With the launch of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy imminent–its release date is a little more than a month from now, in fact–publisher Activision and developer Vicarious Visions have decided to give fans a better idea at how the forthcoming remastered titles look with a brand new trailer showing the enhanced visuals from the Rock It jetpack level from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. In order to make the presentation of the graphics for the impending releases more compelling, the latest piece of gameplay features side-by-side footage from both the original and the updated version.
As seen below in the brief clip for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy's take on the Rock It jetpack level, it's clear that Vicarious Visions has done its due diligence when it comes to retaining what made the original stage so great, while also improving the visuals to such a fine degree that its possible fans may completely prefer playing the remaster over the source material. To be specific, the Rock It level itself in the updated version of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back is structured in the exact same way as it was on PS1, but the animations, textures, lighting, colors, and frame rate in the remaster is so honed that the original looks archaic.
This isn't the first instance of Activision and Vicarious Vision using promotional footage to show off the vast renovations that have been made in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, as the companies released a trailer comparison in the same fashion as the one above depicting the classic Un-Bearable level from the second entry. While the platform elements remain intact in the short clip, it shows yet again how the environments have been amplified by the developer's meticulous attention to detail.
Of course, some fans might want to get a much more sumptuous look at what it would be like to play through a complete stage in one of the remasters found within Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Thankfully, Activision and Vicarious Visions have put out a gameplay video of the entire Upstream level, which happens to be very first level from the initial entry in the series.
All things considered, it looks like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is set to deliver exactly what fans want, and that is the enjoyable nature of being able to revisit the same gameplay styles found in the original titles' levels with an intense overhaul to the visuals in order to meet modern graphical standards. With this being the case, once the remasters come out, some folks' PS1 copies of the first three games might end up having a permanent layer of dust coating their cases.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is set to launch on June 30, 2017 for PlayStation 4.
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