CRASH BANDICOOT N SANE TRILOGY
An olive branch appears in the shape of a crazed marsupial
After PlayStation icon Lara Croft made the leap over her shiny new Xbox home there was a lot of surprise, but no one expected anything else to follow her. But it turns out it definitely isn’t a one-off as now the spinning wild child that is Crash Bandicoot is also following suit with his first appearance ever on an Xbox console coming this July. Perhaps this is the start of a universal console utopia – after all, Master Chief is also technically on the Nintendo Switch too thanks to Minecraft.
N Sane Trilogy features a remaster of the first three Crash Bandicoot games with all of the retro platforming nostalgia glory you might remember from the 1990s. You play as the titular Crash as you navigate a series of levels to take down Doctor Nero Vortex’s evil schemes. While you’ll be running around on foot for most of the adventure, there are also vehiclebased levels that see you flying planes and riding jet boards.
The remastered version has had all of the speaking lines re-recorded and a brand new soundtrack as well as a few technical changes to keep all three of them consistent, and a few new additions. Coco Bandicoot – Crash’s little sister – is now playable in all three games instead of just the third one, but you’ll have to unlock her in each of them first. It’s a nice addition that adds some variety to how you choose to play. Time trials have also been added for every level to add a new challenge and encourage speedrunning if that’s your thing and need a chance to show off how good you are.
Change is good
Since it was originally released in 1996 don’t go expecting anything new; it still sticks to its roots so you might find yourself bumping into a few things that feel a little outdated now by modern standards. Jumping, for example, can be quite fiddly to land correctly if you’re not careful – you need to be incredibly accurate to stick a good landing without falling back from the edge of a gap. Thankfully most of these little niggles from the old games have been ironed out for this release.
It’s a great opportunity to experience a classic game that many wouldn’t have had access to before, and more options on how to play it is always a great thing. Here’s hoping those boundaries will loosen further so we get to see even more games we wouldn’t expect at some point in the near future. It would also be great to see more of the reverse so other gamers out there could experience the joys of the likes of Fable and the Rare Replay Collection. Here’s to celebrating more access for gamers all over the world.
“Coco Bandicoot – Crash’s little sister – is now playable in all three games”
Below Be careful when jumping between platforms: leaps can be a little fiddly to land.