Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
Vicarious Visions has really hit this one out of the park as far as remakes are concerned. Remakes often fall way short of our expectations, but Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is just unbelievably spot on. Crash, our favorite jean wearing marsupial is back, and now you can experience him like you never have before. The entire game has been beautifully remastered. Vicarious Visions build this game from the ground up. The graphics have more detail, the images are crisper and the lighting is great. Crash has officially entered 2018 brand new.
If you grew up playing Crash, grabbing the controller and diving into this game will bring on the nostalgia. Everything seems to be right where you left it. Enemies patrol the same, the boxes are in exactly the same places, and bonus levels are the same. Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy has three (duh the word Trilogy explains that) epic adventures: Crash Bandicoot, The Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped. There’s over 100 levels and the games complexity climbs as you hop from title to title. Try to start from the beginning so you can see the game evolve as you play. One more awesome perk is Coco is now a playable character across all three games.
The first game, Crash Bandicoot, brings you right back to that time OH SOOO LONG AGO. The differences are merely in the incredible graphics up grade. You will experience the lush tropical jungles and the same boulders trying to get you. The grass will actually have blades this time around and there will be ripples in the water. Game play concept is simple you start at one end of the game and basically run to the other. You will experience a ton of obstacles along the way to make the game play interesting and exciting. There’s lots of environmental hazards and turtle jumping. Most of the boxes contain apples, 100 gets you and extra life. Collect three Aku Aku masks to get a short burst of invincibility. There will also be lots of enemies to defeat and hidden secrets and passages to discover. The Cortex Strikes Back is no different, a lot of the past will show up in high definition. Its true to the original as well, from environments to enemies and bosses. There will be some new surprises in the way of environments as well. Warped is like a strange time travel mix up. There’s jet skis, and bike races, and planes, oh my. There are under water levels, and some like in the first game where you run from start to finish. There are lots of new things and extra levels set to challenge hard core gamers.
I really enjoyed this remake. The graphics are amazing compared to it’s older version. There are times when the game play does feel a little stiff. There are many times when I feel like the jump button hates me. I’ve even started moving my arms and the controller, as if that will some how make the jump better. There were lots of frustrating moments. All in all a really fun and challenging game. My nine year old approves as well. He really enjoys Cortex the most, but hes far to young to appreciate the perfection of this remake or get the warm fuzzies from it. So this game is great for the young new gamers, as well as us seasoned gamers, and everyone in between.
About this product:
Platform: Microsoft Xbox One (Also available on Play Station and Nintendo Switch)
ESRB Rating: E10+ – Everyone 10 Up
ESRB Descriptor: Cartoon Violence (only if you consider crash performing a spin moves that sends his enemies flying violence)
Release Year: 2018