Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy Xbox One Review

Posted July 12, 2018 by Kyle Simcox in Video Games

Developer: Vicarious Visions

Publisher: Activision

Release Date: June 29, 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Back when the Crash Bandicoot N’sane Trilogy was announced for Playstation 4, I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t really all that excited about it. Remasters and remakes this generation are a dime a dozen after all. However, from the moment I loaded up the game on my Xbox One X and stepped onto the shores of the Wumpa Islands…. I knew I’d be taking a trip down memory lane.

Don’t forget about Coco!

Back in the day, Crash was a game I played with my mom(now she prefers Lego games). I helped her get through a lot of what she couldn’t and while I remember all the countless times I threw Crash off of his warthog or jumped into a hole or was felled by one of the games many death traps but honestly, I don’t quite remember the first title being as hard as it is in the N’sane Trilogy. I mean, a lot of Bandicoot’s and almost a controller were harmed in the making of this review guys, but it was worth. Playing through the N’sane Trilogy was a blast from the past.

If you’re like me and didn’t get to play Crash N’sane Trilogy like me, then you’ll be happy to know that all three games play excellently on the Xbox One X. While I found the first game pleasantly difficult and if I’m being honest, rage inducing, the other two games were pretty relaxing. However, the two sequels included some new mechanics that really help out like the sliding ability. All that aside though, the games control wonderfully and haven’t played better. However, while it never happened to me, I have a friend who couldn’t load into any levels without causing the game to um… crash. Simply reinstalling the game fixed the issue but you might want to beware regardless.

Crash is looking GOOD these days.

Gone are the days of old and Crash is sporting a beautiful new look in 4K that sticks true to the franchise as well. I haven’t played the PS4 version but it truly looks phenomenal on the Xbox One X. The islands have received a much needed make over and if you take a second to look around, you’ll see all the hard work put into rebuilding Crash’s surroundings. You can expect all the fun sound effects to have returned though. From the chanting Aku Aku masks to the many sounds of failure as you toss Crash down pits and slam him into spiked traps.

Needles to say, Vicarious Visions did an excellent job remaking a part of my childhood. The game still feels familiar and new all at the same time. Due to the game being 4k and X1 enhanced, it may have a slight edge of the PS4 pro version but don’t ignore the portability of the Switch version. To put it simply, no matter which version if Crash Bandicoot N’sane trilogy, you can’t go wrong. If you’re itching for a massive dose of nostalgia, consider it a buy for sure.

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Kyle Simcox