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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy - PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: Activision
  • SKU: 5712319
  • Release Date: 06/30/2017
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Cartoon violence, Comic mischief
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    • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3803 out of 3867)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Vicarious Visions
    • Publisher: Activision
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Platformer
    • Release Date: 06/30/2017

    Synopsis


    Your favorite marsupial, Crash Bandicoot™, is back! He's enhanced, entranced & ready-to-dance with the N. Sane Trilogy game collection. Now you can experience Crash Bandicoot like never before in Fur-K. Spin, jump, wump and repeat as you take on the epic challenges and adventures through the three games that started it all, Crash Bandicoot™, Crash Bandicoot™ 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot™ 3: Warped. Relive all your favorite Crash moments in their fully-remastered HD graphical glory and get ready to put some UMPH in your WUMP!

    Features


    Crash Bandicoot

    Dr. Neo Cortex has a plan to take over the world, and he wants to create genetically engineered animals to do his bidding

    To create his minions, Cortex kidnaps as many animals as he can; Crash Bandicoot's girlfriend just happens to be one of his victims

    Take control of Crash as he runs, jumps, and spins through 30 levels of intense action on three different Australian islands. Only you can help Crash save the animals, save his girlfriend, and foil Dr. Cortex's plot

    Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

    The evil Dr. Neo Cortex is back out this time to save the world? And he's asking for help from his arch nemesis, Crash Bandicoot?

    Is this just a conniving plan to lure Crash into Cortex's next dastardly experiment? Can Crash win again or will he join Cortex's mindless zoo?

    Bigger free-roaming 3D environments, all-new animations and a whole host of colorful characters

    Watch as Crash ice-skates, rodeo-rides a polar bear and jet-packs through zero-gravity in the continuing adventures of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back - this time he ain't joking

    Crash Bandicoot Warped

    Oh yeah he's back and he's ready. It's a whole new time-traveling adventure! All new-style gameplay action - scuba dive, ride a motorcycle, a baby T-Rex, and go free-roaming airborne in a plane

    Play as Coco! Gallop along the Great Wall of China on a tiger, go extreme on a jet-ski and other high-flying surprises

    Prove your skills with the new Super-charge Body Slam, Super Slide, Double Jump, Death-Tornado Spin and a Laser-Guided Bazooka

    All new enemies include a new Big Boss, Uka Uka, N. Tropy, a menacing Dingodile and of course, the return of some favorites like N. Gin and Tiny

    More fun, more puzzles and secret levels. And you didn't think it could get any better

    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Stormy Ascent Level

    Experience the notorious Stormy Ascent level from the original Crash Bandicoot game. Previously unfinished and unreleased, this level will challenge even the most hardcore of Crash fans!

    Do you have what it takes to tackle the fast retracting steps, vial throwing lab assistants, flying birds, moving platforms and iron spikes?

    Download the Stormy Ascent Level on the PlayStation Store for $2.99 today!*

    *Download of the Stormy Ascent Level requires CRASH BANDICOOT ™ N. SANE TRILOGY.



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 3867 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Lots of Fun, Occasionally Infuriating

      Posted
      EricGriswold
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I heard the controls were kind of clunky, but there haven't been any good games since Breath of The Wild, so I decided to pick this up. At first, it seemed like the controls were fine, especially in the early, easy levels. I thought maybe the reviewers I read were just being whiny and nit-picky. But then I got to some of the really hard levels, like Native Fortress and Temple Ruins, and realized what all the critics were complaining about. I have never come so close to smashing my PS4 controller, or breaking it half, or throwing it through the TV screen. Crash just doesn't land where you think he's going to land about 15-20% of the time you jump - which is way, way, way too often for a hard platformer that is full of tricky jumps that require split-second timing and spatial precision. There are so many times that you hit the right buttons to make Crash do a high-jump or leap to a certain platform - but he just won't reach where you need him to go, through no fault of your own. In the hints section of the loading screen, the developers suggest using the directional pad instead of the analog stick for better controls, but it really doesn't make that much of a difference. The controls are better on the D-pad, but still kind of sticky and slow by modern standards. By the way, I had the original trilogy back in the 90's, and I swear Naughty Dog's versions had tighter, more responsive controls. It's a big problem and kind of a deal breaker when a game doesn't control reliably, but you can ultimately kind of adjust to the clunky controls in N. Sane Trilogy, and figure out how to compensate for it. After adjusting to the sluggishness of the controls, I was able to finally beat some of those super-tough levels in Crash 1. On the plus side, the insane difficulty makes beating a hard level incredibly rewarding. You really feel like you've accomplished something amazing, and that maybe, just maybe you're not a complete failure in life. But I digress. The control issues are not bad enough, thankfully, to suck all the fun out of the games. In fact, it's a testament to the overall quality of the trilogy that despite its serious control issues, the games keep you eagerly coming back for more. The level design in all three games is very well-thought-out. The levels are inventive, challenging, and rarely feel repetitive. The upgraded graphics are stunning and beautiful, especially on PS4 Pro. More than anything, though, Naughty Dog's original games and these HD remakes are just really, really fun to play. So fun that the positive aspects of N. Sane trilogy manage to far outweigh the negative impact of its stiff, unwieldy controls. Overall, there is easily enough great platforming content here to make this a worthy purchase at $39.99. If you like or love old-school platformers or Crash Bandicoot, this trilogy is a no-brainer; you should absolutely, positively, 100% buy this. If platforming games aren't your thing, you might consider renting this first or skipping it altogether. DKC Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World 2, and Rayman Legends are better games in the same genre, though none of them mix 2D and 3D in the same way as Crash. Activision should release a brand new Crash game with the same gorgeous 4K graphics, same Naughty Dog-inspired gameplay mechanisms, and much tighter controls in 2018!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A fun, classic platformer everyone should enjoy

      Posted
      Motorcityliving
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I've only ever played crash 3, maybe once or twice. I've always wanted to experience the original games for myself since they are considered some of the best platformers of all time, but the games are dated and I didn't have a readily accessible way to play them or let alone get my hands on them. The came N Sane Trilgooy. This game is a beautiful restoration of the original trilogy. The graphics are smooth and stunning. The level design is true to the original games as well. However, the game only runs at 30 fps. This isn't a huge issue, 60fps is just industry standard. The game is still beautiful though. The motion blur does a little bit to compensate for the frame rate. The music has been updated as well and it's just as incredible, wacky, and upbeat. The main theme is very catchy, it's always stuck in my head. As far as gameplay goes, each game gets progressively more difficult the farther you progress and it gets DIFFICULT. As of now, I've only beaten the first game, which many consider to be the hardest of the three. There are also two infamously difficult levels that had me stuck for a fair amount of time. Much of the challenge comes from tight jumps and the fact that Crash is only ale to take one hit before losing a lfie. If you die too many times, the game will provide you with shields upon your next life that can absorb one or two hits for you. They always annoyed me. It felt like the game was patronizing or coddling me. Though, I probably never would have beaten the game without them. Once you've cleared all of the levels, the game encourages you to go back and break every crate in all of the levels and collect every gem as an extra challenge. And of course, PlayStation offers trophies and achievements to collect, offering another extra layer of challenge. There's also a time attack/trial mode, so the games have wide replayability.The last thing I'd like to include is that for the first time ever, the game gives you the option to play as Crash's sister, Coco Bandicoot. This is a minor detail and she doesn't control any different from a gameplay standpoint (as far as I can tell), but it's fun to see. Another option for the player to choose depending on their preference. All in all, it's a solid experience and the trilogy definitely holds ups to the glory and acclaim the series has amassed over the years.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Welcome Home Old Friend

      Posted
      HearMeOut

      To provide some context, I am 23 years old and have grown up playing video games since I was 6. If you are here for a short summary, Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is great for young, old, new, and experienced gamers and is a must have for any PS4. If you want a more in depth review, please read on. When I heard about the N Sane Trilogy last year, my expectations were through the roof. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped to this day remains one of my top 5 favorite games of all time. Having purchased the game on its release date, I can say that Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy was easily worth the money. The game includes all 3 original Crash games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. All of them have been updated with better visuals and sounds. There are two things in particular that stand out to me. First, Vicarious Visions does a great job of adding small but noticeable details to the old games. If you haven't played the originals, you won't notice these but for more seasoned Crash Bandicoot fans you will come to adore these minor pleasures. The attention to detail is phenomenal and still impress me as I discover new animations while playing. Second, none of the updates affect the overall gaming experience. By this, I mean that each of the games still had their varying levels of difficulty. Hands down, Crash Bandicoot is the hardest of the 3 games yet it still maintains its fun/challenging atmosphere. As someone who has played all three games on both Playstation and Playstation 4, the controls and difficulty are identical. Young and new gamers can enjoy the simplicity of completing levels and battling the next boss while older and experienced gamers are able to search for hidden gems or race against the clock for time relics. The thing I love most about the Crash Bandicoot trilogy is its ability to draw in all types of gamers. The N Sane Trilogy gave me exactly what I wanted from the old Crash games with the improved visual and audio capabilities of the PS4. Hear me out, Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is a great game for both kids and adults and is easily worth your money. This is the reboot you desired old friend. Welcome home, Crash, welcome home.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A beautiful but very frustrating 3D romp.

      Posted
      CrunchYama
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      In a day and age where retro ports are becoming increasingly common, Crash N. Sane trilogy comes as a full remake of three classic games in a relatively affordable package. Being a series that had originally prided itself on expressive character animation despite limited console horsepower (and by proxy, limited polygons,) Crash N. Sane Trilogy manages to capture the aesthetic of the original games. In fact, I'd argue that now, not being tied down by the restrictions of a resource-limited console, Crash and company are able to better convey their intended expressions and emotion; most of which worked well in the past because of how over exaggerated they were. This unfortunately comes at a cost. The game looks incredible but long time fans may be disappointed to find that there have been slight tweaks to the physics if the game. A common cited example (and one that I find personally frustrating) is the fact that it seems the corners of pits are sort of "rounded." This is frustrating because a near landing becomes a near miss, where in the originals you would have survived the jump, in the remake you'll see Crash slip off the new, curved geometry, falling to his doom in the process. It also seems that all these newfound polygons have added to Crash's figure; he seems to be ever so slightly heavier than he used to be, giving the player a little less room for error in trickier platforming segments. I find this to be another overall detriment to the game, especially for new players whom are trying Crash for the first time. The original set of games were notoriously difficult, and these new physics quirks only compound the problem furthermore. Overall, I would recommend this game, but not without mentioning the above complaints; specifically the difficulty.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid remake.

      Posted
      Snotnarok
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      All three Crash Bandicoot games compacted into 1 pretty nice package. It's not flawless it's got some issues for certain but I'll get into that in a minute. It's a very pretty game and seems to get Crash's levels down 1:1 while adding modern visual flair to them. More detail, a nice lighting engine and what not. The characters look way better now. Enemies in the original games were low-detail to probably make sure the game ran as well as it did then. It's a solid package with all three games being included and Coco being playable through ...oddly only MOST of the game instead of all. I'd say the best bonus is that Crash 1 isn't as brutally difficult as it used to be. Originally you had to jump through hoops to just save your game, nevermind get the true ending. ...And the true ending is ...still pretty hard to get. The technical issues vary from annoying to bad. Loading times were almost nonexistent on the PS1 originals, the PS4 version the load times are horrible. It takes 15 seconds just for the main menu to load up never mind how many fairly long load screens you gotta get through to get in and out of levels. The game runs at 30fps, which is a shame since trailers had the game running at 60. The extra responsiveness would have been a nice thing to get especially with the likes of Uncharted 1-3 getting a nice update in that regard. This is something only fans of the old games may notice...Crash's jumping is way off. He falls faster and slides off of edges. Meaning you have to be more precise with your jumps. Hit detection on some enemies is broken as well. Overall it's a pretty good release, honestly the best way to play Crash 1 that's for sure and it's a solid collection for the price. But if you're a fan of the original 2 and 3, you're probably better off sticking to those versions as they handle better and load faster.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Honest Review

      Posted
      varelae1
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Crash's comeback is full of nostalgia and hope. Fans have been waiting a lot and the game gives honor to the original 3 games. The last two games, Cortes Strikes Back and Warped are great experiences. The design, gameplay, and graphics are excellent, but these last two games are highly affected by the awful gameplay of the first Crash Bandicoot. As a Crash fan, the game is loyal to its original parents but it also brought the mistakes they made. The jumping system is the same or worse than the original games and this really sours the experience that gamers have. The game does little to no good in bringing new people to the crash community. The game is literally done for those nostalgic Crash fans that have waited for a remake of the original Naughty Dog games. It's a shame that Activision and Vicarious Visions didn't put more effort on fixing the jumping system in the first game so that newcomers could enjoy the game. The game is totally worth 40 bucks but not more. The first game will really frustrate you and will sour the experience. For newcomers, just go play the second game and leave the first one for last. The 3 stars are given because of how good the remake is and the incredible experience the last two games give. But it loses two stars because of its jumping system and the bad first experience. It is sad because I waited for more success for this game and upcoming games, but it looks like this game will not help much. I will recommend the last two games but avoid the sour taste of losing all the time in the first game.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      First Real Exposure to Crash Bandicoot - I Love It

      Posted
      omarinhd
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      I had been a PC gamer until 2015, but I was familiar with console games and characters. The only Crash Bandicoot game I played prior to the N. Sane Trilogy was Crash Team Racing for the original Playstation. My wife, on the other hand, had played many Crash Bandicoot games and was excited about this release, which is why we bought it. Her takeaway was that she doesn't remember it being as difficult as it is, but that the graphics are amazing. Having this be my first real exposure to what Crash Bandicoot is known for, I was not exactly sure what to expect. Having played and watched my wife and kids play as well, I would have to agree with my wife that the game is difficult and looks amazing. The difficulty and challenge of the game is actually a plus for me. I appreciate games that will keep you playing over and over again because part of the fun is the challenge. A lot of games these days allow you to get hit many times before you're defeated, and you usually get to spawn in a convenient place relative to where you died in-game. With these games, there is little protection offered against enemies, and you restart at checkpoints that you have activated or at the beginning of the level - adding to the difficulty and strive to do well. The game is also goofy, wacky, zany - you name it. It's hard to be mad and frustrated at the game when Crash's deaths can make one laugh. For an easier Crash Bandicoot experience, I would suggest Skylanders Imaginators. That was my kids' first exposure to Crash and that made them want to play the N. Sane Trilogy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Competent remake that could have been perfect.

      Posted
      Bd27
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      Can't say how happy I am that a remake of the classic Crash Bandicoot games exists. Overall, it's pretty great: Crash Bandicoot 1's controls have been fixed, making this probably the best way to play Crash 1. I like the idea of adding time trials & Coco to all three games, even if some of Crash 1 & 2's levels aren't really designed to be sped through. But still, a nice thought. The only things that bug me about this game are the missed opportunities. The lack of 60fps for a platformer is very disappointing. As Nintendo has proven many times before, platformers play best at 60fps. Given how great Crash games in the past have felt at 60fps, it's a shame this game doesn't push that, not even on PS4 Pro. Another thing is the presentation. Some of the remastered audio/music tracks just lose their classic feel: they range from decent to just plain worse. Though I do like the new cutscenes that make the whole thing look like a cartoon. I just wish the developers took more opportunities to celebrate Crash's history. I wish they did what Halo MCC did and let us switch between classic and remastered versions in real time. I wish there were maybe some alternate costumes from Naughty Dog's Crash artwork. Maybe some behind the scenes movies. It would've been nice for this to be the definitive way to play Crash Trilogy. Right now, it's a nice detour, but I still have reason to play the originals on my PS1.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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