Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy / Out 30th June!

It’s official! Just a few months after we all witnessed the marsupial make his comeback, Crash Bandicoot is ready to come back to PlayStation on the 30th June! Who would have thought it, eh?

This news comes after the comeback trailer unveiled Crash Bandicoot back to his true and original form, with the comeback trailer itself even showing comparisons of the original PS1 Classic levels including the newly upgraded level designs of the exact same levels.

I also came across official screenshots of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back after reading an article that Crashy News published, and honestly, Activision have made sure to keep the N⋅Sane Trilogy true to the original PS1 Classic Crash Bandicoot and they have most certainly done the Naughty Dog Original series justice with this refreshed collection of the N⋅Sane Trilogy.

I won’t deny this, I will be pre-ordering the Crash Bandicoot N⋅Sane Trilogy because it’s so good! I will not be surprised if this trilogy sells just as well as the original PS1 Classics, because Crash Bandicoot was and still is a bestseller even to the present day, and the N⋅Sane Trilogy itself will do just the same, because Activision have made sure to keep this game original by making sure it captures the true heart of the original PS1 version of Crash Bandicoot that we all came to know and love.

This release date couldn’t have come at a much better time, as this trilogy releases exactly two weeks after I mark my 19th birthday.

Are you just as excited as I am that Crash Bandicoot is finally back? If you are excited to see Crash Bandicoot come to the PlayStation 4 on the 30th June, then please let me know, I would love to hear what you think about the marsupial bandicoot making his comeback to PlayStation.

Also, if you want to be kept up-to-date on all things Crash Bandicoot, then please visit Crashy News by clicking here.

Alex Smithson

Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy Unveiled at PlayStation Experience!

A short while ago, I wrote an article following my excitement that Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back & Crash Bandicoot: Warped were being remastered after years of rumours and speculation, and tonight at the PlayStation Experience, Activision unveiled the first ever look of Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy and I have just seen the comeback trailer of the new Crash game and believe me, I wasn’t prepared. It’s so good! To reminisce the nostalgic fever of the PS1 Classic Crash Bandicoot, Activision showed the original levels from the Crash Bandicoot PS1 game, and then they put the original levels together with the remastered levels and it’s so good!

I know I keep saying it’s so good, but trust me, it is that good that your jaws will drop the moment you see the comeback trailer. I have provided the comeback trailer below so all of you can see Crash Bandicoot in his full glory, officially remastered for the PlayStation 4 in 60FPS (Frames Per Second)

Sony & Activision couldn’t have picked a better time to show Crash Bandicoot off, and just in time for Christmas, they have given all of us hope and have put smiles on all of our faces, because the marsupial Crash Bandicoot is back and marks his 20th Anniversary of being on PlayStation.

What did you think of the comeback trailer for Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy? Do you have all three of the original PlayStation 1 Crash Bandicoot games? Are you just as excited as I am about Crash Bandicoot’s comeback? Please let me know if you feel nostalgic by submitting feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Crash Bandicoot is Back!!!

On the 13th June 2016, after years of rumours and speculation, Sony finally announced that the classic Crash Bandicoot series that consisted of the three PlayStation 1 games, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped will be remastered.

Of course, I’ve been waiting for that news to arrive, and I’m absolutely pleased that it’s finally happening. It was only on the 9th July 2015 that I talked about Crash Bandicoot: Warped in a gaming review, and to now hear that all three of the first Crash games are finally being revived, that’s amazing.

The Crash series was the norm 20 years ago, and loads of people would literally lock themselves away in their bedrooms for hours on end playing the games, because the games were that good that you could play it and feel like you were in a world of your own.

Believe me when I say this, when I’ve played the Crash games, I’ve been like that, locking myself away in my bedroom just to play the games because they’re classic games that, even to this day, will always be so good, and the potential for revivals of all three Crash games were on the cards for a very long time.

We all have, so far, got a taster of the new version of Crash Bandicoot, as he makes his debut on the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 4, the XBOX 360, XBOX ONE and the Nintendo Wii U in the new Skylanders game, Skylanders Imaginators, which will be released in three editions, the Standard Edition, the Dark Edition & the Crash Edition, on the 14th October 2016. The Crash Bandicoot Remastered Series is being released next year, though more details of the trilogy will follow nearer the time of release.

All I can say is that as long as the remastered versions of Crash Bandicoot’s 1, 2 & 3 for the PlayStation 4 live up to the same potential or to the highest potential as the PS1 Classic versions of the games, then I’ll be pleased, and as long as the remastered versions of the Crash PS1 Series live up to the hype that the originals had at release, then I’ll consider getting the trilogy when it comes out, after I see gameplay videos of the remastered versions in action on YouTube of course.

Are you just as excited as I am about the Crash Bandicoot series being revived? If so, please me know by submitting feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Horrific Bad Bus Travel Experience. Crash! Bang! Wallop! Have you ever suffered a nasty fall on any bus in Croydon, London or anywhere in your life?

As I went off on a bit of a tangent on Thursday, I thought it would be good to let my feelings known in full by recalling the horrific bad bus travel experience I suffered almost a year ago.

As you know, I’ve mentioned on some occasions about the unfortunate accident I suffered when I was on my 367 Bromley North bus, well, since I suffered at the hands of that experience, I still think about it to this day, and even now, I still think about it, because it’s a life experience I will never forget for as long as I shall live.

This is how it all happened. I had my music on like you do when you’re travelling home from somewhere like school or college, and up until that point, I had made sure to put the volume of my music down to a reasonable level where I could hear what was around me, and as you know, when the bus stops at a certain point when someone wants to get off, you immediately get up shortly after they do in order to go and grab one of the handles to keep yourself standing when the bus starts to move.

Well, I did that, and just before the doors of the bus even had a chance to close, the bus driver, without warning, and this is a common problem others have experienced, drove without thinking about those standing, and I fell back, and I gashed my right elbow on one of the hard parts of one of the bus seats and winded my chest as a result, which left me unable to breathe for a couple of seconds.

Now, you might think I didn’t have something to break my fall in this instance, well, luckily, I had a thick red and black winter puffer jacket on, and my durable green rucksack on, which looks like the type of bag a soldier would most probably wear to take items with them, and because I had both of those on, I couldn’t grab any poles or handles to prevent myself from suffering from the pain that I immediately endured when I fell, so when I fell, the rucksack and thick puffer jacket prevented me from coming off far worse than I thought I would.

As a result of the fall, not only had I gashed my right elbow and winded my chest as a result of that horrific fall, but I also had to get off at the second to last stop and walk my way back home because I was in so much pain, though getting off at my last stop would have just made things worse, but I have to give full credit to all of the passengers who were on that bus that night that I suffered that horrific fall, they had all of the common decency in the world to actually help me up when I was hurt, and they even asked me if I was alright, but, to the bus driver, however, that still drove on even when I fell, who had refused to helped me up when he could have had the chance to stop the bus, I hope karma comes back to bite you on the backside big time, that way you’ll see just how much pain you caused me.

But, back to the subject of things, I was absolutely mortified, and horrified to have suffered such a bad fall like that, as this kind of thing has never happened to me before when it comes to travelling on buses, but it upset me to the core, though in all fairness, it’s made me open my eyes and realise more, and it has also made me become more aware of the different and various types of attitudes a bus driver can have.

I was told a few months after the fall I had by someone who was on the Bromley North bus that I was on (not the same bus I suffered the nasty fall on, different one) that a woman who was on that bus or the West Croydon bus had suffered a nasty fall, which resulted in her having a broken leg, but most recently this week, I bumped into one of the passengers who was on the same exact bus that I was on the day I had that nasty fall, and even they defended what I experienced, as the bus driver was entirely at fault and not me.

I wasn’t at fault at all, but at the end of the day, his ignorance could have put me in a far worse position than I was that night. He was an arrogant and ignorant pig who obviously doesn’t want to give a care for those who may be young or elderly.

What did I get out of that fall? A juicy bruise on my right elbow and a winded chest with loss of breath for about 10-15 seconds.

If there is one thing I ask for bus drivers in general to do, is that they give those getting on the bus or getting off the bus they’re on enough time to get themselves seated or stood in a position where they can hold onto something that can prevent them from falling.

That’s all I’m asking for, if it means that the health and safety measures are improved a lot more, then this will help any passenger getting on or off the bus the chance to feel just that little bit safer on their journey, so that they never have to suffer untold pain like that again.

My question to you. Have you ever suffered a nasty fall on any bus in Croydon, London or anywhere in your life? If so, please feel free to sound off in the comments below about the bad experience you’ve had with bus travel.

Alex Smithson