Doritos Crash Course 2 review

This was the first review I ever wrote. It was a practice review I wrote for my cousin to see if I was able to write a proper review, and hence it wasn’t published on his website for that reason. He said it was alright, but I needed to talk about the flaws a bit more in-depth next time, and should have did some research by looking up what Famestar was. Looking back at this review, I can see that I was a bit more informal then how I would write in my later reviews, such as the use of exclamation marks and referring to myself in the article. Also, the review score was done in full numbers rather than my later ones which use decimals (eg. 7.4, 8.6, etc.), so I may have scored it a little differently had I reviewed it later. Overall, it’s an okay article, but there was plenty of room for improvement, which I followed up on in later reviews.

Note: I have added italics to game names mentioned in this review, which wasn’t in the original. Other than that, this review remains unchanged from when I originally wrote it.

Review

When you hear that there is a Doritos game being announced, one could only be reminded of similar advertisement games such as the infamous Sneak King game for Burger King. But surprisingly, unlike Sneak King, Doritos Crash Course 2 is pretty darn decent.

Basically what you’d get if you made Wipeout a much, much crazier show, Crash Course 2 is about getting to the end of each obstacle course as your avatar, dodging hammers and electric pads, beating the other racers, and scoring the best time. On the way you can collect stars; sixteen within each level, and completing any of the bonus objectives on these courses will net you even more stars. Stars can be used to unlock new levels, and buy extras such as power ups, jinxes (basically ways to mock your opponents by dressing them up in silly costumes), rewinds (in case you screw up), and auras for your avatar such as atoms or electricity. They can also be used to purchase split paths for levels, which allow you to reach stars you couldn’t obtain before.

The courses in the World Tour mode become more challenging as you go along, introducing new elements to bring more variety and challenge, and they have some pretty neat themes. Highlights include Antarctica, with a massive rainbow ice palace that wouldn’t be out of place in a Spyro or Kirby game, and the Egyptian levels, which feature the sight of giant golden Anubis statues rocking out in a massive concept. Trippy! It’s touches of creativity like this that make this game have some unique appearance to it and makes it much more than a cheap cash-in to advertise Doritos.

Speaking of advertising, aside from the brand name in the game’s title, product placement is completely absent. Some may consider this to be a good thing; after all, it would be annoying to have us reminded about Doritos every minute, but it also seems counter-productive. The game’s not gonna sell many Doritos if people forget it’s even related to the game at all. Something not too invasive like some billboards with the Doritos logo on them in the levels or one of power-ups being a packet of Doritos would suffice.

Besides the single player game’s World Tour mode, there are also other features such as Time Trials, local and online multiplayer, and a curious feature called Famestar. I wasn’t able to really use it in the time I had, but it is supposedly used to go up rankings and unlock costumes for your avatar. I didn’t exactly understand what the rankings were for, but there were leaderboards for it, so I assume it’s some kind of bragging rights thing.

The game is free to download and with a decent range of content, leaderboards, and collectables, there is fun to be had for those who want to beat their highscores and friends, or those who want to have some quick and simple fun. It is flawed however, and is a bit too simple; which may shorten how long you will want to play it in the long run.

Pros:
– Pretty decent for an advertisement game.
– Decent range of content.
– Easy Gamerscore.
– Lack of product placement!
– It’s free!
Cons:
– A bit too shallow.
– Lack of product placement?
– Repetitive

Conclusion:
Doritos Crash Course 2 is a surprisingly decent game that does far better than most advertising games do. It has a decent range of content for the more interested players to come back to and a nice offering of online and social features. In the end, it is a bit shallow, and it’s not the sort of game that will get any rewards, but hey, it’s free! Can you even say that about an actual packet of Doritos?

Final Score: 7/10

Article originally written on the 13th of May, 2013

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