Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is set for release this year, and you should be very very excited.
I don’t know about you guys, but the last couple of years have seen a spike in re-mastered editions of my favourite childhood games. One could assume it all started with the re-mastering of Halo: Combat Evolved for the Xbox 360 back in 2011, as part of the game’s 10-year anniversary.
Since then, we have seen all sorts of awesome remasters, including Ratchet & Clank (the game based on the movie… based on the game), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Resident Evil and the Uncharted trilogy, just to name a few. While some are much more modern than others, and some probably didn’t need a remaster (I’m looking at you Joel and Ellie), they have given a breath of new life to old classics and brought us back into a polished world of high resolution nostalgia.
Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is no different to this magnificent tradition. Based on our childhood favourite marsupial Crash, who was arguably Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s Mario, we see him back in high definition, 21 years since he made his debut on the PS1.
Crash makes an awesome comeback to the PS4, and for everyone out there who grew up with their trusted PlayStation, I’m about to tell you why this is a must buy remastering of our favourite original.
1 – PS4 Exclusive
Just like the original trilogy, Sony are really hitting the TNT crates on this game by making it a PS4 exclusive, staying true to loyal Sony fans. If you’re hoping to see this title on Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, you’ve more than likely lost your way into a jungle of endless Nitro crates, because there have been no announcements from Sony to make the game available across all platforms.
Sony have previously done this with the remastered Uncharted trilogy, so it’s a fair bet and not too far-fetched to suggest that if you want this game, get a PS4.
Luckily for most of you out there who have lost touch with Sony over the years, they might have your interests at hand with this wumpa-sized surprise due to come at the same time as the game’s release.
2 – Crash-trastic Bundle
That’s right, come crawling back out of that hole 90s Crash fanatics. I know you haven’t bough a Sony console in decades, but you have a chance to redeem yourself with some Aku-Aku voodoo!
Not only is Crash back on the PS4, Sony seems to have also made this exclusive available to purchase in a bundle.
Courtesy of WumpaZone, we know that the bundle will include a copy of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a 500GB PS4 Slim and a DualShock controller. The Twitter account also made mention that the bundle will be selling for about €330 in Europe, which is roughly $500 here in Australia.
No mention yet of it being made available in Australia just yet, but I think it would be silly to rule out sales in Australia and North America.
3 – Re-mastered Marsupial
Who didn’t enjoy playing Halo: Combat Evolved 2011 edition? The colours were crisper, the environments had more texture and overall the realism was really exciting for a first-person game. Whilst ‘Crash Bandicoot’ and ‘realism’ share no similarities what-so-ever, everyone has dreamed of a high-definition remake of the original.
Crash now comes with realistic fur, more life-like animations and the same fanatical fashion sense. The environment around him has also received some significant touch ups, with sharper visuals, dynamic lighting effects and more detailed level environments that go a long way in getting our much needed satisfaction.
The gameplay animations also look a lot more refreshing to the eyes after so many years, including Crash’s signature spin move and death animations. The developers even ran a competition in March through social media for fans, urging everyone to submit ideas for Crash’s idle moves in the game. The winner was picked May 4th, as you can see in this video:
4 – Don’t Mess with Mechanics
Crash has retained all of his signature moves (which we’ll probably have to unlock a second time around), and this is at the heart of why this remaster won’t disappoint fans. X is to jump. Square is to spin. Analog sticks to move. Simples. While my hand eye coordination has somewhat lost its way with age, picking up these controls after 20 years will take only minutes to master again.
The game hasn’t changed the level dynamics either, with our favourite side scrolling levels still abundant in wampa-crate-platforming, run-away-from-that-boulder segments still include our favourite boulder and polar bear comraderies, and avoid-all-the-nitro-crates still remain pinnacle gameplay moments of the game.
5 – One Noticeable Difference…
Crash’s next adventure is due to release globally 30th June 2017.