Crash Mind Over Mutant XBox 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.9
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 7.9
Distributor: Sierra
Review Date:
October 2008
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

8.9


Crash Mind Over Mutant

Crash Bandicoot is back and he's better than ever in the latest installment of the franchise entitled Crash Mind Over Mutant that brings together the Crash family of characters onto the XBox 360. When a newly rejuvenated Dr. Neo Cortex returns to the world, he has one goal... total domination of the planet and he'll do it one brain at a time if he has to.

Neo and his ally N. Brio develop a new piece of technology that allows them to control the minds of animals and mutants through text messaging. Fortunately for the world, Crash and his friends are up for another challenge and they embark on an amazing journey through various worlds and foes and best of all, the game also supports 2-person co-op play.

Similar to last years Crash of the Titans, Crash Mind Over Mutant features equally enjoyable albeit at times, repetitive gameplay. However where the title does shine is through the story and the humour of the title thanks to the voice talents of Mark Hamil (Star Wars) and John DiMaggio (Futurama's Bender).

The gameplay of the title is quite huge and varied as you progress through the game as you run, jump, crawl and fight your way to victory. The title also contains some great secrets that are littered throughout the gaming environment which means you could easily play this game a second time.

The best part of the game is controlling the huge behemoths as you manipulate them with the gaming world and best of all, there are a number of different ones to keep you motivated to finish the title.

Crash also has the ability to perform a variety of attacks from punches to kick and Crash's trade mark spin attack. The control system is well mapped on the XBox 360 without it feeling too forced and will allow new gamers to easily pickup the controller and play, while more experienced gamers can concentrate on the more difficult aspects of the title.

Graphically, the title is a visual treat on the XBox 360 which looks brilliant on our high definition TV with sharp images and vibrant colours. The character animation is great, especially Crash himself and Coco who are extremely well animated. Match that with some quite detailed background environments, although quite "cartoony", it suits the genre perfectly and easily allows you to be transfixated to this game.

The biggest problem with the graphics is the camera angle which can be frustratingly annoying at times. This does become an issue on the more trickier stages where one slip means death. Needless to say, it does take some time getting use to the awkward camera angles.

At the end of the day, Crash Mind Over Mutant doesn't offer the gaming world anything new in terms of arcade games, however for fans of Crash, it's definitely one to investigate. Good graphics, great voice acting, however the gameplay is a little touch and go, even at the best of times.






 
 



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