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Fans of the fun platform game series Crash Bandicoot were happy to hear that a remake was coming out in 2017 for Playstation 4. The first three games, Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped, appear in the new version to form the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which was released in June 2017 by Vicarious Visions.
The new game is said to be more difficult than the originals, as many people who are playing it also played the originals when they were children. If the games were too easy, it wouldn't be worth the $50.00 people paid when it was first released. A new level called "The Stormy Ascent" was added and the graphics have been updated to PlayStation 4-tier quality. In addition to being a nice blast from the past, players can enjoy new challenges and extra features, including collecting PlayStation trophies.
Despite it being originally developed as a kid's game, some parts of the new version are really difficult and it's easy to get frustrated when you suddenly miss a jump or get hit by a flailing enemy! There are traps to avoid, floors that open up to swallow you up, and Crash only has one hit (plus any Aku Aku masks) before he dies, forcing you to restart at the next checkpoint.
One part that has a lot of people annoyed is one of the mini-bosses in the first of the trilogy, Dr. Nitrus Brio. He throws potions, there are deadly lumps of goo that jump at you, and after you hit the second stage of the level, he transforms into a giant Hulk-like monster! Here's how to defeat him and get to the next level.
Dr. Nitrus Brio
One of the bad guys of Crash Bandicoot, Dr. Nitrus Brio works under Dr. Cortex, whom he was also classmates with at Madame Amberly's Academy of Evil. Upon arriving at the level where you fight him, he is standing with a potion in each hand, which he throws at Crash. For some reason, you can't just run up and attack him where he stands.
How to Defeat Him (Stage 1)
The green potions Dr.Nitrus throws break to reveal blobs who jump at you, and the purple ones explode. Both of these can insta-kill you. Jump out of the way of the potions as best you can. The green ones are thrown into random positions and the purple ones go straight for you. Also be sure to avoid the blobs and jump on their heads. Don't try to defeat them with a spin attack.
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As usual, if you die too many times, you'll automatically get an Aku Aku mask, but it's perfectly possible to defeat Dr. Nitrus without one.
When you jump on a blob, the goo will hit Dr. Nitrus and take down some of his health. Avoid the dangerous items and jump on the blobs, and you'll hit the second stage in five or six hits.
How to Defeat Him (Stage 2)
After he's been hit by enough blobs, Dr. Nitrus will drink both of his potions in a rage and transform into a big green monster. He'll start thumping his fists on the ground and chase you around! One hit from him will kill poor Crash, so be sure to run out of the way. He's not very fast, but it's easy to get cornered by him.
To defeat this new monster Nitrus, jump onto the bricks that fall from the ceiling and wait for him to thump his way over. Then just jump on his head from on top of the brick (you can't reach his head from the ground). Do this three times and he'll fall out of the window. Crash will spin and do his signature double peace pose, and you're free to explore the next stage, the Lab!
If you're still not sure, check out this video below to see how it's done!
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy seems to be doing quite well in terms of reviews and consumer feedback. Crash Bandicoot is a cute character who many people were happy to see remade to make a fun new game. Thanks to Vicarious Visions and Sony, we can continue to enjoy avoiding traps, jumping at the correct times, completing bonus levels, and collecting different gems. Now go kick Dr. Nitrus' butt!
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