We’re being treated to a couple of blasts from the past this week, with both Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Micro Machines World Series due out Friday. We could also throw Diablo III into the mix here – the 2012 classic has received new DLC, in the form of Rise of the Necromancer. It’s available as part of the Diablo III: Eternal Collection, which hit PS4 and Xbox One on Tuesday.
Activision’s Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – which is heavily rumoured to also grace Xbox One before the year is out – is hotly anticipated, riding Amazon’s pre-order chart high since being revealed.
Although surprisingly challenging, the original Crash games were designed around the limitations of the PSone, digital controls and all. There’s every chance they haven’t aged too well, despite featuring fancy new visuals. Those without a nostalgic fondness for the series may also be left wondering what the fuss is about.
Vicarious Visions has worked on Crash games before though, including 2003’s Crash Nitro Kart, so this revamped trilogy has at least been created by a studio familiar with the box-breaking marsupial.
We’re hoping that Micro Machines World Series will be a return to form for the much-loved series, building on the foundations of the good, but not great, Toybox Turbos from 2014. Pre-launch footage is encouraging, but the jury is still out.