• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 31, 1998
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    A very strong contender for PlayStation game of the year. Its "rowdy rowdy" gameplay will keep your head spinning for days.
  2. As some would argue, the best 2.5D platformer ever released. [Nov 2001, p.40]
  3. Easily the best Crash game yet and possibly the greatest platforming title on the PSX yet. Although not as long as the previous games it provides the most bang for the buck!
  4. A wonderfully presented game that truly goes beyond anything you are likely to find in this genre for any system. The sheer brilliance in the level designs and gameplay are sure to keep you coming back for more.
  5. 91
    A drop-dead gorgeous game. The textures are impeccable, the animation's top-notch, and the special effects kick some serious booty.
  6. I was very impressed with the programmers' willingness to try something new and different. It's something that is tough to do when you have a franchise that is as popular as Crash.
  7. Easily the best Crash yet. Every aspect of the game is better: new moves, levels, bosses, graphics, sound, and gameplay. It's the most fun I've had with a 3D platform game in a long, long time.
  8. A barrage of good things. The graphics, sound, music, levels, and difficulty all come together perfectly. Naughty Dog has made Crash a much better game, something that is commendable when so many sequels come up short.
  9. It’s too short. Sure, there are twenty-five levels plus hidden areas and bosses, but they're limited to variations on about five different time periods, and they’re very short.
  10. I enjoyed Crash's new abilities (extended jumps, spins and that extremely useful bazooka). I just wish the platform jumping elements in Crash 3 were as original and exciting of the motorcycle, jet-ski and biplane sequences.
  11. The bottom line is that great presentation and compelling gameplay will win this game many friends, although more 'serious' gamers may feel that games should be more original.
  12. So impressive to watch that you'll have to keep one hand firmly below your chin to keep it from falling to the floor.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 261 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 65
  2. Negative: 1 out of 65
  1. TobyK
    Oct 30, 2009
    10
    Excellent, fun arcade adventure. perfect for the system, and still fun today. I have absolutely no issues with this game, and through its Excellent, fun arcade adventure. perfect for the system, and still fun today. I have absolutely no issues with this game, and through its simplicity you can see its genius. Simple levels and easy controls, along with traditional crash wackiness made the game for me. Full Review »
  2. Jul 2, 2011
    8
    Much like with his great rival, Spyro, Crash's third game is his best. However, it's not his last great game (wrath of cortex, baby). ThisMuch like with his great rival, Spyro, Crash's third game is his best. However, it's not his last great game (wrath of cortex, baby). This game managed to do something that the other Crashes couldn't: finish the game and enjoy it. This game was, undoubtedly, the epitome of the Playstation... well, at least until Year of the Dragon... Full Review »
  3. Dec 1, 2010
    10
    A classic that still has a special place in my heart. I loved playing this game when I was a kid, and I enjoy playing it on my ps3! Thank youA classic that still has a special place in my heart. I loved playing this game when I was a kid, and I enjoy playing it on my ps3! Thank you for this masterpiece Sony! Full Review »