Crash Bandicoot A Blast To The Past (Literally) – N Sane Trilogy Review (PS4)

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If you were born before the year 2000 or for some reason you’ve never heard of our clumsy bandicoot friend, then you need no introductions and you can skip this review. However, for everyone else I hope you have plenty of time on your hands because you’re about to get to be given a quick history lesson. “See what I did their ;)”

Crash Bandicoot has been one of gamers favourite characters, games and PlayStation titles since it’s debut release in 1996 with Naughty Dog (developers) providing the birth of a legend. Now in June of this year the legend was revamped, remastered and looking as dashing as ever in the new ‘Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy’ where fans and newcomers were given a real blast to the past.

So stop what you are doing and listen up, as I reunite with our childhood sweetheart once more… A truly emotional and heartwarming story in today’s review.

The Content – What’s On Offer Here

Now in ‘Crash Bandicoot The N Sane Trilogy’ you will be given all three games:

  • Crash Bandicoot.
  • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back.
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.

All games are very similar in story line with the objective being to take out the person who created you Prof. Neo Cortex, who is Crashes nemesis and also the antagonist of the games. You will work your way through varying platforming stages, destroying boxes, dodging or defeating cortex’s experimented wildlife whilst collecting crystals in order to advance and take down Neo Cortex and his countless boss minions.

Another thing I should add is that this can be a very difficult and frustrating game at times. You will die a lot, and you will keep dying until you learn the intricacies of the levels enough to not die. Stages range from scaling huge wooden fortresses and avoiding giant shooting spikes to running around in an underground temple in complete darkness while dodging bats. So keep this in mind if you’re considering buying.

You will start with three lives and can obtain more as you collect 100 wumpa fruits or smash boxes with ‘crash’ symbols on them. I felt like as soon I got lots of lives however they were quickly taken away from a difficult stage. In addition to these lives there is a checkpoint system, which you will encounter quite often throughout levels. If you lose all your lives though your checkpoint will be forfeit and you will be made to start the level again.

All the games are huge when combined and offer 100+ levels so you will have plenty to be frustrated and scream about.

Sound and Graphics – Nice and Shiny

It’s simply beautiful. Environments and enemies are more lush, sounds are high quality warning you of incoming enemies or attacks and it all runs on the PS4 and PS4 Pro at a solid 30fps (frames per second).

Crash’s model is more natural looking except for his fur which looks a little awkward and weird for some reason, but that’s not a huge problem when compared to the gameplay and what’s on offer here.

All the classic and nostalgic crash music is back and better than ever. You will hear natives sing out as drums pound in the background and funky beats blasting your speakers. I get immersed every time I hear it and it’ll keep you focused whilst playing the game.

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The Intricacies – Why You Will Die

The only thing that hasn’t changed much are the controls, and that can be a blessing or a curse for some players. Before the games release Vicarious Visions the developers who created the remaster, stated that they had made the game harder and more challenging.

I personally don’t mind it being a bit more challenging as it’d make completing a level just that little more sweet, but everyone has there preferences.

On the topic of completing a level, gameplay can feel a little frustrating at times. This is due to bugs or the game being from old origins, as jumping or using your spin attack might not register properly ending in me touching or missing an enemy and being killed.

The game is very fun when you get a couple friends over and try to beat the levels together. You will all start victory chants, cry together and swear at the television screen but all in the spirit of Crash Bandicoot.

Wumpa Fruit Collecting – Should you Start Collecting?

Crash Bandicoot is both a satisfying and challenging game. It frustrates me and players to the point of screaming at the television screen but that’s what the games about.

If you’re thinking of picking up this game based on the review or you’ve already made your mind up, then I hope you enjoy all the fun and frustration that is to be had here.

I will be placing the cheapest prices I can find in the ‘Video Game Prices’ section on the main menu up the top.

Leave a comment in the section below on what you like about challenging games?

Take care guys, Have a great day!


Cheap Rating of 8/10.


Gameplay Trailer for Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy.

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4 Replies to “Crash Bandicoot A Blast To The Past (Literally) – N Sane Trilogy Review (PS4)

  1. I actually love the fact that it has the whole game controls. That way I don’t have to think too much when I’m going about controlling it just using tears skills. Also love to get immersed in the music as well. That pretty much goes for any game I love the play that way you’re really into it.

    1. That’s it Andrew it’s all based off personal preference and what the user likes. I personally like to switch between controls when the going gets tough haha.

      Yeah and exactly like you said it adds more variety. I hope they do a remaster of Spyro for the PS4.

      Thanks for the comment and take care!

  2. HI mate I really enjoyed your review on crash bandicoot, as I personally played the old version for hours as it was endless fun. That little guy was so cool to control, I hope the new remastered version will be the same if not better, great article.

    All the best


    1. Hey Andrew thanks for the comment mate, I am glad you enjoyed reading it. He’s the same crash you know and love, but just got a bit of a makeover haha.

      You too, take care mate!

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