Written by ThatGuyFromNI on February 19, 2015 @ 9:17 pm
As a Nintendo guy growing up I'd never played the Crash Bandicoot games, so when I finally got a PS3 the first games that I jumped on to try were the original three in said series.
I'm not one for introductions, so let's jump straight in.
The gameplay - in my opinion anyway is the most important part of any game. Crash 3 nails it... to an extent.
It controls decently, if not a little bit stiff due to being controlled with the d-pad (my preference after the first 2 titles). Jumping is tight and spinning is satisfying, so pretty much no issues here.
Each stage feels different from the last, and the game has no issue with changing up the gameplay style, sometimes drastically in order to keep the game feeling fresh. The regular platforming stages are a blast. I'm not a huge fan of the "chase segments" as I feel that sometimes the camera just wasn't right, but they are a minor setback at worst.
Out of the original Crash Trilogy this one certainly throws the most gimmicks at you. For the most part they are fun, and the ones which get brought back from previous titles have been improved. The ones which stick out as particularly bad are the motorbike segments and the flying stages. Both of which have awkward controls to adjust too, and can really be a chore. They come up quite frequently too, so I can't exactly say that the gameplay is perfect.
Story - What story? There isn't much of it, which is fine for this type of game. An ancient evil is unleashed and teams up with the big bad from the previous titles - Neo Cortex. That's about all you get really. Time travel is loosely involved, but it's pretty insignificant.
Graphics - The game stands out well here. The game looks great for the era it was released, and it has aged great. Some of the text and the menus look dated, but the models and the stages retain some sort of charm from early 3d games, kind of like how 16 bit games like Super Mario World still look good, but in 3d. That's actually noteworthy since it's a rarity all things considered.
Sound - Also an improvement from the previous games. Voices can be a little hard to hear at times, but the music is much better than previous titles, it's a lot more catchy and generally more appealing. The main hub theme sticks out as a favorite of mine.
Overall the game is pretty impressive for it's time. 3D gaming was in it's early stages, and this has aged great in most areas. Gameplay is solid, the controls and some irritating stages holding it back a little bit. Story is fine for the genre, Visuals have held up well and still looks good, better than many N64 titles even. Sound is marginally better than it's predecessors.
A solid 8/10 I'd say.
Story Rating: 7
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 9
Sound Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 8