It's been a while since I had to post a MyTake here. Lately, I tried to install an emulator to my laptop without a success, because I sold my console recently, and now I would like to play some of these games. But till I find out how to do it, I will post a MyTake about the Crash Bandicoot games. The first time I played a Crash Bandicoot game was when I was 7 years old on the PSX console. So it's a character I have grown up with. Anyway here we go:
12) Crash Of The Titans (PSP)
What a huge disappointment. It was the last Crash Bandicoot game I have played. Since Naughty Dog gave up on the Crash Bandicoot franchise it started going downwards and downwards. Not only Crash Bandicoot has a totally different appearance, but it share no similarities with the PSX games. I remember nothing at all from it, and I don't recall whether I completed it 100% or not. By the way I played it on PSP, so I don't know whether it's different in other consoles or not.
11) Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage (Game Boy Advance)
The only interesting part was, having Crash Bandicoot fight Ripto from Spyro The Dragon instead of Dr. Neo Cortex, for the first time. Apart from it, it was a mediocre game. Same goes for Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy which was the other half of the two games.
10) Crash Twinsanity (PS2)
Although the plot was pretty bizarre and interesting (Crash Bandicoot allying with Dr. Neo Cortex) the gameplay was really poor, and obviously it had no similarities with the old games. It had some funny animations though, so if you are not much into the gameplay, you might find it more interesting.
9) Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced (Game Boy Advance)
I haven't played the prequel (The Big Adventure) to be honest, so this was my first Crash Bandicoot game on a portable console. It was pretty good when it came out, because it was different to be able to play Crash Bandicoot on a portable console, but although it was pretty much based on the first games, gameplay-wise, it lacked the magic of the early games. Plus the graphics were poorer. On the other hand it was also the first time to see Coco Bandicoot as an antagonist, which made things interesting.
8. Crash Nitro Kart (Game Boy Advance)
Although they share the same title, there are differences between each version, so I will put them separately. Game Boy Advance version has obviously poorer graphics and it's much more simplified. On the other hand it has more playable characters, including all the champions of each realm and Spyro The Dragon as well. Pura, Zan and Zem are not playable on the other hand though.
7) Crash Nitro Kart (PS2)
I like this version a little bit more to be honest, because I believe it's the original version of the game and the other was mostly a rip-off. On the downside it was the toughest game of the whole series. You had to dedicate hundreds of hours in order to learn each level by heart and be able to collect all the letters for the coins.
6) Crash Team Racing (PSX)
Many people say that it was a Super Mario Kart rip-off. It doesn't matter, because story-wise it's built around the world of Crash Bandicoot. It was actually the first spin-off game of the franchise and when it came it was something different. The tough part of the series was making the relics gold and platinum. Apart from it, it was fairly easy. Of course when you were a kid, it was tough as nails.
5) Crash Bash (PSX)
It was a pretty amusing game, especially being played with friends, but it was tough as nails to complete it 200%. I believe it was supposed to be a party game to play with others, otherwise if you wanted to go single player then you would have a hard time. It's the best spin-off game of the series in my opinion.
4) Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex (PS2)
The last good platform game of the franchise. It was pretty much based on the previous game (Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped), but on the doensido there was a lack of variety of the game antagonists. Apart from Cortex, you were just facing different versions of Crunch Bandicoot who was an antagonist by the time. The best part of the game was the addition of a new type of level where you weew trapped into a crystal ball, and you were rolling with it.
3) Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (PSX)
Here we go for Top 3, which are way superior than the rest. It's really hard to choose the best among this group, but I will place Crash Bandicoot 2, in the third place. The reason I put it third is because it was the quickest game to finish among the three, and you didn't have extra challenges, like collecting the Relics like you did in the third game. It was the first game of the series that introduced the feature of the Warp Room, by having 5 different levels available as you were starting the game, unlike in the first game where you had to play each level separately.
2) Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (PSX)
The third game of the series was perhaps the biggest selling game of the franchise. I remember it was a phenomenon when it came out, and every video game magazine of the time was talking about it. It was much more developed than the first game, by adding special attacks, having Coco as a playable character in some levels and also introducing the Relics, which was basically a Time Attack mode of each level.
1) Crash Bandicoot (PSX)
This is the game from where the franchise started. It was really ahead of its time, especially the graphics. It was released in 1996, and it stood the test of time indeed. Although most people who played the game, they claim that they had a really hard time with it, which is true. It was very challenging at some points, especially the part that if you lost a life then you would miss all the boxes you broke so far!!!