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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. Jul 13, 2018
    90
    Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy can be compared to a good, old Chardonnay. It gives players the ability to enjoy an excellent remaster of three classic platformers and the adventures of an iconic character in one, single package. This is a collection that all Switch owners should be looking forward to.
  2. Jul 12, 2018
    90
    Crash Bandicoot is back, and hopefully now for good. The original Naughty Dog trilogy are the best in the series, and not only does this collection see their debut on a Nintendo platform, but it's the best version possible of the games. Willy the Wombat is reborn,and with Vicarious Visions at the helm I now have high hopes for the future, especially considering Crash has become the fastest selling game on Switch in 2018.
  3. 90
    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is still a great package on the Nintendo Switch. Whilst the game looks a little bit worse, and doesn't run as well, the games are definitely more suited to the portability of the Nintendo Switch. The Trilogy should be in every Nintendo Switch collection, regardless of whether you purchased it on PS4 or not.
  4. 90
    Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy was one of the best remakes available on the PS4 and it earns that honor once again on Nintendo Switch.
  5. Jun 28, 2018
    85
    If you don’t mind the lower resolution and slightly less crisp visuals, then the Switch version is incredibly easy to recommend, especially as it gains portability. It’s a cracking port of one of the best remasters around. It's odd to say, but it almost feels like this should be Crash's new home.
  6. Jul 6, 2018
    83
    Crash Bandicoot returns with new graphics and the classic gameplay (which is sometimes unforgiving due to the camera movement). Nintendo Switch version offers lower resolution than PS4 or Xbox One, but the game still looks great and we love the possibility to play anywhere in portable mode.
  7. Jul 3, 2018
    83
    The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a really, really good remaster of a iconic ’90s game series that’s due for a revival. And with three games in the bundle, a remastered cut level from the original game (of which GameShark let you play, back in the day), and a brand-new level with level design and art that make it feel like that revival’s probably in the right hands… I think N. Sane Trilogy, past its inherent issues from the source material, is a great set that’s a no-brainer if you’re looking for some platforming action.
  8. Jul 2, 2018
    83
    On Switch, Crash is as enjoyable as on any other platform. Yes, it makes some visual sacrifices, but its gameplay and content remain the same.
  9. Jul 1, 2018
    83
    A year after releasing on PlayStation 4, Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is now on Nintendo Switch as a solid adaptation that compensates for a slight graphic downgrade with portability.
  10. Jun 28, 2018
    83
    The Switch version brings with it the possibility - inherent in the nature of the console - to put the marsupial in his pocket and play in his company on every occasion: a feature that marries amiably with the rhythms of the three adventures. We are therefore willing to tolerate some degree of lack on the graphic level, in the face of a gameplay that is well suited to the logic of use in mobility.
  11. Jul 20, 2018
    82
    At the fair price of $40, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy offers three fun platforming classics that have been re-created from the ground up, and only minor adjustments have been made for the Switch. The first title suffer from its unification strategy, so it's a more frustrating experience, but Cortex Strikes Back and Warped play really well. The visual style and graphical performance on the Switch are fantastic thanks to the minor adjustments, making this a well-deserved port for the handheld's library.
  12. Jul 18, 2018
    80
    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy lands on the Nintendo Switch with a compilation of the first three games of the Crash Bandicoot series and what a welcome addition it is to the console's catalogue. Thanks to its charms, to its immense content and to a reworked visual outlook, this trilogy will provide many hours of fun for those feeling nostalgic for these games and to those curious to discover them.
  13. Jul 16, 2018
    80
    While the game suffers in performance in docked mode, the pleasures gained in handheld mode more than make up for it. Even with the technical issues, this is a fine collection, and well worth the investment of both time and money.
  14. Jul 11, 2018
    80
    There is the sense of elation that comes with the feeling of being so inside this world of adventure that you become a Bandicoot at heart.
  15. Jul 9, 2018
    80
    For newcomers to the series some of the brutal 90s difficulty may be too much to take, but give it a chance, you just might like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy on the Nintendo Switch.
  16. Jul 6, 2018
    80
    The experience of playing a game like this on the handheld mode of a Switch is also a joyous one and has lent to me having more fun with these games than I ever have before.
  17. 80
    While the Nintendo Switch version of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy may not look quite as dazzling as its counterparts, there’s no denying that it’s bolstered by being available on a portable system.
  18. Jul 5, 2018
    80
    Crash Bandicoot has managed to win the hearts of players over the years and this time Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy brings us three enhanced games completely remade for the current gen, which are fun and challenging, so that if you like the genre you should not miss them.
  19. Jul 5, 2018
    80
    Playing the entire original Crash Bandicoot trilogy on a portable system is probably the realization of a lot of 90s kids' dreams.
  20. Jul 5, 2018
    80
    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for Nintendo Switch is a well-done port that recovers the feeling of the original PlayStation titles, adding new graphics and music to the sense of nostalgia for its '90s gameplay.
  21. Jul 3, 2018
    80
    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a loving remaster of a series of fan-favorite games. If you need a dose of 32-bit nostalgia, or if you want to see where one of gaming’s iconic characters started you can’t go wrong here.
  22. Jul 3, 2018
    80
    If peak performance is your #1 concern – which is fine considering how damn pretty Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy looks on PS4 and Xbox One – then maybe you should skip the Switch version. However, if you can put that aside, or lower your standards just a bit, the Switch version still looks and runs fine for the most part, and the three classic Crash games fit like a glove on the portable Switch console.
  23. Jul 3, 2018
    80
    The fundamentals are satisfying and the expressive charm of Crash and Coco is infectious. Difficulty spikes aside, the strong sense of satisfaction that comes from conquering a truly challenging stage is hard to beat, and the N.Sane Trilogy offers these moments in spades.
  24. Jul 2, 2018
    80
    The crashing challenge of the first three Crash Bandicoot instalments gets an impressively solid, as well as stunning upgrade, making the original PlayStation series feel obsolete. The collision detection could use a nice little patch, and the omission of a higher frame-rate feels almost silly, but other than that, fans of tough retro platformers are advised to try this out. NOW!
  25. Jul 2, 2018
    80
    Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is undoubtedly one of the most successful collections of all time. The Switch version has the same contents we saw on PS4 a year ago, but it comes with some technical flaws that are hard to explain, even with the less horsepower of the Nintendo's console.
  26. Jul 1, 2018
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  27. Jun 30, 2018
    80
    Despite its flaws in handheld mode because of lower resolution, this version is the most recommended to play with. Toys For Bob has done a great job overall, so it continues feeling like Crash from last year.
  28. Jul 3, 2018
    79
    The switch version of the N. Sane Trilogy is the worst graphically, but the compact level design is perfect on the go.
  29. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    75
    Fans who grew up with the originals or hardcore challenge seekers may very well love this collection. [Issue #35 – September/October 2018, p. 67]
  30. Jul 4, 2018
    75
    Practice and patience will definitely pay off and the most persistent gamers will be successful.
  31. 75
    Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is a fun collection of titles filled with nostalgia value, presented in a wonderful looking HD package. It runs well and overall is a perfectly competent platformer. If you can forgive that some aspects of these games haven’t aged well in the last 20 years, then this can be a pretty fun throwback experience.
  32. Jul 3, 2018
    75
    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was cool last year, and it is still good fun in 2018 on Switch. The only noticeable flaw is that the game never reaches 1080p even on a proper TV screen.
  33. Jul 10, 2018
    70
    Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is an impressive remaster and a terrific way to re-play the trilogy that brought many of us fond memories and proved that Nintendo weren’t the only ones who could create an endearing and enduring mascot platformer.
  34. Jul 9, 2018
    70
    It scratches all the nostalgia spots but this retooling is a little too unforgiving where it matters most.
  35. Jul 5, 2018
    70
    Crash Bandicoot fans can rest easy, Vicarious Visions didn't deface Naughty Dog's work. The three games look better than they ever have and play just as well as they used to (even if the Switch version clearly doesn't look as good as the other versions). The NSane Trilogy is both fun and challenging and offers a good time to longtime fans of the original PlayStation's unofficial mascot. That said, people who didn't enjoy Crash Bandicoot games back in the 90s won't fall in love with the franchise thanks to this compilation.
  36. Jun 29, 2018
    70
    No matter what you think of the original games these are an excellent trio of remasters, that will please existing fans and help to create new ones.
  37. Jun 29, 2018
    70
    A ruthlessly faithful recreation of some of the earliest successes in 3D platforming. Levels are slick, gorgeous to look at, and recreate the feel of the originals superbly. However, newcomers to the series may be put off by the steep difficulty spikes and little to no explanation of some of the finer mechanics. All the fun and the foibles of the original three games are here, for better or for worse, and despite some odd design choices it still manages to be a really enjoyable retread of some old classics, warts and all. This is definitely worth a look if you're a fan of 3D platformers, but just as was the case back in the '90s, Crash isn't in quite the same league as Mario when it comes to playability, inventiveness and entertainment.
  38. Jun 28, 2018
    70
    Overall, the toning down of some effects and lighting would have been more palatable if the image quality itself was good. The visuals look a bit too soft in both handheld and docked mode in the current state. Thankfully, I ran into no trouble playing the games on either mode and have been enjoying them. I think they hold up great and are a lovely addition to the Switch platformers available.
  39. Jul 3, 2018
    60
    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a hard game to recommend. The remade presentation as a whole is terrific, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped is a totally enjoyable retro platformer. But, the problem remains that the first two games simply aren’t very good. They are hindered by control and level design issues which are simply unacceptable in a straightforward platformer. Even when they’re firing on all cylinders, the first two titles struggle to rise above mediocre.
  40. Jun 28, 2018
    60
    The culprit behind Crash's dated feel is the passage of time. Vicarious Visions, for its part, succeeded in revitalizing Crash from an artistic perspective while preserving the charm that made him appealing when he first showed up, but years have passed since the original PlayStation was relevant, and we are well past the formative years of 3D gaming.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 186 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 186
  1. Jun 29, 2018
    10
    One of the best Ports to The Nintendo Switch, as many people complain about Crash's Difficultly I didn't run into parts why it was toOne of the best Ports to The Nintendo Switch, as many people complain about Crash's Difficultly I didn't run into parts why it was to difficult, I am glad that the creators decided to change somethings that many people found annoying in the original PS4 release such as Longer Load Times which now don't take their time to load, certain lighting effects like why Cortex is Speak to you in Crash 2 and 3 his head now clashes well with the background. Even though the Switch Port isn't as powerful as the PS4 release it is still a must buy for any Switch Owner the Trilogy's Three Games are all amazing and play well Docked and Portable the N Sane Trilogy was a great choice for Switch, Now we can only hope that Spyro get's a release on Switch or Crash Joins the Battle in the Smash Ultimate. Full Review »
  2. Jun 29, 2018
    10
    It's a remaster not a remake. So if it's hard to play for you go play something else. Oryginal crash was hard - the part one especially. ItsIt's a remaster not a remake. So if it's hard to play for you go play something else. Oryginal crash was hard - the part one especially. Its great to see crash on switch. Great games Full Review »
  3. Jun 30, 2018
    8
    I remember playing all three of these Crash games back in the 90s when I had better hair and reflexes. I bought this game on PS4 last year andI remember playing all three of these Crash games back in the 90s when I had better hair and reflexes. I bought this game on PS4 last year and was hesitant to plop another 30-40 bucks on a technically inferior Switch version. But one of the Switch's selling points is its portability and that makes one's 'definitive' version of a cross-platform the Switch version one can take anywhere.

    First, the graphics are noticeably worse than the PS4 version. No fancy hair effects on Crash, poorer shadows, and less vegetation are all easily recognized with a point of comparison. After playing for a few hours on a proper monitor though, those differences become less and less important. The resolution is a bummer however, I really wish they could have hit 1080p on docked. The frame-rate is solid and I haven't noticed any slowdown at all so far. The 30fps target isn't stellar but that's all this port had to aim for. ONE HUGE IMPROVEMENT comes with the load times. Holy cow! One of the main reasons I didn't like booting up or playing this game on PS4, was the obscene loadtimes for the games themselves and every level in and out. That hasn't been patched out as far as I know. On Switch everything loads quickly and is no longer an annoyance.

    As far as the games themselves, they are still a blast if you like more old-school platformers. I've read some reviews that pain these games as out-dated or otherwise showing their age with regards to gameplay. I think that's an absurd argument. Certainly, these games are harder than a lot of more modern games, especially certain sections of Crash 1. The mechanics are more simple but they are tight and pushed to the hilt. The games challenge relies on precision jumping in both time and space.

    I personally enjoy this style of gameplay. The levels are varied aesthetically and filled with secrets. For completionists there are plenty of very challenging activities in nearly every level.

    It's not like Switch is hurting for platformers, but, if you like them this is definitely worth looking into because with 3 whole games in the package, you're getting some serious bang for your bucks.
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