Recently, the hotly anticipated debut of everyone’s favourite spinning bandicoot on next generation consoles finally arrived, Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy. After very few good titles in recent years, the question has arisen:
Is it worth it?
Yes. Simple answer. Thanks for reading!
Whilst yes is the simplest answer of all, and the one I believe in; that wouldn’t be a very helpful article in helping you decide whether you should pick this title up (which you definitely should). So here we go:
7 Reasons Why Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy is worth every last penny
Nostalgia is often used very negatively in the gaming community; used to describe a feeling of love for a game that was not as good as you remember; peering through rose-tinted glasses at a ‘better time.’
I disagree with this however; thinking nostalgia can be so very important and personal to each gamer.
Crash was my childhood platformer.
Sure I played Mario like everyone else, and had a few sonic games, but no one got as much love and attention as Crash and my favourite character, Aku Aku. These games perfectly capture the nostalgic feeling of playing; by being wonderfully well remastered by Vicarious Visions.
These games and each level was built from the ground up, and the meticulous detail put into all of them is truly breathtaking.
Not only that, but you can even use the D-Pad as your controls, instead of the analog stick for that authentic Crash feeling.
If you’re a crash lover but don’t already own this wonderful trip down memory lane, I don’t know what you’re doing to be quite frank with you.
In the gaming world in which we live, we are so very used to difficult boss fights, tough quests and collectibles you need to spend years of your like scouring the map to earn (don’t even get me started on riddler trophies…)
Crash Bandicoot: N’Sane trilogy takes us back to a more simpler time. A time of, run from here to here, break all of these to get a bonus prize (gems in the case of crash). The boss fights are simple too; all you need to do is avoid this and do this a few times to win the fight.
This return to the truly simple nature of gaming; to the roots if you will, is honestly a breath of fresh air, in a world of Dark Souls, Skyrim and The Witcher, it’s nice to return to something much simpler.
Full disclosure, I have nothing against any of those three fantastic games. Crash can easily be picked up for a quick 10 minute session before work or school, or to occupy some quick time; but also sat down and played for hours on end, few games today truly can do that, due to the complexity.
The Beauty of the Game
Whilst a game like crash would never be truly applauded for its incredible, real world graphics, water engine or physics, it’s hard to deny the sheer beauty of this game.
You can see it just from comparing it to the original; the upgrade is astounding! Vicarious Visions did a fantastic job making this game, its world and characters.
Crash looks just like you would expect from his original sprite, no crazy, outlandish changes to divide fans. He looks amazing. As does Cortex, and Aku Aku, CoCo and everyone and everything for that matter.
The stunning visuals really do draw you in, and allow you to truly immerse yourself into the game.
3 Games in 1
This one is probably the most self explanatory one on the list, but it still needed to be said.
For the price of this game, you get three absolutely great games. I bought my copy for £27.99, which averages out at £9.33 per game, which is amazing value.
What other games of this beauty and quality could you get for that sort of price? Especially a brand new copy of the game, not pre-owned.
It honestly baffles me how cheap this game was for me; but of course I had to snap it up. I do not regret it in the slightest.
It’s a Remaster People Actually Wanted
This game is unique in the regard that people were calling out for a crash remaster; or a good crash game in general.
As I previously stated, there has been a lack of good installments in recent years, so bringing back these great games, with the great visuals I also mentioned earlier, was a joy to fans!
Taking Crash from the PS1 era and beautifully capturing him in the system of the PS4 is a joy to behold, especially as the lack of good Crash games there has been in recent years.
Not only that, but it feels so right to have an original PlayStation mascot back on the most recent system. The PlayStation truly would not be what it is, or where it is today, without the Bandicoot, and it’s good to see him in all of his glory, on the glorious PS4.
Remember what it was like as a child? Bossing those levels, spinning through all the enemies and defeating Cortex? Well guess what? That feeling is able to be felt all over again!
With all of your years of experience since you played this, surely you must be even better now? That’s what you’d like, but Crash just isn’t that easy. Simple, as I said in point number 2, yes. Easy? No.
One jumping mechanic seems to have changed in this remaster, and it seems to have made it more difficult. Many fans have come to the conclusion that now, simply landing on the edge of where you’re jumping to is no longer enough.
You will now fall off, which can lead to an infuriating number of lives lost and levels restarted.
Are you up for the challenge?
I’ve been very vocal with my reasons for loving this game, but the music is honestly one of the best things about it.
The music that backs these levels isn’t very complex, nor is it too loud or out there.
It compliments levels and loading screens perfectly, and is also very catchy. If you can play Crash Bandicoot without getting the title screen music stuck in your head, you deserve some sort of medal; because that is some good music.
The music is honestly a feature I have always loved about Crash games; but has slipped my mind very frequently when reminiscing on them. Truly though, it can’t be understated as to how wonderful it is.
So those are my 7 reasons why the N’Sane trilogy is worth every penny of that hard earned money of yours!
I don’t believe that any other remake has had as big of an effect on the audience as this one has as this game has perfectly re-captured what was so great about the originals, whilst still being entertaining and inviting to a new generation! Other remakes of recent years have not done this, or at least not as successfully as Crash Bandicoot: N’Sane Trilogy.
Sony have released remakes in the past including one of our generation’s favourite duo: Ratchet and Clank.
Also releasing the three original games, they made their way on to the PS3. Ratchet and Clank previously featured on PS2 so the graphics on PS3 weren’t as big of a step up as Crash Bandicoot from PS1 to PS4.
Given the success of this trilogy, I would personally like to see Spyro the Dragon reintroduced to the modern consoles as he is another old school platformer icon of the PS1 era.
If there was anything that I could be truly picky about, the loading times in the game feel too long at times.
From loading into and out of levels, after game over screens and other moments throughout the game, it feels a lot longer than it did in the original. This is the only grievance I have with the game, and it’s just a small thing, but it definitely is noticeable for me.
But the question remains; what do you think? Have you already delved back into the world of Crash? Are you on the fence of buying it? Are you an Xbox, Pc or Switch gamer enviously looking over at us enjoying Crash?
I’d love to hear what you think about my 7, and is there any I missed? Let me know in the comments below this post!