The Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy was released today and I have been waiting for this for quite a while. This is a remaster of the original three Crash Bandicoot games originally released on the Playstation 1 packed nicely on to one disk. N Sane Trilogy is developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Activision. Naughty Dog, the original developers of the series has not been involved in this remaster but have given it their blessing.
For less than the price of a full game (Usually around £40 – £50 in the UK) you get Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back and Warped all remastered. This includes updated graphics, slightly updated controls and some minor changes all bringing the game up to modern standards and it looks absolutely beautiful. It was revealed a few weeks ago that Vicarious had to spend a lot of time actually remaking the three games because the original were in an unreadable format so they are technically remakes more than remasters. However, they have kept true to the original and have produced a modern version that plays and feels just like the originals.
The first thing you notice when you load the games is the graphics and sound improvements, and a whole bunch of nostalgia. This is, if like me, you grew up playing these games. Vicarious haven’t gone too overboard with the graphics and it genuinely does just look like an up to date, modern version of this classic while still keeping it’s charm. some of the sounds do differ ever so slightly but I became used to these near enough straight away and they sound very similar to the originals. This is a good thing as there have been a few times in the past with remastered games where the soundtracks or effects have been changed, kind of ruining the experience. This is not the case here though.
The character models have also pretty much stayed the same. They just look updated and more modern. Crash himself looks the same but with a lot more expression on his face adding more comedic value to the whole experience. We also now have an auto save function in place that saves your progress after every level and the save screens from Cortex Strikes Back and Warped are now access via a button rather than having to actually walk up to them. In addition to this players can now switch between playing as Crash himself or playing as Coco, Crash’s sister. There are some levels where this isn’t allowed though such as the racing levels. The controls remain relatively the same but you can also use the thumb sticks to control movement now but also the D-pad remains an option for use as well.
Overall the N. Sane Trilogy is a very good remaster and is really good on the nostalgia. The graphics and sound upgrades remain very true to the original and gameplay and controls remain pretty much the same. This game will satisfy what the fans have been wanting for so long, and that is the remaster of the original games and will work wonders for those wanting to get a bit of nostalgia. That’s where it ends though… The only thing the game has going for it is the nostalgia in my eyes. It’s great to re-live those childhood memories and have a little bit of fun with it. But the more I play it, the more the newness begins to wear off and it just becomes the same old games with the same old problems. I’m not sure people playing it for the first time ever will really gel with it but only time will tell. I do hope though that it is successful enough to warrant remasters of Crash team Racing and The Wrath of Cortex.