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Crash: Mind over Mutant

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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
However, if you know someone who enjoyed the first few games on the PS1, this would make for a great holiday present. There’s no doubt about it- this is the best Crash on the PS2. Fun gets its just due.
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WiiGamingTrend
I did not see much in terms of minigames or playing anything besides the storyline presented. There are 3 difficulty levels to play through which offers some incentive for returning to the title even if you’ve beaten the game.
81
Xbox 360GameZone
Though it was not the most challenging game, Mind Over Mutant remained a joy to play. Stepping into the 3D world is definitely a good move for the franchise, and the gameplay translates well. The cutscenes are the icing on the cake, and they tie everything together well while providing a good deal of entertainment. Crash Bandicoot, welcome to my XBOX.
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WiiPGNx Media
Crash: Mind Over Mutant is a surprisingly well put-together platforming title. The game isn’t particularly difficult, which coupled with the soundtrack and general humor seems to show that the game was designed for a younger audience. It isn’t Ratchet and Clank but it’s an enjoyable platformer on its own merits, especially if the game is for a younger player.
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WiiCheat Code Central
Set these complaints aside, though, because the Wii is starving for good games. Nintendo's own output has been fantastic, but there's only so much Mario Kart Wii and Twilight Princess most gamers can stomach. Crash: Mind Over Mutant is a worthy contribution to the console's library and a good purchase.
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PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central
Set these complaints aside, though, because overall, Crash: Mind Over Mutant is a solid platformer. It's fun to play and addictive, and its charming spirit easily overcomes its numerous problems.
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Xbox 360PGNx Media
Crash: Mind Over Mutant is a surprisingly well put-together platforming title. The game isn’t particularly difficult, which coupled with the soundtrack and general humor seems to show that the game was designed for a younger audience. It isn’t Ratchet and Clank but it’s an enjoyable platformer on its own merits, especially if the game is for a younger player.
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Xbox 360The Review Busters
Mind Over Mutant is the game the Crash Bandicoot series needed to get back on the right track of things. There are some problems with the camera and the gameplay, but if you enjoyed the first three Crash Bandicoot games then you have a lot to be happy about over here. It isn’t the best 3-D platformer on the market but the $50 price tag makes up for those few unpolished moments.
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PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com
El juego tiene lo que tiene que tener un buen juego: historia con chispa que anime a jugarlo hasta el final, un control adecuado para todos pero que plantee variedad y retos, dificultad no muy excesiva pero con momentos de concentración (sea en peleas o en plataformas), variedad de enemigos, personajes con gran carisma, un doblaje excelente, gráficos sólidos y una rica cultura audiovisual (agradece especialmente a los que entienden). Existen errores sin mucha importancia como escenas de cargas y guardado más largas de lo deseado, una cámara un poco distante sin posibilidad de manejar, personajes con voz de mala calidad (apenas se oye), dos bugs puntuales no muy graves y poco más.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Some might argue that the Crash franchise is tired and should go the way of so many other PlayStation-era platformers: quietly into extinction. However, I think it is fair to say that there is a place for retro-inspired games. Even though the type of linear platforming that is prevalent in Crash: Mind Over Mutant is scantly seen in this generation, it is still exciting to play, especially for those of us who have been with the franchise since the beginning. Sure, Crash: Mind Over Mutant doesn't reinvent the wheel, and there's no way it's vintage-inspired gameplay can stand up to modern titles. But, it still manages to be quite fun, and it's worth a spin if you have ever played (and loved) a past Crash game.
77
Wii4Players.de
Unter der schlimmen Hülle findet sich dankbarerweise ein nach wie vor sehr unterhaltsames Abenteuer, genau genommen mal wieder eines der albernsten Spiele aller Zeiten: Allein für die wunderbar ideenreich und herrlich behämmert inszenierten Zwischensequenzen gehören die Entwickler geknutscht! Auch der allgemeine Grafikstil ist für Freunde von verknoteten, verschnörkelten Levels ein Fest, die leuchtenden Farben sagen »Spiel mich! Du willst es!«. Tut man wie geheißen, wird man allerdings schnell feststellen, dass unter der abgefahrenen Oberfläche ein sehr konventionelles Spiel steckt, das viele gute, allerdings auch einige blöde Ideen wie den missratenen Doppelsprung, die immergleichen Levels oder den halbgaren Koop-Modus enthält. Unterm Strich bleibt ein Spiel, das glatt als in einigen Punkten verbessertes, in anderen verschlimmbessertes Crash of the Titans-Add-On durchgehen könnte.
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WiiGameZone
Mind Over Mutant won’t win any awards or any significant critical acclaim. It’s not likely to make a top 10 list or be viewed as the year's best game in anyone's eyes. But come Christmas morning, eight-year-olds who find it tucked in their stockings will not be disappointed. They may be annoyed by the camera and/or repetitive objectives but will be entertained by what is the best Crash game developed in a long time – and one of the best Mario clones released for Nintendo Wii.
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WiiGame Chronicles
So if you are a Crash Bandicoot fan who happens to own a Wii this is a must have game. But if you are just looking for a great new game to play, this would be a good, but not great, addition to your video game collection.
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Xbox 3604Players.de
Unter der schlimmen Hülle findet sich dankbarerweise ein nach wie vor sehr unterhaltsames Abenteuer, genau genommen mal wieder eines der albernsten Spiele aller Zeiten: Allein für die wunderbar ideenreich und herrlich behämmert inszenierten Zwischensequenzen gehören die Entwickler geknutscht! Auch der allgemeine Grafikstil ist für Freunde von verknoteten, verschnörkelten Levels ein Fest, die leuchtenden Farben sagen »Spiel mich! Du willst es!«. Tut man wie geheißen, wird man allerdings schnell feststellen, dass unter der abgefahrenen Oberfläche ein sehr konventionelles Spiel steckt, das viele gute, allerdings auch einige blöde Ideen wie den missratenen Doppelsprung, die immergleichen Levels oder den halbgaren Koop-Modus enthält. Unterm Strich bleibt ein Spiel, das glatt als in einigen Punkten verbessertes, in anderen verschlimmbessertes Crash of the Titans-Add-On durchgehen könnte.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Unter der schlimmen Hülle findet sich dankbarerweise ein nach wie vor sehr unterhaltsames Abenteuer, genau genommen mal wieder eines der albernsten Spiele aller Zeiten: Allein für die wunderbar ideenreich und herrlich behämmert inszenierten Zwischensequenzen gehören die Entwickler geknutscht! Auch der allgemeine Grafikstil ist für Freunde von verknoteten, verschnörkelten Levels ein Fest, die leuchtenden Farben sagen »Spiel mich! Du willst es!«. Tut man wie geheißen, wird man allerdings schnell feststellen, dass unter der abgefahrenen Oberfläche ein sehr konventionelles Spiel steckt, das viele gute, allerdings auch einige blöde Ideen wie den missratenen Doppelsprung, die immergleichen Levels oder den halbgaren Koop-Modus enthält. Unterm Strich bleibt ein Spiel, das glatt als in einigen Punkten verbessertes, in anderen verschlimmbessertes Crash of the Titans-Add-On durchgehen könnte.
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Xbox 360Gamesmania
Wenn ihr mal wieder ein ganz klassisches Old-School-Jump´n´Run-Spiel zocken wollt, ist Crash – Herrscher der Mutanten euer Titel. Innovative Spielelemente sucht ihr hier vergebens, dennoch macht die Hüpferei mit Beutelratte Crash durchaus Spaß und hat mich deutlich länger an den Bildschirm gefesselt als die letzte Episode der Reihe. Erwartet einfach kein außergewöhnliches Spiel, sondern ein launiges Hüpfspiel mit einigen Macken (vor allem die Kamera), dass auch von jüngeren Zockern problemlos bewältigt werden kann. Sucht ihr ein innovatives Jump´n´Run: Lest unseren Test zu Mirror´s Edge.
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Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
Crash Mind Over Mutant is the kind of game that does nothing inherently wrong, but also fails to do anything to set itself apart from the herd. There is a lot of fun to be had here, but if you are a seasoned veteran to the genre don't expect much in the way of a challenge. If you are looking for a good game to play with a younger gamer this is a perfect starting point and definitely recommended. Crash used to be one of the faces of gaming and Radical Entertainment and Activision have delivered a nice first impression, and perhaps our favorite Bandicoot can return to his former glory in his new house.
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Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
If you don't usually play platform games, then there's nothing compelling enough with Mind over Mutant to recommend the game to you. It's best left to Crash fans or more casual gamers, but everyone else has numerous better options this holiday season for their game-playing time.
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Xbox 360GamingTrend
It’s a game that is instantly forgotten the moment you finish, and there is nothing about it that hasn’t been done better in other games. Between the mediocre level design, the unfocused gameplay, and the frustrating backtracking and camera controls, Crash is once again destined for mediocrity. Crash enthusiasts might have fun with a weekend rental, but it’s awfully tough to recommend at full price.
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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
This leads to multiple, and repeated, deaths that turn an otherwise fun game into something that is way too frustrating. We had a four-year old come into the office and spend a little time with Crash: Mind Over Mutant and found out that he really enjoyed it, although he thought it was a bit difficult for someone of his age, had he been a bit older he would have played much longer. Crash Bandicoot will always hold a special place in gaming history and the overall development of platforming games. There is a surprising amount of detail in the different levels and everything but the camera looks good from a graphical standpoint. The game succeeds in what it is trying to be but fails to be the amazing Crash game that we are all waiting for.
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Xbox 360GamingXP
Das neue Crash Spiel wird auch diesmal zahlreiche junge Spieler dank der bunten, liebevollen Gestaltung begeistern (und viele Eltern, die es bedenkenlos ihren Sprösslingen überlassen können). Action- und Shooter-Fans hingegen fangen mit Crash wenig an. Das erfolgreiche Crash-Spielkonzept wurde beibehalten, wobei Sie großartige Innovationen nicht erwarten sollten.
70
WiiGames Radar
Mind Over Mutant is a lot better than Crash of the Titans and the world is probably a slightly better place for its existence. But it’s not quite slick enough underneath all those pretty visuals to earn essential status.
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WiiNintendojo
Crash: Mind Over Mutant isn’t the most original platformer we’ve played -- it’s not even the most original Crash title we’ve played -- but it does work much better than some previous titles in the series. With the added ability to manipulate enemies and the well-implemented Wii controls, players can look forward to a game that ends up being quite satisfying despite hard-to-see characters and overly frustrating camera angles. Radical Entertainment has done a quality job learning the ins and outs of the series, and if it can get these details fixed, Crash may be in for some top notch titles in the near future.
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PlayStation 2GamingTrend
The plot of Crash is typically thin, considering this is a platform title. The villainous Doctor Neo Cortex has invented a new device that can control the minds of mutants and friends alike. It is up to Crash (and his buddies, if you play co-op) to defeat Cortex and his nefarious device. The good news is that the storyline is bolstered by a biting sarcasm with numerous topical references. These provide a good amount of the game Crash: Mind Over Mutant is a short title, and can be beaten in a couple of days time. While there are some unlockables and secrets to be found, the only real charm of this game is watching the storyline unfold through the humorous cutscenes and dialogue.
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PlayStation 2GameZone
If you enjoyed Crash of the Titans, Crash: Mind Over Mutant is a slightly better game with improvements in critical areas such as controls, gameplay and storyline. Sadly, the camera almost ruins the whole package.
70
PlayStation 2Games Radar
Mind Over Mutant is a lot better than Crash of the Titans and the world is probably a slightly better place for its existence. But it’s not quite slick enough underneath all those pretty visuals to earn essential status.
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Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Mind over Mutant does have it’s good moments but unfortunately the bad outweighs these, the camera is pretty awful thanks to it’s insistence on remaining static and the fact remains that controlling the mutants is more fun than controlling Crash himself. Perhaps like Sonic this little furry creatures best days are behind him.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
If you are a parent looking for a title for your child, then I would definitely say to give this one a try. It has a vibrant, cartoon like appearance that many kids should appreciate. It's also simple where they should be able to enjoy it as they progress through the adventure. Anyone else though will most likely be bored quickly. The backtracking is annoying and the adventure is really short. It would probably go a long way if you could control the camera, so hopefully you will be able to do that in future Crash titles. Some of the load times can also be annoying as well. It will be interesting to see if they improve any once Microsoft launches the new Xbox Live. If you were a fan of the previous title, Crash of the Titans, then you will most likely enjoy this one as well. If you didn't like it, however, you probably won't enjoy this title either.
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Xbox 360Games Radar
Mind Over Mutant is a lot better than Crash of the Titans and the world is probably a slightly better place for its existence. But it’s not quite slick enough underneath all those pretty visuals to earn essential status.
70
Xbox 360XboxAddict
So this should keep one busy for a little while at least and I would highly recommend it to anyone with younger kids as Crash is colorful, funny and appealing to that specific audience. Crash may not be the sharpest tool in the woodshed, but he definitely provides a great fun for any fan of the platformer genre and is the perfect mascot for this type of game. Activision delivers a solid product once again with the Crash series and will probably continue to do so as long as there are platformer fans out there. To me, Crash is out modern day Sonic the Hedgehog or Super Mario Brother.
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Xbox 360Game Chronicles
My single favorite element of this game would have to be the cutscenes, but it’s hard to justify purchasing a game just for the movies, and it’s even harder to tell you to play a game like this just to watch those movies. I like to think of myself as a fairly patient gamer, but after about 8 hours of trekking across Wumpa Island I just felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. I’m sure the younger crowd will get countless hours of enjoyment, and parents can relax and enjoy the fact that somebody is still making kid-friendly games. Teens and adults should probably avoid.
69
WiiIGN
Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant is exactly like its predecessor: a mildly enjoyable platforming romp that's sure to satisfy younger players, but won't provide much that seasoned players haven't already experienced before. If you believe yourself an absolutely die-hard Bandicoot fan or if you already liked Crash of the Titans, by all means check this title out. There's some good humor housed within, the gameplay mechanics work well enough and the platforming challenges, while very traditional (if not simple) are usually enjoyable. But if your idea of a good platformer is Super Mario Galaxy, you will find Nintendo's plumber in a completely different universe than this game both in terms of innovation and polish.
69
PlayStation 2IGN
Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant is exactly like its predecessor: a mildly enjoyable platforming romp that's sure to satisfy younger players, but won't provide much that seasoned players haven't already experienced before. If you believe yourself an absolutely die-hard Bandicoot fan or if you already liked Crash of the Titans, by all means check this title out. There's some good humor housed within, the gameplay mechanics work well enough and the platforming challenges, while very traditional (if not simple) are usually enjoyable. But if your idea of a good platformer is Super Mario Galaxy, you will find Nintendo's plumber in a completely different universe than this game both in terms of innovation and polish.
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Xbox 360IGN
Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant is exactly like its predecessor: a mildly enjoyable platforming romp that's sure to satisfy younger players, but won't provide much that seasoned players haven't already experienced before. If you believe yourself an absolutely die-hard Bandicoot fan or if you already liked Crash of the Titans, by all means check this title out. There's some good humor housed within, the gameplay mechanics work well enough and the platforming challenges, while very traditional (if not simple) are usually enjoyable. But if your idea of a good platformer is Super Mario Galaxy, you will find Nintendo's plumber in a completely different universe than this game both in terms of innovation and polish.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Crash : Génération Mutant s'inscrit dans la continuité de son prédécesseur et propose même une aventure encore plus drôle et mieux rythmée. Hélas, sa seule réelle nouveauté est aussi une vraie fausse bonne idée : la prétendue liberté de mouvement contraint le joueur à parcourir plusieurs fois les mêmes niveaux sans pour autant rendre le jeu moins linéaire. Un vrai couac, heureusement compensé par une réalisation toujours aussi efficace et un plaisir de jeu bien réel.
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WiiJeuxvideo.com
Crash : Génération Mutant s'inscrit dans la continuité de son prédécesseur et propose même une aventure encore plus drôle et mieux rythmée. Hélas, sa seule réelle nouveauté est aussi une vraie fausse bonne idée : la prétendue liberté de mouvement contraint le joueur à parcourir plusieurs fois les mêmes niveaux sans pour autant rendre le jeu moins linéaire. Un vrai couac, heureusement compensé par une réalisation toujours aussi efficace et un plaisir de jeu bien réel.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Crash : Génération Mutant s'inscrit dans la continuité de son prédécesseur et propose même une aventure encore plus drôle et mieux rythmée. Hélas, sa seule réelle nouveauté est aussi une vraie fausse bonne idée : la prétendue liberté de mouvement contraint le joueur à parcourir plusieurs fois les mêmes niveaux sans pour autant rendre le jeu moins linéaire. Un vrai couac, heureusement compensé par une réalisation toujours aussi efficace et un plaisir de jeu bien réel.
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Xbox 360Gameplanet
Don’t get us wrong however, if you’re a fan of the Crash series this game probably will live up to expectations and be enjoyable. There is fun to be had here, particularly if you need a title that will keep the kids happy over the Christmas period. But then much of the excellent social satire will be lost. Ultimately, if you like Crash, or platformers, Crash: Mind Over Mutant is probably worthwhile, but it’s nothing terribly unique.
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Mind Over Mutant has the building blocks of a great platformer, but with a dearth of content and an inexcusable amount of back-tracking, it's impossible to recommend this game for anything more than a rental.
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Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
Crash: Mind Over Mutant, falls into a weird category. The gameplay is for 10-12 year olds but the story is for adults. If the game offered more variety than standard platforming and limited puzzles, the game would rate right up there with this season’s holiday adventure titles. But with a short adventure time (<10 hours) and repetitive gameplay, like Crash so many times during the adventure, this game ends up falling just short of the next level. There are some glitches, every once and a while Crash would lean over and meld into the surface; thankfully the game seemed to recognize when this happens and killed me soon after. Luckily this never happened enough to affect my experience. However, if you loved last year’s Crash of the Titans or are a grade school-gamer with a love of offbeat humour, this game may just appeal to you.
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WiiNintendoWorldReport
Crash's latest Wii outing is not without its faults, and most of the faults lie in the structure of the game. With too much focus on backtracking, this well-controlled platformer goes awry. The charming story and genuine humor are far overshadowed by the shallow gameplay. The mutants hurt the game even more. Playing as Crash Bandicoot is still fun, but this game is not so much Crash: Mind Over Mutant as it is Mutants: Mind Over Crash.
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PSPJeuxvideo.com
Crash : Génération Mutant s'inscrit dans la continuité de son prédécesseur et propose même une aventure encore plus drôle et mieux rythmée. Hélas, sa seule réelle nouveauté est aussi une vraie fausse bonne idée : la prétendue liberté de mouvement contraint le joueur à parcourir plusieurs fois les mêmes niveaux sans pour autant rendre le jeu moins linéaire. Un vrai couac, heureusement compensé par une réalisation toujours aussi efficace et un plaisir de jeu bien réel. Dommage que cette version PSP soit plombée par des temps de chargement insupportables.
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
It’s oh so easy to try and hate Crash: Mind Over Mutant. The whole game feels like a bland and unambitious platformer with a Crash Bandicoot skin stuck over the top to increase sales. It’s shamelessly repetitive and predicable and collecting mojo feels even more pointless than Wumpa fruit did, but none of that truly matters when playing. After generation after generation of classic platformers, this generation feels completely lacking of innocent collect ‘em ups and bright cartoony palettes – even Banjo Kazooie didn’t have the testosterone to give us a traditional experience. Despite its shortcomings, Mind Over Mutant’s charm makes it worth a punt for all those sick of the soulless and deep experiences of late, it’s easy to digest and doesn’t pretend it’s something that it can’t be and unless you own Super Mario Galaxy then you won’t do much better than this. It’s good to be back; let’s just hope you’re feeling a bit more adventurous next time, Mr. Bandicoot.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
I have to admit that I enjoyed Crash: Mind Over Mutant, and really wrestled with what overall score to give. However, take away the dialogue and the voice acting (they get an easy 11 out of 10) and I really would not have stuck with its frustrating inconsistency. The gameplay is so old now, so uninspiring, and so easy that it becomes something that gets in the way of the funny stuff. The developers are so tantalisingly close to getting it right! You do feel for them, right up until you remember that someone else got 3D platforming really, really right 12 years ago. So, Crash, nice cartoon show, shame about the game.
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Xbox 360Gamervision
It’s a shame that Mind Over Mutant turned out to be just another so-so Crash Bandicoot game, because it actually did seem promising for a little while. Though I never expected it to be as memorable as its PS1 counterparts, I found myself enjoying the game some of the time. However, too many repetitive missions and redundant levels, paired with some technical issues, make this game easy to toss aside in favor of something better. Anyone old enough to have played the original Crash Bandicoot won’t find much of a challenge here, and with so many other games coming out this holiday season, there aren’t many good reasons to pick this one up. Perhaps someday the bandicoot will return to his former glory, but this is not that day.
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Xbox 360Da Gameboyz
Every once in a while I play a game and question what direction the franchise is headed and I kind of get that feeling with Crash: Mind over Mutant. By itself it is a perfect game for a mindless rainy weekend. The visuals are decent yet the sound and gameplay is uninspiring and merely a retread of platform games we have played time and time again. When lined up with all the other Crash games it is just more of the same. Best case scenario, Crash is given a long needed rest and he comes back with a bang in a few years down the road.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
As you continue to play, the technical problems start to rear their ugly heads, and many of the new platforming sections just aren't a lot of fun to play. By that point, you feel like you're going through the motions and the game mechanics have overstayed their welcome. When you're halfway through a four-hour-long story mode and you're already feeling fatigued, you're probably not going to want to dig in for the long haul. It's almost unfortunate that the voice work and cut scenes are so good because they're worth watching and genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. Those cut scenes can't save Mind over Mutant from its mediocre platforming, extreme amounts of backtracking and technical issues. Fans of Crash may find something to like here, but the rest of us should save our money for the big titles coming out this fall.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
Mind Over Mutant isn’t a bad game. In fact, there’s a lot of it that’s enjoyable. I just wish the effort that went into a lot of the peripheral action and non-interactive videos had also been put on the gameplay, to make it more entertaining overall. It’s just not very consistent in its fun generation.
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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
What the heck happened to Crash Bandicoot? When I last played this franchise it was full of life and creativity, yet here's a game that seems beaten down and on its last legs. The game's stab at an open world falls flat, just like every other "new" aspect of this 3D platformer. Crash Bandicoot still has a lot of potential left in him, but the developers are going to have to try harder than this if they want to resurrect this floundering franchise!
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant looks, sounds, and in many ways plays a lot like last year's Crash of the Titans. The combat system has been improved; you can dig and climb now, as well as power up your abilities by collecting the mojo scattered all over the island, but none of these improvements are good enough to counter the negative impact that the new free-roaming world design has undergone. The humorous cutscenes aren't enough to counter the negative impact either, which is unfortunate because some of them are genuinely funny but appear so late in the game that unlocking them simply isn't worth the effort. Even if you thought Crash of the Titans was one of the best games of 2007, you'll find Mind over Mutant to be a disappointment.
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PSPGame Chronicles
I’m an old fan of the Crash Bandicoot license, and I have always loved the games for their clean, family friendly fun. Whether a blockbuster or a barnburner, I have always shared the Crash titles with my kids – and they have always had smiles on their faces. Mind Over Mutant is a different story in that it actually brought tears of frustration – for all of us.
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Xbox 3601UP
Unless you're in it just for the laughs or are a diehard Crash fan, it's tough to recommend Mind Over Mutant as anything other than a rental. It does provide a few satisfying hours of gameplay before the backtracking sets in, and it has plenty of content to keep you busy for a while if you're a completist. But if you're looking for something new other than jokes, you won't find it here.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
All together, I can't really suggest picking up the newest Crash title, unless the idea of backtracking really doesn't bother you in the slightest. There's a decent game here, but it's far too annoying to play thru and see everything it has to offer. With a simple fix of world to world transporting it would have been much better, so hopefully that's something that can be taken care of for the next iteration in the series.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
It may not be the end of an era for Crash, but it is certainly a disappointment. Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant could have been an entertaining game, but it has been rendered the video game equivalent of a nosebleed.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
If you've missed out on a decade of new ideas and developments, or you really need to blow away the greying cobwebs of a dozen gritty shooters, then Crash is four or five hours of enjoyable, low intensity fun - the colourful, ill-fitting Hear'Say pullover of the platform stable. But with so many better alternatives on offer, it's not an experience we'd recommend.
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PSPCheat Code Central
Two things happen when a series has been going for as long as Crash: they either settle into a groove, giving gamers one successful title after another, or fall into a rut, diluting a once fruitful pool of creativity. With Crash: Mind Over Mutant, Radical Entrainment has shown that it can deliver the goods in the cutscene department, but this is a review of a game, not a non-interactive cartoon. Crash, a once center stage mascot, plays like an exhausted hero of yesteryear, and it may be time for him to take some time off the video game scene to recollect his once keen gaming senses.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
The back of Mind Over Mutant's box is misleading. It lists two-player co-op, monster control, and Crash's signature fighting style as the game's standout features. These elements are certainly present, but they take a back seat to the real feature set: unpredictable framerates, extensive backtracking, and the guarantee of one death caused by faulty camera positioning for every platforming segment. These inexcusable qualities corrupt the entire experience. Thanks to the shoddy camerawork, co-op is mostly unplayable. With the framerate fluctuating like a yo-yo, it's nearly impossible to find a rhythm in the platforming and combat. Getting a new monster should be a joyous affair, but its acquisition usually leads to a lengthy hike through a previously conquered area. From design to execution, this is a mess of a game, and a new low point for the once-loved marsupial.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
Technical problems aside, this Crash outing just isn't that much fun. You run and jump around, smacking down small enemies and collecting mojo until you get to some huge, walled in area with a boss, or several bosses which you have to use the mutant du jour's special power to defeat. Once that boss is down, you jack the new mutant afforded to you and go back and do it all over again. The mutant jacking in Crash of the Titans added enough novelty to the platforming to sustain that outing, but it's not new anymore, and as such, isn't as entertaining. It's a shame that the polish afforded to all of the passive elements of Mind over Mutant didn't rub off on the actual gameplay, because if it did, you'd have one heck of a platformer here. Instead you have a bunch of very funny moments connected by some very annoying technical issues, which is about as much fun as it sounds. Oh Crash, we hardly knew ye.
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Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Crash: Mind Over Mutant attempts to use platformer clichés that have been done far better by several titles since platformers made the transition to 3D. The injection of Kameo-isms into the mix doesn’t help when the title is also weighed down by horrible graphics and even worse dialogue that is flatly not funny. Stir in a scoop of mind numbing backtracking and you have the recipe for a complete bomb. If you’re desperate, really desperate, for a platformer, this might service you if you have a high tolerance for all of the above mentioned garbage, but only as a rental.
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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
Mind Over Mutant probably would have made a pretty decent cartoon. Unfortunately for us, it's supposed to be a game!