Excerpt: Over recent years, the cutesy creature genre (which is to say of the platformer variety) has largely become more grounded and more shooty. Ratchet and Clank, Jak, as well as Spyro’s newest are just a few examples of this. Yes, leaping around with seemingly all the joys of spring is dying out and Crash Bandicoot’s newest game, Crash of The Titans proves that the genre is continuing to erode.
Conclusion: It’s come up before and it’ll come up again, but multiplayer is generally the real test of a sports game, because it is affected less by AI foibles and comes down to true competition and skill. NHL 2K10 does offer a lot of flexibility for the online-gaming component. Not only can you do the leagues and gameplay over an online connection, but some of the menus offer the option to search out anyone on your Friend List who might be playing at the same time.
Excerpt: Your first experience with NHL 2K10 may not be spectacular – my own certainly wasn’t. Initially, the game seemed like a complete rehash. With the exception of being able to invite players to join a game online, the mode lineup, which included the likes of Franchise, Exhibition, Pond Hockey and Mini Rink, was the same as last year’s game. The presentation was slicker, the menus were shinier, and the colors looked brighter and crisper than ever before.
Conclusion: The thing is, the times where you are able to walk through reasonably simply are fun. Not great fun, but good unremarkable fun – the kind of game that a reviewer might recommend as a good Christmas stocking filler, or something. For the most part, though, Crash of the Titans isn’t fun; it’s frustrating as all get-out, which really just leaves it as “unremarkable”.
Conclusion: I thought Crash of the Titans was an overall enjoyable game. It gets a bit tedious down the stretch because each episode is so very similar to the previous one, but the campaign ends just as the adventure wears out its welcome. Crash of the Titans also sports some very smooth and colorful animations, too, and the sound guys did a fine job.
Conclusion: This game is one of those that will give you a lot more fun then you could have hoped for, while at the same time not being quite as good as you would like. It’s a good effort but far too short and not nearly nice enough to look at, plus a bit more of a challenge wouldn’t have gone amiss either. It’s nice to see Crash back on form but he’s still a long way behind his illustrious peers.
Conclusion: In the audio department, the game uses a mixture
of symphonies and instrumental pop, which fit
the game's theme really well. The sound effects
are generally subtle but they are enough to
promote the kind of magical charm to keep up
with your adventure. Since the game is more on
the bashing side, you’ll hear mostly kicks and
punches, and other socking moves.