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It’s not just you, the Crash Bandicoot remaster is harder than the original

The Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy got off to a great start last month with chart topping sales. However, some players did find the game much harder than they remembered. Now we know why, as developer Vicarious Visions has confirmed that the N.Sane trilogy does contain some “subtle differences” from the original games, resulting in making it harder to land jumps.

It turns out that jumping in the N.Sane trilogy is not the same as in the original games, though the problem mainly affects the very first Crash Bandicoot, rather than its sequels. The situation was explained over in an Activision blog post: “There are a few subtle differences in Crash Bandicoot. Chief among these being the fact that you fall more quickly upon release of the X button than you did in the original first game”.

Fans had previously conducted investigations of their own, with many concluding that the collision boxes were slightly different. This would lead to players slipping off or falling through the edge of platforms, making jumps harder to land properly. Right now, the first Crash Bandicoot game is the most difficult but the problem is less apparent in the sequels.

With that in mind, Vicarious Visions is recommending that new players start with the second or third game and work backwards to the first: “An increased precision is now required in the first game, which makes the gameplay experience different. Particularly if you are a new player, you may want to start with the second and third games first, and then come back to try Crash Bandicoot after you’ve had more practice”.

Unfortunately for those used to the handling of the original games, it doesn’t sound like there will be a patch to help:

“For those of you who played the originals and acquired a fair amount of muscle memory, re-learning the handling in our game may present an additional challenge you weren’t expecting. But we’re sure you up to the task.”

KitGuru Says: The new version of Crash Bandicoot did feel a little harder than the original but from the sounds of it, we will all just have to adjust to the new platforming tweaks. Have many of you played through the N.Sane trilogy? I’m still about half way through the first game.

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