It was 1996 and I was ten years old. I remember my dad taking me to Circuit City for some reason and seeing this amazing game being played on a large TV with speakers. Oh my God, it had 3D graphics! And…Are those CD quality music samples!? This was my first experience with Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation, and I didn’t need to play it to know I was hooked.
I was largely playing video games on my Sega Genesis at the time, and being the young, enthusiastic kid that I was, I freaked out and begged my dad for this amazing game. He lovingly reminded me, in the way that parents always do, that we didn’t have a PlayStation, but Christmas was coming up, and if I was good, maybe a PlayStation would magically slide down our chimney and manifest in a wrapped box under our Christmas tree. Well, he didn’t word it like that, but I got the point.
When Christmas came around, I did up getting a PlayStation, with Crash Bandicoot (also Warhawk and Rally Cross!), and spent my entire Christmas break from school glued to my TV. It was the best. My friends were playing outside in the snow, but I did not care.
It’s been years since I touched the franchise now, but that first game and its two sequels live on fondly in my memory. I would even dare to say I get slightly misty-eyed when a song from the trilogy pops up on my iPod when it’s shuffling. Read the rest of this entry »