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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Favorite Tunes #189: Crashback

In the past I've dedicated Favorite Tunes to a single character such as Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog. With Crash Bandicoot making his return and myself along with many others being knee deep in the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, this is the perfect time to give the orange spin doctor his due.

Main Theme (N. Sanity Beach) - Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

Everyone and their grandma was grinning like they got hit with Joker Gas when they heard this theme in N. Sane Trilogy. Not only is it play during the main menu and for the first level of Crash Bandicoot, it also serves as the music for the overworld. Such a jaunty music piece that thankfully, is not limited to a single area of the game.

Hog Wild - Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

The original Hog Wild tune will always hold a special place in my heart but I LOVE the arrangement of it in the N. Sane Trilogy. That harmonica at the beginning, the guitar and so many cartoon sound effects come together to a groovy, wacky jam.

Road to Nowhere - Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

Depth perception. It is by far one of the biggest things that will mess with you when playing the Crash games. What better way to make things worse than by designing a level that places over a rickety bridge with slippery planks and, planks that fall away shortly after you step on and broken planks that can't even be stepped on? The level wouldn't be so bad if it were a 2D stage, but Road to Nowhere and the High Road are 3D stages. At least you've got some calming music to listen to while you're screaming.

Toxic Waste - Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

Some of the levels leading up to this one are the kind that make you wanna crack your controller in two, so Toxic Waste is a nice, fun breather. The level them is as metal as it gets and you're assaulted by a big guy throwing barrels at you throughout. Huh. I'm getting a serious Donkey Kong vibe here.

Crash Dash - Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

This is one of the arrangements where I have to say I like the original better. However, I still find this version to be really freaking good. It keeps the bells but it feels like the rock is more emphasized, which I'm perfectly fine with, though I do miss the primal feel that the original had.

Toad Village - Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

From the game that is a lot of people's favorite of the trilogy, Crash Bandicoot: Warped has Crash and Coco traveling through time. One of the earliest levels in the game is full of knights and frogs and death by the later leads to one of the best death animations. Naturally, the music matches the time period you're in. This theme sounds very triumphant and adventurous.

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