N. Credibly N. Joyable
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
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.
Collect three Aku-Aku masks in a level to gain temporary invincibility.