12 years ago, back in 1996, Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot exploded onto the original PlayStation with one hell of a bang. Here, we thought, was the console's first quality platform game. And here, VideoGamer thought, was a character that would go on to become a Sony icon. Like Mario for Nintendo. Or Sonic for SEGA. Unfortunately, the crate smashing Crash never really realised that potential.
Now, in 2008, Crash's bonkers exploits are in the hands of Radical Entertainment, the developer behind upcoming sandbox action game Prototype. Yes, Crash's star shines less brightly than it did in the mid to late nineties, but he's still making enough noise to catch their attention.