As we wait to see if Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon will return in new video games, Activision stays targeted on their previous. Crash Staff Racing Nitro-Fueled is one other profitable remaster that melds the traditional gameplay from Naughty Canine’s unique 1999 launch with the most recent in trendy visuals. The racing pleasure hasn’t misplaced any of its luster through the years, and the added element utilized to the characters, tracks, and their surrounding environments makes this nostalgic journey really feel new once more.
To be clear, this isn’t a set of Crash’s kart-racing trilogy (Crash Staff Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, and Crash Tag Staff Racing). As an alternative, developer Beenox does one thing completely different; you’ll be able to play CTR in its traditional type, or expertise a “nitro-fueled” model which options characters from Nitro Kart together with a brand new improve system permitting the karts to be personalized with decals and extra. The modifications, which additionally enable the participant to modify characters at any time, might not sound like a lot, however go a great distance in making it really feel like a extra rewarding expertise. After every race concludes, you earn new customization objects and forex that can be utilized to buy new characters, karts, and extra. Sure, many of the characters from Nitro Kart are pretty lame, however I acquired into the kart customization, which incorporates wheel-less hover ship choices.
The Journey Mode races are as wickedly troublesome as they had been again within the day, each by way of pushing the participant to race with out error, and the A.I. opponents being extremely aggressive. If you wish to coast by means of the sport, you’ll be able to choose the straightforward issue setting previous to getting into the marketing campaign (it could possibly’t be modified as soon as it begins), however I like to recommend getting knocked round on the medium setting – it delivers a excessive degree of depth, and reveals why this recreation was adored again within the day. Most races are nail-biters.
Crash Staff Racing follows the kart racing components most of us are aware of to a T. This implies you powerslide round corners and hit merchandise blocks that arm you with weapons to make use of in opposition to your opponents, hopefully knocking them out of place for a slender victory on the ultimate lap. Each of those components are carried out admirably (particularly in how the objects you get are primarily based in your positioning), however the one space the place the sport stands by itself is thru how boosting is dealt with. If you happen to actually get in a groove, you’ll be able to enhance virtually all the method across the monitor.
Along with track-mounted inexperienced arrows that reward you with an automated jolt of pace, the participant can get hold of a turbo enhance by gaining altitude by hitting ramps and performing a bounce maneuver on the proper time on particular components of tracks. One of the best ways to rocket forward of opponents, nonetheless, is to spice up whereas powersliding. This motion is a harrowing rhythmic minigame, wherein you carry out timed button presses as a meter fills. You’ll be able to get hold of three consecutive boosts in a single slide, which supplies you an enormous benefit. I can’t stress simply how a lot enjoyable this turbo system is. While you get good at it, you utilize it all over the place, even on straightaways. Nevertheless, there’s an actual hazard of overdoing the boosting and smashing into partitions, which makes for an excellent threat/reward mechanic.
The aggressive A.I. can also be eager on boosting, so you need to grasp it to simply maintain your personal in opposition to these opponents on the tracks, that are excellently designed. The tracks are quick, but crammed with harmful animated sections and distinctive components that make every one really feel considerably distinct. You even discover some tracks reused in attention-grabbing methods for the one-on-one boss battles – one other enjoyable problem that modifications up the circulation of gameplay. As soon as any monitor is full, you’ll be able to revisit them for enjoyable secondary diversions like CTR Problem (the place you will need to search out the letters C, T, and R and win), and Relic Race a enjoyable, however chaotic race in opposition to the clock.
If you happen to take a detour out of the marketing campaign (which takes just some hours to finish), the Native Arcade mode virtually comprises one other full recreation’s value of content material. Beenox added 13 of Nitro Kart’s tracks, which may be accessed for single race, battle, time trial, and different satisfying challenges. No content material from Crash Tag Staff Racing is within the retail launch, however might be added at a later date by means of post-launch downloadable content material. Most of this content material may be performed by way of four-player splitscreen. A extra streamlined collection of racing choices can also be out there for on-line play. It’s good having all of this content material on the aspect, however, effectively, it’s on the aspect and doesn’t precisely pull you in, until you plan to compete in opposition to buddies.
Crash Staff Racing is each bit nearly as good now because it was again within the day. Naughty Canine created one thing particular with the boosting system, and I urge everybody who enjoys arcade racers of this selection to present it a shot. Beenox’s enhancements solely make it higher.