I made no secret about my discontent regarding Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy’s exclusivity. Not the exclusivity itself, but rather what Xbox players had to lớn contend with back when the trò chơi first arrived on PlayStation 4. PlayStation fans were enjoying Crash, Nintendo fans were enjoying Mario và Xbox fans, well, we had to lớn put up with Super Lucky’s Tale, which let’s face it, didn’t have a scratch on either Crash or Mario. Now, however, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has finally arrived on Xbox One, somewhat a year post-launch on the PlayStation 4. I think we can safely jump to the point here. It’s absolutely amazing.

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a compilation of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, và Crash Bandicoot: Warped. These three classics have been wonderfully remastered, or more specifically, recreated, by the talented folks over at Vicarious Visions. That comes on vị trí cao nhất of the inclusion of Stormy Ascent và Future Tense, a previously unfinished and unreleased level and a brand new level, respectively. Safe khổng lồ say that for the cost of just £34.99/$39.99, you’re getting more than a decent return for your investment. Especially if you’re a fan of either Crash Bandicoot or platformers in general.

Revisiting my remark regarding its remastered work, Vicarious Visions has gone far beyond that of a traditional remaster. This collection sits somewhere between a fully-fledged remake và carefully structured remaster. Vicarious Visions couldn’t utilize much of the original’s source code, so instead, they took the original cấp độ geometry và rebuilt the game from the ground up. Thankfully, the kết thúc result is one that’s faithful and respectful lớn the original games. Ultimately this means that although there’s a fresh lick of paint và a refined personality overall, the gameplay itself is exactly how you remember it khổng lồ be.

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Each and every single asset is positioned and behaves precisely as they did before. The varying boxes are located in the same spots, the enemies patrol exactly as they once did, the bonus levels and how each can be accessed remains identical lớn the originals, và everything else follows suit. By and large, Vicarious Visions has produced one of the best remasters of this gen and by staying nearly perfectly inline with Naughty Dog’s concept, the over result makes for an unforgettable adventure that will appeal to lớn newcomers and returning fans alike. That’s not to lớn mention how much of a challenge these games bring.

Perhaps I was a much better player back in the day, or maybe platformers have just become more forgiving over the years, but damn, does this trilogy take me back to lớn a time where I felt a great sense of reward just for beating a single level. I’m more than certain that Vicarious Visions has implemented the additional checkpoint box here và there, so I’m falling more toward the latter of those two beliefs. Still, when all is said và done, there’s no denying this trilogy of its wonderful structure và design. There’s roughly 100 levels packed in here in total, all of which offer replay value và frequent hidden secrets throughout.

There’s also the neat addition of time trials, which the original two games never enjoyed. However, these additions feel brilliantly suited nevertheless. Naturally, each trò chơi offers additional mechanics và added longevity over its immediate predecessor, simply due lớn the games needing lớn evolve with the times và bring something new lớn the table back in the day. The main thực đơn servers as a choice-gateway that enables you to select which trò chơi from the trilogy you wish to play. Crash Bandicoot is the most basic of the three, with Cortex Strikes Back and Warped (as alluded lớn above) climbing in complexity with each title jump.

If you’re new lớn the series, each trò chơi is relatively easy to get lớn grips with. The gameplay typically consists of running from one kết thúc of the level to the other, spin-attacking enemies và boxes, jumping lớn avoid a shed load of environmental hazards, taking on the occasional epic quái nhân battle & working khổng lồ uncover hidden pathways và secrets. Despite the lack of a tutorial, it’s very simple stuff to lớn digest. I suspect the original camera angles will cause some annoyance among the younger audience, simply due to how tricky it can be khổng lồ judge a jump as a result, but at the bottom line, I hand on heart would not have it any other way.

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My only gripe is that Crash’s hitbox appears to be a bit unforgiving. My memory doesn’t serve me as it once did, so I struggle to recall if this was present in the originals, but I would lying if I said that it didn’t frustrate me from time lớn time. Cases when this issue is at its most dominant tends to revolve around jumping over fire, trying to lớn avoid a hungry piranha, clearing a chomping plant, and other similar tidbits. Thankfully the checkpoint system is quite generous, so it never feels too punishing. Also, boxes that you smash or items that you collect along the way will remain smashed và obtained from checkpoint khổng lồ checkpoint.

Throughout the adventures, players can select to play as either Crash or Coco, Crash’s sister. Irrespective as to lớn who you play as, both of these characters function exactly the same. Whatever the case, there’s easily tens of hours worth of fun lớn be had here. The level diversity has held up quite well over time. Collectively tasking you with traditional stages, side-scrolling stages, as well as those iconic stages that toy with your reflexes, such as outrunning a huge boulder or riding on a hog through some deadly terrain. Each cấp độ also houses a small number of optional side objectives too, such as smashing every box in sight.

These requirements can be viewed at anytime by pressing Y during a play-through, or via the over-map at each game’s menu. It pays off khổng lồ smash as many boxes as you can và seek out hidden sections within each màn chơi that the game’s strict camera angle attempts to cleverly cover up. Boxes mostly contain apples (collecting 100 for an extra life), extra lives and character stamps that are necessary for accessing bonus stages. There’s also some nefarious boxes including the likes of Nitro & TNT, which as you’ll remember, can be a real pain in the ass when they’re so closely, deviously positioned next to the standard wooden boxes.

Aku Aku masks are also dotted around most of the levels. Collecting three of these in total will give you a short run of invincibility, which certainly comes in handy when you’ve got a long stretch of boxes and enemies waiting for you ahead. Moving from Crash Bandicoot lớn Cortex Strikes Back and then to Warped only showcases the improvements that each title adopts. I completely recommend playing these games in chronological order. I made the mistake of playing Cortex Strikes Back before playing its immediate predecessor, which only went on to show how stiff its thiết kế can be from time to time throughout play.

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Don’t get me wrong, Crash Bandicoot is a wonderful adventure, but it’s a lot easier lớn witness its kiến thiết cracks when you’re moving down the title chain rather than up it. Despite its few niggling issues, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is far too easy to lớn recommend. Vicarious Visions has recreated all of these games magnificently well. Moving from title lớn title is achieved fluidly, & its accessibility alone gets a special thumbs up from me. It helps, of course, that the games look absolutely stunning. Each jam-packed with atmosphere & excellent màu sắc usage across all of their diverse, well developed & utterly distinct levels.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at an ocean backdrop, a jungle backdrop, a lab backdrop or anything in between, Crash has never looked so good. I extend that same appreciation to the game’s audio too, which again, has been faithfully reproduced lớn perfectly capture that classic essence. The bottom line in all of this is that Vicarious Visions has reminded the world that they don’t make platformers quite like they used to. If you’re looking for a challenging, endearing, & vibrant platformer that comes with heaps of trả lời value & charm, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will serve you well for hours on end.

Conclusion

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy stays remarkably faithful to lớn the originals in nearly every way, warts and all. Vicarious Visions has implemented a few subtle tweaks here and there, which ultimately goes on lớn bolster the overall experience. There’s a vast amount of stunning, vibrant, challenging & diverse nội dung to work through, with heaps of replay value waiting beyond that. Simply put, this is classic platforming at its absolute finest.

This game was tested và reviewed on Xbox One. All of the opinions và insights here are subject to lớn that version.

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