Crash is back, and if it’s possible, he’s better than ever.
There’s been a noticeable absence to the platform game genre since Crash’s last outing in 2008’s ‘Mind Over Mutant’. Even with the appearance of everyone’s favourite marsupial, ‘Mind Over Mutant’ did little to scratch the Crash Bandicoot itch that had been burning since the release of ‘Warped’ in 1998. ‘The Wrath of Cortex’ was okay, ‘Twinsanity’ did it’s job, but the original Naughty Dog trilogy is untouchable. Without a doubt, the best platform game trilogy of all time. Sorry Spyro.
What more could you ask for? For the price of one game, you’re getting THREE of the best platformers ever made, all with next-gen graphics and extra features to boot. This is exactly how a re-master should be done. It’s respectful to the originals, it plays perfectly, the graphics are modern and crisp, and most importantly, it feels like a Crash Bandicoot game. It’s nostalgia in its finest form.
Included in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy are the original Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back & Crash Bandicoot: Warped. I normally don’t care for remasters, especially when they’re used solely as a cash grab, naming no names *cough* Modern Warfare *cough*, but the N. Sane Trilogy feels more like a tribute than a remaster. I had hours of fun re-living my childhood as i span, flipped and ooga-booga’d my way across Wumpa Island, just as I had done 20 years prior.
While much of the game has remained identical to the originals, there are a few added features to go along with the revamped graphics. Players are given the ability to play as Crash’s younger sister Coco Bandicoot during certain parts of the game, and Time Trails add an arcade element to the already challenging platform levels.
If there’s any criticism I could have, it would be the loading times. I seemed to spend an awful lot of time on loading screens for a game that is basically 3 remastered PS1 games. I don’t mind loading screens if the game is loading a massive open world with hundreds of miles of terrain to explore, but a Crash game from the 90’s shouldnt take as long as it does. Also, there isn’t a collectible/upgrade in sight. Ever ‘Crash Tag Team Racing’ had some unlockable content, you’d think they could have thrown in some unlockable skins at least.
All in all, this is a solid remaster of a timeless trilogy. I’ll give this one an 8.5/10. It plays exactly how you want it too, it looks exactly how you wanted it too all those years ago, and it is guaranteed to send you hurtling back to the golden age of the platformer. Go get it!
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