by Jason Howard Kelly
Crash is back! Today marks the release of Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, a remastered version of the original three Crash games for Playstation 4. This is, undoubtedly, an exciting day for gamers of all ages, but particularly for those of us who grew up playing the original trilogy on our clunky, grey Playstation 1 consoles.
Today will inevitably be filled with hardcore gamers professing, “I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS DAY FOR OVER 15 YEARS OMG!!!!” which may be true, but let’s pump the brakes a bit. Crash Bandicoot is a fun game but can it be considered one of the greatest of all time? Maybe, but I would have been far more excited if it had been a remastered version of the original Spyro The Dragon games.
That being said I can certainly understand the jubilation around this day, which is why I did not hesitate to rush out my door this afternoon and pick up a copy of my own. Once I had some free time on my hands I popped in the disc and sat in front of my TV, legs crossed, ready to play just like I was 10 years old all over again.
First of all, the game really does look great. The remastered graphics make more of a difference than one might think, considering that Crash Bandicoot is a game that has never relied heavily on stunning graphics. The overall look and feel is much sharper and cleaner than those dusty old Playstation 1 versions.
However, at the end of the day it’s still the same Crash Bandicoot. I mean, like, exactly the same. You move forward at a sluggish pace, you jump on boxes, you spin, and you try not to fall into any holes and die. That’s the whole game. But you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that! This is always what Crash Bandicoot has been. You don’t play Crash Bandicoot for the story. You play it because the game allows you to shut your brain off for an hour or two while you bounce around uniquely designed levels with a variety of different challenges to them.
So now it’s time to answer the most important question: should you buy it? Well, if you have $40 to spare and you feel like reliving your childhood for a few hours then yes, go ahead! Like I said, Crash Bandicoot is a fun game, and just because it’s simple does not mean that it’s not worth your time. Just be sure that you know what you’re getting for your $40. You’re not getting an entirely new and original Crash game. You’re getting the original three games remastered and rolled into one collection. Nevertheless, this game is bound to bring you hours upon hours of pure joy, so don’t worry about cost and value. Just enjoy being a kid again.