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Crash Team Racing is an arcade racing game that is very entertaining to play, especially with friends. Lots of track variety and game types keeps it fresh and dangerously addictive!

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      05.05.2012 18:41
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      5/5 for the first racing game I ever played

      I remember my dad coming home one day with a big stack of new games and me, my dad and my siblings sat there all night playing on the awesome game that is Crash team racing (CTR) A few months ago me and some friends (the same ones who I completed Crash 1-3 with) relived our childhood memories when we bought this from the Play station network on the PS3. This game was introduced after the first few Crash bandicoot games and the new characters that have been featured in them are the Characters you can race as on CTR including Crash and coco of course. The whole objective of the game is to choose your character, choose your track and win the races and the best thing about this game compared to other Crash games, it's multi player which was never seen in a crash game up until now. This game has a lot of option on how you can play it there is arcade, vs, battle and CTRA adventure.

      Arcade, now this is what I like to re name "Practice" If you're playing this alone then go on arcade, basically you'll choose your character from the list and then a list of the tracks will come up, once you've chosen the character, track, difficulty level and number of laps your race will begin and this is basically you playing against the computer and that's why I like to call it practise, to can get up to date with your skills ready to go against your mates and beat them.

      Vs is the bets part of the game in my eyes this is the multi player option, you can have 2 people playing this, I'd imagine if you was playing this on the PS1 with link cables that you could have more players but I haven't tried it yet. The screen will split in 2. Player one on the top and player two underneath so don't forget which one is you. You will choose your track and laps and off you go playing against each other and the other characters will be present too but controlled by the computer.

      Battle is my least favourite and I don't really participate on this bit of the game but 2 players will go against each other going around different location trying to blow each other up with bombs and other various things out of boxes, the player with the most amount of hits wins after a certain amount of time.

      CTR adventure is the real part of the game, this is where you load the world map and you will be instructed by the Mask what to do, You go around the map onto a warp pad that will send you to a race that you have to win first place, by doing this you unlock a new track, after winning each race the Mask will give you a tip on how to beat them. After doing all those tracks you will be given a key to unlock the boss race and once you have defeated the boss you will move on to more tracks and so on until you have done it 100%

      The tracks themselves vary similar to the levels in the original crash games, they go through sewers, icy mountains, mines, dirt tracks and more. On a lot of the tracks there is almost always something to avoid such as seals or penguins this makes the game both fun and irritating at the same time. I like all the tracks except one. I hate without a doubt the hot air ways one. This is in the sky, it's very windy and there are no sides so it's very easy to go off and you can't see where you are going. (I hate it a lot) One of the best features of the game is that one every track there are boxes and you drive through the boxes and you will get an item, either a bomb, a shield, something to make you go fast, something to slow everyone else down and so on. Some of them are useless like the bombs, but the rockets target someone and get them so it makes them more worth while and of course you get the classic tnt boxes that you can lay all over the tracks if you get it in a box.

      For it's time the graphics are really good, you can see they have tried to put effort in with the art work and the back ground of the tracks along with running water which for it's time again looks good. Some times you do get stuck on nothing which happens a lot in PS1 games. The music is just as good if not annoying as the actual Crash bandicoot games so playing this alone (practising) I always have this on mute because it's annoying.

      My favourite way to play this game is in VS where I can play with my friends and we each take on the winner so everyone gets a go. My favourite track is "sewer speedway" and the type of track it is is in the name really, sewers, so it's underground and in water and what not. Once you've been playing this for a while (or look online how to go faster) you can do power slides and drifting which helps you go faster and I'm definitely a drifter when it comes to these races. This is a really enjoyable game and one you can play alone or with friends and still enjoy it just as much, it's really funny yet really stressful at the same time

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        17.11.2011 02:53

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        Brilliant and classic game that offers it all :)

        Always remember the good old days of having a ps1 and waking up in the morning playing this game all day long and never got bored. I personally think this is the best game out of all the crash bandicoot's and this is why -
        >>Story<<
        Love the story mode on the game as it takes you through the different sections of a map with different tracks on each and harder races as you go to each different level, there is also special head to head boss race to top it off and is a great challenge and highly rewarding when you eventually beat them :)
        >>Tracks<<
        I always loved the challenge of every track i played on the game and each of them have their own unique features. Another thing i loved about the tracks is that each one had a secret passage as to where you can gain an advantage by risking some kind of jump to get into a shortcut, i remember having many failed attempts in a race at getting into one of those passages lol.
        Overall this is a very good cheap game that is just a classic game and my favourite when i was younger :)

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        04.08.2011 13:02
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        An excellent Mario Kart rip-off for Playstation owners.

        Before the rights to Crash bandicoot were sold on by developers Naughty Dog (who then went on to make the Jak and Daxter series, then Uncharted), they decided to test Crash Bandicoots driving skills in Crash Team racing, an obvious Mario Kart rip-off developed for the Playstation One.

        Alien enemy Nitros Oxide has teamed up with some of Crash Bandicoots old enemies to turn the world in to a parking lot. Forever saving the day, Crash has decided to grab some wheels and take on Oxide in a competition to save the world. Old enemy Neo Cortex even joins in with the aim of taking Oxide down, not content with someone else vying for world domination. So Story Mode will have you racing as one of eight characters (from Team Crash or Team Cortex) in various events. There's a couple of characters from previous Crash games I wish had made an appearance, though the huge amount of colourful characters that make up the Crash Bandicoot world allow for a decent line up of racers.

        Most of the time will be spent racing through various tracks - eight racers start though only one will win as you race through various tracks that pay homage to each of the previous Crash games. You've got levels reminiscent of the snow levels in Crash Bandicoot 2 for example (Blizzard Bluff and Polar Pass); with Crash Cove taking you back to the original Crash Bandicoot game. Some races are certainly better than others - Coco Park feels quite bland when compared to Polar Pass for example, a track with bursts of high speed, obstacles to put you off and a shortcut if you can make the jump correctly. There's plenty of variety for sure with icy terrain to change kart handling, or roaming seals or crabs that will knock you off course if you aren't careful. The races themselves feel hectic with a decent amount of weapons. Again, the influence of Mario Kart is apparent here with bombs being near-identical to the green shell and missiles having the same effect as the red shell. The protection Masks have the same invincibility as the (Mario Kart) Star and a Turbo Boost item having the same effect as a Mushroom in Mario. There's a complete lack of originality for sure, though it doesn't make the game itself worse because everything is so well designed, fitting the Crash Bandicoot series perfectly.

        There are other modes of course. The Relic Race lets you race though a level as fast as possible, picking up boxes to temporarily stop the clock and offers a different experience to an outright race and there is also 'CTR Challenge' where you have to collect the letters 'C', 'T' and 'R' that are scattered about in the more obscure part of the track and another mode has you racing around collecting Gems, which is perhaps the least fun of the lot. Still, there's as much variety with game modes as with the tracks and there is also the option to race in two players which adds a social element. The game mode that will offer the most replay value is Time Trial of course - where you race three laps around a track to beat your fastest time. Get a certain time and you unlock the ghost of N. Trophy. No weapons, just a standard race to see who is fastest. Beat him and you have to take on ghost Oxide and that really is a challenge.

        It's in Time Trial mode where the game finally steps out of the shadow of Mario Kart and shows something unique - the Turbo boost feature. Jump and slide round a corner and for a short while you have the opportunity to use this power slide to gain a boost, which you can do up to three times. It allows you to power through the track and save a few precious seconds. Though this is possible in all game modes, it isn't really necessary unless you are in Time Trial and it is something you will have to perfect if you want to take on Nitros Oxide in all the tracks because he is notoriously difficult to beat, making Time Trial highly addictive for those tracks where you are always on his tail.

        The controls are simple and the handling feels tight and there are three categories of karts. The three stats are speed, acceleration and cornering and it is up to you which of those stats are more important in your kart. The graphics of course have aged - this is a PSone game after all though with such cartoony characters and bright colours the graphics need not be powerful for the game to look good. The music is a high point of the game, with each track having highly individual music that is as catchy as the Time Trial mode is addictive.
        In short, it's a Mario Kart rip-off. But Crash Team Racing has succeeded where so many other karting games have failed - it's a brilliant Mario Kart rip-of. The track design is fantastic, offering more variation even than Mario Kart and there are enough game modes to keep you playing for hours - it's highly addictive. If you are a big Nintendo fan there probably isn't a need to get this - Mario Kart on any of their consoles will give you a very similar experience though for anyone else this game comes highly recommended and is as much fun to play today as it was twelve years ago.

        Crash Team racing can be purchased on the PSN Store for £3.49 and after that can be played on PS3 or transferred to the PSP where the game plays very well. If playing on PSP you'll have to choose between part of the screen being cut off or playing with an even smaller picture, though other than that there are no problems.

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        23.01.2010 18:15
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        a game that definetley deserves buying especially on the playstation store for £3.99

        Possibly one fo the greatest racing games of all time if you can look past the dated graphics of this aging title.

        The debut of racing to the crash bandicoot series and still the best game in the franchise. Racing on 18 tracks all designed brilliantly and fun to race on. Also including 15 characters and an entire arsenal of varied weaponary this game is bound to give you hours of fun gameplay with friends of all ages.

        single player revolves around winning races on each of the tracks across 4 different areas. Each with its own boss to defeat and earn a key. Once 4 keys are obtained you can race against nitros oxide the main antagonist in the game. Also along the adventure after beating the boss in that area you can go back to tracks previously completed and play in either relic race or ctr token challenge modes.

        The ctr token mode is the same as a normal race except that you have to collect 3 hidden letters on the track which spell out C,T,R. You have to collect all 3 of them and finish first to win and receive a ctr token of a certain colour. Once you have all 4 tokens of a certain colour you unlock one of the 5 gem cups. By winning each of these you unlock one character per one. The ai are considerably harder in these cups. Another way to get ctr tokens is by going to the battle arena's and collecting 20 crystals before the time runs out. There is one of these events in each of the 4 areas and all of these give one purple ctr token each.

        The relic race mode revolves around completing 3 laps around a track in the fastest time possible while breaking crates that are marked with a 1, 2 or 3 each freeze the time for that amount of seconds. Beat a certain time to acheive a saphire relic, a harder time for gold, and collect every crate on the track and finish beating the considerably hard platinum time to receive a platinum relic. By collecting every relic you can race oxide again after beating him before. This time he will be slightly harder but this is the last time you race him before he returns to his planet.

        The multiplayer mode with 2 people is exceptionally fun racing along with another 4 computer controlled racers which can be racing at one of 3 different difficultys. The multiplayer mode contains 17 tracks on single race missing out oxide station which is prehaps one of the best tracks in the game unfortunatley the playstation was unable to handle the large and graphical track. The cup mode in mutliplayer contains 4 seperate cups each containing 4 tracks each.

        Battle mode is also available for 2 to 4 players but it is quite boring unless you have 3 or 4. Racing with 3 or 4 people is also dissapointing as the tracks are heavily downgraded graphically and it doesnt support any computer players but the rest of the game easily makes up for this downside

        The cars handle well and are easy to drive so younger players will not frustrate easily when playing this game.

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          16.01.2010 21:31
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          A great little game

          It was only inevitable given the success of the Crash Bandicoot series that we were going to get a spin-off eventually, given that the Mario (and recently, Sonic) games have milked their protagonists for all they're worth. Those geniuses at Naughty Dog decided to exploit their own weird and wonderful mascot by putting him in a racing game, but the end result is actually a lot of fun!

          The plot is pretty flimsy; an alien called Nitrous Oxide wants to turn Earth into a parking lot, so you have to try and beat him and his cronies in races in order to prove your worth, at which point he vows to leave. Still, it's the gameplay what matters, and in that department the game unequivocally delivers. You can play as numerous characters, and like the other Crash games, there are plenty of things to unlock and collect. The single player offering features a lot to do and by itself will keep you playing for a while, as it is also quite challenging.

          However, the real meat of the game is the multiplayer, which is extremely fun and very reminiscent of Mario Kart 64. It's the same kind of idea: you can race or have a battle, and you can pick up power-ups around the map to gain a foothold on your rivals. It's very fun and I recall spending hours on it with friends.

          The visuals are in tone with the rest of the series and adhere to the same wacky style; the particle effects during some of the races look great, and generally speaking it's quite a slick package with good collision detection and no signs of glitching. The soundtrack borrows a few licks from the other games, but the voice work and chaotic sound effects work well.

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          06.08.2009 16:27

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          A must buy game for kids

          This is the best racing game for any children with a Playstation. This game is so much fun. All my friends use to have this game and we use to take turns to going to each other house and having little races between each other.

          Based on the game character Crash Bandicoot, he and his friends take part in a world full of danger and fun. They race each other through over 10 various tracks whilst firing weapons and dropping bombs upon each other.

          This game brings a lot of fun to young people who are competitive and like racing each other. Up to four people can play at anyone time with the TV screen split into four. There is lots of action involved in the game, and a bit of advice is to avoid those sudden munching plants by the sides of the track.

          Based similarly to Mario Kart but on the Playstation, this game will bring hundreds of hours of fun to not only young children but also anyone who decides to have a go.

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          21.06.2009 12:48
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          An excellent game on the long forgotten PSOne

          A little bit of childhood gaming nostalgia prompted me to write this review. The PlayStation was a brilliant console back in the day with stars like Spyro the dragon and of course Lara Croft and Crash Bandicoot amongst others. I don't really care for the technical upgraded versions that keep getting released as I just like good, fun video games not a games console that can open my can of Fanta or something.

          Released in 1999 Crash Team Racing was the fourth installment in the Crash Bandicoot series following on from the very serialised format of it's predecessors. As of such there aren't many changes here with regards to the storyline and such but the best part is... IT'S ALL DONE BY RACING!

          Crash and friends are planning to enter a kart riding tournament, though a villainous new opponent called Nitros Oxide, sees this and travels to Earth. He claims to be the 'fastest racer in the galaxy' and challenges the planet's fastest driver to an all out race. If he wins, he win turn the entire planet into a concrete parking lot. If the challenger defeats him, he will leave the planet unharmed.

          The great thing about the game is you can choose from eight main characters to begin with and unlock more as the game progresses. Before playing the game you will be asked to select from the list of the characters who are rated by their speed, acceleration and difficulty in handling. As well as the obvious Crash Bandicoot, there's also his sister Coco, arch nemesis Dr. Neo Cortex and his henchmen N.Gin, villains from previous games, Dingodile and Tiny the tiger and the adorable polar bear and tiger that you rode around on in the previous Crash games who in this incarnation go by the name of Polar and Pura.

          I would have to say that knowing how difficult each character will be to control is a great help as it makes the game a lot easier for children. Polar and Pura for example are the lightest characters so will be easy for children to use whilst the much larger characters like Dingodile and Tiny lack in speed and require a different kind of skill in order to win. This is a fantastic inclusion as it makes the game just as challenging for children and adults alike.

          There are a variety of different modes to play from:

          Adventure Mode
          This follows the main storyline and sees you and your character battle your way through four worlds. Much like the previous Crash games the aim is to complete all four levels in each world before you race against a boss and are able to move onto the next world. You have to come first in every race though so make sure you rely heavily on the various weapons that are lying around each track. Once you've completed a level you can re-enter and test your skills against the time trial record which allows you to race through the level without any distractions and grab the time crates to freeze time for a few seconds and see if you're able to make a new record. Once all 16 levels and four bosses have been defeated, you then have to race against Oxide.

          Arcade Mode
          This enables you to particpate in one of four cup circuits [these will be each of the worlds].
          This is just all about winning the four levels though I find it very helpful to get a lay of the tracks before I face the levels themselves.

          Versus Mode
          This allows up to 4 players to race against each other on any of the game's tracks.

          Battle Mode
          This mode just chucks you straight into an arena complete with a whole ream of different weapons to demolish your opponents. You can also create teams here which can lead to some very interesting combinations.


          The game may be simplistic and the actual Adventure mode may be very easy to complete, but unlocking the hidden characters and completing all the time trials will ensure that the most dedicated game players will be glued to the controller for hours.

          The Crash team have updated the graphics again, not only in just the more modernised look of its characters but the racing tracks themselves are just flawless. There is so much detail in the scenery and the various obstacles that will get in your way from blocks of ice to even skid marks that your kart might leave on the ground. It's not breakthrough graphic work but it's still pretty damn impressive and makes the experience feel a lot more realistic than most racing games in the same style.

          The music can be quite annoying sometimes as the game has adopted a lot of the very childlike and cartoonish jungle noises it seemed to have given up after CB2, but other than that this game is a great play whether you want to get stuck into it by yourself, need something to amuse the kids or just want to challenge your friends and find out who's the best.

          I played it again the other day and I didn't feel immature at all as it's a very fast paced and challenging game with the other seven characters in Adventure Mode, played by the computer getting stronger and smarter as your progress through the levels, you're constantly having to think on your feet. Move over Mario Kart I say!

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            08.06.2009 09:32
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            very good racer expecialy for ps1

            This racing game made the PS1. It was the best multiplayer racing game you would play. Just simliar to mario kart in its style but however they have their own spin on everything, it was very well crash like.

            The tracks were great fun espcially if you have a multitap on your ps1. But the fun part was the battles and the races all the power ups you can use are brilliant, and characters like Tiny etc are awesome.

            The single player mode had to be my favourite as when I was playing this game I used to find it difficult as it was one of my first racing games and it really brings back good memories when you play a game like this. The graphics arent all that bad still and they gameplay is still really awesome so you couldn't be asking for any less from an old game like this.

            I'd reccomend finding your copies of this game or getting one and playing it . Definately an interesting one.

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            07.05.2009 18:06
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            Decent

            This is a racing game made by the developpers of the famed Crash Bandicoot games and is a very good one. Firstly, I want topoint out that this is a racing game, not a crash bandicoot game. That aside, this game has various modes: adventure and grand prix and battleare the most notable ones. Being a game along aside the crash bandicoot games it is not a serious racing game, more like lego racers and involves weapons and what sorts. As for the influences of crash bandicoot, the weapons are pretty much new (except for the explosive crates). The characters have all been ported of corse which is nice and woompa fruit do make an appearance.

            As for the modes, adventure mode is very generously named as it is essentially just a one player mode where you progress through progressivly harder races. The best modes are grand prix (four race championship) and battle (certain numbers of lives and hit people to destroy their lives). Both of these modes are multiplayer and defintely the highlight of the game.

            As long as you dont want a serious car racing game, then you will really enjoy playing this with a few mates.

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              21.02.2009 15:28
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              A great game suitable for all ages and lots of fun

              This game has got to be my favourite childhood game. This _Naughty dog_ production was made very popular when it was first released onto the Sony Playstation. In my opinion it clearly outcompeted its rival; Mario Kart on the Nintendo 64.

              As with all cartoon games it has the classic storyline of defeating a boss character to save the world from total annihilation. In this game it is a Nitros Oxide character that threats planet Earth. In the adventure mode of this game u start out in a world of many different possible races. As you zoom off in your little kart looking for a different adventure, you immediately realise that this game is a good buy. The countless race tracks keep you entertained for hours. The aim of adventure is to gain "keys" and "tokens" to unlock new worlds and battle it out against new bosses until you reach the final race against Nitros Oxide, in which you must put all that practise to good use to prevent the destruction of the Earth. As you work your way through the single player adventure you get help from your famous enemies along the way.

              The general concept of the _arcade_ game mode is similar to that of all other cartoon racing games. This is to finish in 1st place above the other competitors using a vast arsenal of weapons to slow down your enemies. These weapons are collected from driving your cart through small wooden crates. There is a wide range of weapons that you can collect. The quality of the weapons are usually awarded based on the position you are in the race. A player in first position will quite likely receive a less valued weapon than a player in last position, which makes the game play a little fairer. The bonus of this game is you can have 4 friends playing it at a time with use of a multitap making it more intense.

              Finally, the _vs_ mode divulges in even more playable maps. On these maps you can battle against your friends by collecting weapons and scoring hits off your opponent by racing around the map and firing your weapons at the other competitor. The winner is determined by whoever reaches a certain number of "kills" first or whoever has the most "kills" after a certain time limit.

              This is a great game with various activities to keep your attention and several of the maps have hidden shortcuts which can give u that extra advantage over your friends to make the game that little bit more exciting.

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                13.10.2008 18:57
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                Definitely recommended if you're looking for a fun and funky, fast paced racing game

                I bought Crash Team Racing for the PS1 a few years ago as it's a platinum game so I purchased it for around £15. I'd played Crash Bandicoot before and loved it so this seemed like a good spin-off. I dug it out the other day and thought I'd have 5 minutes on it for old times sake...ended up sat there for a few hours with a grin on my face like a little kid.

                Crash Team Racing was produced by Naughty Dog in 1999 and retains similar features to the original Crash Bandicoot. The difference here is in the title - you choose your character, select your scene, then race your little speed machine as fast as you can, banging into boxes as you go. It's a kart-style racing game that can either be played on your own or with someone else. It's multi-tap adaptable so upto 4 people can actually play but that may get a little confusing as it's a fast and colourful game. When you play alongside someone else, the screen is split horizontally and is still easy to play and see exactly what you're doing. There's 4 methods of gameplay on CTR:

                Arcade - if you're playing on your lonesome this is the option you need, though a second player can join in. You can either opt for a single race just for fun to go around one track against Crash's friends, or opt for a cup where you compete in 4 tracks in a row in an attempt to win as many points as possible to win the cup. The choice you get over your race is pretty good so it's slightly different every time you play as you can select your own character to play and which track you want to race on. It doesn't matter if you're a newbie or a pro as you can also adapt the difficult of the races between easy, medium or hard, and choose between 3, 5 or 7 laps.

                Vs. - This is for 2-4 players where you compete on your desired track and again can make the choices as above.

                Battle - 2+ players can choose a scene in which to launch weapon warfare against each other. I really like this bit, if I'm lucky enough to have someone to play against, because the choice of weapons you can use within the unique sceneries makes it fun and exciting.

                CTR Adventure - You start at the world map and select your warp pad vortex which will open up a track for you on which to race. To start with however, only 2 levels will be open to you. The idea is to complete levels to open the next so you've got a purpose and something to work towards.

                Considering this game is almost 10 years old and for the original Playstation, the graphics are pretty good. Movement is smooth and swift and the controls are relatively sensitive. This is very important because it's a fast paced racing game. You can either use the directional buttons on the controller or the analog controls; I would recommend analog, plus you can choose to have vibration function activated.

                It's a colourful and 'fun' game allround, it's not something you have to take too seriously or put too much thought into. That said, it's addictive and easy to play once you get into the swing of it. I thought it would be a game to quickly get bored of but because it's different everytime you look forward to playing it. PS1 game can be hard to come by these days, but you should be able to pick this up quite cheaply anywhere, like Ebay, for £5-10. It's a great game if you're looking for something you can play by yourself, but it's also great to play with others. Whenever I've played alongside someone else we've had lots of fun crashing into each other and generally being silly. It's good to re-live being childlike sometimes :o)

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                  22.06.2008 14:29
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                  A fantastic game available for under £10

                  Crash Team racing is in my opinion is 1 of the top playstation games.I have owned it for about 5-7 years and I still find it as enjoyable as when I first got it.It is a racing game which features cartoon like characters.The game has aged graphics but they were impressive at the games time of release.It is single player or multiplayer with upto 4 players using multitap.

                  The game features 8 members of the Crash bandicoot series of games which are playable from the start as well as other that are unlockable further in the game.

                  The game has several modes including adventure, arcade and vs.The adventure mode is the main mode on the game were players have to win various races on different tracks to get trophys, gems, relics and ctr tokens.

                  The game is available on ps1 for under £10 in many online websites as well as games stores.

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                    This was a great alternative to Mario Kart

                    There is no doubt for me even after all these years when it comes to arcade and action racing games that Mario Kart sits atop the pile, so far I think the DS version is the best ever however around about the time when Crash Tag Team racing came out, it was Mario Kart 64 that was the king of the fun racing games. I don't think any other game on the N64 got even close to it for levels of fun, so how did the Playstations equivalent to Mario fare with Crash Bandicoot and his buddies?

                    Pretty well actually, although a far from original idea for a game they did add the fact of racing with two characters which in a strange twist of fate Nintendo would adopt for the Gamecube game Mario Kart Double Dash

                    The graphics in CTTR were pretty good and similar to that of Nintendo's, cartoonish characters all equipt with different little weapons to help them win their races.

                    With plenty of cars and tracks to play with , Crash is defintley one to keep around for a while, it's a great alternative to plugging in your N64 and just a great fun game alround, thumbs up in the air from me.

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                    29.04.2007 20:53
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                    excellent game for everyone, very fun and addictive!

                    Crash Team Racing or CTR as it is better known is a multiplayer racing game for the Playstation 1. While the Crash Bandicoot franchise has moved on to the Playstation 2 and other consoles with more platform games including all sorts of crazy characters, this older game beats its successors in offering you the chance to experience a more highly addictive and high octane racing frenzy!

                    The Game:

                    The game itself gives you many options to choose from:

                    1.You can choose to play in Adventure mode where you take on the role of one of 8 characters from the Crash franchise (friends or foes) and basically enter levels where through winning races, you are rewarded with special items such as keys, trophies, gems and special letters. If you complete all the races and time trials ensuring that you finish as 1st in each one, then you can unlock special characters to race with! The story behind all this racing is that you are competing against Nitros Oxide to catch the special items before he does in order to save planet Earth and all its inhabitants.

                    2.Cup race is another 1 or 2 player option of racing against computers with a choice of 4 Cups: Crash, Nitro, Crystal and Wumpa, containing 4 tracks per Cup, totalling in a massive 16 racetracks in all!

                    3.The second option is to play the Arcade mode, which can be played with up to 2 players and gives you the chance to race on a single track of your choice or in a Cup race where you race against other computer players on 4 different tracks.

                    4.Time Trial: Beat the fastest times on a track of your choice in 1 player mode. You are only up against yourself so this is the perfect choice to practice on the weakest aspect of your driving as well as improving the general handling of your chosen racer and his/her kart.

                    5.Single option is a 1 to 2 player race against other computer players in a racetrack of your choice. Here you have the option of also choosing how many laps you want to race…3,5 or 7.

                    6.The VS option is where you can compete with three other friends and is very similar to the Arcade option as you also get a choice between Cup racing or just a single track!

                    7.Battle option is a new and innovative addition to the CTR game, the object of this setting is to have a "face-off" with up to 3 other players utilising the special boxes containing power-ups and weapons. The first player to be hit 5 times by another is thrown out of the game, and this continues until a winner is proclaimed!

                    Graphics, Gameplay and Controls:

                    In my opinion, the graphics for the game are excellent, very bright and colourful. Each racetrack differs from the last and has interesting additions that are not replicated in others, for example a racetrack set in a cold region will have a lake frozen over that you can glide over, and another course set in the Aztec regions will have special Venus fly-traps that gulp up and spits out any racer who gets too close. The controls are very easy to use and ensure that racers of all classes (from beginner to advanced) can experience and enjoy the action without any settling in problems.

                    There are only two negative aspects of the game; the first one is that there are a few levels that cannot be played through the Cup Races which is a little let down and the second is that sometimes if you are seriously racing down the track the graphics struggle to catch up with you and sometimes have wide green lines on the bottom of the screen. But this is something that happens rarely so it doesn't really interrupt the gameplay, so don't worry too much about it!

                    Overall an excellent and very fun game, suitable for all ages and especially for those fans of Crash Bandicoot games back when Naughty Dog was showing the world how to make a really great game! I advise all PS1 and PS2 owners to grab a copy and get down to some serious racing!

                    Please note that my review is also viewable on ciao under my username bwerket

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                    Well when super Mario cart came out on the N64, it was, and i'm sorry to say, the best arcade racing game on any console at the time. It boasted addictivibility (if that is a word), amazing graphics and a long shelf life. Every console owner knows the rivalry between the playstation and the N64. Some people are suited to different consoles. With Super Mario Cart proving to be a huge success, the playstation needed a reply and Naughty Dog done just that. Naughty Dog have produced the Crash Bandicoot series and saw that Super Mario had been made into an arcade racing game and thought that they could match or beat their efforts. On they went. I was a monthly subscriber to The Official Playstation magazine every month, which came with demos. One of the demos?s just had to have Crash Team Racing on. I had Crash Bandicoot already, and liked it, so I gave it a go. Well that go turned into an hour long go. With it being a demo, you only had one character and one level. The character was crash, and the level was Papu's Pyramid. I was hooked on that level and wanted more. The game was released very conveniently near to Christmas, so I added it to my "wish list". Santa came, along with CTR. Shoved it in the PSX and started. *BACKGROUND INFORMATION* As in most cartoon games, either you have to rescue someone or something or the world will be doomed if you don't kill something or someone. CTR is no different. Nitros Oxide will destroy the world and it's up to you to stop him. You have to call upon your old enemy's for help against him and join forces. *INITIAL THOUGHT* Well with having the demo, I knew what the game looked like. You start with seven options; Adventure, Time trial, Arcade, VS, Battle, High score and Language. **Adventure** This is the main option in the game. You pick from eight characters to race as; Crash Bandicoot (Interm
                    ediate), Dr.Neo Cortex (Intermediate), Tiny Tiger (Advanced), Coco Bandicoot (Intermediate), N. Gin (Intermediate), Dingodile (Advanced), Polar (Beginner) and Pura (Beginner). As you can see, the racers are at different abilities. These abilities are measured in, speed, acceleration and handling. When you have chosen your player, you start in ?Crash Cove?. The mask, weather it be the good or bad one due to your character, will tell you what to do, what you can?t do and some tips. There are four tracks to race on, only two are open at the beginning and with racing, and winning on the open tracks, some more will open. At the end of winning on all four tracks, a boss will appear and challenge you to a race against him. The race will be played on one of the four tracks on that level. If/When succeeding against the boss, you get given a key. This key opens doors to another scenario with four different levels. When you have raced on a track and won, the track is locked until you obtain the key, when the key is yours, it opens and you can either do a CTR race or a Relic race. CTR race; you race on the track, against the eight other characters and you have to collect the letters C, T and R and finish first. Relic race; you race on the track but on your own. There are a certain number of box?s placed around with numbers on, 1, 2 and 3. The number will stop the clock for that amount of time in seconds. With finishing the track in a certain time, you will be awarded a ?Relic?. There are three types of relics; Sapphire, Gold and Platinum. The only way to obtain Platinum is to collect all the boxes on the track which will then deduct 10 seconds off your time. There is a separate track on each and every scenario which you don?t race; you have to collect 20 boxes in a certain time to be awarded a CTR token. When you have visited every level and received every CTR token, they come in five different colours so when you have four you race on the tracks that you won the CTR tokens on
                    and the points are accumulated and at the end of the four tracks the winner is awarded a gem. You are able to receive only eighteen relics, five gems (One for each CTR token colour) four keys and twenty CTR tokens. There are five different scenarios, four with the tracks on and one dedicated to the gem races, special relic races and the final race against Nitros Oxide. **Time trial** Firstly you pick your character; the abilities are the same as in the adventure. Next are the tracks available. Upon choosing your character and your track you race for three laps with no-one and nothing else, just you and the track. Upon finishing the track, you can choose to save the ghost and you can then race against the ghost to better your time. This will help you get those faster times in the Adventure option. **Arcade** This is the quickest way to get a race against the other characters. You can choose a ?Single? or a ?Cup? race. On the single option you pick one track and race, on the cup option you pick a cup and race the four tracks in that cup with your points accumulating towards the end. In a single race one or two people can race against the remaining characters that have not been selected. Upon choosing your character/s you choose the difficulty weather it be ?Easy?, ?Medium? or ?Hard?. Next comes the number of tracks 3, 5 or 7. In a cup race one or two people can race against the remaining characters not selected. Next you choose the difficulty (Easy, Medium, and Hard) in the cup option you must race in easy first to gain the medium then the hard option. Then you choose your character. Finally, you select the cup you wish to race in; WUMPA, CRYSTAL, NITRO and CRASH. **Vs** Up to four people can race against each other in the Vs option by using a ?multi tap?. Then you pick the cup you wish to race in; the cups are the same as in the Arcade option. **Battle** As in the Vs option, up to four people
                    can have a ?Battle?. You pick the characters you wish to be and then you pick the weapons and the type of battle you want; ?Point, Time or Life?. Upon picking the type you pick the length of the battle. The main part of setting up the battle is the weapons. There are eleven weapons to choose from and you can pick and choose between them. In the battle mode there are two extra weapons to choose from; ?to be invisible? and ?extra long power?. The Battle starts. The main idea of the battle is to hit your opponents and the winner will be the one who either hits more, lasts longer etc, this is determined by which mode you selected. **High score** This displays all of the quickest times on all of the tracks. You can pick between ?relic race? or ?time trial?. It will then display the top six times on the track. **Language** This is a minor part of the game because you pick the Language when you start the game, There are six languages; English, François, Deutsch, Italiano, Español and Nederlands. *Thought after completing the game* WOW, I?m not really all that much into cartoon racing games due to the ?pick up?s? that help you during the race, but Crash Team Racing is a quality game. I received it over a year and a half ago and it?s been in my Playstation longer than any other of my games. I don?t really buy new games, or look at them in shops but I presume that Crash Team Racing has gone Platinum. I hope so. To be on a winner, buy CTR. Well worth it!!! Drew

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