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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

A great collection of three platformers that helped define the PS1 era – and developer Naughty Dog.

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If you were an ’80s kid and grew up playing video games, the miracles of the modern world would likely blow you away. You’ve got a console that turns into a handheld and back. You’ve got some seriously beefy consoles that don’t need to convert to kick butt. If you’ve got a decent PC, then, well…the sky’s the limit. You want Sonic on PC? Sure, no problem. You want classic pinball games? Absolutely.

Now, thanks to the PC release of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, you can have both the blue blur and Sony’s mascot sitting on the same system. You still can’t get Mario on Steam. Let’s see how long that lasts, though.

The PC version of Crash is, well, largely the same thing with a little more space to roam free. You’ve still got three games: Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back and Warped, each of which is a tough-as-nails platformer with plenty of running, jumping and spinning action. They’re colorful and bright with plenty to see and tons of enemies to spin or jump on; they also look and sound better than they ever have.

These are classic games with classic game levels of challenge, though, and you’re expected to get pretty good pretty quickly. That’s not even saying anything about the myriad secrets and goodies that you can search for – if you hope to beat even one of these games fully, you’d better be prepared to stick around for a while.

You’re essentially getting the same package you got on the PS4 here: that’s three games for $40, a pretty decent deal given the serious graphical upgrades throughout. The PC version looks even better, as well, so crank that resolution up and go hog wild. It even runs at a nice, comfortable 60FPS. If you’ve got some horsepower, Crash will happily chow down.

If you missed Crash back when he made his way to PS4 last year, you’ve got another chance now that it’s also available on PC, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. It’s one you really ought to take. These games can be tough, but they’re a great time regardless; a little persistence will go a long way. You’re bound to enjoy Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy regardless of all the time you’ll spend six feet under.

About the Author: Cory Galliher