Wednesday, 04 July 2018 16:09

REVIEW: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Xbox One)

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At last, the iconic Bandicoot we’ve all grown to love finally makes it’s way over to Microsoft’s Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch.

Now, for anyone that didn’t pick up Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for the Playstation 4, here’s what you’ll have waiting for you on the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. First up, you get three classic games, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

Secondly, being a remaster, Vicarious Visions has given each game a huge visual upgrade all while keeping the familiar gameplay from the 90's classics. These upgrades include more realistic character models as well as overhauled environments by giving them a reality-based lighting system to help make the entire game shine.

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Now, if you’re new to the series, don’t worry, each game is fairly easy to get your head around. Gameplay consists of running from one end of the level to the other with spin attacks to take down enemies or to break boxes, jumping to avoid all kinds of environmental hazards and then taking on the occasional boss.

You start off by selecting to play as either Crash or Coco, Crash’s sister. It really doesn’t matter who you go with as both of these characters function exactly the same. You’ll also find that each level has a small number of optional side objectives such as smashing every box in sight. These objectives can be viewed at anytime by pressing Y during any play-through. Each level has hidden sections so it pays to break as many boxes as possible to avoid missing one.

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As for controls, they are pretty much the same as they were back in the 90’s but what might cause a few people some grief are the original camera angles, especially the younger gamers that might not be used to playing these kind of platformers. And of course, the Aku Aku masks are still in there and placed around most of the levels. Collecting three of these in total will give you a short run of invincibility which can come in handy.

Something new that’s been added is a better save system, this helps with what I mentioned above about the tricky camera angles, landing in the wrong place could see you die and typically start levels from the very start. There is also an unlockable time trials mode for every level which will keep you busy even after you’ve completed all three games.

Overall, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy maintains the fun and challenging gameplay that made the original games so great, that along with the work Vicarious Visions have done with the visual upgrades adding a massive amount of stunning and vibrant environments makes N.Sane Trilogy as must have any new and old players.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Vicarious Visions, Toys for Bob, Iron Galaxy
  • Genre: Action / Adventure