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Crash Bash Spin Dashes onto the PlayStation.

  The latest installment in the ever-popular Crash Bandicoot saga has recently been shipped. Universal's most recent PlayStation title is now in the hands of American retailers. The new title features some familiar faces, as veterans of the series will recognize some of the game's characters (friendly or otherwise).

   The gameplay in Crash Bash will remain true to the action that made the series so popular, as this game boasts more of the same with animated characters, Crash's infamous shenanigans, resplendent surroundings, and of course, the trademark puzzles and chases. The new title boasts some very diverse gameplay challenges, as Crash Bash features seven four-player events and furious gameplay.

   "The Crash Bandicoot series has been one of the most successful franchises to date for PlayStation with over 16 million units sold worldwide," boasted Ami Blaire, the director of product marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America. Blaire continued, "Delivering signature Crash-style gameplay with an intense, whole new action-packed twist, Crash Bash is sure to be another favorite among consumers this holiday season." Blaire may very well be correct, given the popularity of the series. Crash Bash looks to be a major title this holiday season.

   The storyline stays true to the typical Crash-esque style, as the plot circles around Uka Uka and Aku Aku, both spirits of witch doctors, and their rivalry between each other. Uka Uka, the evil twin, demands a final challenge to finally ascertain whether good or evil is more powerful. The challenge involves a series of arena-based bouts. The spirit of light and darkness will select their greatest warriors to do battle in the challenge. Also in typical fashion, Crash and his crew have the weight of the world on their shoulders.

   Featured in the game are eight different characters, which include Crash Bandicoot, Coco, Dingodile, Tiny, Dr. Neo Cortex, N. Brio, Koala Kong, and the rookie of the group, Rilla Roo to wreak havoc in either adventure or battle mode. Adventure mode is for use with one or two players, and features the same type of popular sidescrolling gameplay that previous installments in this series have been known for. This mode boasts twenty-eight events that have the player fight it out with the computer's minions as well as four bosses.

   Battle Mode, on the other hand, can be enjoyed with up to four players. Crash Dash's Battle Mode has up to four gamers duking it out in one of the game's arenas until one of the players emerges victorious three times. However, there is also an extended version of this play mode, which has a tournament-like structure. The extended version of Battle Mode features a rank system, which rates players according to their performance in battle.


11/9/2000 Bryan Keers

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