Review: Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled on PlayStation 4
It’s been a good year for nostalgics and now even video games are getting in on the action.
Chief among them is PlayStation’s Crash Bandicoot, which saw its original trilogy re-mastered last year, and this year sees its kart-based racing game re-imagined for modern-day consoles.
The original game was Sony’s answer to Mario and his Kart, but the world has since moved on. Has Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled done enough of a re-make to claim the checkered flag?
According to the developers Activision, Crash remastered needed to be as faithful to the original as possible. We’re pleased to report that that is definitely the case here. The new version plays almost exactly like long-time fans of the franchise will remember, right down to the difficulty curve and the power-slide dynamic.
Same too with the levels and items. All the racers and tracks from both the original 1999 video game Crash Team Racing and its follow up, Crash Nitro Kart has been loving re-created. And they look stellar. Not only is each track memorable, but each looks rather good no matter what position you are in the race.
Moreover, there are benefits to being in 2019, and this time around there are a huge number of customisations you can make to your character and kart – including throwback polygon skins for Crash, Coco and Doctor Neo Cortex.
Speaking of the characters you know and love from the originals, Crash and his crew have never looked better. And Activision made sure to give each his own distinct personality. For example, start editing his cart and Crash will begin to look Antsy. Polar the Polar bear on the other hand gets distracted, and taps on his steering wheel.
It provides the characters with a big dose of personality, which combined with that hefty dose of nostalgia, the classic gameplay mechanics and new online mode that lets you race your friends as well as the general public, and Crash Team Racing once again paves the way for some of our favourite gaming since the late 90s.