We’re sorry we forgot about you, Crash
Oh (pixelly) Crash, has it really been that long? The Onion reminded us of your 14th anniversary, so we’re going to celebrate it now. Because we’re cool like that.
Naughty Dog, creators of a series where the protagonist navigates harsh terrain, takes down dozens of enemies and has to make insane leaps of faith just to survive. Oh, and it has Nolan North all over it. Just like Uncharted, really.
I HAD YOU GOING THERE.
Though actually North wasn’t part of the series until later on, and none of the Crash games he featured in, as N. Gin, were made by Naughty Dog. But the point stands, as it was verging on being reasonably clever or funny. Anyway.
Crash Bandicoot was meant to be the PlayStation’s answer to Mario and Sonic. He was going to be our mascot, and his games were going to go down in legend as the best platformers on PSone.
It’s safe to say none of this happened. The insane marsupial was a feature of many promotional materials for PlayStation for years, but soon enough – after it had become clear he wasn’t quite a mascot – he abandoned Sony exclusivity in favour of whoring himself out to any and all. For a while it looked quite promising, but the fact of the matter is the games were never truly good enough to warrant going down in legendary status.
That’s not to say they weren’t good, as the Crash Bandicoot series – before it went to shit in spin-off ville – became consistently better as it went on. All three games are available on the US PSN, and I think just two of them are up on the EU store – either way, for a few quid/euro/dollars you should probably think about picking them up and giving Crash a run-around. Just for old time’s sake.
There you go, now Crash’s 14th anniversary has passed without much note – but the bit immediately after the anniversary has had some fanfare. Half-baked as it may be.