Parents need to know that "Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy" presents three classic, cartoony platforming games: 1996's "Crash Bandicoot," 1997's "Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back," and 1998's "Crash Bandicoot: Warped." While there's some mild violence – Crash does a spin move that sends his enemies flying – the game's cartoonish look and tone mean there's no blood or gore. Crash can also be a little flirty, but otherwise there's no inappropriate content.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
As a collection of three games, the "Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy" has three stories. In "Crash Bandicoot," our hero has to stop the evil Dr. Neo Cortex from taking over the world, while also rescuing his girlfriend. Then, in "Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back," Dr. Cortex coerces Crash to do his bidding. Finally, in "Crash Bandicoot: Warped," our favorite Australian marsupial travels through time to, what else, save the world from Dr. Cortex. Some people never learn.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Though it presents three classics from the late-'90s, the action games on this compilation are as fresh and challenging as they were when they came out on the first PlayStation. Much like the recent "WipEout Omega Collection," the "Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy" presents aurally and visually remastered versions of the three classic '90s games. All three platformers, in the vein of Mario's greatest adventures, have you running, jumping, and spinning your way through sadistic obstacle courses full of traps, explosive boxes, surly monkeys, and other hazards.
But while the three games in this collection are as good as we remember them, these versions add a few small things that make them even better. Most notably, you can now play them as Crash's similarly skilled sister, Coco. The game also automatically saves after every level. And if you do well at the Time Trials – in which you replay a level with the added challenge of having to beat the clock – it will upload your best time to online leaderboards so you can brag on a worldwide scale. Regardless of how you play them, though, the three games in the "Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy" are as perplexing and engaging as they were when they first came out over, exactly, and nearly twenty years ago.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 10 and older
Quality: 5 out of 5
Positive messages: 1 out of 5
Positive role models: 1 out of 5
Ease of play: 3 out of 5
Violence: 1 out of 5
Sex: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 0 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release date: July 3, 2017
ESRB rating: E10+ for cartoon violence, comic mischief
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