Crash is back!
Yes you read that right, Crash is back and he looks better than ever. The much adored Bandicoot is back with a collection of remasters of the first three Crash Bandicoot games. All three games that were previously released on the PlayStation 1 have been remastered for the PS4 and from what I have played so far, developer Vicarious Visions has done a fantastic job.
Let’s start off with how the game looks. All three Crash games look gorgeous and are wonderfully detailed. If you put the original releases of the Crash Bandicoot games next to the remasters, you can see how far games have come graphically. All the characters look great and you can tell, that Vicarious Visions have put a lot of effort into making sure that the characters look like how they were in original games but obviously with more detail and in HD. Crash looks better than he has ever been, his fur looks real and his shoes and trousers (pants if you want call them that) look great too. Even though Crash is the star of the show, don’t think that the other characters aren’t as lovingly recreated because they are. Coco, Neo Cortex, Ripper Roo, Papu Papu, Polar, just to name a few all look wonderful.
Now onto the first Crash Bandicoot game. You start off on N. Sanity Beach, a place that will be familiar to Crash Bandicoot fans. The level starts off as I remember it and it plays like I remember it. I remembered where the enemies were (and what they are), I remembered the locations of the boxes, it all came flooding back. It was a nostalgia overload. Everything in N. Sanity Beach was as I remember it but brought into this generation with HD graphics and impressive detail. When I got to the game’s first boss, Papu Papu, I remembered how to beat him and as such I defeated him with ease. Even the level select, ‘The Wumpa Islands’ is how I remember it. All the levels that I have played so far, have been faithfully recreated.
The first game has a much welcome addition, you can now save after every level. When you are at the level select screen you can save your game. This is a big deal because in the first Crash Bandicoot game you could only save by completing a ‘Bonus Level’. This saves time because if you struggle on a level and expend all your lives, you haven’t got to go back a few stages if you haven’t completed a Bonus Level. This is great for newcomers to Crash Bandicoot and for those who don’t play many games but have fond memories of the beloved marsupial.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back has also been faithfully recreated. All the levels look and play like I remember them. Levels such as; Crash Dash, Hang Eight and Bear It bring back fond memories and all the levels I have played, have been remade with love and care. The bosses look great as well, Ripper Roo and the Komodo Brothers all look great. Also Polar looks more cute now than ever before.
Like the other two games in the collection, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped has also been remade with tender loving care. As fans of Crash know, Warped let’s you play as Crash and Coco Bandicoot. Again the same feelings nostalgia are present here. I remember playing these levels back on the PS1 and now they look crisp, sharp and graphically up to date.
The controls are great for both Crash and Coco however there are times where they can be annoying. One level in particular Makin’ Waves lets you ride a jet ski with Coco. The jet ski is really sensitive, move the left stick a little too much and you’ll do a circle. I’ve missed a few ramps during the level due to the controls which was annoying but, I nailed them on my second go. Hog Ride is a memorable level where Crash wears a leather coat and rides a motorbike. The controls here aren’t as bad as they are with the jet ski but they did cause me a few problems.
I’ve played all three games in the N. Sane Trilogy and I have yet to come across any performance problems. The frame rate is stable and I haven’t experienced any dips whatsoever. The gameplay feels better and smoother, which is to be expected of a remaster/s. The only problems that I have with the gameplay so far, are as mentioned above with the jet ski and other vehicle sections.
All three games are playable from the get go, so if your favourite is Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, then you can play that first if you want to. The N. Sane Trilogy also allows you to play as Coco Bandicoot in all three games (she was only playable in the third game of the releases), so if you are a fan of Coco you will be pleased. They pretty much play the same, with the noticeable difference being that they have a different attack move.
I’m about half way through each of the Crash Bandicoot games in the N. Sane Trilogy and so far I am having a delightful time. It wouldn’t be fair to write a full review until I have finished all three games included in the collection.
My review for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy won’t be published for another couple of days. However if I had to give it a score at the moment, it would be a 9/10. (Obviously the score is subject change)
My copy of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was provided by the publisher.
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