Conclusion: Young children may enjoy this game for its cartoonish characters and fairly easy gameplay, as will arcade freaks despite the loading times that will continually test their patience. The rest, keep away. There's a million much better things to do with your time.
Excerpt: They are just going to milk this franchise dry, eh? Just let the poor Bandicoot rest in peace, for the love of all that is holy - please! Well, for now, my cries of anguish go unanswered, and we have another Crash Bandicoot game, brought to us by Vivendi Universal games and Radical Entertainment. Crash Tag Team Racing (or CTTR ) is basically an action-heavy arcade racing game, in the vein of Mario Kart . Graphically, this is classic Crash style all around.
Excerpt: Crash Bandicoot has certainly thrown himself around. As one of the few videogame characters that has survived the jump from the PlayStation to PlayStation 2 era, he's been in more than his fair share of titles, appearing in platformers, racing titles and even party games. Crash Tag Team racing is, as you might have guessed, another attempt at kart racing, but this time the genre boundary is a little blurred.
Conclusion: When you actually find one of the racing venues, you get a choice of type of race (besides the traditional race there’s: Fast Lap Challenge – self explanatory, Crashinator Challenge – intentionally slam into the scenery, Run and Gun Challenge – target shooting at objects while racing, and Rolling Thunder – shoot at fellow racers) then have at it.
Excerpt: For the most part, this is a kart racer like any other. Players can pick one of 8 Crash-inspired characters and put them into any of about a dozen different rides. The goal, obviously, is to take first place in as many races and events as possible. There are dozens of standard racing circuits, demolition courses, and enclosed battle arenas to compete in, and, since this is a "kart" style game, players can pick up and fire off weapons and power-ups.
Excerpt: Crash Tag Team Racing comes a year after the old Double-Dash did in the venerable Mario Kart on Gamecube and double-dashed the hopes of many a fan. But don't be fooled by the immediate resemblance here: Crash Tag Team Racing might look like a Double-Dash rip-off, but in reality it has much more to offer. Combining a quality Crash platformer with zany, fast-paced racing action, Crash Tag Team Racing is unlike any other game we've played. Still not convinced?
Pros: ups: healthy mix of gameplay, actually funny
Cons: downs: auto catch up works a little too well, screen can get awfully cluttered in multiplayer
Excerpt: Crash Bandicoot has been an iconic figure on the PlayStation since the mid-90Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. Now, with Vivendi UniversalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s takeover of the franchise, his importance has greatly faded. Once a platforming pedigree for Sony, Crash has gone multi-platform in the 128-bit era. Who would have thought that both Crash and Sonic would appear on an arch-rivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s system? A Sony-exclusive in Crash and a Sega-exclusive in Sonic ended up on the Nintendo GameCube.
Summary: There is no hiding from Crash Bandicoot, there won't be many people in the world who have never heard of him and there wonâ€™t be many gamers out there who have never played one of his excellent games, Crash Tag Team racing is another one to add to the list of legendary Crash Bandicoot games!
Summary: Crash Tag Team Racing is a super game for fans of previous Crash Bandicoot titles, but who are also a bit of racing action. The game looks and sounds terrific and while aimed at a younger audience adults should also be able to spend a few hours enjoying this game.