There has never been a better time to lust for nostalgic experiences. This current generation is obsessed with reliving the great moments of our past. Unfortunately, these moments are often disappointing, because the experiences aren’t as good as we remember. Game developers at Vicarious Visions had (pun intended) a vision to indulge and cash in on continuing the trend of resurrecting older properties and giving them new life. Crash Bandicoot was originally released by Naughty Dog (Uncharted, The Last of Us) in 1996, and later had two other releases as a part of the original trilogy. This trilogy has now been reborn as The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
The N. Sane Trilogy was announced at E3 Expo 2016, but rumors that Crash would make his return have been circulating several years prior to the official release announcement. The first major clue that Crash was coming back was when Sony executive Shawn Layden made a stage appearance at the Official Playstation Experience 2015 wearing a Crash Bandicoot shirt. We all knew something was up!
Let’s talk about the game itself.
This is not a remaster. This is a complete remake. That’s great news for hardcore fans of the series, but there was some concern that Vicarious Visions would change too much, but that is not the case at all. I can make the case that if you had no idea what Crash Bandicoot was, then you would just assume it’s a new game like any other. Yes, it looks that good! The controls and mechanics are new and fresh, all while retaining the classic feel of the originals. The moment Crash wakes up on N. Sanity Beach and realizes it’s time to get crazy made me feel excited to jump back in, and complete the game at 100% Jumping on enemies has never felt better, and the boss battles are better than I remembered. The urge to collect every gem and crystal is way more exciting now that the menu shows you how you are doing, and hints in the loading screen tell you some secrets you may or may not have known before.
The cinematics, music, and sound effects have been revamped to achieve modern perfection. I took the time to compare the originals to the remake, and it’s like night and day. Glass shattering sounds like actual glass being broken, and Tnt box explosions sound like real explosions. It might not sound like a big deal, but when compared, the original isn’t anything to be impressed by today.
Graphics are beautiful.
Controls and Mechanics are improved.
Added Coco as a playable Character.
Improved Cinematics and Voice Acting.
Improved Music and Sound Effects.
Bonus Rounds can now be retried.
Original issues with Repetitive Level Design in Crash One.
The Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is a wonderful collection of a classic series that hasn’t been explored in a very long time. Vicarious Visions played their nostalgia hand well, and they took proper care of the property. The reality is that the success of this remake will probably determine whether Naughty Dog and Sony will try their hand at a Crash Bandicoot reboot in the near future. Let us hope!