Since the launch of Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy a few weeks ago, some players have suspected that the games are more difficult than the original PlayStation versions (myself included). It turns out that this isn’t our imagination: the games really are tougher and now the remastered trilogy’s developers have revealed why.
In a post by Kevin Kelly on the Activision blog, N. Sane Trilogy developers Vicarious Visions explained that the physics system is the culprit for the increased difficulty. “Our game engine features a different collision system than the original game, and combined with the addition of physics, certain jumps require more precision than the originals,” they said. “Much like the handling, we iterated on collision and physics throughout development to make it fair to all players and as faithful to the original games as possible.”
While some fans have welcomed the added difficulty, others have been critical of the developer’s decision, with game streamer DingdongVG’s comparison video illustrating the differences between the two versions and why some Crash players are frustrated by the new physics system:
the reason jumps feel harder in the n.sane trilogy isn't really due to falling a bit faster but because collisions can be wonky upon landing pic.twitter.com/jxbvijNU6c
— Ding Dong (@DingDongVG) July 3, 2017
Vicarious Visions has defended the change in difficulty, noting that new features like an improved save system and offering extra checkpoints to players who fail several times on the same level help alleviate the issue. They also note that the problems are most pronounced in the first Crash game, which was already the most difficult to begin with.
“An increased precision is now required in the first game, which makes the gameplay experience different,” they said. “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. 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.”
Basically, if you’re finding the Crash games to be harder than you remember, you’re not imagining things!