Crash Bandicoot has always been one of those games my sisters and I would play over and over again; it was forever a big hit in our house! I can remember when I would get stuck on a level and my sister would take over for a bit until I was past the hardest section (yeah, I know that’s cheating). Crash has also always been one of my favourite game characters, and I like him just as much as I like Spyro, I always thought he was a fox until one day I found out there are animals called Bandicoots – Mind. Blown. I found him so appealing, I wished he was real (my imagination as a child was weird). Another character in the Crash Bandicoot games I loved was the mask, an old witch doctor that enabled invincibility for Crash if the player broke the crates with his face on.
The Crash Bandicoot games weren’t all limited to being a platform game; Sony released ‘Crash Team Racing’ and ‘Crash Warped’. I hate to admit it, but I was awful at them. Racing games and I don’t mix, but that’s not to say I didn’t have hours of fun playing them!
It was announced at E3 that the original Crash Bandicoot games would be remastered on PS4 and be called ‘Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy’, a collection of the first three games from the original Crash Bandicoot series: ‘Crash Bandicoot’, ‘Cortex Strikes Back’ and ‘Warped’. The stories will stay the same but the graphics have obviously changed and been scrubbed up. Not only will it be in high definition 4K, but the audio has also been remastered (although the original composer – Josh Mancell – hasn’t been invited back). In the original Crash games there was no such thing as ‘autosave’ which was frustrating, but luckily they’ve now added this feature. Not much else has been given away, so I’m excited to see what other features have been added or changed.
What I’m most excited for is that the younger generation will be able to experience how fun Crash Bandicoot is, although some already know from playing ‘Skylanders’ (in which he is a real life Sensai), they will now get to experience Crash from the 90’s. Looking back on how far video games have come and how people still choose to play the older ones makes me happy; the graphics may not be amazing but you don’t need to have great graphics to enjoy a game.
There are so many arguments about which console or PC has the best graphics but, for me, it comes down to how much I enjoy playing a game with a certain character. Crash is, and always will be, one of my favourite video game characters and I hope he will become as popular as he used to be when I was younger.
It’s not clear when the game will be officially announced, but it has been rumoured that the release date is February 28th 2017 – not that far off!