CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGY
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on July 3, 2017
I must admit that I feel a bit dizzy on this beautiful day. This might have something to do with the amount of spinning round I did last weekend. Don't worry, I'm not taking expressionist dance classes, no sir! In fact I have been running around sunny islands, dispatching enemies left and right. So, what have I been doing exactly? Well, I've been playing the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy!
Yes, Crash is back! And he's looking better than ever! The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy contains the first three Crash Bandicoot games, completely remastered and ready for the Playstation 4. American developer Vicarious Visions even took it upon themselves to add a few extras to these three titles, making them suitable for a whole new generation of gamers.
Originally developed by Naughty dog for the original Playstation, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped put the player in the sporty shoes of everyone's favorite Bandicoot: Crash. Crash is the result of an experiment by Dr. Neo Cortex who, in the process, also creates another Bandicoot; a female named Tawnee, who quickly becomes Crash's girlfriend. Crash manages to escape the evil clutches of Neo Cortex, but Tawnee is caught and now Crash sets out to save her. Apart from saving the woman he loves, Crash must also thwart Dr. Neo Cortex's evil plans for world domination.
In order to do so, Crash must make his way through a number of 3D platform levels, fight off enemies and overcome deadly traps by using his spin attack and his powerful jumps. Along the way, he collects Wumpa Fruit, Aku Aku masks and extra lives that are hidden in wooden crates. And trust me when I say that you're going to need a lot of them, so always keep your eyes peeled for any boxes that you can break, using your spin attack. Whenever you manage to collect 100 Wumpa Fruit, you also receive an additional life. An Aku Aku mask works like a shield, protecting Crash from a single incoming attack. You can hold a maximum of two masks at a time, but collecting a third one will give you temporary invincibility. These masks work on all incoming attacks, except if you fall into a pit or get hit by any other type of instant death obstacle.
Besides wooden boxes, you will also come across steel boxes. Although you cannot break those, they will help you reach higher up places, or traverse large pits safely. If there is an arrow printed on the side of such a box, it will act as a springboard, catapulting Crash to great heights. Sometimes, these boxes are semi transparent and you will have to hit a box with an exclamation mark on it in order to "reveal" them. You'll also encounter checkpoint boxes which, if you jump on them or hit them, will enable you to continue your game from that point if you should die. This brings us to the last type of box, the TNT box. As the title may suggest, these boxes go out with a bang, so hitting them might not be the smartest thing to do. Instead, jump on them and make yourself scarce. After a brief countdown, these boxes will explode, taking out every enemy that is unfortunate enough to be standing too close.
I really liked playing the original Crash Bandicoot games and was very anxious to see how this N. Sane Trilogy would measure up. I can only say that I am glad to see it's every bit as good as the original games, and even better! Apart from the new graphics and the remastered audio and cutscenes (which are awesome, by the way!), the controls seem much more responsive and slightly less clunky than I remember, making your life a bit easier when trying to control an out of control Bandicoot! The thing that has stayed exactly the same through all these years is the sheer amount of fun there is to be had from playing these classics of the platforming genre. Crash has always been a really fun protagonist to play and remains to be so till this very day. As an added bonus, you will also be able to play as Crash's sister, Coco, through most of the levels of all three games.
There are no two ways about it, ladies and gentlemen; Crash is back and he's here to stay! If you've played these games on your old Playstation, the N. Sane Trilogy is the perfect way of reliving all those fun times you had when you were younger. If you haven't played any of the Crash Bandicoot games before, this is the ideal opportunity to do so. The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is an absolute must-have for everyone who loves the original games, as well as for everyone who is fond of awesome 3D platforming games; it is guaranteed to keep you jumping and spinning for hours on end! I think my head and my knees do actually feel a lot less wobbly now so, if you would excuse me, I'm going to return to kicking dr. Neo Cortex's evil behind!