Crash of the Titans Review
Crash of the Titans box art
System: DS, Wii, PS2, PSP, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Amaze 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Sierra 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 25, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Combat takes a bit of practice. There isn't as much smashing and stomping as in the original series. Instead, there is a lot of hand-to-hand combat in which you'll be expected to throw a lot of kicks and punches. There is something more immediate and gratifying to this style of combat. If something pisses you off, you can react immediately, instead of having to position yourself, aim, jump, and land on the offender's head. The DS offers good control, but my advice is to forgo the touch screen during the platform action. You'll need all hands on the face buttons, and fortunately you can use the B button in place of the touch screen and the microphone. Those features are just too awkward to use when you're in the heat of battle or otherwise attempting some tricky moves.

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Mini-games are featured, which do put the touch screen and stylus to good use. In one such game you'll use the touch screen to move a creature that's positioned on a ball. The stylus lets you navigate your way through an obstacle course by dragging it left or right on the screen. You can also play the popular Japanese game of Pachinko with the stylus. Overall the commands are tight and responsive, which is essential for a good platformer. The game is linear, but there is just enough freedom in certain regions to let you explore for alternate paths and hidden items. All of these platform elements will keep you entertained, as well as challenged. Just trying to collect all of the items in any level will certainly test your mettle.

Crash of the Titans has a colorful, cartoon vibe to it that doesn't skimp on detail. The levels are large and display plenty of 3D depth, even if some of the backgrounds aren't totally interactive. The characters are artfully rendered with smooth animation. Crash moves gracefully, and his face displays expressions that his voice can't. Much of the voice work is repeated, and the music is looped. The sound effects are the only reason to have the volume on.

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By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Features

  • Hijack and battle titanic monsters!: Don't beat 'em - Jack 'em! Control, play and BATTLE as 15 different outrageous and totally unique enemies, including the likes of Scorporilla, Ratcicle and Shellephant - multiple playable weapons! Use their special abilities, breathe fire, and strike with earth-shaking attacks. Use one enemy as a weapon to blow away the others.
  • Intense New Combat Moves!: For the first time ever in a Crash game Crash now has a powerful acrobatic fighting system: punches and flying kicks, multiple attacks, and special counter moves. Power up skills to unlock new attacks and blazing combos! Sure, he still spins, but now he's got some serious moves to back it up!
  • Chaotic Co-op Action!: It's twice the Crash! At any point in the game get your buddy to join in and play as Coarbon-Crash, and work together to unleash total chaos! Crash can even jack Carbon-Crash (or vice versa) for some hysterical Crash/jacked-Crash mayhem.


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.4
    Graphics
    Colorful looking graphics with plenty of detail and smooth animation.
    4.0
    Control
    The controls are tight, but there's no real need for the stylus or touch screen.
    2.4
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Good sound effects but the music and voice work is repetitive.
    2.4

    Play Value
    You can extend the replay value by looking for alternative paths and collecting all of the collectibles.

    3.9
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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