Posted by: peanutmaster | March 2, 2008

Crash Team Racing – Naughty Dog – Ps


I have played and loved the majority of Crash Bandicoot games, but Crash Team Racing is still my number 1!

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Yes, I know it is old, but even 9 years after it’s release, it still has so much energy! The graphics in this game are striking. Absolutely no fog was used in this game, and a constant frame rate is maintained. The characters are well designed and all have a high polygon count. Advanced techniques, such as full reflections, were used to make this game even more aesthetically pleasing.

People have said to me that CTR is just a Mario Kart wannabe, but I disagree. Yes, the battle mode may be very similiar to Mario Kart’s version, but the tracks and actual gameplay are very different. In my mind, CTR is no remake, but a milestone in racing games, and something Nitro Kart and Tag Team Racing failed to live up to.

There are five main racing modes – Adventure, Time Trial, Arcade, Battle and Vs. In Adventure, you must try to stop the world being destroyed by alien Nitros Oxide by racing on 16 different tracks. Arcade mode lets you freely race on any of the courses with any of the characters you’ve obtained so far (some characters must be unlocked in Adventure mode, or obtained via Cheat Code). If you want to race against your friends, try Vs mode. Battle, my personal favourite mode lets you mutilate your friends in 1 of four arenas. And then there is Time Trial mode, which is… Er, Time Trials!

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The game’s soundtrack also does not disappoint, with music tailored to the environments (lively tunes for bright tracks, etc.). The voices, are also impressive, and I love how Pura meows when you crash into a barrier!

The only real complaints I have about this game are the bosses (they have an unlimited supply of one kind of weapon) and the tracks which, albeit well designed, are too short. Overall, this game is a worthy purchase for anyone looking for a GOOD mascot racing game, a light spirited racing simulation or loves Mario Kart and wants something new!

UNLOCKABLE CHARACTERS:

There are 15 playable characters in total. Here is how to unlock the hidden ones without winning them on Adventure Mode:

Komodo Joe
Hold L1 + R1 and press Down, Circle, Left (x2), Triangle, Right, Down at the main menu.

N. Trophy
Hold L1 + R1 and press Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Right (x2) at the main menu.

Papu Papu
Hold L1 + R1 and press Left, Triangle, Right, Down, Right, Circle, Left (x2), Down at the main menu.

Pinstripe
Hold L1 + R1 and press Left, Right, Triangle, Down, Right, Down at the main menu.

Ripper Roo
Hold L1 + R1 and press Right, Circle (x2), Down, Up, Down, Right at the main menu.

CHEATS: Bonus Character:

There is another hidden character that can only be found via cheat code. Yep, it’s Penta Penguin!

Penta Penguin:

Hold L1 and R1 and press Down, Right, Triangle, Down, Left, Triangle, Up at the main menu.

CHEATS: Spyro The Dragon 2 Demo!

Believe it or not, there is a Spyro The Dragon 2 demo hidden inside CTR! Just do this Cheat Code:

Hold L1 + R1 and press Down, Circle, Triangle, Right at the main menu.

The game would succeed even without the Crash license, with its realistic physics and tight controls. Every character has a unique quality which greatly enhances the replay value. CTR is what Nitro Kart failed to be. It is brilliant.

RATING: 90%

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If you liked this, try the Mario Kart series on Ds, Gamecube, gameboy, Wii, N64.

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Responses

  1. hi, crach team raceing orsome game, me and my mates still play it now time and time again for many hours and we were wondering could you make it again for the ps3, look forward to hearing from you

  2. There have been a number of remakes of Crash Team Racing, like Crash Tag Team Racing and Crash Nitro Kart. None have been as good as the original. This may be because Naughty Dog only made CTR, and Vicarious Visions made the rest. So unless you persuade Naughty Dog to remake CTR, it won’t be that good.

  3. hello how are u doing thank you for my help and i will always pray for you people and i will need you to help me with more cheating okay

  4. i need the software

  5. Nitro Kart is AMAZING PM!!!!!
    lol


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