Crash of the Titans Updated Hands-On - Jacking Monsters and Hidden Bonuses

The Bandicoot is back in Crash of the Titans, the first Crash game that will appear on next-gen consoles.

It's been some time since the last Crash Bandicoot game, but Sierra is bringing him back in a major way. Crash of the Titans is scheduled to appear on pretty much every platform out there other than the PS3, which is odd when you consider that the guy debuted as a kind of de facto mascot for the original PlayStation. We had the chance to sit down with a recent version of the game's Wii and Xbox 360 versions at Sierra's Gamer's Week.

Crash is back in his first platforming adventure for next-gen consoles.

At a glance, it would seem that Crash of the Titans could mean good news for platformer fans (or fans of the Crash series). The general plot revolves around Neo and Nina Cortex's desires to mutate the animals on Crash's island with a substance called "mojo." Mojo-infused animals are much bigger than they normally are, and present something of a challenge for Crash. Luckily for him, though, he'll be traveling with Aku Aku, a wooden mask that has accompanied Crash on his adventures for some time. Aku has the ability to "jack" the mojo-mutated monsters that Crash runs across while you play, letting you take control of them for a while. The process is pretty simple: You walk up to an enemy and bash it with Crash's attacks for a bit, and when it's finally stunned, you simply press a button and take over the monster.

There are 15 monsters in the gameworld, including fierce specimens like the "scorporilla," the "parafox," and the "shellephant." As the names imply, most of the enemies that you face off against will be chimeralike creations that have features of multiple animals. These enemies will all have their own special attacks that you'll be able to use every 15 seconds or so in combat. One of them can raise spikes from the ground around it, causing damage to all smaller enemies nearby, while another can roll across the ground, knocking enemies over, and so on. While the Wii controls will be pretty simple when you're playing as Crash, each of the jacked monsters will have a unique control input to activate these special powers. Some of them will even have ranged attacks, which will let you point your remote at the screen and temporarily use it as a light gun.

In addition to the special monsters, there'll be plenty of smaller "fodder" enemies that are relatively easy to beat and give you something to beat up while you're running around as Crash. Crash's attacks include his classic spin move, but he also has a more traditional attacking system that will have him throwing kick and punch combos as you move around. Some enemies are also capable of blocking, but he also has a heavy attack that he can charge to break an enemy's block.

The jacking mechanic lets Crash take over large enemies and use them to fight other foes.

It seems like there'll be plenty of hidden goals and areas to explore in Crash of the Titans. While we played the 360 version (which is looking quite nice), we happened across a hidden teleport that sent us to a minigame called "mojo madness." In it, we had 30 seconds to collect a certain amount of mojo as it fell from the sky around Crash; accomplishing the goal let us pick up a lot of crystals, which wound up accelerating Crash's physical growth.

While Crash of the Titans isn't going to reinvent the wheel, it seems like it's going to be a thoroughly enjoyable platforming game. It'll be launching later this fall on multiple platforms, so stay tuned to GameSpot for more information in the coming months.

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46 comments
FlameBandicoot
FlameBandicoot

I don't think this is a bad Crash game. Actually I think it's very cool.

junkasuarus
junkasuarus

i think that the doominator was a idea waster. it wasnt even put into proper use. does anyone think that we need to see new characters (i got a few in mind). p.s. DONT delet this comment

Barnman2205
Barnman2205

The idea for the game is good, but making it a crash game is not. Everyone complained Wrath of Cortex was too similar to the old ones... guess that wasn't so bad after all, huh?

sonic0491
sonic0491

i just watched the interview with the devs WHY IS A CRAZY OLD LADY WHO IS PULLING IDEAS OUT HER A** IN CHARGE OF CRASH NOW-NAUGHTY DOG GET IT BACK!

sonic0491
sonic0491

im going to buy crash merely in the hope they get funds to change the way the have messed up the series and because i just cant let go of the series. they alter what the characters look like and its stupid (WTF IS WITH THE NEW AKU AKU!?!?, and whats all this high jacking c***? i just want a platformer or a remake of the original in hd! UNIVERSAL AND NAUGHTY DOG GET CRASH BACK AND SAVE IT!

kingjayo
kingjayo

w.....t.....f what happened to crash! this looks horrible, he looks weird has a different voice and....wtf is with those tattoo things on his arm! arg! Ive always liked crash and finished almost all the titles (stoped after crash nitro kart) and this game just looks gross and desperate. If only they had the same spark they once had *sigh....

winwinwe
winwinwe

this is goodbye to goodness

DarkspineSonic0
DarkspineSonic0

boy I hope there's still gonna b the old funny crash in it. it's like things like superman. they change it, first it's a kids show, then the turn it into superman returns, not, pretty, and i also hope there'll be those punching and kicking combos by moving the wii remote and nunchuck, and I need a poper story, AND NEO CORTEX LOOKS WIERD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Rafinator, i agree with u. SOMEONE SAVE CRASH AND SPYRO!!!!!!!!!!!!... AND SONIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

liamoliver2
liamoliver2

Its Crash and He's Dumber then ever. Coco And The Other Guy Dosent Look Like what was like before, COCO LOOKS WERID!!

wiirdawgs
wiirdawgs

looks good but since there so many other good games coming out this year i don't think there is room for ti on my shelf

sinceps1
sinceps1

Wow, I played these games on playstation 1 I wouldn't mind playing a new one. If it's any good that is...

HunterPat
HunterPat

I have not seen Crash in a LONG LONG LONG VERY LONG time......I hope he does not end up like Sonic whose "newer games" were not the best.

jjr10
jjr10

Im surprised. This actually looks fun.

L1nk4L1f3
L1nk4L1f3

so is it a classic side-scroller like on PS1 or is it like Twinsanity? (Worst Crash game ever)

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

I've been waiting for a new Crash game! :D Odd how it is not on the PS3. The jacking element seems like it will make the game too easy. :|

hellblaze3
hellblaze3

i dont want it really but my mom and sister are really big fans of crash

Blazing2007
Blazing2007

Hopefully crash won't end up like sonic in this game.

adamska_br
adamska_br

After Naughty Dog stoped developing Crash games, they became increasingly silly and just not as good. It still amazes me how Crash Bandicoot 3 (the last game on the PS1) looked and played so well in comparison to the PS2 iterations. Hopefully, Naughty Dog will make another Crash game someday. And that this one will not be a cartoony/annoying/cra*** game like Twinsanity.

omegakie
omegakie

I hope the bandicoot returns and kicks the blue hedgehog's butt into the bin where he belongs

MegaMAN1121
MegaMAN1121

Yeah a new crash game gonna get it on day one

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Well, a new company got Spyro.. and it was actually a halfway decent title.. maybe the same will happen to Crash. Everything Universal spit out has been horrible, though, and the last great Crash/Spyro game was made by Naughty Dog and Insomniac.. so that's been quite a while. Here's hopin'.

CrashMocella
CrashMocella

hairstlye on crash is horrible they should have kept his normal. maybye they'll have unlockable costumes like in CTTR

choasfreak
choasfreak

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seangames
seangames

Maybe this new game will bring Crash back to life, just like Sonic... Oh wait, nevermind then.

Rafinator
Rafinator

Crash back on the PS1 was awesome. But amatuer companies who have no creativity are getting their hands on Crash and making second-rate sequels. Same story with the Spyro series. Someone with the respectibility of Naughty Dog and Insomniac should be making these games. I love both series and i don't want them to die, but I'd rather see no more games at all than low quality, money-making games. SOMEONE SAVE CRASH AND SPYRO!!!

ppau08223
ppau08223

yeah i remember the ones that came out for the ps . i played all of then and finished them and then i would play them all over again. man that was good fun. but the new ones on the ps2 werent that good and it made me loose interest in the crash series. i hope they put the fun back in.

MKOwnzU
MKOwnzU

the crash games for playstation were toally awesome. the crash game for gamecube totally sucked butt. i wonder if this game is going to be better than the last few tries at newer consoles

sonic0491
sonic0491

peh i hate it when they try to make stuff (especially crash) look 'cool' with these types of things. they should remake crash one because that is the perfect platform type for him- i dont want to play a jak styled free roam platformer gees. this one is goina suck.

092093
092093

This could be one of the best games that is not made by the original developer/publisher. I will get it after some good reviews (7 +).... BTW why didn't SCEA keep Crash and Spyro like Nintendo did with Mario (and link, Samus, etc) and MS did with Halo (and the D cup chicks in DOA)?

DrKill09
DrKill09

They absolutely destroyed this series. The first two on the PS1 were great, but it should've died after Naughty Dog left. What happened to when platformers could be fun for everybody? Now they are too kiddy, and too full of crappy voice actors. Even that steriotypical voice they gave Mario since the 64 days pisses me off. I hope Crash dies soon.

Rev06
Rev06

Will they ever give him up? Just like Spyro should, they should put him to rest.

ramen38
ramen38

To rave_n2: If you're hoping for a good Crash Bandicoot game, you might as well abandon that hope the same way Naughty Dog abandoned Crash. Jak and Daxter are most likely being replaced as we speak. That's just the way ND works

Davideogamer
Davideogamer

I think it's safe to say that Naughty Dog and Insomniac have learned a very good lesson from all this: don't ever put your mascots in the hands of anyone else. Not putting a character on a new generation of the console they started on? That's not a good sign. The AMC I work at plays ads constantly for this and that new Spyro. I swear, if these hack companies can't undo the damage they've done to these characters, I don't think they'll ever get another game of them off the ground ever again.

Narroo
Narroo

He does not look good in HD. Look at the first Photo, ugly!

Dante3452
Dante3452

I hope Crash stays alive this time because he was amazingly fun on PSX I still have all of the PS games. . . playem every week :D

alwayzplayin
alwayzplayin

i loved this dude on the ps....dont know if he can come back spyro sure didnt. as long as they stick to the roots and dont get all complicated

rave_n2
rave_n2

Is this acualy gonna be a GOOD crash game? I hope so, we havent had 1 of them in a loong time.

ninjasam
ninjasam

Why didn't they mention that it was on ps2, wth Then they go in to how crash started on playstation which is pretty stupid, how did they overlook the fact that its on ps2?

CrashMocella
CrashMocella

looks real good but I hope it's not short!

aquamah
aquamah

poor crash... i remember playing his games on PS1, he was so cute and funny. i dont think this game will return him back!!