Excerpt: Crash Commando is primarily a 2D game, though each map has two levels of "depth" that are accessed via tunnels. The "level" you're on always shows up as "front" screen, though some maps let you see what is happening on the other map. It doesn't happen in every map, but when it does it adds an extra touch to the experience. The visuals look basic, but the style really works for the game.
Excerpt: Remember Undertow? No? Shocking. Undertow was the game Microsoft gave away free in January 2008 as a way of saying sorry for widespread Xbox LIVE connection issues experienced the previous Christmas. We gave it a 7/10 - the simple side-scrolling 2D shooter providing a decent amount of fun in an underwater, Geometry Wars kind of way. And, since it was free, it was better than a kick in the groin.
Excerpt: In some ways Crash Commando is a classic side-scrolling shooter along the lines of games like Metal Slug. Lots of weapons, explosions, and small soldiers dying digital deaths. No objectives or goals beyond trying to wipe out as many enemy soldiers as possible while keeping your own deaths to a minimum. Nothing but classic quick reflex arcade gameplay.
Conclusion: Crash Commando is another in a growing list of fine PSN games. For $9.99, you could do much worse, and if this were $4.99 I'd instantly recommend it. Keep in mind it's focus is multiplayer action and if you're interested in that you'll find an active and growing community to play with.