t is a fascinating time to be a gamer at the moment: you will find that remasters and remakes re becoming more and more popular. Developers are picking out our beloved childhood games and polishing them up, refining their controls, upgrading graphics and honing sounds to bring them to life with the modern day. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is the latest series from memory lane to be upgraded and remastered for the current generations of consoles.
Crash is a bit different, though, because not only will old school fans of the iconic PlayStation franchise love it for the sentimental and nostalgia value, but it is also a great time for those who haven't experienced these games before. Imagine a 10 year old kid form the Nineties who used to manoeuvre their way around the islands, cracking open crates and ridin' hogs. Fast forward on 20 years later and they have a child of their own and want them to also experience the fun and challenge of the iconic platformer. It's a game for multiple generations, which is so awesome.
The collection, featuring the first three games originally on PS1, look to maintain not only the vibrant look that each series entry possessed, but also sharp, fine-tuned feel of the platforming and mechanics. whether you're a long-time fan of the series or a newcomer to the spins and jumps of the crazy marsupial, N. Sane Trilogy is shaping up to be a great place to re-live or initially experience the Bandicoot's adventures.
The creative director of N. Sane Trilogy, Dan Tanguay, said something to sum this nostalgic influence up perfectly :''I was chatting with one fo my wife's best friends and she asked me what I was working on. We had finally publicly announced the game, so I could tell her, but she prefaced her question: 'Hey, just to let you know, I'm not a gamer. I don't play games. Whatever you're going to tell me, don't feel bad when I tell you I don't know what it is.' But then I tell her I'm working on Crash, and she responds: 'Oh my god, I love Crash.' The funny thing is that this isn't an isolated indecent. I've had this happen to me time and time again where I discover people who don't consider themselves gamers, but have fond memories of Crash because of how popular he was at the time.''
But it's not just vital to ignite the nostalgic flames of a gamer generations from 20 years ago. Although this IS significant, another huge aspect is that these vintage, 'poppy' and vivacious platformers are returning to mainstream popularity. It feels like the gems of the 90s are going to be in everyone's home again, millennial children will be just excited as we were; it may even return to a family activity again where kids and parents will play, watch and laugh together. Could releasing this collection eventually lead to a completely new entry in the series? It's a possibility. And with Crash, Parappa the Rapper and WipEout Omega Collection all having modern day remakes too, there's only one other PS1 mascot of the 90s that is on everybody's lips: Spyro the Dragon.
Just some Wumpa Fruit for thought.