Crash is back – and he’s never looked better!
As someone who was born in the early ’90s, it truly was an amazing time to be a gamer. As SEGA and Nintendo were on the way out with the Mega Drive and SNES. Cartridge-based technology seemed to be holding back developers’ ambitions, the entire industry was about to be shaken by the arrival of the PlayStation.
Crash Bandicoot was one of those new mascots trying to dethrone the mighty, and arguably most successful Mario & Sonic. The first game, originally developed by Naughty Dog, spawned two core sequels and a kart racing spin-off. (Which also needs a remaster, get on it Activision!)
It’s the original 3 games that Activision have remastered here, with Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped given a shiny new lick of paint to bring the games up to PS4 standard.
The question is, twenty years on, do these old-school platformers hold up? My answer? Heck yes!
When my copy arrived on release day, i decided to get in a time machine and head back to the 90’s. I got my PS4 20th anniversary controller, a comfy chair and sat in front of the TV a bit to close and played for hours on end. (I could hear my mother say me eyes will turn square) And then the iconic soundtrack started and i couldn’t stop smiling, the nostalgia had hit me, and i loved it.
Now In terms of core game play, the remastered games haven’t changed much from the original series. The most noticeable changes are revamped graphics that breathe a new sense of life into familiar settings. I won’t deny that the first level I saw took my breath away, the nostalgia really hit home for me. The sound effects and music were untouched, besides being upgraded to be inline with the remaster, and I appreciated that.
If you’re ready for a quick trip down memory lane, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy doesn’t disappoint. Vicarious Visions’ faithfulness to the series satisfies the nostalgic cravings that all 90’s kids crave so much.
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