E3 '07: Crash of the Titans Updated Impressions

Crash has apparently hit the gym. We take another look at the buffer bandicoot in the upcoming platformer.

The team that made The Simpsons: Hit and Run and Crash Team Racing are back in the upcoming installment of the Crash Bandicoot Series. The title Crash of the Titans isn't just a clever take on a popular film; it's also an apt name referring to one of the game's core game mechanics. Want to know more about what Crash can do? Read on!

First, a warning: Crash has been working out, and has apparently been taking lessons from Mr. Fantastic in the years since Crash Twinsanity. Crash is more muscular and more agile than ever, but it's more than just a new look. His agility impacts the gameplay, and you need to look no further than the good, old spin attack for proof. Crash's limbs stretch as if he's made of rubber, and it's amusing to watch him in action. His new, toned look fits the game well and makes him look and feel powerful. But what exactly is he doing back in action, anyway? Well, Neo-Cortex has returned, and in a fun (and funny) cutscene, we watched him kidnap Crash's brainy sister Coco for the apparent purpose of looking like a jerk.

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On the way to Cortex's evil lair, you'll have an opportunity to lay the smackdown on baddies in all the traditional ways using a full-featured combat system. You will also be pulling off all sorts of platforming moves, including some new ones. Chimney climbing, wall running, and rope swinging are all accounted for, though you aren't limited to just those moves. In one scene we saw, Crash jumped on Aku Aku's disembodied head and rode it to the bottom of a hill like a skateboard.

In actuality, you have dozens of more moves than you might at first think, thanks to the jacking mechanic, which is new to this installment. Any enemy you see and fight can be jacked in the way you would carjack a vehicle. To jack a baddie, you first need to stun it using your standard moves. Once it has the requisite number of stars circling its head, you can take it over in a sweet-looking move that shows Crash leaping onto the monster in bullet time. Once atop your foe, you're in control and have access to a brand-new set of attacks.

We saw this mechanic in play several times. Jacking a smaller enemy gave us projectiles to throw; a larger one could do a pound attack with its flaming scorpion tail. On the Wii, many of these attacks are done via the remote. For example, slamming the remote downward executed the aforementioned ground pound. One jacked creature was able to roll forward, which was accomplished by spinning the remote. And in one ingenious move with Crash atop a large ape, you could pound your chest with remote in hand to simulate the same simian behavior onscreen. But developer Radical Entertainment feels strongly that remote gesticulations shouldn't be thrown in just for the sake of doing it. If you're looking to grab Crash of the Titans on the Wii, expect the motion controls to make sense in their contexts.

A lot has gone into the game's presentation. It will feature more than 7,000 lines of dialogue from well-known voice actors, for starters, as well as the kind of silly humor you would expect from a Crash game. The good news for franchise fans? Crash of the Titans is due for release this October. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more information as it develops.

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The5biggies
The5biggies

supposedly it comes out today review should be coming soon =D

Neoz-TO
Neoz-TO

It's a typo its not made by the company that made CTR, in reality it's Crash Tag Team Racing's company... I hope it's good cause Crash games have pretty much sucked after CTR, so I'm with famlewis... BRING BACK NAUGHTY DOG

NateNgn
NateNgn

man oh man, i can't believe this Crash. for some reason i don't like his new look. i like the way they detailed his shorts and shoes, but his face isn't the old Crash before. if i see this game in stores, i'll take a look at it.

xspboy06x
xspboy06x

This Christmas, I'm getting a Wii (found it hidden) and I plan to get this game with it. I've liked the Crash games ever since I was 6 or 7 years old and I CAN'T WAIT for this one. Looka more and more awesome as time goes by. You're not alone, s7a Tyc, you're not alone.

CptJoey
CptJoey

Is the Scandinavian version really going to be dubbed??? Because I am from Sweden and we don´t usually dub TV shows or for that matter video games. We use subtitles. By the way I really loved Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped and I hope this game is as good as CB 3 was!!!

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

its CRASH!!!!!!!!!!! he back for once again YAY...

macabre190788
macabre190788

This just looks better and better. Strangely enough, the game is also dubbed in Scandinavia. Gonna be interesting to hear their Norwegian voices. Hopefully the wii controls won't f**k it all up.

s7aTyC
s7aTyC

Lol. Am i the only one who likes all the crash games ? I think The Wrath of cortex is awesome. It may not be changed much, but it's still a awesome oldschool platformer ! I think the new crash look is soo cute {}. I want this game so bad !

famlewis
famlewis

but one thing that might change my mind, is the thing that all of us Crash Bandicoot fans out there have been waiting for. Old companies make new games. And finnally our dream has come true. The company that made the hugely fan popular Crash Team Racing, (which i play on my ps2 ever day) is back with another crash bandicoot game, Crash of the Titans. But looks, and this new "jacking" mechanic coulud change our minds about this mixed feelings crash bandicoot game. This game (also becuase of the ctr company reason) is very anticipated as a re standing bringing to the top new crash game. But that is what we thought about the last game. The last games suck, though. But we will not live down. So this is my final announcement: PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO NAUGHTY DOG. I DO NOT KNOW THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS, BUT SEARCH FOR IT. I ALREADY SENT THEM ONE EMAIL ASKING THEM TO MAKE CRASH GAMES, BUT I NEED HELP. PLEASE HELP THE WORLD OF CRASH BANDICOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

famlewis
famlewis

new look - sucky jaking - cool ps2 version of crash games - sucky u know, almost everybody that left a comment agrees on one thing ps1 crash is best. ps2 ruined it.

Zguntype0
Zguntype0

I really liked Crash on the PS1 I Have all the Crash games up to 3 but once I tried the one on the PS2 that ruined Crash for me forever.

GreenXMega
GreenXMega

This game's full of gaming cliches, but it should be worth it.

amareen18
amareen18

i love crash games but the last one wasn't great and i hope this one will be good

btkiz
btkiz

This isn't on PS3

xatman911
xatman911

Crash on PS1 was best. They messed up on PS2. Hopefully on PS3 they will improve.

strawberryheart
strawberryheart

Ninjasam CTR was awesome on the PS1. Me and my friends would play it all the time and its still (I think) a great game condisering all the crap out there. And there is no need to go insane because you made a judgement on the game from a few pics. But I`m glad to see another Crash game, its been awhile and I love all the previous ones.

ninjasam
ninjasam

Damn you crash!!! what the hell, taking over enemies? can you please give the crash license to a responsible team! ctr and simpsons hit and run sucked, so i wouldn't be surprised if they further insult the great series of crash bandicoot. BTW, WHAT THE HELL IS WITH NEO CORTEX!!!!! check screen shots. What the HELL IS THAT! did he die his hair blue? is he like 30 years old? cause i thought he was supposed to be older than that!. crash looks like an idiot. He supposed to look cool and crazy, his new look is just crazy. And Coco, Yuck! shes a street hooker now.

_Cab0ose87_
_Cab0ose87_

Wow.. the new Crash looks almost identical to this old friend of mine. LOL.. i'm serious.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

Crash was supposed to be the Playstations Mario...but that never happened. I wonder why?

CrashMocella
CrashMocella

crash is who got me into gaming, so I have to play this.and the past two games have been preety good not as good as the naughty dog ones but still good. this one looks good but this is very different than other crash games. CRASH SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO TALK!

NyGin07
NyGin07

crash hasnt been good since the first ctr...why did naughty dog leave crash? ive been playing crash 2 and 3 on my ps3 and there still great games. i miss those days of a great crash game

JiminycricketX
JiminycricketX

I used to love the Crash games as a kid. Crash, Spyro, Legend of Zelda, and Starfox were the games that really introduced me to gaming. Hopefully this new installment will live up to the origionals. I hove some doubts, as more recent titles haven't shown off anything particularly impressive, but even if it only gets a 6-ish score, I may get it for nostalgic reasons.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I thought CTR was a great game. So what it had similarities with Mario Kart, it was fun in its own right. I could never get my intense Nintendo-fanboy friends to appreciate the game for what it was, which is unfortunate. Anyway, always nice to see a promising new platformer. Looks like Crash is getting a much-needed overhaul.

Arch13
Arch13

ALRIGHT! Now this looks like a promising come back for CRASH! Since the PS1 era he has not proven his right as the Playstation's platformer champion :-) The "jacking" mechanic seems very interesting. Can't wait to try this one out :-)

-SirHumpalot-
-SirHumpalot-

He doesn't seem to be looking buffer at all, only differences I noticed is that he looks slimmed down with some forearm tatoos (although I have been absent from the last couple Crash games)

Rayyan92
Rayyan92

Another crash..might be interstin...specialyy cuz hes buffer lol

icytower
icytower

Not liking the new game, and that is rather disapointing.

Akm4everz
Akm4everz

I think crash is on drugs... game looks choppy should be fun for a good 10 mins tho.

olliesworld
olliesworld

naughty dog was original. new companies are not cause they just cop wat u did in the orignal gaes

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

It should look good in the 360 version and I feel that its good that naughty dog is not developing it or it would had been a PS exclusive no PC, Wii or 360 version.

faizali86
faizali86

why did naughty dog have to give up crash? the last good crash game ctr, i still love it

619fan1
619fan1

wats wrong with CTR??? lol

EPaul
EPaul

Naugthy Dog isnt doing this one so im not expecting it the but the great but it looks good

CrashMocella
CrashMocella

what are you talking about sens_rocks? those were preety espically simpsons hit and run

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I was wondering where Crash had gone. Funny, I didn't really care.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Not a fan of platformer but I may give this a try

sens_rocks_40
sens_rocks_40

glad to see crash has returned to platforming, this could be the first good crash game since crash bandicoot: warped, although the team making it doesnt really have the best track record do they? The Simpsons Hit and Run, Crash Team Racing, not exactly top calibur titles

7arek
7arek

Wow, I wasn't expecting much about this game before. But now I'm really excited about it.

LegionOSH
LegionOSH

Hmm...maybe it will be an OK game... ...so am I the only one getting a World of Warcraft vibe from some of these screenshots?... Kevin legionosh@msn.com

inferno_gnomes
inferno_gnomes

Coop+Crash+Jacking titans=Mom, can I have 60$ please?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Crash Bandicoot is a great series. I think that this one will live up to all I expect from the series.

Pete5506
Pete5506

who dosent like crash come on it should be a good game

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

crash? i hope this game makes some justice to the franchise