I'd just like to preface this review by saying the original CTR is one of the best cart racing games ever made, better than Mario Kart in my opinion. Tight controls, great gameplay, simple objectives, it's just a classic game and always in my top 3. So when i saw Nitro Cart on Lukie Games after browsing for another similar game, i figured "this has to be way better than the original". Boy was i wrong, in part i think due to the fact that Naughty Dog didn't make this one. I put this in my PS2 and tried to play it, but ended up turning it off after about 30 minutes because the controls just felt so broken and slippery for a racing game. Like i said before, the original CTR is like the apex of cart racers for me, so trying to wrap my head around how Vicarious completely butchered the controls and gameplay is tough. They also tried to implement "teams" in this one, where you choose one character at the beginning and that determines which team you're on, which you can then switch between 3 characters before going into a race. It's an interesting concept, but kinda defeats the purpose of going back and playing the adventure mode again because you've essentially already done it with each of the main character stats. As for the story, it's...okay. I mean, it's basically CTR on another planet, which doesn't really bring anything new to the table. In the end, i would definitely and without hesitation recommend the original Crash Team Racing over this one. It's just night and day to me, CTR is clearly the superior game.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Ryan Baker from Detroit on 3/12/2016