During Sony’s press conference at E3 this year, it was announced that Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3 would all be remastered for the PS4. Needless to say, Crash fans were ecstatic at the promise of playing some of their favorite classics once again on their modern systems. Of course, let’s not forget Crash Bandicoot had a long and successful franchise before he began to fade out in 2010. While the first three games provided us with our fondest memories with the bandicoot, some of the games that followed are also equally deserving of our attention. Here’s five more Crash Bandicoot games that Sony should remaster.
5. Crash Team Racing
Let’s go ahead and start with the obvious one. Crash Team Racing was Naughty Dog’s first attempt at a battle racing game, and boy did it do well for its first attempt. CTR was the first game to do something different with the series in the form of a completely 3D hub world on top of its racing challenges. Moving away from Crash Bandicoot’s traditional platforming was a big risk, but it definitely paid off. With the abundance of time trials and tons of collectibles, CTR would do great with a fresh coat of paint.
4. Crash Bash
If changing up the formula in the formula in Crash Team Racing wasn’t enough, Crash Bash mixed up the series yet again by introducing party minigames along with 4-player competitive multiplayer. Of course, this was back before online multiplayer even existed, but gathering up three of your friends and playing as Crash and his friends was a blast back in the day. A remaster of Crash Bash could come with online multiplayer this time around, and with some updated visuals it has the potential to be a great party game once again.
3. Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
The first game to return to the standard platforming formula, as well as the first game in the series to be released on cross platform, The Wrath of Cortex was a refreshing return to what made the bandicoot awesome in the first place. With a few visual updates as well as fixes to some of the abysmal load times, The Wrath of Cortex remaster has the potential to be a game worth playing.
2. Crash Twinsanity
Crash Twinsanity was the first time we see the bandicoot team of with Dr. Cortex to defeat a common enemy, but often times their partnership was more humorous than cooperative. Twinsanity was probably one of the funniest Crash games, and throwing Dr. Cortex around like a sack of potatoes to defeat enemies and solve platforming puzzles made for a good laugh. I’m sure most Crash fans would love using Dr. Cortex as a snowboard or a wrecking ball again in HD.
1. Crash Nitro Kart
Although Crash Nitro Kart didn’t quite live up the expectations set by Team Racing, it still had its own brand of addictive fun. With all new weapons and power ups as well as a new battle mode, Crash Nitro Cart was a good addition to the Crash Racing series. A remaster of the game has the potential to add an online multiplayer and updated visuals, which could bring back some of that racing fun.
The remastered versions of the first three Crash Bandicoot Games are expected to release in 2017. Sony is keeping quiet on what kind of overhaul the games will be receiving, but many Crash fans are already jumping out of their seats at the chance to recapture some of their favorite experiences from the bandicoot’s golden years on the original PlayStation.
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