The original three Crash Bandicoot games will be coming out in a remastered collection called the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy on PlayStation 4 in 2017.  The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will feature Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot Warped.  Sony provided us with a media pass for their PlayStation Experience 2016 in order to get our hands on the first game Crash Bandicoot which was original released way back in 1996 and was developed Naughty Dog.

The Crash Bandicoot Remastered collection development is being handled by Vicarious Visions and Activision.  This year Crash Bandicoot was introduced into the Skylanders universe as part of the Skylanders Imaginators (2016) video game and the Netflix Cartoon Skylanders Academy.  The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy ($39.99) revamps the original classics from the ground up with improved graphics and PS4 Pro HD support while still retaining a feeling of nostalgia.  Gameplay mechanics have also been upgrade and now fully support the analog stick – something missing in the early PlayStation era.

Our Thoughts on Crash Bandicoot Remastered

We had a chance to play through a couple levels in the first game Crash Bandicoot during PSX and found the remastered version to be coming along nicely.  Controls felt a bit foreign and strange at first but they have been purposely kept that way to represent the twenty year old Crash Bandicoot franchise.  Something we completely forgot about was how difficult the original Crash Bandicoot game was to play – no double jump or grabbing onto ledges if you jump too early or late.  After some time was spent cleansing out our video game ‘muscle memory’ on how games currently work we were able to make our way through the levels jumping, spinning and smashing in glee to the end.

It’ll be interesting to see how new fans of Crash Bandicoot from Skylanders Imaginators react to playing these classic games for the first time but anyone who was a fan of them from the 1990s will be pleasantly surprised by the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for sure.