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Published on October 16, 2007 By terpfan1980 In XBOX

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A few quick comments about the game Crash of the Titans, featuring one-time woulda/coulda/shoulda/had been mascot for Sony and the original Playstation console, Crash Bandicoot, the game is bright and colorful with gameplay that is simple enough for just about anyone to pick up and play.

Crash of the Titans box image from Amazon.com

If anyone is looking for a kid friendly (cartoon violence and such) linear platformer type game, Crash of the Titans isn't bad. I'm not sure it's a game that requires purchase as opposed to simply renting and playing that way, but it's at least worth a rental if you like this type of game.

As noted, Crash of the Titans plays as previous (except for Crash Team Racing) Crash Bandicoot games did with players controlling Crash or other characters from the Crash Bandicoot universe and moving them through linear tracks to eventually encounter a boss (or bosses) that must be beaten in order to continue on through the storyline.  Basically the game plays through pre-set paths and is 'on rails' with players only able to move around slightly within the width of the path that is available.  In some cases the path may move straight into the screen, in other cases, it may involve moving from left to right slightly, or in a combination of those directions.  No matter what though, players aren't able to just go running around in a 3 dimensional environment.  You either move forward or back and in many cases there is no back to move through.

Game play involves some puzzle solving type efforts where you may have to figure out the right combination of moves to defeat the 'bad' characters or force objects to drop within the path and provide new paths to get from point A to point B.

Crash Bandicoot originated back on the original Playstation console (PS1).  At that time it wowed gamers with beautiful graphical environments and a highly immersive experience.  The graphics were very detailed, even while being cartoon styled.  Plants had leaves that moved as you walked past them, or as breezes in the environment affected them.  Crash would destroy boxes to get to objects inside of them, and players would be impressed with the remnants of the destroyed box being spewed throughout the space where it had been.

Crash of the Titans isn't a game that most people would find a ton of replay value in, but it is quite enjoyable.  Priced at an in-between price that isn't quite up there with the normal next-generation range, but isn't deeply discounted either which makes the choice of renting or buying a bit more difficult.  Once the price comes down somewhat I could see the game being a great cheap purchase for adding to a video gamers collection.  Until then, perhaps rental is best.


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on Oct 17, 2007

Cool beans.

Thanks for the review Terp.  I just put this on my son's Christmas list.  I loved to play the old Crash games with him...and this is something we can play on his new 360...though he doesn't get that until next month for his b-day.

 

on Oct 17, 2007
Thanks for the review Terp. I just put this on my son's Christmas list. I loved to play the old Crash games with him...and this is something we can play on his new 360...though he doesn't get that until next month for his b-day.

You might also want to check out the new release: Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal.  Same type of game, but features the Looney Tunes characters -- seven playable characters including Bugs, Daffy, Marvin the Martian, Taz, etc.   I may wind up buying that one myself (I have it as a rental from Gamefly, which by the way I also highly recommend as a way to save money on gaming costs.  Rent the games, try them out, keep what you like, and send back the stinkers...  I may make the Looney Tunes game a 'keep it' game and just pay Gamefly their discounted sale price to buy it so I can keep it permanently).

I'll try to put up some longer comments about the Looney Tunes game later after I get a chance to play it much more. I will say it is getting mixed reviews in mags and gaming sites, but I think that has more to do with the target audience vs. the age of the reviewers and the biases that those reviewers have more towards games like say Bioshock or Halo 3, etc.

on Oct 17, 2007
(I have it as a rental from Gamefly, which by the way I also highly recommend as a way to save money on gaming costs. Rent the games, try them out, keep what you like, and send back the stinkers..


Now that is a WONDERFUL idea. He can rent some of the games after his b-day and let us know which ones he likes best.

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