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Does the New ‘Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy’ Live Up to Its Hype?

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On June 30, Activision completely unveiled its latest project which has promised a positive return. The newly released, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy  isn’t just a simple airbrush of the original PlayStation hit series. In fact, there are actually many new features that the developers put into this viral game.

To those unfamiliar, the Crash Bandicoot games were of utmost popularity beginning in the 90’s. Shortly after its initial release, variations of the game were made for many platforms including Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP.

The hit remake was released exclusively for PlayStation 4 last week, which is no surprise since it originated on the PlayStation platform.

Within a few days of its debut, many gamers have claimed that the new version of Crash is actually more difficult than the original. However, much of these perceptions have been debunked by Crash Mania among other fan sites.

Of many of the complaints, the distance of Crash’s jumps, the jet ski movability, and easily falling off of ledges are just a few. However, most of these have been due to gamers’ expectations. Many anticipated gameplay to be similar to the original, which isn’t the case.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Bandicoot original, side-by-side gameplay.

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Which brings me to the good stuff. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has many improved graphics, and all-new animations, especially, the emphasized death animations. Additionally, there is upgraded audio and the ability to play as Crash’s sister, Coco Bandicoot.

Many of the consumers who’re going to buy the latest Crash game, are likely familiar with the dramatized death scenes, and the blurry graphics of the 90’s (which were actually advanced for the time). These features have been updated and refined to appeal to a 21st century audience, while retaining a comedic effect.

Plus, players can go through all levels of the game as Coco Bandicoot. Initially, she was only included in mini games and bonus levels.

Unlike its older counterparts, the remake now gives players the ability to save at any time during gameplay, rather than at the end of each level. Which is a convenient feature considering the speculated difficulty of the game.

Aside from the debated easiness (or lack of) and the exclusivity of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, the new game seems to be a win for Activision and PlayStation as well. It will tug on the heartstrings of loyal 90’s gamers and even attract new consumers to its upgraded look and addicting gameplay.

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