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Published May 13, 2018

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has been out for a little while and while many gamers are overjoyed at the remastered version, it is not without its flaws; particularly Crash Bandicoot 1. I’ve been playing this game for a bit, my energies has been focused more on Crash 1 as opposed to 2 & 3 because the latter two provide little challenge for a gamer of my caliber.

Ignore Crash 1, I’m going to!

Incidentally, the first Crash Bandicoot game is still the tough, over killing beast that it has always been; I would have thought that would’ve changed given the complete remaster of everything that made the game what it was and what made it a more or less titanic failure.

I have to admit that after playing the first Crash Bandicoot game on the N. Sane Trilogy, it is still as hard and complicated as it ever was. I consider myself the greatest video game prodigy to walk the face of the earth and it was still hell to play through most of the levels that I have up to the point I did.

I’ve grown to HATE this level!

Ultimately, I left off at The Lost City time trial. Before that, I spent 2 hours working my way through the level to get both gems, the clear and green. In the 29 years that I’ve been gaming, no level in any video game I’ve ever played has EVER took me 2 hours to complete. Having said that, here’s my Crash Bandicoot 1 PS4 game review.

The levels

My first and biggest motivation behind this review is the levels in the game; they operate on the same difficulty that their predecessor did 21 years ago, getting through the levels have never been tougher even though everything jumps out at you. I remember when I was playing through the Native Fortress level, I was making my way along the path until I got to the rotating platform where you have to spin into the control stick to move the platform; I felt that was one of the most redundant aspects of that level.

Why in the hell would it take a gamer 2 hours to get through here?

What about The Lost City, it took me 2 hours to get out of there not to mention the 45 minutes to memorize all the obstacles in the level; it was a nightmare making my way through. The levels are completely unforgiving and overall terrible to first time gamers who are just getting into this game; it’s upsetting really. I have never felt so turned off of a game so much before in my life.

Time Trials

Now, every Crash fan knows that the time trials are the game’s time to shine especially when it comes to getting the platinum relic in some of the levels. Crash Bandicoot 1 has made getting a platinum or even a gold relic a complete nightmare; the time trials are even worse than the actual levels. Furthermore, if getting the platinum trophy was on your agenda, I would think twice before even attempting it.

I was not even within that time frame!

I used to want to play this game to the end, but now I barely want to play it anymore; I want to go on record as saying that I was LITERALLY a millisecond from getting a Sapphire relic in the Native Fortress level time trial so that should give you some idea as to how difficult and utterly brutal these time trials are in this game.

Pretty accurate, don’t you think?

I have deemed the time trials in this game too hard and justifiably irritating in every way, shape and form; if you want to save yourself the frustration that goes into trying to complete these time trials then I would very well advise you to ignore them, it’s no love lost really.

No Speed Shoes, what a load of crap!

This coincides with my previous argument about the time trials, but I would think that with the Time Trials being so difficult that the creators of the game would’ve allowed Crash to have access to his own pair of Speed Shoes. Honestly, the fact that Crash does not have access to Speed Shoes at any point in Crash 1 is a load of crap!

In the Crash 1 time trials, THESE WERE NECESSARY!!!

I mean, look, you can switch between Crash and Coco after the first boss fight in the game which is awesome but you can’t get the Speed Shoes or they don’t exist in the first Crash Bandicoot game; this is completely ass backwards to me because why even have one perk if you can’t have them all or the most vital among them.

You can get the platinum relic here even without the Speed Shoes!

At least with the Speed Shoes, you stand a chance of getting a relic in Crash 2 and 3 but there are no Speed Shoes to get the relics in Crash 1; it’s stupid to even assume that the creators thought that through because it is clear that they did not. This is THE biggest flaw to ever exist in the game.

Reliance on Aku Aku masks

Another thing that Crash fans know is that the Aku Aku masks carry a lot of weight especially during the time trials because, along with the Speed Shoes, make getting a platinum relic for the time trials a very manageable possibility. But, what about outside the time trial or even before you get to that; the game comes at you in such a way that the Aku Aku masks are seen as shelter from a bad storm rather than a damage buffer.

Yeah, doesn’t help here!

I remember playing through the first level, I didn’t need the Aku Aku masks as much and I even remember a couple of levels on the first island where I didn’t need them. However, the more I progressed in the game, the more I began to see myself using them to cover my hide so I can make it through without having to start the entire level all over again.

Why does expert level gamers like myself find ourselves depending on these wall flowering wonders, why do we have to spend a good amount of time searching for them within the level for it to make a difference in our gameplay?

Case in point!

Frankly, I can’t be the only one asking these questions but I’ll answer them like this, the obstacles in the game make it difficult for gamers to concentrate; all I can say is that when my son takes an interest in his father’s hobby, I will not put him up in front of this.


The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has completely remastered the 3 greatest games in Crash Bandicoot history, but that remastered came at a price especially when playing a piece of crap like Crash Bandicoot 1. The levels are difficult as hell, the time trials are damn near impossible to get decent relics for i.e. gold.

Still a good game overall!

Also, the fact that the game does not have the Speed Shoes and have the heavy reliance on the Aku Aku masks are not just a waste of time but an overall insult to the  gamers’ ability worldwide.

Overall, if you have the N. Sane Trilogy then I would suggest that you ignore this game because it is not worth the space it takes up on the disk nor on the PS4 (if you were going to digitally download it). Besides Crash 2 & 3 are better anyway by far, concentrate on those alone!

If you have any comments or questions that you would like to ask or raise then please feel free to reach out to me and I’ll respond to you before the day is out, but what do you think; do you agree with what I said or do you disagree?


  1. Marlinda Davis Marlinda Davis

    Crash Bandicoot is out for PS4?! I had no idea! I love that game and now that I know this I might be more interested in getting one, lol. Do you know if the racing game is out for PS4? I love Dingodile, lol, always hated having to beat him up but that’s the game I guess and thankfully he’s not in this one so I don’t have to! hehe.

    Awesome review,


    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Hey Marlinda, I don’t believe Crash Team Racing is in the collection but I can tell you this; the collection is a lot harder than its predecessors. I had the game for a little while but I got to a point where I just wasn’t into the game like I used to be but I believe you’ll still have fun with it. 

  2. Emmanuel Buysse Emmanuel Buysse

    I didn´t know that the Crash Bandicoot for PS4 came out, my wife is a super fan of this videogame, she had told me that some levels are very difficult and sometimes impossible to pass, she tries many times and after that she manages to pass them.

    That video game she used to play it since she was 15 years old, and the truth is that we’ve always wanted to play it again.

    I showed this post to my wife and she agreed with many things you said around here.

    We will be aware of the following post.

    Thank you

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Thanks Emmanuel, I like Crash Bandicoot 2 and Wrath of Cortex. Overall, Crash Bandicoot is awesome and should be a part of your collection of games. Steer clear of the first one, that game is uber hard; I’m good and even I had trouble. 

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