Why Sony Needs Crash Bandicoot
The Original PlayStation Mascot
The nineties were an amazing time for video games, with many different consoles on the market and a revolution in terms of graphics and technology there was never a better time to be a gamer. One of the defining things about the video game industry of the nineties was the fact that every console had a mascot established for them. The Nintendo mascot was of course the Mario Bros. and the Sega mascot was Sonic the Hedgehog. But when Sony introduced the PlayStation it didn’t have a mascot, but all of this changed in 1996 when Crash Bandicoot was born.
A Different Kind of Platform game:
From the development to the release, there was something different about Crash Bandicoot. Similar to how Sonic revolutionized the genre back in 1991 with the fast gameplay and beautiful 16-bit graphics, Crash Bandicoot changed the way that platform games look and felt. Crash added different elements into the gameplay that had not been seen on a platform game, such as the ability to break different crates which would unlock different puzzles.
Crash Bandicoot was also a much more modern game all around, feeling very much in tune with the nineties culture. Crash Bandicoot was hip, and in a way devilishly fun. I remember the first time that I popped Crash Bandicoot into my PlayStation I was immediately taken aback by the colorful graphics and the intense story lines which featured the DR. Neo Cortex who is crashes creator and arch nemesis. There was nothing simplistic or dated about the Crash Bandicoot franchise.
Crash Bandicoot was Sony:
I can remember walking into Funcoland, long before it became GameStop and purchasing my copy of Pokemon Silver Version, and I remember seeing all of the PlayStation marketing material that featured Crash Bandicoot on it. Crash Bandicoot was the epiphany of the PlayStation console, and Crash was to Sony what Sonic was to Sega. Crash was a fresh take on the adventure game genre, so much so that all three versions sold millions of copies all around the world.
Crash Bandicoot to this day is still equated with the PlayStation franchise. Sure you might have seen that there were Crash titles released for other consoles, but the main home for the franchise has always been on the PlayStation console. During the last console generation I think Sony veered away from what makes their console unique and great. They have become so involved with the game streaming industry, and massive multi-player online games that they have forgot the platform games that made the PlayStation stand out from the crowd.
The Proof is in the Pudding:
The most recent Crash Bandicoot release N. Sane Trilogy was a smash hit for the franchise, the first new title in seven years. Being a remake of the original three titles was a great way to revive the franchise. There are millions of hungry fans who still want to see Sony’s beloved mascot make a return, and the N. Sane Trilogy game is great in every aspect of gameplay. Crash is also a playable character in Skylanders: Imaginators, as is Neo Cortex.
With the impressive sales of the N.Sane Trilogy, there is no reason why a new Crash Bandicoot title should not be put into the works. I think that Sony needs to revisit what made their console great, and at the same time bring new light to the current game generation. In my opinion game consoles have become stale, and the need to original titles that do not rely on network gameplay is crucial. Great original platform titles such as Crash Bandicoot are the back bone of the game industry.
We Need More Crash Bandicoot:
There is an immense need for a new Crash Bandicoot game that is solely for the PlayStation 4 console, and I think Sony would be smart to satisfy the need of their loyal enthusiasts. The Crash Bandicoot franchise was the backbone of the PlayStation and anyone who has ever owned any PlayStation console will know who Crash Bandicoot and what he represents to the PlayStation brand as a whole.
So Sony if you are reading this or listening to your fans, we definitely all wants a new Crash Bandicoot title. It would rejuvenate an already great console in the PS4 and separate it from the masses. Only time will tell if we will get a new Crash Bandicoot title, there has been word in the gaming community that Sony is working on a new rendition of Crash Team Racing but this is only heresy at this point in time.