elcome back to another exciting segment where we take a glimpse into some of the most exciting and iconic games that have made a mark in history, and some of the hidden gems of the retro era.
Crash Bandicoot is back and better than ever, the first game was a good demonstration of whats the PlayStation was capable of it was a great game that will always be entertaining, but the series really took off with the second game Cortex Strikes Back, the game is sensually Crash Bandicoot 1 but improved in every way.
The saying of the story is simple is like say a dog covered in poop isn’t just need of a bath, after being defeated Cortex finds a bunch of crystals and learns of their power, he must collect all 25 crystals in order to control and become an unstoppable force, but because Cortex is lazy he kidnaps crash and tells him if he doesn’t get the crystals earth will be destroyed, so crash has to collect all of the crystals so that Cortex can save the world or so he thinks and so you go through each level collecting the crystal that is at the end.
The levels are very similar to the first game, they are narrow 3D rails, you will be running forward or towards the camera, these are now like Mario 64 which is large open worlds that are free for you to explore, mostly what you see is what you get. These are very primitive 3D levels but that is the charm of the Crash Bandicoot series, They Still feel like 2D platformers just with that added dimension but that doesn’t mean that they levels don’t offer anything in the least.
You will fall into pits, jump over waterfalls and ride on polar bears, there are secret areas but these are normally fairly obvious with giant question marks on the ground, not as subtle at they were in the first game. This game does tone down the difficulty a little, the game still presents a nice challenge but not as brutal as the first game, also the games bosses are much improved instead of being just a bigger enemy and a waste of time, they are much more creative and requires some strategy to being them down, everything is improved and more polished than the first game while still retaining that feel.
The world is broken up into a large warp zone area, each one has five different worlds that you can go to, and this is a big improvement over the first game. Whilst the first one was more like Super Mario Brothers this one is more like Super Mario Brothers 3 giving the player more options on where they want to go next, and this is great because the levels themselves are very diverse, I personally love the levels where you are riding on the back of a polar bear because how often do you get to do that?
The levels are brought to life with some really good graphics for the time, the level effects specifically look great for their time, all of the environments look different enough so that each one looks completely its own. Of course there are your standard jungle levels, but there are also snow and water levels and everything looks so much better than the previous Crash Bandicoot game especially the characters.
Crash looks considerably better and so do the levels, but the graphics are not just dependant on the textures but also the style, the art direction fits this game so well that it makes this game still look great even today.
Crash Bandicoot was one of the best series on the original PlayStation, and Crash 2 had a lot to do with that, whilst the first game introduced people to the world of Crash Bandicoot, this is the game that brought the series to new heights. It is still one of the best ways to go back and remember the greatness of the past.