Long ago, in a period historians refer to as the 1990s, the mascot reigned supreme. These anthropomorphised animals had bad attitudes and big sneakers, and would often spontaneously breakdance, which was the style at the time. And one of the most notorious of these creatures was Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot, a denim-clad marsupial who spun onto the original PlayStation in 1996, becoming the stupid, grinning face of the new CD-powered console. And now, for the first time, he’s on PC. The N. Sane Trilogy is a remastered collection of the first three Crash Bandicoot games. There have been some tweaks to the physics that hardcore Crash fans and speedrunners have taken issue with, but for most people it should feel exactly the same as it did in ‘96—and that’s the problem. This is a platformer from the oldest and creakiest of schools, with punishing jumps, traps that demand pixel-perfect precision, and enemies who can kill you in one hit. Amazon Prime Day deals: see all the best early offers right here. Some people will love the sound of this, of returning to a bygone era when 3D platformers were pure and unsullied by the trappings of the modern videogame. But for me it feels like going back to a time when games were a lot worse than they are now. Hell, Crash even felt outdated back then, overshadowed by games such as Tomb Raider and Mario 64, which makes its linear levels and frustrating design even harder to stomach in 2018.