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What This Adult Gamer Thinks Of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Revisiting Crash Bandicoot As An Adult Gamer; Does It Crash And Burn?

One of the first games I got when my dad gave me a PS3 for Christmas one year was a copy of the first Crash Bandicoot. My father got the PS3 used for Christmas from a local games store. The employees neglected to erase the game when the original owner of the console sold it to the store.

In the end, I got the game for free when I turned on the console for the first time. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I laid eyes on the icon after having not played the game for so many years. I grew up with the franchise when my brother and I had a PS2 but I hadn’t played the games in at least 10 years.

Having really sensitive allergies means I get colds quite often and this holiday season was certainly no exception to this fact. I can get so sick that I don’t get much sleep and this is shaping up to be one of those times.

I power on the console for some much-needed distraction since I don’t have school work I could work on. I keep the volume low but the curse words heated as I lose life after life. To me, it doesn’t matter how many “game over” screens I see in the coming 2 hours as I recline against my bed while sitting on the floor.

I couldn’t care less, to be completely honest. I’m more focused on one thing: enjoying myself as much as I can. What I don’t realize is that the game will be re-released about 3 years later for the PS4 and that I’ll be getting a copy of it through my younger brother. I’m in for the treat of a lifetime, in my opinion, and here’s why.

Picking up the controller again

I can still remember the excitement I felt when I saw the advertisement for the Crash Bandicoot remake on Facebook. I had just gotten my PS4, which meant I could ask for it as a birthday gift since it came out a month and a half before my birthday.

I was totally psyched and knew I’d have enough gameplay for months. I didn’t realize how true that sentiment was, nor how frustrating the game could get at times. I knew I might need help at times to get past certain levels but I was glad that they included better save technology in the remake.

I could never remember the code they gave me in the original games and never seemed to have paper around to write it down without fail. That’s why I got so excited to see that I could save effectively without having to write down a code.

Frustrations of the game

The biggest thing that frustrates me about this game – and yes, I’m still playing it – is that there are certain places that never fail to kill me. I don’t mind this too much, however, as I always manage to learn a way to get past it.

It has cost me many hours of heated swearing and concocting several hare-brained schemes to get around the problem areas. There may be areas that aren’t difficult for you that are rather difficult for me. I had a certain area, in fact, that I had to get help on because I had no idea how to get past it myself.

I got it figured out through the help of my brother, who also got a bit frustrated while figuring out the controls again. He hadn’t played it in at least 15 years himself so he got killed in a few places as well.

We laughed at the time, though it got frustrating for him. I was just glad for the help and told him that I could take it from there after getting a plan of action for passing the area.

Final Thoughts

Frustrations aside, I’ve been really enjoying the game. It’s been out for a year now and I’m taking my time going through it. This is one of those games where I believe it’s okay to take your time beating it. I am always up for a challenge and the remake has given me the challenge I need. I recommend getting the game for yourself. If not for me, get it for yourself!

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Written by Lizzie Fourman

Lizzie is a blogger 12 hours out of the day, which, considering you’re reading one of her blog posts, makes perfect sense. She is best known for writing on Grown Gaming, Two Guys Playing Zelda, and Thrive Global. She also writes for businesses for a living, on subjects like video games, legal topics, criminal justice, and music. Lizzie enjoys role playing on Twitter (her username is @lovegoodlunacy), reading fantasy novels, and listening to music. When not writing or reading, you can find her outside on the patio.

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