|Crash Team Racing|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Release date(s)|| NA September 30, 1999|
EU October 20, 1999
JP December 16, 1999
NA 2000 (re-release)
EU January 12, 2001 (re-release)
AUS January 2001
JP May 17, 2001 (re-release)
JP December 5, 2002 (re-release)
AUS 2002 (re-release)
JP June 11, 2008 (PSN)
NA August 8, 2008 (PSN)
|Rating(s)|| NA E|
|Mode(s)||Single Player, Multiplayer|
Crash Team Racing, also known as Crash Bandicoot Racing in Japan, is a racing game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation. A sequel, Crash Nitro Kart, was released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2.
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This article contains plot details.
The inhabitants of Earth are visited by an extra terrerstrial named Nitros Oxide, who claims to be the fastest racer in the universe. Challenging Earth to a game called " Survival of the Fastest ", he beckon Earth's best driver to race him, If the driver wins, he promises to leave Earth alone, but if he wins, he will turn earth into a vast, concrete parking lot and enslave the Earthlings. In response, the player character gathers all four Boss Keys needed to access Oxide's spaceshop and races him in a one-on-one match. Upon Oxide's defeat at the hand's of the player character, he temporarily leaves Earth, but promises that he will return when all of the Time Relics have been gathered. Oxide faces the player again after all the Time Relics are gathered. After losing again, Oxide keeps his worl and leaves Earth frustrated.
An epilogue is relayed during the end credits, explaining what the characters of the game did after the events of the story. Oxide himself returns to his home planet of Gasmoxia and secludes himself from society. After undergoing years of therapy to cope with his loss, he takes up unicycle racing, only to get into a grusome accident.
The player can control many characters from the Crash Bandicoot universe, most of whom compete in karts. While racing the player can accelerate, reverse, steer, hop or use weapons and power-ups with the PlayStation analog stick. Various crates are scattered throughout every track and arena. Crates with question marks on them form power-ups and weapons. Also, there are "Fruit Crates" which increases the players speed and strengthens the players power-ups or weapons.
A crucial maneuver in Crash Team Racing is the power-slide. Helping the kart to drift and dodge anything that can harm the player's health.