Crash Bandicoot is back and dancing across screens all around the world. Almost nineteen years after the release of the trilogy’s third game developers, Vicarious Visions, have remade and released the Marsupial’s first three outings in a neat little package for the PlayStation 4. In this span of time, fans have been given a number of sequels and spin-offs that never quite filled the void left by Naughty Dog’s humble beginnings.
This isn’t just a remaster however; Vicarious Visions have completely made the entries from scratch, using only the originals as source material. Crash has been given a fresh new look and sound but stays so meticulously true to form, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking this is just a HD update. Environments are given a new depth with the breath taking visuals and enemies are more menacing than ever.
Alongside our hero, Coco now joins the team for good. At an early point in the game, players are given the opportunity to switch from Crash to his sister Coco; originally not seen until the second installment. Talk about attention to detail.
Crash still looks, behaves and plays the same as he did decades ago, now only better. The Looney Tunes-esque feel the game possesses can only draw you in further but don’t be fooled; there’s a surprising level of difficulty hiding underneath the surface. Even the greatest Dark Souls players will be forced to reset once or twice at the likes of the High Road or Slippery Climb. Vicarious Visions even remade the lost level, too hard for the Nineties; Stormy Ascent, free for download to every player.
The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy serves as a loyal entry to original players and works alongside the wonderful nostalgia of the PlayStation’s first hero. Whether you’re a new comer to the series or a hard fought veteran, this is a game you can’t go past.