The moment the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was announced, I was ecstatic but wary. This was a game series that defined a good chunk of my childhood, so I was terrified of it potentially being butchered for the sake of a dollar. Or several.
However, that didn’t stop me from pre-ordering the game, and staring at the countdown timer daily as I waited to relive memories from my childhood. An added bonus however, was the Playstation theme packs you were able to access prior to the game going live.
As evidenced through all trailers and screen shots, the world of Crash Bandicoot has seen major visual improvements. When loading the game up, you have the option of picking which game you want to play. You don’t have to beat the first one to access the second or third, which was a plus for me. I particularly loved the second one, so I started with that one.
The music is pretty much the same from the original, however there is a slight remix or variation, but they didn’t stray much. One of the let downs for me was the fact that Dr. Cortex’s voice is so different from the original, but that’s my only gripe because he was my favorite character.
The levels are identical to the original game. The cut scenes are identical right down to the dialogue spoken. This gave me such a rush of nostalgia, that I think I can overlook any minor complaints or fears I initially had going in. It’s incredibly exciting to see how the game has been able to be reborn visually without sacrificing what made it so fun to play obsessively back in the day.
This is definitely worth picking up if you were a fan of the series back in the day. The story itself isn’t rich or different, but it’s still fun to collect wumpa fruit, stomp angry spiked turtles, and ride a polar bear pup in the tundra.
However, I was slightly disappointed that Crash Team Racing wasn’t making an appearance alongside the trilogy, but if they announce it and retain all the previous game mechanics that made it so good, I will happily purchase that as well.