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Is it worth even putting the key into the ignition?
on 31 December 2003
OK - another Crash Bandicoot game, all the die-hard fans have probably got it already, whilst those who are sceptical of the series following previous releases are pondering whether to spend £30 on a game that doesn't have many good reviews.
Firstly, I would say to all those who argue that the game is too similar to the first, to think what made the original such a classic! Surely it would have been lunacy by the developers to throw out a workable formula and replace it with something altogether new. Every racing game you play in a series, even the legendary Mario Kart has aspects that are similar from previous games; take the new Double Dash outing on the Game Cube and see what I mean.
I cannot see why the game is seen as slow, it runs along at a similar pace to all the other games I have on the PS2. Perhaps, the criticisms concerning these aspects are not from the game but from high expectations of the gamers. Although the game music is quiter to hear than the engine noises it doesn't really detract interest from the game.
However, where the game does fall is on the difficulty, just like the first it is too easy to complete and having to complete the whole game i.e. all gold/platinum relics, all tokens, all cups and gems for both Cortex and Crash to get Velo make the game slightly irksome.
Just like its predecessor and the recently released Mario Kart, Crash Nitro Kart works better when it is played with friends. The large number of options available for multiplayer are saving graces and have an excellent replay value.
I feel that the game is good and offers a variety of challenges i.e. relics and tokens to amuse, (as opposed to straightforward racing for cup-points/trophey's)the Game Cube version will be overshadowed by the release of Mario Kart.
Is this game worth buying? I would have to advise caution - don't think its gonna be great because of the first one or poor because of negative reviews. Like other Crash games, this one uses a tried and tested formula - if that appeals to you then the game will appeal as well. If you are going to buy this game and expect to see something different, then I would advise you to keep the money in your pocket or hang on to your sales receipt - you may be sorely disappointed.