Crash Bandicoot seemed to be a series, which found a following during the ages of the original PlayStation. Beginning as a 3D platforming game, Crash Bandicoot aimed to challenge players to complete its collection of levels. The character Crash Bandicoot seems to be an anthropomorphic orange marsupial who enjoys spinning and jumping on wooden boxes. Debuting as an exclusive for Sony’s original PlayStation console, Naughty Dog seemed to have captivating titles which may have seen Crash Bandicoot rise as the PlayStations brightly coloured mascot for the system. These days, Naughty Dog may be more commonly known for their productions of the Uncharted and The Last of Us series. Both these series seem have received large amounts of praise for their approach to interactive storytelling.
However, before the days of Uncharted and The Last of Us, Crash Bandicoot seemed to be Naughty Dog’s flagship franchise. Since its release, Crash Bandicoot seemed to have several spin-off titles and sequels, four which were developed by Naughty Dog before the studio moved on towards their next project. It seems publisher Activision aims to return the classic franchise to consoles this year while improving the aesthetic of the franchise to suit modern consoles. ‘Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy’ aims to be the name of this new release and a title which aims to bundle and remaster the origins of Crash Bandicoot. By remastering the original three games, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy seeks to revitalise titles which were exclusive to Sony’s first PlayStation several years ago.
The first three Crash Bandicoot games, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped each aim to find a place in the new Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Created by Naughty Dog during the studio’s early years, the Crash Bandicoot finds his peaceful lifestyle shaken by the arrival of Doctor Neo Cortex. Adventure seems to ensue as Crash Bandicoot rises to the challenge posed by Doctor Neo Cortex while attempting to foil his plans in the process. This basic premise seemed to carry over to many of the sequential games as Crash Bandicoot seemed to recruit more allies to thwart the ever-growing forces of Doctor Neo Cortex.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy seems to mark the first time the series has made the leap to HD as the collection developer, Vicarious Visions, aims to fully remaster this classic experience. It seems the key thing this new remaster aims to achieve is the preservation of the source material. It seems Vicarious Visions have carefully ensured the original gameplay and levels have been retained. Crash Bandicoot seems to still have the spinning and jumping techniques fans of the series may be familiar with. In addition to remastering the visuals, Vicarious Visions seem to have also remastered the audio.
With a fresh coat of paint applied, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy aims to evoke nostalgia from existing fans of the series while presenting a complete package for new players to experience. By bundling the first three games in the Crash Bandicoot series, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy may provide a modern gaming experience for current gen consoles while evoking memories of an earlier time in video game history. The revitalisation of Crash Bandicoot may be the latest in a growing trend of remasters and remakes, yet it may provide an accessible entry point for newer generations who have yet to experience this classic series.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy aims to release for PlayStation 4 worldwide on the 30th June 2017.
How might a remaster of Crash Bandicoot open the series to a wider audience?