Sony knocked it out of the park last night during the PlayStation Experience in California, and choosing where to start our news roundup is certainly a tough one. Let’s go back to the very beginning of it all with Crash Bandicoot, who made a name for himself in the 90s on the original console.
Vicarious Visions were on hand to show off Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy. They claim that the old games are made on such inferior tech, that it was hard to even work on them. Yet they pulled through. It’s not a remake of the games, they consider them a ‘remaster plus’.
The team started afresh, rebuilding all of the levels based on the original geometry, rebuilt all of the characters following the original designs, and rebuilt all of the cinematics, The results are a gorgeous blend of both new and old, with no dramatic changes meaning you can hop back in for a beautiful trip down nostalgia lane.
The ability to add in new features was also permitted, so Vicarious Visions updated the save system for the first game. This includes manual and auto-saving. The first game now has a proper save game system. There will also be brand new time trials in each of the three games, offering more playability, an a way to prove to your friends that you really are the best Crash player, and you weren’t in fact making it up!
The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy hits PlayStation 4 in 2017. I was never really a fan of Crash myself, finding it hard to enjoy the level design and 3D platforming. Getting chased by a boulder while running towards the screen just didn’t do it for me!