October 16, 2021

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy & The Joys Of Nostalgia

Recently I started playing Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy now that it is finally available on the Xbox One and have been very much enjoying the games.  I was a fan of the original games on the first Playstation so I have a fair amount of nostalgia for them.
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Recently I started playing Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy now that it is finally available on the Xbox One and have been very much enjoying the games.  I was a fan of the original games on the first Playstation so I have a fair amount of nostalgia for them.
After those first 3 games the series went like what has plagued Sonic The Hedgehog games since the Dreamcast game’s in that the developers of Crash Bandicoot , after Sony sold the series to Activision and Naughty Dog were no longer making them, tried to add unnecessary gimmicks to try and freshen up the gameplay but ultimately spoiled everything that made the original games so great to begin with.
I did play a couple of the Crash Bandicoot games post Crash Bandicoot: Warped but never enjoyed them and eventually stopped caring about the series.  Although over the years I have replayed those original 3 games from time to time and they still hold a place in my heart as games I remember fondly from years gone by.

That is why I am really enjoying these remasters and am falling for Crash again after all these years of being let down.  It’s not all rose-tinted glasses and nostalgia either because Vicarious Visions have done an excellent job of upgrading these games, not just visually although the graphics are great but also in modernising them so they play just as well in 2018 whilst still retaining the feel of the originals.
The remaster collection has been very successful for Activision both in it’s initial release on PS4 last year and more recently on Xbox One, PC & Nintendo Switch being the highest selling game in the UK for two weeks in a row fending off newer titles like The Crew 2 and Jurassic Park World: Evolution.  It is even the highest selling game of the year so far on Nintendo Switch which is a great feat considering how many games that have released already months before it and Crash has already sold more than them in a month of being available on the platform.  So there must be an awful lot of Crash Bandicoot fans out there who would love to see a new game in the same style as the first 3 games, I myself being one of them.

Activision have to be thinking about it given this great success.  If I were them and the developers are willing I would let Vicarious Visions make a brand new Crash Bandicoot game similar to the originals with a bunch of new levels and enemies and maybe tighten up some areas where the originals were somewhat lacking like the vehicle sections whilst they are a lot of fun, with modern mechanics and some tweaking they could be so much better.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for me stands up there with the best modern platformers of today and a sequel now could do very well in resurrecting the series for new and old fans alike.