It’s not enough to just complete a game these days if you want bragging rights. Sure, you can crank up the difficulty and tie one hand behind your back (not recommended for Mortal Kombat matches), but the real mark of video game proficiency is in how quickly you can clock your way through one of these titles.
Speed is the real name of the game, a facet of the industry best personified by the numerous speed-runs that exist online for anything and everything you’ve ever played in your life. While Crash Bandicoot has numerous speed-runs dedicated to the various games in that series, the upcoming N.Sane Trilogy is poised to spark interest in reviving the most beloved Australian import since Crocodile Dundee hit VHS with a nifty feature that was originally restricted to one game in the series: Time trials.
Instead of it being a motivator that existed solely in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, time trials can now be played across the entire trilogy. A “no-brainer”, as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy director Dan Tanguay explained to me last week:
once some of the hardcore fans on our team got their hands on it, we could really see how much value it was going to have
It was kind of a no-brainer to us, we had implement the feature anyway so we were like ‘all right let’s bring it across the other two’. But once some of the hardcore fans on our team got their hands on it, we could really see how much value it was going to have. Our QA team for example, late at night would just be competing with one another trying to get the best times so that they could get their best times recorded in the credits and prove that they’re the best in a particular level.
So it actually created a lot of competition within the team itself so it was really exciting to see that as a proof of concept I guess, that we were on the right track.
Whereas most people will be jockeying for the lead when the Crash Bandicoot trilogy releases at the end of the month, I’m feeling somewhat secure in the fact that no one will be as slow as I am at racing down the Alright Wall of China as Coco.
Last Updated: June 23, 2017