My mom always firmly came down on the side of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. She collected every crystal, gem, and found the secret warp room over and over, restarting the game after every run. I always favored Crash Bandicoot: Warped, with its historical era-hopping levels and time trials that allowed her and I to actually compete to be the better Crash player in our house.
Now with the release of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, I’m so excited to be able to revisit those memories, because they’ll transport me to a time that I can no longer visit. A time when I could play games with the person who introduced me to the medium — my mom, who died nine years ago.