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The bandicoot is back - what a difference!!,
This review is from: Crash Twinsanity (PS2) (Video Game)
Ok, so I think back to the good year 1998 and remember the Christmas present of a lifetime - My little Playstation 1 and with it came a game that started a franchise that would (unbelievably - to some of the orange fur balls critics) still be around in the good year 2004... Crash Bandicoot. I wont deny that this fluff ball hasn't had the best of rides down the platform highway and had churned out many questionable titles such as crash bash and the wrath of Cortex.
However I hold no predjustice as I begin through the new title 'Crash: Twinsanity'. Straight away you are thrown into Crash's humble home of Nsanity Island with old nemesis Dr Neo Cortex hatching another plan to get our furry hero by dressing up as Crash's younger sister, Coco. With this opening cut scene you know straight away that the humour is on a new level - one that actually makes you laugh out loud! The humour is consistent with many jibes towards the past few games that will make hardcore fans laugh and even the humble onlooker giggle (One about the Wrath of Cortex just made me die!).
Something always a bit risky is to introduce a completely new character to a game and straight away make them playable.. Well Traveller's Tales got away with it by introducing Cortex's bionic goth-girl niece(?) Nina Cortex. She's a gem! With only one level as her playable my only criticism was that I wanted more!
Since changing hands with original mums and dads of the bandicoot, Naughty Dog, many companies have tried and failed with the once humorous formula. However I do believe UK developers Travellers Tales got it right this time (thank aku-aku!!).
The game play is fun with the new 'enemies working together but not liking it' angle. This is where we have Crash and Cortex fighting and bashing their way through many levels - Hilarious! Also, I cannot forget, the free roaming angle, which is what we (as the hardcore crash fans have asked for relentlessly) have wanted.
To be honest the humour is class and is supplied mostly by Crash Bandicoot voice-over newcomer (say that with your mouth full) Lex Lang as Neo Cortex. He is always spot on and has taken over from Clancy Brown stupendously!
However the real shining gem is the music. Spiralmouth, an capella group (yes that was what I said!), supply all the music throughout the game and what a musical soundscape!!!! I cant even begin to describe what they do - just buy this game and listen to it - Its beyond words to describe!
However, I do have to slap Travellers tales on the wrist for doing the most awful sin. Camera angles have always been the bain of many a gamers life - So why do it developers?!?!?! You have been warned...
To conclude, this bandicoot has been pulled out of the gutter at last but not all the way. More levels would have lasted the game play more than my 2 hours collectively and to pull out the free roaming areas just a little bit more. But I do believe Crash and his friends are on a way to recovery - slowly but surely I do believe the bandicoot will retrieve his crown... I'll just have to hold on to my breath for the next instalment.
So see you this time next year then.