For those of your who have had consoles for many-a-year, you’ll remember the time when consoles had mascots. Staple games that featured solely on that particular console.
Sega had Sonic, Nintendo had Mario but it wasn’t until the 90’s until Playstation got their de-facto mascot in the form of Crash Bandicoot.
At the time of release, Crash didn’t quite reach the levels of popularity as Sonic or Mario, but the original games were fun to play, original and they had the kind of diverse environments, fun gameplay and characters which resonated well with the audience, and unlike previous staple games, Crash was born into 3D whereas the likes of Sonic and Mario merely adopted it.
Now, with the release of the N.Sane trilogy, we’re given the chance to revisit the Crash games once again. The games are designed to be replicas of the original but they come with a graphics overhaul to thrust the games into the modern gaming era.
The graphics of the game are very good, but this is expected with a much newer game when compared to the original. The colouring and the brightness of the game instantly give the opinion that this is a game that’s designed for fun – which is exactly what Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is.
So, what do you get with the N.Sane Trilogy? Well, it comes with fan favourites Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. With these games, the rudimentary characters have been replaced in favour of more realistic-looking creatures and, as mentioned, the environment features a new lighting system which gives the game a surprisingly realistic element considering the fact that it’s set in a cartoon-like world.
This results in the game featuring a quality that’s similar to the type of 3D animations that you’ll find with Pixar or Dreamworks.
While the graphics has received an overhaul, the actual gameplay sticks fairly similar to the original with subtle differences. If anything, we found that the difficult of the levels were slightly harder and the enemies were now faster and there were smaller blocks to jump on.
We found that the biggest challenges came from the levels up in the air. Having levels set where you had to jump on bridge steps which disappear or only appear when you land on them. The mechanics of this part were increasingly frustrating with every jump, but at the same time, it has to be said that you see the funny side if you miss your jump.
Inner conflicts are stirred up with the fact that, no matter how much you can make a game look like it was made in 2018, some of the basic mechanics are still the same as when the game was originally released.
Enemies follow predetermined paths which means that they won’t react to you when you’re fighting them. The game also has razor-thin tolerances for success and then there’s the one hit deaths which creates more frustration for the gamer but it doesn’t lose the sense of fun throughout.
I love the fact that, despite being an old game brought into modern times, it still boasts a relaxed and chilled nature and the music takes you back to the early days of gaming whereby you would purchase the game, load it and just have fun running through the different levels which gives the game an element of reliving your youth.
The graphical improvements of the game are show just how far modern day gaming has come and it’s a welcome improvement over the original graphics as well.
Being a family favourite game, it’s designed for its replayability and it doesn’t begin to tire when you’re replaying the levels over again.
There isn’t much that I wouldn’t recommend about the game.
Typically, when remaking a favourite game, you sometimes lose the authentic feel which made you fall in love with the game in the first place, but the remastered version of Crash Bandicoot doesn’t suffer from this – even with the modern overhaul.
It’s a testament to the creators that they’ve managed to push Crash into modern times while staying true and giving an authentic feel to the original. This makes the game enjoyable for those who are playing for nostalgic reasons and also for those who are new to the Crash Bandicoot experience.