Crash Bandicoot 2 - N-Tranced Review by: RedHotToddyA suprisingly good sequel.
If you thought crash bandicoot huge adventure was the only time you would see crash on the gba, then you're wrong! A few months after the release of huge adventure, a sequel was made, This sequel is called Crash bandicoot n-tranced. This title offers alot more then crash's last adventure, but let's just see, will this be a good sequel?
The story of this game is that N trance, an evil egg like robot, and an evil time master dude named N tropy have kidnapped all of crash's friends and family. I like the story here, it's basically your typical "Save this person" kind of plot. I actually have a thing for those kind of plots. And plus, n trance and tropy steal an evil clone of crash named fake crash, whats crazy is that they think this is the real crash, but no, it's just an evil clone of our hero. So anyways let's get onto the game itself.
The game uses the exact same sprites, HUD, and everything as our hero's last GBA entry, not that it's a bad thing. Crash will adventure through 4 big worlds. Each based on a certain time period. In my opinion the game is pretty short, I managed to get through it in 3 hours, granted I got as much stuff as I can. So the gameplay itself is just the same as our hero's last entry, you run through a bunch of big Point A to Point B levels. In addition are the new water skiing levels, the new ball rolling levels, (which use the THP4 GBA engine) and last but not least, the coco space levels. In my honest opinion, the coco levels are very difficult, especially when it comes to getting all crates. But however, I did manage to get all crates on all coco levels! Anyways, that's it for the gameplay!
Ehh, the graphics are pretty slick for a GBA game. Yet one thing I should let you know, crash's sprite is used for Huge adventure, N tranced, and the next crash game for GBA. Yet besides all that, all the levels are still bursting with color and atmosphere, Like some levels take place in Arabia, A tropical island, A Pharaoh's temple, and a whole lot of others. Well, the game is about time travel! so...what to expect?
The cutscenes are pretty neat too.
Ah....the sound, for GBA, this is really good! All the songs fit the levels! For example, the Arabia levels have a nice desertish feel to them. The water skiing levels have a neat Hawaiian sounding song to them, and so on. Crash bandicoot titles always have awesome catchy music that the levels! You see? that my friend....is one thing I love about these games....
This game can really grow on you after a while! I still remember my first time playing this game! I was amazed by it all! I mean, theres so stuff to do, it seems like forever! I'm close to getting 100% on the whole game, but once I'm done, I'll still be playing this, even if it kills me.
Man! I feel like everytime I review a crash title, I'm always going to give it a 10 on depth! Just like every crash title, there is a ton of stuff to do and collect! In this case, there are colored gem shards to collect, Theres red, blue, green, and I think a yellow one. Once you collect all of them, you will get to fight the secret final boss, N tropy, that other guy I mentioned earlier in the story. In my opinion, getting 100% on crash bandicoot titles feels like a really big thing, but once you actually get it done, you feel all rewarded....
I like a challenge, and this is no exception. This game is really challenging, like those coco levels I mentioned earlier. But you could get used to it after a while. Wait! what am I saying? Crash bandicoot games are supposed to challenge the player! Or else the game would be too easy and boring!
Overall! This game was surprisingly better then crash's last title! But if I had to pick between these 2 games, I would pick both. The reason why I rated this game as it is was because....well, how much there is to offer! this is the kind of game that lasts with me for over months and months! Anyways, later I'm going to have a surprise review later after this one, so just wait!