Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy's release date is almost here, which means review scores have started to drop.
The Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy contains remastered versions of the first three games in the series.
It has a June 30 release date for PS4, although recent reports suggest it may one day come to Xbox One.
But critics are divided over the new Crash Bandicoot collection, although none of the reviews are scathing.
The IGN reviewer is particularly impressed, awarding the N Sane Trilogy 8.5/10.
The review states: "I didn’t want the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy to break what wasn’t broken. Thankfully, Vicarious Visions clearly didn’t want to either, and the studio’s reverence for the original maddening yet rewarding challenges that have stood the test of time is clearly on display. On one hand, that leads to the frustrating limitations of the original Crash Bandicoot persisting 20 years later. But it also results in the incredible visual and aural overhaul and the gameplay tweaks to earlier entries, like time trials and crate counters, that Naughty Dog added later in the series. Those additions make the overall package so much more cohesive while never forgetting what made, and what still makes, so much of Naughty Dog’s original trilogy a blast to play."
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Trusted Reviews – 3/5: "It's no big surprise to say that the N. Sane trilogy is another pleasant form of fan service from Sony, which does seem keen on this kind of thing when you remember it’s doing the same with Final Fantasy 7 and Shenmue 3. And the intended audience will love it.
"If you don't fall into this group, though, I don't think you should take the plunge now. Probably best to find something that was developed a bit more recently."
SixthAxis – 9/10: "As far as remakes go, you can’t get any better than this. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is exactly how fans envisioned it – an unadulterated celebration of a PlayStation pioneer. With such a weight on their shoulders, Vicarious Visions have pulled it off with such diligence, infused with a streak of their own creativity. Then there’s Naughty Dog original efforts, of course. Even those only acquainted with Uncharted and The Last of Us can appreciate how the studio first made its name, and the journey from Crash Bandicoot to Warped is one of continued innovation. Some two decades later, it’s great to see that some things never change."
Gamespot – 6/10: "The culprit behind Crash's dated feel is the passage of time. Vicarious Visions, for its part, succeeded in revitalizing Crash from an artistic perspective while preserving the charm that made him appealing when he first showed up, but years have passed since the original PlayStation was relevant, and we are well past the formative years of 3D gaming. It's easy to imagine how a dyed-in-the-wool Crash fan will fall in love all over again via the N. Sane Trilogy, but if you're experiencing Crash for the first time–or the first time in a while–it might pain you to realize that Crash's original adventures aren't as inventive or surprising as they were 20 years ago."
Metro – 7/10: "The only disappointment is that the game only runs at 30fps, although it’s not like the original did any better. Although the game’s simplicity may earn it some new younger fans the primary audience here is clearly those that remember Crash from back in the day, and they’re going to be over the moon with this collection. And even if you don’t like the originals the game’s undeniable charm still makes a compelling argument for why Crash should come back for good."