Around a month ago, I put up my written review for ‘The N Sane Trilogy’: a remaster of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy. Overall I love it but, within the game, I have discovered a new challenge thanks to the tweaked controls. And, at San Diego Comic Con, Vicarious Visions (the development team behind the remaster) announced that they were giving players yet another new challenge: ‘The Stormy Ascent’ level for free.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this level, ‘The Stormy Ascent’ is a more advanced version of another level in the game (‘Slippery Climb’). However, the original developers, Naughty Dog, decided to take the level out of the game due to its difficulty. But they did leave the level hidden in the disc, which meant that players had been able to access it via a gaming code or software. And, now, it’s been made available without any useage of gaming software!
And….it’s F*CKING difficult!
Now, is it the most difficult level in the whole game? No, that award (thanks to the tweaked controls) goes to ‘The High Road’, where I lost around 40 lives just to get the gem; I lost 20 lives and it took me an hour and a half to get a gem in ‘The Stormy Ascent’. So, not AS difficult, but pretty close. To be honest, I found the completely new bonus level more difficult than the main level itself.
During my first completed playthrough, I found the level a lot of fun and challenging. The playthrough mostly consisted of me going ‘Ohhh, I get it!’ as this level gives you differently timed platforming so the player can never get too familiar with the patterns that it offers. The lack of lives and checkpoints also add to the difficulty. However, the tweaked controls work really well, meaning each death (unfortunately!) can’t be blamed on anyone other than the player.
So, a fun but difficult challenge…..and then we get to the time trial mode.
I’ll be completely honest: I’ve never even gotten close to beating even the easiest time trial as it seems nearly impossible. If anyone HAS beaten it, then my hat goes off to you.
If you’ve been a long-time Crash Bandicoot player, or you’re just wanting a new challenge then I would definitely recommend this.
‘The Stormy Ascent’ will be free until the 30th August; after that, it’ll be £2.99.