Top 10 Best Crash Bandicoot Games Of All Time
Playing Crash Bandicoot in Uncharted 4 and hearing rumours of a Ratchet and Clank-esque revival of the series has got us all nostalgic.
Starting life under the excellent Naughty Dog, the Crash Bandicoot series has now been published in various guises by a number of developers, namely Sony, Universal and Konami followed by Vivendi Universal, then Sierra Entertainment and finally Activision – who still own the IP to this day.
10. CRASH TAG TEAM RACING
You could almost feel sorry for any Crash racing game that has to sit in the shadow of Crash Team Racing, especially when it’s as ‘meh’ as Crash Tag Team Racing. It was certainly better than Nitro Kart, because you could actually have fun racing and “clashing” together two cars on the fly.
But it lacked the depth needed for long-time appeal and failed to appeal to anyone apart from loyal Crash fans. Hence why it’s so far down this list.
9. CRASH: MIND OVER MUTANT
The problem with the Crash Bandicoot series is that it’s passed through so many publishers, but none of them have done Crash as well as Naughty Dog.
So although Crash: Mind Over Mutant was a fairly solid platformer, it didn’t have what it takes to sit in the top ten Crash Bandicoot games. It lacked long-term appeal, was only mildly enjoyable and didn’t have any defining characteristics or features that long-term fans would enjoy.
Plus an awful camera system sometimes made it very frustrating to play.
8. CRASH OF THE TITANS
Crash of the Titans was a strange spin on the standard Crash Bandicoot game in that you ride monsters that hand you various enhanced combat abilities. It gave you a good dose of fun, but it seemed to lack some of the core Crash essence.
But, if you were coming into the series fresh, there were some elements you could love – especially the silly, always good-natured, fun.
7. CRASH BASH
There’s a reason why Crash Bash is the only party/spin-off game in the Crash Bandicootseries that made the list – it surprised a lot of people. It was the game everyone got out at parties when all your mates were over. It was the party title that didn’t involve any dice and just focused on the fun.
Crash Bash wasn’t for everyone of course, especially as it really couldn’t be played alone, but it was an absolute hoot.
6. CRASH BANDICOOT: THE WRATH OF CORTEX
The fourth game in the main Crash Bandicoot series, it was also the first not to be developed by the team at Naughty Dog. Because of that, many were skeptical that it wouldn’t be as good as the original three games. And boy were they right to be.
Wrath of Cortex was a solid platformer in parts, but received very mixed reviews. Some thought the game offered sub-par graphics and average level design, whereas others found the game addictive.
While we enjoyed the humour and adventuring the game had to offer, it grew tiresome after a few hours of play. And that came as quite a surprise after our addictions to the original three games.
5. CRASH BANDICOOT: TWINSANITY
The fifth Crash Bandicoot game and the second developed by Traveller’s Tales (after Wrath of Cortex), Twinsanity was a very welcome dose of nostalgia for true Bandicoot fans. We were pleasantly surprised by Crash Bandicoot: Twinsanity, which saw Crash team up with his arch nemesis Dr. Neo Cortex in order to save the world.
The game effectively balanced the game’s legacy with delivering something that felt fresh and new.
4. CRASH BANDICOOT
Without this, the original Crash Bandicoot game, this article, the whole series and Crash himself wouldn’t even exist. It was the catalyst that started it all, with its unique take on platforming, forward-running levels and an anthropomorphic bandicoot with a love of apples.
It may not be the best in the series, but it certainly is the first.
3. CRASH TEAM RACING
Ah, Crash Team Racing. The hours we ‘wasted’, the friends we lost. It was all so worth it. Not only was it one of the best Crash Bandicoot games ever, it was also one of the best kart racers too. Some even suggested that it was better than Mario Kart…
It was polished, the control system was flawless and the races were fast, fluid and most importantly fun. It’s quite a shame that no subsequent Crash kart entries lived up to the quality of Crash Team Racing.
2. CRASH BANDICOOT 2: CORTEX STRIKES BACK
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back was everything a sequel should be. It didn’t just take a few steps up from the original game, it totally expanded all of the potential of the series to cement the franchise in gaming history.
It had everything: level variety; adorable polar bears; jet packs; tons of secrets to find and collect; along with the same excellent cast of characters.
1. CRASH BANDICOOT: WARPED
Everyone thought Naughty Dog had struck gold with Cortex Strikes Back, but then it pulled Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped out of the bag.
Every single aspect of the game was improved and bettered including the levels, bosses, graphics, sound and gameplay, and the developer added new moves to keep everything feeling even more fresh. And what’s more, it all came together perfectly.
Easily still a contender for the best video game of all time.
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