Activision has released new DLC for the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and it should please masochists everywhere who loved getting 100% completion from the first game. The first game is ridiculously hard, requiring precise platforming and timing from the player, which resulted in some gamers comparing the first game’s difficulty to Dark Souls. Now, Activision has released the “lost level” as temporary free DLC, which will become USS$2.99 after 30 days so players better get it now.
Said “lost level” is Stormy Ascent, a stage in the original game that is so buggy and difficult it had to be removed from the original PlayStation release. According to Kotaku, the level could be played by using Game Shark cheats, though the result might not have been worth it due to the amount of bugs and crashes. Thankfully, all of those have been smoothed out for the DLC level, so players can get it now and try going through it without pulling their hair out.
The DLC level for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is very similar to Slippery Slope, featuring disappearing stairs, rotating platforms and vultures that have to be used as platforms. While not as difficult as The High Road, the lack of Checkpoints made it a chore to go through and could infuriate players if they don’t have enough lives. At the least, they can compete in the bonus N. Brio stage without their game crashing, unlike the original PlayStation version.
Get Stormy Ascent right now on the PlayStation Store, but be prepared for some hardship and death if you haven’t mastered the first game yet. This is the first game after all, so fans won’t have the slide jump to help them like in the second or third game. Trophy hunters should have a good time with this, since completing it should net them one.