• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 1999
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  • Summary: It's a multi-player kart racing game starring your favorite bandicoot CRASH and a host of his friends...and foes! The stakes are high and the competition is fierce. Ready...Set...GO!!!

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  1. 100
    Control is also nearly-perfect... The transparent controls allow you to concentrate on racing and blasting your opponents, and so the races are faster, more fluid and more fun.
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    The game that made kart racing cool. Nothing has ever matched its quality. [Mar 2002, p.34]
  3. Just like the previous Crash games, CTR is utterly polished and addictive to a fault... That's right, you heard me, CTR is a better game than Nintendo's "Mario Kart."
  4. GMR Magazine
    90
    Countless mascot racers flooded store shelves during the PlayStation era, and Crash Team Racing was the only good one. Really. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  5. 85
    Once you get past the insanely capitalistic smile of Crash, the game is rock solid in playability and graphics. Hell! It's a four-player kart game that's on the PlayStation. Isn't that enough?
  6. Though it doesn't add much to the tired genre, it manages to do everything well.
  7. A good game, not a phenomenal game, just a plain and simple good game. Though, a little on the cute side, the challenge out weights such matters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 81
  2. Negative: 2 out of 81
  1. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    Best kart racer ever!!!!!!! Ive been playin this game since i was 7 and it never gets old. The music is great and tracks are so fun. This gameBest kart racer ever!!!!!!! Ive been playin this game since i was 7 and it never gets old. The music is great and tracks are so fun. This game is so awesome i went out of my way to get platinum relics for all the tracks. I got all platinum but sewer speedway and n.gin labs are the hardest for platinum. I love this game so much i own for ps1, ps2, ps3, and psp. This so much more fast pace than mario kart. the adventure is much fun especially if you unlock the bosses. In my opinion the best ps1 racing game. Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2020
    10
    Crash Team Racing is just a gem! Absolute masterpiece of gaming! Blast of awesomeness! Even after 20 years Crash holds his scepter ofCrash Team Racing is just a gem! Absolute masterpiece of gaming! Blast of awesomeness! Even after 20 years Crash holds his scepter of greatness high! I cannot praise this game enough! It's absolute wonder! Unparalleled racing experience! Expand
  3. May 19, 2018
    10
    Great racing game with good graphics for its times, good replay value and a very challenging Story Mode, specially the Time Trials. Reccomended!
  4. May 24, 2015
    10
    Crash Team Racing was really one of the biggest games on PlayStation. I remember when I played it in the early 2000s. I had a false copy ofCrash Team Racing was really one of the biggest games on PlayStation. I remember when I played it in the early 2000s. I had a false copy of this game, not the original, but it was something quite common at the time. I immediately fell in love with this game.

    It was funny, the car driving was done really well, the tracks also (apart from a few) were nice. Also, the weapons system was comfortable to use, and had a very good feedback. The story was simple, but still fun, and the characters were great. Challenges against bosses were very good, and each of them was more difficult to beat than the last, and made ​​good impression of increasing difficulty. Two or more players mode was fantastic and well balanced. In addition to the main mode, there were many challenges to complete and collectible to obtain that kept busy for a long time. It is truly one of the most great, if not the greatest, racing game of all time; but probably the biggest advantage of this game was the fact that it never makes you tired of it.

    And this is why I still play it even after a decade of years. One of the best games made by Naughty Dog, and a true masterpiece.
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  5. Jun 16, 2017
    9
    One of the absolute best kart racer's ever to be made. The controls are absolutely perfect, everything just flows and once you've played for aOne of the absolute best kart racer's ever to be made. The controls are absolutely perfect, everything just flows and once you've played for a while you'll feel like a master at the game.

    Since they are remaking the original trilogy of Crash games, would it be too much to ask for this game to be remade with online multiplayer? The new Mario Kart is a blast to play online with friends (or you'll just be raging depending on how good/lucky you are) and I really feel that this game could be amazing with new graphics.

    There are no kart racers on the PS4 that are any good so currently there is a massive opening for a remake of this game.
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  6. Jul 29, 2012
    9
    One of the very few best kart racing games for the PS1 which crash team racing is a perfect example to this before Naughty dog no longer hadOne of the very few best kart racing games for the PS1 which crash team racing is a perfect example to this before Naughty dog no longer had the rights to produce another crash game and selling off to a different company.

    Story- Pretty obvious. The bad guy challenges you to whatever he decides in which case kart racing and you must defeat otherwise the bad guy will take over the planet and either destroy, or enslave the living around still awesome plot line for a kart racer.

    Graphics- Not too much to explain since this was part of Naughty dog's involvementt with the game so its basically still a good cartoonish design to look into.

    Gameplay- Don't think for a moment that this is basically Mario Kart since it has similarity just don't be hating enjoy the game. You choose your favorite characters from crash, cortex, tiny, N.Gin, etc while others can be unlocked through challenges involving CTR tokens in the story mode of the game. races are usually 3 laps which you can make your decision in singles, vs racing. while the boxes with ? contain weapons you can use to help you out to your advantage while CPU can do the same thing. Doing slides can really help you out since if you press a button at the right time during the slide you will recieve additional boosts which having more wumpa fruits can also increase slightly, as well as making your weapons stronger, and last for a period amount of time. Stages feel fun to play even after a couple times still enjoyable. Battle mode is where you and your friends duke out to see who's better in hitting the most players or achieving the most objectives in the amount of time. Time Trial is getting the faster time and achiving time relics depending on how fast you finish the race.

    Overall- Still an enjoyable game even today it is amazing how it will always be a classic to kart racing on the playstation 1 though i wished that they would still make these amazing games though but that won't happen any time soon =(

    Final Score- 9.5 for racing enjoyment
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  7. Aug 13, 2019
    1
    The game was good but after the update with microtransacions...I just gived up on the game.

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Awards & Rankings

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#3 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
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#7 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999