GamEvolution on #TechTuesday: Crash Bandicoot

Crash is back, and better than ever!

Think for a moment of your gaming classics.

Maybe your list includes Gran Turismo, Tekken, Crash Bandicoot or Tomb Raider.

Now think about how those original games compare to modern graphics and performance.

It’s safe to say many fall quite short of 2017 standards.

That’s where remasters or rereleases bridge the gap.

This year saw Vicarious Visions and Activision unveil the remastered Crash Bandicoot series.

Dubbed the N. Sane Trilogy, this pack includes modernised versions of the first three games.

Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped each received the remastered treatment.

GamEvolution – let’s see how this trio stacks up against the originals:

Crash Bandicoot is the eighth highest selling PlayStation game of all time.

Its sequels made positions 14 and 13 on the same list respectively.

Comparatively, there’s no way yet to compare the original and remastered trilogies.

However, in the United Kingdom, the N. Sane Trilogy was the best-selling game in its week of release.

It also became best-selling exclusive launch of the year, beating Horizon Zero Dawn’s record.

In terms of reviews, there’s not much difference.

Reviewers gave the original Crash Bandicoot high ratings of almost all above 80 per cent.

Aggregator, Metacritic said the N. Sane Trilogy received ‘generally favourable’ reviews.

Bar a few low scores, the modernised trio achieved similar scores to the original title.

Gameplay-wise, the games play similarly.



Basic mechanics have been retained.

You still jump on or spin boxes to reach their contents, and fight the same way.

YouTubers have experienced a comparative degree of difficulty from trilogy to trilogy.

In addition, a level cut from the original game, Stormy Ascent was released as post-game DLC.

The new trio also includes the option to play as Coco on many levels not possible before.

Does the N. Sane Trilogy get the GamEvolution stamp of approval – undoubtedly yes.


Other Tech Tuesday articles you might be interested in:

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Bruce Douglas

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