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The Crash Bandicoot Remasters Really Are Tougher Than The Originals

The Crash Bandicoot Remasters Really Are Tougher Than The Originals

The original Crash Bandicoot games on PS1 weren't exactly a breeze to play through, but with the series back in the limelight, it begs the question: were these games really this hard back in the day, or has the difficulty been bumped in the remastered versions? Vicarious Visions says that they iterated on the collision and physics of the "N".

In a new post on Activision's official blog, editorial manager Kevin Kelly sheds some light on the whole debate. The team believed this would provide a more unified experience. As such, Vicarious Visions started with the character handling it liked best, and applied it across all three games: "We spent a lot of time studying the three titles and chose the handling from Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped as our Trilogy's starting point; it represented the most improved and modern approach as it gives players the most control".

"We went through rounds of internal testing, user testing, and iterations to get each game's handling to just the right place".

Vicarious Visions, the developer of the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, has confirmed that Crash's jump and the collision system are altered from the original games, meaning that some jumps "require more precision".




While it doesn't sound like Vicarious Visions set out to specifically make these games more hard, the changes it made to handling and collision resulted in titles that require more precision than their PSOne counterparts. In the remake, Vicarious Visions made a decision to tweak the way Crash's jump works - for instance, long time fans of the series will notice that he now falls faster than he used to when the jump button is released. The challenge of the games is one of the things we all love, and that's why it feels so, so good when you beat them.

However, after testing, it became clear that each game needed to have its own jump mechanics tuned to its levels, in a way that more closely resembles the original designs.

Many fans have picked up on the fact that Crash's jump isn't quite the same as it was, particularly in the first game, Crash Bandicoot™. DDA (dynamic difficulty adjustment) has been added to the second and third games but not the first.

Vicarious Visions also teased that it will be sharing some big news during San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 20.


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