It makes me feel old to say it but it’s been 20 years since the original release of Crash Bandicoot back in 1996. It would seem developers agreed the Crash franchise is ready for a reboot. Sony announced the remaster of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped for PlayStation 4 at E3 2016, titled Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
Now, after the long wait fans finally get a chance to play the 3 in 1 remaster Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Further, June 30th, 2017 is the official release date of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for PlayStation 4 but it is not available on PC or Xbox One. All thanks to a special agreement between Sony and Activision who still own the rights to the Crash Bandicoot franchise.
Reviews for the game have mostly resulted in positive opinions but there are some odd comparisons to current day games. I’m pretty sure fans asked for a remaster not a remake. Regardless, those either riding the nostalgia wave or those trying Crash Bandicoot out fresh are sure to enjoy. Much like a highly budgeted movie with a bad plot, if you go in with realistic expectations it’s hard to be disappointed.
There is some talk of the jumping gameplay being slightly off though and this is also sparking debate. That debate being, are the game mechanics still in need of work or do players just need to play better? New games often do launch with bugs or features that need fixing. Most notable, many players have completed the game up to 105% completion including the 2 hidden levels. So regardless of whether or not the new Crash game is hard, it’s doable.
Some of the awesome features Vicarious Visions included in the remake are:
- Hidden levels from the original games
- Easter Eggs relating to Reddit, Uncharted 4, and the original games
- Remastered graphics with original gameplay
- Community leaderboards with speed records
- New idle animations (hint: some of these include Easter Eggs)
There is a possible Spyro the Dragon remaster hint in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy!
One very exciting Easter Egg found in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a possible hint at a Spyro the Dragon remaster. Players discovered this hint by referencing back to the tricks and features of the original game which included an inbuilt Spyro demo. The Spyro demo featured in Crash Bandicoot and although there is no demo in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy yet, there is a hint!
If a player hovers over the Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped menu and enters the same code used to access the Spyro demo originally the cursor disappears. Back then the code used was ‘Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Square’. Now, using a D-pad entering the code ‘Up, Up, Down, Down with Left, Right, Left, Right’ also makes the cursor disappear.
Players also reported using ‘Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right’ worked. The idea is that there is coding in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for a Spyro demo but it’s not in place yet. Perhaps after seeing the success of this remaster, publishers will give the full go ahead for a Spyro the Dragon remaster.
Developers Vicarious Visions paid great homage to the original developers of Crash Bandicoot, Naughty Dog by keeping the game close to the original. Hopefully, the success of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy means players get a remaster of Spyro the Dragon. And let us not forget the great Croc: Legend of the Gobbos is also due for a remaster!