Anyone else a big Crash Bandicoot fan? If you are, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s very likely more Crash Bandicoot games will be on their way. We may even see some classic titles remastered.
Here’s a look at what we know so far, when we can expect new games, as well as my thoughts on what new games should be released.
New Crash Bandicoot Games Thanks To N. Sane Trilogy
Thanks to the huge success that the N. Sane Trilogy had, Sony has definitely eyed up the potential for new Crash Bandicoot games. However, we think Sony may start with remastering more classic titles first. It makes sense when you think about it.
Nostalgia sells and seeing revamped versions of older games to the PlayStation is something we can all cheer about. Sony knows that and that’s why it’s not just Crash Bandicoot getting the remaster treatment. Look at the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, for example.
So, what do we know so far that suggests new Crash Bandicoot games are actually coming?
It all boils down to one very strange leak. According to Max Arguile, a merchandising company called GB Eye, a new Crash Bandicoot game is on its way and it should land on the PlayStation 4 in 2019.
Max Arguile didn’t have much credibility to begin with, but he also suggested that the N.Sane Trilogy would come to Nintendo Switch and the PC, and he was right, it will be later this month.
From the looks of it, GB Eye has a partnership with Sony to create merchandise for games like Crash Bandicoot. This means that they need to know upcoming releases well ahead of time so that they can prepare their merchandise.
We’re not sure how Max Arguile was allowed to spill the beans on an upcoming Crash Bandicoot game without breaking an NDA, but he went ahead and did it anyway.
What’s perhaps even more interesting is that Max Arguile mentioned Activision has a five year plan for Crash Bandicoot. We expect that means there will be more than just the one new Crash Bandicoot game over the next 5 years.
Crash Bandicoot Games We’d Like To See
So, with all this in mind, I’ve ranked the top Crash Bandicoot games I’d like to see on the PS4 and other consoles. If you’ve not played many Crash Bandicoot games in the past, don’t worry, I’ve provided a small description to explain what each game is and why it’s so special.
Crash Team Racing
Crash Team Racing was like the Mario Kart of the PlayStation kids. If you were given a PlayStation One, it’d be CTR you’d be inviting your friends over to play. Both Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing have similarities, of course, but they were different in their own rights.
For me, Crash Team Racing was wackier, wilder, and filled with more character. Each of the characters stood out as important people within the Crash Bandicoot universe. In Mario, it almost seems like many of the racers are filler characters with little reason to root for.
As it is a PlayStation One game, Crash Team Racing would show its age a little, even if it got a full graphical overhaul, which brings me to my next selection.
Crash Nitro Kart
Released for the PlayStation 2, Crash Nitro Kart was essentially everything CTR was and everything it couldn’t be due to hardware limitations on the first console.
Crash Nitro Kart offers a more modern cart racing experience and it’d be the perfect basis for a new Crash racing game today. All of the same characters were back, alongside a far more immersive story mode than Mario Kart could ever offer.
Once again, the stylistic, wacky nature of Crash Nitro Kart won me over and for me it left a bigger lasting mark in my memory than Mario Kart ever did.
The traditional party game almost seems to be dead now and it’s a shame. I want more party games and Crash Bash would be the perfect candidate.
With Crash Bash, up to four players can jump in and out of a variety of different mini games. You progress through the mini games together and the person with the highest score at the end of it all wins the game.
Crash Bash is the perfect formula for a night in. The mini games required a level of skill to be good at, but they were straightforward enough for anybody to be competent enough in to stand a chance of competing.
Crash Bash was actually one of the first games I ever played and I still remember how much fun I had with it today. Crash Bash is a perfect example of how to make a game that can introduce people new and old to the world of gaming in a fun, family friendly atmosphere.
Crash Bandicoot: Twinsanity
After the original trilogy, many people remember Crash Bandicoot going downhill. Truthfully, Crash Bandicoot didn’t truly die out until it reached the PS3 and Xbox 360 era.
There were some absolutely phenomenal Crash Bandicoot games on the PlayStation 2 and Crash Bandicoot: Twinsanity was one of them.
Crash Bandicoot: Twinsanity was during the height of the franchise’s creativity. With Traveller’s Tales at the helm, they managed to create two incredible games – The Wrath of Cortex and Twinsanity.
With Twinsanity, you actually get to play as both Crash and Dr Cortex for once. It offered a dynamic twist on gameplay, introduced new features, but most importantly stayed true to what made Crash Bandicoot so spectacular.
Twinsanity did a surprisingly good job at expanding on the lore and story for Crash Bandicoot. It’s not a universe that has much substance, but there’s enough there to make it believable.
What are your thoughts on this news? Would you like to see a new Crash Bandicoot remaster or do you think N. Sane Trilogy should be the last stop? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!