8 PS4 Another excellent remastered trilogy that offers vastly better visuals and subtle gameplay improvements » Concept Vicarious Visions improved upon the PlayStation-era graphics, adding realistic orange hair to Crash and detailed flora to the paths he sprints across Mark Mothersbaugh and Josh Mancell’s wacky and upbeat melodies are back and were fully remastered. The xylophone has never sounded better! Precise platforming and spinning are still required, but Crash Bandicoot 1 is far easier now thanks to tweaks to Crash’s movements and a forgiving checkpoint system » Graphics » Sound » Playability Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Aged like a fine, orange wine Style 1-Player Platforming Publisher Activision Developer Vicarious Visions Release June 30 Rating E10+ » Entertainment Whether you are running from a boulder or riding on a polar bear, these games have not lost their charm. They are a fascinating (and fun) look back at the early days of 3D platforming » Replay Value Moderately high ime is often harsh to the games of yesteryear. The innovations made by developers in each hardware generation are significant, so much so that games from just a decade or two ago end up feeling like relics from another age. Crash Bandicoot’s ori-gins stretch back to the early days of PlayStation in 1996 – a time when developers were just getting their feet wet with three-dimensional character T movement and polygonal graphics. Crash made a splash in both of these fields, and fans latched onto him as the face of PlayStation. He stood alongside Mario and Sonic as a platforming star for the generation. When I went into this review, I expec-ted all three of these Crash Bandicoot games to have a museum-like quality to them. Given their age, I thought they would serve as a reminder of the reviews PlayStation era and how far games have come. As it turns out, time has not affected these games at all; they remain legitimately fun and charming. Crash’s fur should have some grey streaks in it now, but he still has his platform-ing chops. All three of his games hold up incredibly well, thanks in part to the original craftsmanship of Naughty Dog and the new touches made by Vicarious Visions.