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Crash Nitro Kart is probably one of the better games in the N-Gage library, and a great title to launch alongside the QD upgrade. If you're looking to pick up a chip with your QD purchase, this one is a solid choice. With all eighteen racers, a slew of tracks, and several gameplay modes, you're going to get some serious mileage out of the game. If the QD was looking to put a good foot to put forward, Crash Nitro Kart is the kind of socks it needs to wear. Bless stretched metaphors.
Pese a que no se trata ni mucho menos de un mal juego, sí da la sensación de que podía haber llegado mucho más alto si hubiesen pulido algunos aspectos gráficos y jugables. Se echan de menos más circuitos por mundo y una mayor dificultad, ya que aunque el título ofrece diversión, dura muy poco y el jugador se queda con ganas de más.
Crash Nitro Kart has solid gameplay and is a lengthy affair but the combination of the narrow screen, close-up perspective and control issues bring the game down a few notches.
Crash Nitro Kart is a very bittersweet affair. The gameplay is fundamentally solid, the graphics are sharp and run smoothly, and there's just plenty of stuff to do, both in the single-player and multiplayer modes. But the narrow field of vision has a dramatically negative effect on the whole experience, cross-canceling many of the game's positive traits. You can tell that there's a really good game inside Crash Nitro Kart, but it's a shame that you can't quite see it.
Crash Nitro Kart races past the finish line...then, without having the ability to break, it hits the gutter like a bowling ball being hurled down the alley. What could have and should have been a great racer turned out to be a game that's all but ruined by a major technical issue. The variety of courses, power-ups, and the decent sense of speed are not enough to make up for a camera, which literally makes you feel sick.
Crash Nitro Kart has a lot here and if it wasn't for the poor, restricted racing view, I would be very much inclined to give it a higher score. However, as it stands now, the game will only be enjoyed by hardcore genre fans and people who can put up with the major flaws in the cornering. If you can pick this game up on the cheap then you probably won't be too disappointed, but like every corner in the game, Crash Nitro Kart should be approached with caution.
Overall Crash Nitro Kart is a game perfect for killing short time intervals, especially for people who get bored easily. It’s not really an essential purchase however, and although I didn’t get to sample the multiplayer, I think that this game is one to get on the cheap.
Déjà fort peu convaincant sur GBA, Crash Nitro Kart perd encore des plumes sur N-Gage et ce malgré l'absence de concurrence dans le genre. Avec de sérieux ennuis de jouabilité causés par une maniabilité sèche et une visibilité nulle, le titre n'est pas aussi fun qu'on le souhaiterait. Loin s'en faut.
Graphiquement, le jeu tire profit des qualités de la bête. Crash Nitro Kart est très beau et particulièrement détaillé. Les couleurs, certes criardes, sont en harmonie avec l’ambiance chère à la série éditée par Vivendi. Du côté de la bande son, il faut faire la distinction entre la musique plutôt terne et des effets sonores très amusants. Le plus gros souci de ce titre est lié au gameplay, beaucoup trop approximatif. En effet, les commandes sont trop réactives, ce qui demande un temps d’adaptation plus ou moins long. L’écran vertical freine également la visibilité sur les côtés. Dommage !
I'm far from out of things to complain about, but hopefully my overall message has sunk in: If the N-Gage library was a classroom, then Crash Nitro Kart would be the cross-eyed kid who eats paste and thinks the answer to every math problem is "cat." Don't waste a moment of your life playing it, as my job as a reviewer has made me a martyr for us all.
Boy, I knew Crash Nitro Kart wouldn't be the party that Crash Team Racing was when I played it so many months ago, but I had no idea it would be released like this, being a minus in so many areas it should have been a plus. All of this from Vicarious Visions, no less... one of my favorite developers. Ah well, they'll be back. They'll find themselves another handheld project that will allow them to shine again, be it the Nintendo DS, the PSP, the N-Gage or wherever they're headed. They have a future, and I'm pretty sure that this poor edition of Crash Nitro Kart will be left in the dust.