Why Crash Bandicoot deserves the God of War Collection treatment

Intro

Recently we’ve witnessed the success of the God of War Collection which was God of War 1 and 2 re-made in HD for the PS3. This was made to mark the release of God of War 3 and gave fans a bit of a reminder of what happened before they played the third installment. Now, I’ve never played any of the God of War games because they never really appealed to me so I didn’t bother with the GoW Collection. So since I didn’t get it, I began to think about games from the PSOne and PS2 that I’d like to see again, re-made and touched up for the PS3 and I’ve chosen my candidate. Crash Bandicoot.

What game?

The original Crash Bandicoot game came out in 1996 for the PSOne. It received good ratings and now averages an 80.40% on metacritic.com. It’s sold 6.8 million copies (November 2003) which makes it the 7th best-selling PlayStation game of all time! It was developed by Naughty Dog (creators of Uncharted) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was re-released for download off the PlayStation Store in 2006.

Why does it deserve a HD remake?

Look at how smooth those polygons are!

God of War 1 and 2 were on the PS2 and looked much better than Crash Bandicoot did and yet they were re-made in HD with better graphics before Crash. With the success of Uncharted 2, it’s strange that Naughty Dog haven’t looked into this publicly and it’s a shame, really. Imagine Crash Bandicoot re-made using the Uncharted 2 engine! It would be fantastic in visuals and in gameplay. I’m not saying that Crash should be completely re-made because it has bad graphics, that’s just one of the reasons another being that it was a great game!

Crash Bandicoot is available to buy on the PSN Store right now. You can purchase and download it onto your PS3 or PSP and play it at any time. It’s brilliant to play on both platforms and really – it its own words – makes you “take a spin down memory lane”. It plays brilliantly. The credit to this, in my opinion, is the fact that the PlayStation controller has barely changed since conception (bar the introduction of the analogue sticks). So it’s great to play and great to remember playing all those years ago, but it still has a major fault. It looks like utter arse. And how can this be fixed, I hear you ask? Well, Naughty Dog would first have to get permission to re-make their game from whoever owns the rights. I’m guessing that it’s Radical Entertainment who own the rights as they have made the 2 latest games of the series, Crash of the Titans and Crash: Mind over Mutant.

But don’t you think there are better games?

I know that people will argue that there are more deserving games out there that should be made before Crash Bandicoot but this is my argument for a game that holds a special place in my heart to be re-imagined into something amazing. The same game that I used to play over and over again would feel new and refreshing.

Final thoughts

With Uncharted 3 rumoured to be in development, Naughty Dog mightn’t have time to make this happen but think, Santa Monica Studios got Bluepoint Games to port GoW 1 and 2 to the PS3, why couldn’t they do the same with Crash?

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One Response to “Why Crash Bandicoot deserves the God of War Collection treatment”

  1. Dan Says:

    Some other candidates could be, Spyro the Dragon, Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank and Rayman.

    If you ask me those would be sweet!

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