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Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy Review Roundup: Pros And Cons Of Crash’s PS4 Return

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The Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy will be available this June 30 and many fans will soon get to try the game out. Gamers are interested to know the similarities and even differences of the remaster as Activision remade three Crash Bandicoot games from the ground up. Here’s the pros and cons of this remade PS4 platformer according to some critics.

Preserved And Improved

According to IGN’s review, the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy delivers one okay game and two great games in one bundle. Vicarious Visions got the solid platforming foundations that Naughty Dog had when they made the series.

Meanwhile, ACG noticed that the developers also took the chance to rework some small design tweaks in these Crash Bandicoot games rather than just making a polished version of the older games. As expected of a remake, each of the stages are rendered with better technology than its source material. Back in the PlayStation 1 era, Crash Bandicoot was one of the most famous platformers of its generation. Players who want to revisit or try out a platformer should consider picking this remake for the experience.

There are also new additions and changes in the PS4 remaster. Physics of the game has been improved and jumping also has been made less floaty, which will take some getting used to for fans. Coco Bandicoot is also playable in all three games and has some quirks of her own. A modern save system is also present in this game.

Aged Well

Due to being a remaster of an PlayStation game, the game shows its age in its game systems. While the first Crash Bandicoot game is a great foundation for the series, it lacks interesting level design and platforming segments. Meanwhile, the second and third entry is great as both games got the overhauled gameplay and are enjoyable in all its playable stages.

Issues

During cutscenes, looking too closely at Crash’s fur would show you the game’s graphics technology. Normally, these should be ironed out to avoid breaking immersion for the player. Both these issues can be ignored but it can be off-putting when you notice it during your playthrough.

There’s also performance issues in this title. Because Vicarious Visions changed the physics and retained the level design, some segments can feel odd at times, says ACG.

Additionally, platformers surely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if its difficult. Crash Bandicoot’s difficulty depends on the player’s proficiency in moving around and removing threats. Crash dies in one hit if he doesn’t have the Aku Aku mask following him around. The climb to get the hang of Crash Bandicoot’s gameplay could get frustrating to some new players.

Verdict

So far, the Crash Bandicoot remake’s strengths outweigh its mishaps as it does offer you three full games at a regular price of just one game. Players who are willing to overlook its minor performance hiccups will enjoy this game, even without the nostalgia for the series. As of writing, the game has an overall rating of 80 on OpenCritic.

Pros

  • Classic Platforming game
  • Three full games For A Cost of One AAA game
  • Cartoony, lighthearted fun
  • Good Visuals while retaining the core gameplay

Cons

  • Can be punishing to newcomers due to its difficulty and limited health systems
  • New physics doesn’t match the level design of some missions
  • The first Crash Bandicoot game feels limited

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