The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is compiled with the first three games starring the famous marsupial. Published by Activision and available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, the trilogy brings redesigned graphics and classic gameplay to please the long-time fans and win a new generation of players. Check out the following review for the impressions about the game.
Despite being a franchise produced by Naughty Dog, N. Sane Trilogy was in the hands of the studio Vicarious Visions, responsible for remaking all the artistic part of the three games. The task of keeping the mascot’s identity intact was not easy after all the company had to design remastering without access to the original PS1 source code.
The result is surprising, and the title follows what it has promised since it was announced at the Sony conference at E3 2016. It rescues the nostalgic feeling of the PlayStation One’s golden age, while at the same time being able to reinvigorate one of the most strong video games and an untapped genre today.
The proof that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is on the right track is its sales success.
A visit to the origins of the marsupial
From the initial menu, you can switch between the three classic games: Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back and Warped. If you like to chase trophies, there is still an added incentive to revisit the adventures, since there are three platinum trophies in a single game – one for each game.
In addition to the visual part being completely reworked, the game makes good use of the 4K upscale technique of Sony’s latest console, the PS4 Pro, and supports the HDR feature, which also works on the standard PS4. Graphically speaking, the three games seem to easily belong to the current generation thanks to the more colorful scenarios, sophisticated lighting effects and a more significant number of details in the environments.
As the level design of the phases has been maintained, the soundtrack and interface are also faithful to the original material. Songs with tropical weather and classic audio effects, such as when Crash breaks a box and collects a Wumpa fruit, warm the heart of so much nostalgia.
Maintaining the shape
Make no mistake: nothing has changed regarding gameplay. The camera, for example, that intersperses between lateral perspective and 3D depth is the same. Crash moves are the same as 20 years ago and offer no change, just like physics. Crash sank in the mud and glid on the ice just like he did in the 90s.
On the other hand, the compiler lets you venture through the stages with none other than Coco Bandicoot, Crash’s younger sister, who gains prominence from Cortex Strikes Back, the second episode. Now, the heroine can participate in phases that until then demanded the control of the protagonist.
It’s incredible to see how Crash’s mechanics have aged well. The difficulty naturally increases as the player becomes more familiar with challenges and enemies along the way. Some stages are easy and take a few minutes to complete, but they all have secrets and collectibles. The first game, by the way, remains the most difficult of the series.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy shows fans how a true remastering should be done and provides an incredible journey back in time. With modern, high-definition graphics, the collection manages to stay true to the original artwork and brings extra content into a single package.