In today’s day in age it seems we are constantly getting remasters of a lot of games from the previous generations of consoles that we grew up with. Whether or not so many remasters are a good thing is a topic for another time, but when done right these remasters can give new light to older games. Crash Bandicoot is a much beloved franchise by many people so a remaster must do the original game justice. Developers Vicarious Visions took up the challenge to bring the original three Crash games which were developed by Naughty Dog. Fortunately, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy updates the original with updated graphics while staying true to the original trilogy.
The major draw of this remaster is the updated graphics, which truly are beautiful. While the game runs at 30 FPS and not 60 FPS, that does not hinder the overall appearance of the game. The enemies are diverse and the locations seem to jump off your screen with the bright colors and smooth textures you come up against. This remaster is much brighter compared to the originals games but that does not seem to affect the quality of the remaster. Crash Bandicoot himself seems the most impressive feat. Whether it is him smashing boxes, fighting enemies or just standing around, every texture looks to be in pristine condition. Occasionally in cut scenes some of the characters look a little off when examined up close, but it is a rare occurrence. Everything else runs smoothly and helps present the original trilogy of Crash Bandicoot games in a new light.
Vicarious Visions surprisingly changed very few things from the original games. Other than the updated graphics, the game runs and feels almost exactly like it did before. One addition is the analog stick on your controller which can be both a blessing a curse. At times, the analog sticks are a good addition, helping you get more accurate jumps and landings. However, from time to time your jumps can deceive you, which makes the analog stick a liability at times. Another addition is being able to play as Coco through all three games, though her moves are almost identical to Crash’s move set. If you were hoping to try a new character with new move sets and feels different than Crash, you may find yourself disappointed. Regardless, Vicarious Visions should be praised for how faithful they were when recreating the original trilogy of Crash Bandicoot games. While some may argue about the simplicity of the original trilogy, they are still fun platformers to play through and Vicarious Visions did them justice.
It is great to see Vicarious Visions be so faithful to the original games while also updating many of the flaws. With improved and beautiful graphics there is still the question of how the games feel. Luckily, the original series, which began in 1996, still lives up for the most part. The only exception is the original Crash Bandicoot which tends to show its age from time to time. In no way is Crash Bandicoot a poorly designed game and there is still a lot of fun to be had. In comparison to today’s platformers and even the other two Crash Bandicoot games in the N. Sane Trilogy package, the original Crash Bandicoot seems minimalistic at times. Again, that is not to say it is a bad game, but it does shows its age more when compared to the other two Crash Bandicoot games. The other two games, Cortex Strikes Back and Warped, are still very enjoyable experiences. These two games took the great parts of the original Crash Bandicoot and expanded the franchise even more by adding a variety of diverse levels and challenges for you to tackles. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped never seem to feel like they are 20 year old games. Bundle all these three games together and you have a fantastic bundle of games that shows off one of Sony’s original mascots back in the 1990s.
The biggest flaw to be found in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is surprisingly the load times, which can range from a few seconds to a couple minutes. Unfortunately, you will be greeted to a load screen no matter what you do. Start the game? Load screen. Start a mission? Load screen. Missions can take sometimes five minutes to complete so being greeted with a lengthy load screen is every time you start a mission can get tiresome very fast. This problem could be fixed with a simple update, but for now the wait will continue to be a nuisance.
These are extremely fun games that looks fantastic with its updated graphics. Each game can take around four to eight hours to complete and there are plenty of collectible or challenges you can try to achieve. It’s apparent that Vicarious Visions wanted to stay true to the original Crash Bandicoot and they did a very admirable job in doing so. They did not want to change an already solid experience and while the original trilogy have a problem of showing its age from time to time, the games still hold up quite well considering that these games are nearly 20 years old.
Overall, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy does the original gamesjustice by breathing new life into the series. It cannot be overstated how great of a graphical update has been applied to the original trilogy. While simplistic at times, the nostalgia factor alone is worth the price of admission. For me Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex was one of the first video games I had ever played and jumping back into the original trilogy that I had never experienced before was a pleasure to play through. Whether we ever get a new Crash Bandicoot game is still unknown but if this is the last Crash Bandicoot game then Vicarious Visions did a admirable job in closing out the series. While Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy does have some problems here and there, the quality of these three games posses with the gameplay and graphical upgrade, there’s more than enough to keep you wanting for more for a very long time.