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Crash Bandicoot Mod Using CryEngine 2

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How long will it take for Activision to nuke a Crysis mod based on Crash Bandicoot?

French modder Alias Lenox is currently using the CryTek 2 engine to recreate the original Crash Bandicoot platformer game. Based on his early demo trailer and screenshots, the mod looks simply stunning, leaving us wondering why Activision has neglected the unofficial PlayStation mascot on the current PlayStation 3 console.

Crash Bandicoot was originally developed by Naughty Dog Inc and released on the first PlayStation console back (PSOne) in 1996. Now the franchise is controlled by Radical Entertainment and Activision, and spans across 18 games as of 2010. Unfortunately, the only Crash Bandiccot love PS3 gamers have received thus far are the digital versions of the PSOne classics.

But naturally, as with most other mods centered around copyrighted material, we expect to see Crash Bandicoot Return(s) go down in flames thanks to Activision's Cortex-themed bazooka. That said, we quickly had to offer up a tiny glimpse before its lawsuit-propelled demise even though the modder expects to complete it by the end of 2011 (good luck with that).

"After many years wondering why Naugthy Dog had sold its [Crash Bandicoot] license, I finally decided to create a mod based on the Crash universe," Lenox said. "The current level is based on N. Sanity Beach. The first level of the oldest episode."

While little else is known about the mod at this point, the video embedded on Moddb here shows the classic Crash Bandicoot setup with all the crate-bashing, peach-eating, pit-jumping goodness many of us console owners have come to love/hate over the years. The only goofy aspect about the Crash mod is the speed of his jumps, looking as if he's leaping on the moon. Hopefully that will be addressed before Activision pulls the plug.

As previously mentioned, the mod isn't completed, but it's definitely worth a look. Additional screens and the Vimeo video are located here. OOOGA BOOGA!

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    mister g , April 21, 2011 12:16 AM
    I'm hoping this modder got permission from Crytech as well, having two big companies go after you (if it sells) wouldn't be fun. Still, power to whoever gets it before it gets shut down.
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    chickenhoagie , April 21, 2011 12:18 AM
    oh em gee dude. nerdgasm fersure. If they remade the crashes with cryengine or unreal graphics, you bet your ass i'd be replaying all of them. I need to bust out my old crash bandicoots..Great classics for sure! rates right up there with duke nukem, doom, redneck rampage and pokemon Gold;)
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    burnley14 , April 21, 2011 12:29 AM
    Trip down memory lane there . . . with a lot more pixels of course :) 
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    randomizer , April 21, 2011 1:11 AM
    If Crytek had this idea from the start the game might have been good.
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    Wikiality , April 21, 2011 6:06 AM
    Oh my, Crash in Crysis! Sounds like an awesome mod. Totally bringing back my ps1 memories of Crash 1,2, and 3.
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    schmich , April 21, 2011 12:33 PM
    Seems to be really well made. I never played the original but I hope there's more to the game than just destroying boxes :p  Also upping the sprint/run speed wouldn't be bad either from an objective point of you.
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    RabidFace , April 21, 2011 5:41 PM
    chickenhoagieoh em gee dude. nerdgasm fersure. If they remade the crashes with cryengine or unreal graphics, you bet your ass i'd be replaying all of them. I need to bust out my old crash bandicoots..Great classics for sure! rates right up there with duke nukem, doom, redneck rampage and pokemon Gold


    Pretty much nailed my classics too, besides pokemon, never got in to it. Even though I was in middle school when they were released, even had my old Game Boy fat still, but PC was my primary focus, plus the PSX. And can't believe you put Redneck Rampage in there :)  Another fellow rampager :)  Still think it's one of the funniest FPSs to date. "Hold on to your butt!"

    But on topic, I can't wait for this. Not that I have a rig I could play Crysis on anyway right now, loving the PC world right now.

    First read about "Salaja" creating a CPU in Mindcraft, and now this. I can't wait for this mod to be released, be it doesn't get swiped my Activision.

    But what I am REALLLLLYYYY waiting for is Black Mesa: Source :D 
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    megamanx00 , April 21, 2011 7:16 PM
    Awesome
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    Anonymous , May 10, 2011 7:47 PM
    My biggest complaints on Activision is they COMMANDOed Tiny Tiger, and he's no longer the half-HairlessCat Barbarian he used to be, & Uka Uka no longer has a mouth, and Dr. Cortex's Tatoo is Metal (It is not visually appealing to see a geometric metal N sticking out of Cortex's forehead). Cortex should still be short & Big Headed like he used to be as well. Did you know Tiny Tiger was half Hairless Cat?
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    Anonymous , May 12, 2011 7:51 PM
    He's actually a tasmainian tiger, AKA Tasmainian wolf, a species of canine merged with a lion.