It took me months, but I did it. I got all the gold time trial relics for the N.Sane Trilogy editions of Crash Bandicoot 1 and 2 (barring the one for Stormy Ascent).
Mark my words. That is something I will NEVER attempt again. Getting the gold relics in those games was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had while playing a video game. It’s up there with my first attempt at the Ursula boss in Kingdom Hearts 1. It’s up there with Mega Man X6 as a WHOLE.
I knew from the moment I got to Sunset Vista that this was gonna be a miserable experience, but I persevered through it, since it was the only thing standing between me and fully completing the games. I did it though, and it’s left me emotionally drained as a result.