Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Review (PS4)

Activision and Vicarious Visions are releasing Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy this week.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is set to release on June 30th for PS4 and PS4 Pro for $39.99.

When you boot up the game, a screen will appear with three titles to choose from: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. Gamers can once again spin and jump their way through epic adventures and challenges as their favorite character Crash. The remastered game collection gives you everything you loved from the nineties with beautiful HD graphics.

Crash Bandicoot is a simplistic platformer where you make your way through ruins of the Wumpa Islands while jumping and collecting items through 30 levels. At the end of the level, you will see how many boxes you missed and have your gameplay ranked based on this. As you beat the various stages, you will make your way around the mysterious island. The levels will get insanely harder as you progress and have to make your way through more traps and enemies. The beginning levels involve simple jumps and easy enemies to avoid, however, as you progress you will have to take on giant boulders, spikes and moving terrains! In order to increase your lives, you will collect delicious apples alongside other special items to open bonus levels. The main plot of the Crash series is that the evil Dr. Neo Cortex is trying to take over the world with his scientifically created animals. Cortex has also taken your girlfriend so it is up to you to save the world, the girl and the animals.

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back starts out a little different with Dr. Cortex asking Crash to help him save the world but only after playing will you find out if its real or a evil plot. In this game, players are able to enjoy even bigger 3D environments with fun characters and animations. Crash also has a ton of new activities to do that includes ice skating, riding polar bears and jet packs.

In the final game, Crash Bandicoot Warped, gamers are able to time travel with new moves and skills. In Warped, players get the opportunity to play as Coco while scuba diving, riding dinosaurs and tigers, and exploring unknown worlds. Everything gets better in Warped due to new skills like Double Jump, new bosses and tons more puzzles.

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy looks better than it has ever looked before due to all of the new lighting, animations and cinematics. The games look absolutely amazing due to the vibrant, colorful visuals. The soundtrack has also been overhauled making the immersion level go off the charts this time around. While the series contains the original story we all loved, the games also have the new added benefits of full analog support alongside a unified save and checkpoint system. To add to the game's replayability, gamers also get some bonus & secret levels, time trials, death paths and new leaderboards.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy allows gamers to relive the best moments of the series from stopping Neo Cortex from creating a mutant army to take over the world, watching Neo trick Crash into collecting Crystals to power a doomsday weapon, and then stopping Neo from traveling back in time to collect the same Crystals. This time around you can play any of the games in any order you like! Collecting boxes was always a big part of the Crash series and they still are in the new release. The boxes can be smashed to gain valuable items or can help Crash jump higher. Gamers also will collect Aku Aku masks from the boxes to help Crash defeat enemies along the way. If you collect all of the boxes in a level then you will receive a Clear Gem to help Crash reach the true end of his adventure. Players also get additional help throughout the game from pets and vehicles making the game fun and entertaining all the way through.

In the end, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is an insanely addictive throwback to the classics full of whimsical fun and humor. The games are visually more appealing and play better than the originals. The game's controls are tight and responsive which adds a lot more fun to the platforming experience. And did we mention that the game looks and sounds fantastic? If you are a diehard fan or new to the Crash Bandicoot series, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy offers an insane adventure worth experiencing. To learn more, visit the official Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy website.

Score: 10 out of 10
Reviewed for PS4

  • The Bandicoot is Back – The marsupial that defined a generation is better than ever in a first-ever remaster of the original trilogy: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.
  • Play as Coco – For the first time, Crash’s smart and spirited little sister, Coco, will be playable throughout the trilogy. Fans can switch between playing as Crash or Coco. Both characters have an N. Sane set of special attacks – each with their own style! 
  • Now in Face-Melting PS4 Pro HD – Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has brand-new lighting, animations, and recreated cinematics in stunning “N. Hanced Fur-K” and PS4 Pro HD. New animations, visual effects and environmental details let players spin, jump and jet pack their way through the lush—and furriest—Wumpa Island yet!
  • Bringing Back the Beat – The new collection features a fully-remastered game soundtrack, packed with all the didgeridoos, xylophones and thumpin’ bass lines fans can handle!
  • Original Story, New Tech – Full analog stick support, a unified save system and unified checkpoint system make it easier than ever to enjoy the classic adventure. Plus, improved bonus levels, time trials everywhere and online leaderboards will make this an epic trilogy for the hardest of the ‘Coot core!
  • New Cinematics – All the beloved cinematics in this trilogy are being lovingly re-crafted. In the intro cinematic, Crash Bandicoot’s origin story shows our villains, Dr. Neo Cortex and Dr. Nitrus Brio, try to evolve Crash into an evil mutant general, but it doesn’t go quite as planned!
  • Say What? – Fans of the Crash Bandicoot games may recognize some familiar voice actors whose newly recorded dialogue appears in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, including Jess Harnell, Lex Lang and Debi Derryberry, among others.

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