Crash Bandicoot was one of the PlayStation’s first mascots and intended as Sony’s own rival to Mario and Sonic.
The first three Crash games in the series hold up as some of the best platformers around and this new package offers each one with slick, updated visuals.
Development studio Vicarious Visions has been put in charge of updating Naughty Dog’s original corridor-style games for the PlayStation 4. The result is a trip down memory lane in 4K resolution. Vicarious has also remastered the original audio including the great voice acting and sound effects.
A few extra features have been added to bring Crash up to 2017, including online leaderboards and cloud saving. But these are still very much the games you remember from ’97, ’98 and ’99.
Fans will find the jumping physics and spin attacks still hold up as well today as they did back then. Critical consensus usually paints Crash 2 as the best of the bunch but I’ve always liked Crash 3: Warped.
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Despite the graphical flourishes and the new features, N. Sane Trilogy isn’t an essential purchase if you’ve got any of the original games through the PS Store.
But it does serve as a great way for a new generation of players to discover Crash Bandicoot.
The series is an important part of PlayStation (and gaming) history. Activision has done a lovely job of recycling Crash’s best games and letting us all enjoy them all over again.