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Maniac Marsupial Remastered: Crash Bandicoot N’sane Trilogy

Crash Bandicoot, the highly beloved and N’sanely twisted marsupial finally makes his much anticipated return to the current gen consoles. 20 years after the first game got released on the OG Playstation, Activision decided it was time to bring back the franchise that many fans had been asking for many years. It’s also a game that many others, who may not have had the chance to play it, wanted to get their hands on it as well. The Crash Bandicoot: The N’sane Trilogy brings back Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped in a remastered edition that is nostalgia at it’s finest!

The updated graphics make Crash look fresh while still maintaining his retro feel.

The Crash series has always been a favorite among Playstation fans for years and those of us lucky enough to keep our OG Playstations still find ourselves going back to play them every now and again. The mascot platformer is one of Sony’s longest living franchises and it was only right that Activision do right by their fans and remaster the long time favorite marsupial.

Playing this game will bring back more than just fond memories of playing the game. Vicarious Vision (developer) managed to keep the controls the same too, only updating the graphics and the soundtrack (If you really want the nostalgia to hit you in the feels, play it without the analog sticks and just use the D-pad). While the game looks a tad different, you will find yourself remembering exactly how you played it 20 years ago. The soundtrack update gave us cleaner sounding music that still holds true to how we all remember hearing it and it sounds fantastic. Everything from the main theme of the game to the music in the Warp Room on Cortex Strikes Back sounds excellent. Vicarious Visions has truly gone above and beyond and we all thank them for it.

Oh the slightly dirty look he gives you as he’s about to mount his trusty bear steed!

 

Vicarious Visions also decided to add a fun little twist to all three games and allows you, after a certain point, to play as Crash’s sister Coco, thru the levels you use to only play as Crash through. Nothing really sets them apart as Coco has the same move set that Crash has, but it’s a bit of a fresher experience to play as someone else.

 

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Overall, this is a great series of games to pick up, especially if you happen to be a fan of the originals. It’s also really nice that people who didn’t play them 20 years ago are finally getting the chance to with this beautifully done remaster. While some of you may be disappointed that Crash Team Racing wasn’t a part of this bundle, this is an awesome addition to any Playstation fanboy’s collection and maybe, down the line, Activision will see how well this sold and bring Crash back for a whole brand new adventure. Until then, I’m sure this bundle will be enough to entertain us all and keep the maniac marsupial alive.

David Fraley
David loves to play the guitar, though not always to other peoples favorite genres. He loves to play video games and has played them for longer than he cares to admit. His Favorite games to date include The Witcher 3, Rocket League, Titanfall 2, Bioshock, Halo and a new favorite, Horizon Zero Dawn. He has always wanted to do something in the gaming industry. Since he’s no programmer, writing about them and why he likes them will have to do. Feel free to follow him on Twitter for all things gaming and maybe a few things that aren’t.
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