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Crash Bandi­coot N. Sane Tril­ogy

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Re­built for the PS4

The 90’s were a great time for plat­former-style games, in­tro­duc­ing us to Sony’s Crash Bandi­coot – a wel­come break from Nin­tendo’s mous­ta­chioed plumber and Sega’s speedy hedge­hog. A pop­u­lar fran­chise, it spawned count­less en­tries that in­cluded party games and rac­ing ti­tles, al­though the most mem­o­rable of the lot had to be the rst three en­tries, which have re­cently been re­mas­tered as the N. Sane Tril­ogy for the PS4.

In­cred­i­bly faith­ful to the orig­i­nal, Vi­car­i­ous Vi­sions’ take on Naughty Dog’s orig­i­nal prop­erty man­aged to cap­ture the spirit and spunk of what made Crash a suc­cess, and im­proves it with fea­tures be­fit­ting the mod­ern times. If you’re new to the se­ries and have never played it be­fore, then there’s no bet­ter time to at­tempt than now, as it comes packed with high-de ni­tion graph­ics (1080p on base PS4, 1440p on PS4 Pro), re­mas­tered au­dio and dia­log, auto-save, and up­dated cutscenes.

Pretty but still same old

Fans will be able to ap­pre­ci­ate that ev­ery­thing they re­mem­ber about Crash stays the same: spin at­tacks, crate-break­ing, and end­less col­lect­ing of Wumpa fruits and crys­tals. It’s the stu of old 90’s plat­form­ers, now de­liv­ered with even more gor­geous graph­ics. Ev­ery­thing is more de­tailed in this new it­er­a­tion, from lusher trop­i­cal jun­gles right down to the fur and denim on Crash, but that’s the bulk of what the N. Sane Tril­ogy of­fers.

Ev­ery­thing else game­play­wise, how­ever, stays the same, in­clud­ing its tight cam­era an­gles, and oc­ca­sion­ally frus­trat­ing lev­els that are so chal­leng­ing they’re prac­ti­cally de­signed to eat up your lives. In spite of be­ing re­mas­tered, a lot of the game’s orig­i­nal lim­i­ta­tions also re­mained, such as poor con­trols and level de­sign, which can re­sult in lots of time spent re­play­ing some stages over and over again. Thank­fully, most of the lev­els are pretty short and can be tack­led in about ve to 10 min­utes each, but at­tempt it for the 17th time and the en­nui be­gins to set in.

But if you’re look­ing for value and a ticket to nos­tal­gia, the N. Sane Tril­ogy de­liv­ers in full, bring­ing back three great Naughty Dog ti­tles that have sealed its place amongst other plat­form­ing greats. Packed with chal­lenges like time tri­als and se­cret routes to dis­cover, as well as the op­tion of play­ing as Crash’s sis­ter, Coco, the games are highly re­playable if you’re ob­ses­sive about get­ting a 100-per­cent com­ple­tion, or just set­ting the record for your friends to break later. What­ever the case may be, this is a game that stays true to its ori­gins, but has been mod­ern­ized just enough to be en­joyed by the gamers of to­day.

If you’ve never played Crash be­fore, this is a good time to try.

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