them on top of Crash’s head. Also, the game addresses the player as ‘you’ throughout the interactions and it makes the game feel more personal.
A lot of gamers start with easier games, and Spyro Reignited Trilogy is the perfect way to gently ease?them?into the world. There are no terrifying baddies to fight (minus Jaques but that depends on how you feel about Jack-In-The Boxes), but they are challenging enough for you to feel like you have accomplished something after defeating them. Even the best boss fights of the original trilogy are gentle enough to not scare anyone away.
The levels are complex to an extent, but again, it is a brilliant way to break new gamers into the fact that you need to combine a lot of controls to get to where you need to be. Also, the freedom to explore the levels however you want (to an extent) is a great feature. Crash is still good but the difficulty of the levels may put some people off.
Crash Bandicoot may be well-known?as a very frustrating gaming franchise. Most of the enemies that you will come up against in levels can harm you a significant amount, even if they’re a Penguin. Yes, a Penguin. The number of times you lose a life to these unassuming enemies makes it all the more satisfying when you destroy them.
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Having an impassible enemy or object in a game can be soul-crushingly irritating, but the elation you will feel when you beat them will be worth it. It seems to be a huge part of the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy. The enemies are all satisfying to destroy and because they are so annoying, you don’t feel even slightly bad about attacking them.
The cinematics in a game can make no sense at all on their own. However, the ones in the Reignited Trilogy could easily do that. The details put into the design of each remastered cinematic make them feel as though they are part of an episode or stand-alone film and the game is a bonus.
Each character’s facial expressions are so clear that even in the ones where there is little dialogue, you can still see the whole story that is trying to be told. The Crash Bandicoot cinematics are good and they can be extremely comical. However, when they are put up against the Spyro cinematics, the Spyro ones have the edge.
Out of both trilogy remasters, Crash Bandicoot is the one that feels the closest to the original versions of their games. The development team stuck closely to the original design of the game. Apart from a few little details, there were hardly any changes between the new and original levels. When a much-loved game gets a remaster, players hope and expect it to be a modernized version of the original game that they loved.
As much as Spyro Reignited Trilogy does do this, there are parts of all three games that are almost unrecognizable. This makes some parts of the remaster feel like a brand new set of games, rather than a modernization of the ones many players loved as children.
Both games have their merits and different players will have their own favorite games. Ultimately, the best game will be the one that you enjoy playing the most!
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Marie has been gaming since she was 4. Ever since her first Spyro game she has been hooked on platformers, RPG’s, adventure games, and even retro gaming!
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