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Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Review

June 30, 2008

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped is the third game in the Crash series developed by naughty dog and will be the last Crash Bandicoot platformer they worked on.

Story

After being foiled by Crash in Crash Bandicoot 2, Cortex is sent flying to Earth and encounters the evil mask Uka Uka after debris from his station set Uka Uka free from his ancient prison. It seems Cortex has been in the employ of Uka Uka and Uka Uka is angry at cortex for failing him twice. Uka Uka spares Cortex because he freed him and the 2, using Doctor Nefarious Tropy, the master of time, go on a scheme to collect crystals from different time periods. Tropy has created a machine known as the “Time Twister” which both the villains and heroes use.

Gameplay

The gameplay at its core remains unchanged since Crash 2. The key difference is that after defeating every boss you are given new moves. They take the form of double jumping, a more powerful body slam, to running faster and the ability to glide by spinning longer and faster. Each upgrade makes the game easier and makes some former impossible tasks in earlier levels now possible with the new ability upgrades.

The Gem and Crystal collecting return with Relics added. Relics are gained by beating a level within a certain time frame. This option is available after you defeat a level and change the level somewhat. All the fruits are gone and most boxes are empty with new time boxes to pause the timer. This new addition with the relics add more replayablity to the game, while at the same time makes completing the game seem less of an accomplishment. What i mean by this is the % complete of the game returns, and between the relics, gems, and crystals it makes getting a high % hard. Getting all the crystals, beating all the levels and attaining a handful of gems and relics will only net you about a 50% completion. If your a big fan of getting 100% in every game, you won’t be disappointed with the amount of content.

Graphics/Audio

The game looks decent by today’s standard and your not going to expect it to look anything like today’s game. However its bright and colorful and pretty easy on the eyes.

The game returns with its classic music. 99.9% of the characters are voiced with the exception of Crash, who has no lines whatsoever. He is meant to be mute so its acceptable and the rest of the cast is pretty well done.

Conclusion

Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped is easily the best of the series. It is accessible to just about anyone and is extremely fun. The amount of content to go through to get 100% completion is admirable for a old playstation title. Easily the best in the series and the best old school platformer on the PSN, I highly recommend this.

*Note The PsP version is identical to the Ps3 version however the Bazooka is kind of hard to use (due to the lack of buttons).

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