1999’s Crash Crew Racing for the unique PlayStation is a kart racing masterpiece, equal elements difficult and charming. Crash Crew Racing: Nitro-Fueled for the PlayStation 4, Swap, and Xbox One is actually the identical recreation with a ton of additional content material, lush trendy graphics, and a bonus old-school throwback—actually lengthy loading instances.
As Vicarious Visions remastered the primary three Crash Bandicoot platforming video games because the N.Sane Trilogy, so has Beenox, one other Activision subsidiary, modernized the unique trilogy’s kart racing follow-up. Though it’s named after the unique PlayStation 1 recreation, Crash Crew Racing: Nitro-Fueled combines content material from three totally different Crash kart video games. It’s obtained the unique story mode, tracks, and characters from Crash Crew Racing; characters, karts and tracks from 2003’s Crash Nitro Kart; and character skins and karts from 2005’s Crash Tag Crew Racing. That’s 31 tracks, 26 characters, and a ton of kart and character customization. Toss in strong on-line multiplayer help, and it’s a kart racing occasion.
However earlier than we are able to have a kart racing occasion, all of the visitors should arrive, and that takes a little bit of time. Let me get this out of the best way first, as a result of in any other case we’ll be right here all day. The load instances on this recreation are atrocious. They’re not as dangerous on PlayStation Four Professional as they’re on Swap, however they’re nonetheless fairly prolonged. Sure, Beenox has performed an excellent job of constructing the getting older programs from Crash Crew Racing and Crash Nitro Kart look vibrant and exquisite once more. Right here is the unique Coco Park observe.
And right here is the brand new and improved model, working on the Nintendo Swap.
Attractive, proper? Sadly the price of turning the smudge on the high into the Coco Bandicoot wonderland on the underside is at the very least 40 seconds of loading time in docked mode. I attempted to make a GIF to display how irritating that’s. Attempt to watch it. Or simply skip it, as a result of you may.
On my PlayStation Four Professional, the common load time is about 20 seconds. That’s not horrible, however definitely lengthy sufficient to make me want the solid-state drive consoles of the longer term have been already right here.
Upon getting into a race, gamers are handled to a short fly-by tour of its landmarks, which they need to actually soak in. As soon as the beginning gentle turns inexperienced, there’s no stopping to admire the surroundings. Crash Crew Racing was by no means a straightforward kart racer. I’m joyful (I assume) to report that’s nonetheless the case. Corners should be hugged. Brakes should be utilized on tight turns. The sport’s distinctive tri-level power-slide enhance mechanic, requiring that gamers time button presses whereas drifting for a burst of super-speed, should be utilized. Strategic use of power-ups is extremely really helpful, like holding missiles and bombs for simply the correct second and putting obstacles like TNT crates and poison beakers in areas opponents are most certainly to race over. Something much less can rapidly flip a considerable lead right into a fifth- or sixth-place end.
Luckily, Crash Crew Racing: Nitro-Fueled inherits the exact racing controls of its predecessor. Hopping, braking, and leaping ramps come simply. Gamers of extra trendy kart video games may need bother getting used to the aforementioned power-slide enhance mechanic, which is a tad extra difficult than at this time’s easy slide-and-speed motion, nevertheless it’s nothing three or 4 races and a few minutes of loading time received’t clear up.
Much more luckily: The unforgiving gameplay I simply described? That’s medium issue. Crash Crew Racing: Nitro-Fueled permits gamers to decide on between simple, medium and laborious. Medium is hard. Straightforward is a good way to get used to the sport’s driving mechanics and the proper issue to blast via single-player Journey mode, unlocking boss racers, new decals, and kart elements alongside the best way. Progressing via Journey mode requires first-place finishes, so a bit of slack is appreciated. The place the unique recreation locked gamers into one character and kart in Journey mode, a brand new “Nitro Fueled” mode permits gamers to swap racers and customise karts on the fly, making the mode an excellent place to check out the strengths and weaknesses of the varied racers as nicely.
Journey mode is, because it was, a sequence of themed areas linked collectively by tunnels. Finishing the entire races in a single space unlocks a race in opposition to a boss character. Defeating that boss character unlocks the following space and unlocks the boss as a racer. Full all 4 areas and the participant will get to race in opposition to the alien Nitrous Oxide for the destiny of the planet.
Beating the boss of Journey mode the primary time unlocks a slew of challenges on the modes map. Gamers can take part in relic races in opposition to the clock or acquire cash in particular occasion programs to unlock Gem Cups, that are particular tournaments in opposition to CPU opponents. In an effort to really end Journey mode, gamers should acquire all of the gems and keys and relics and cash, then problem Nitrous Oxide one final time. It’s an entire lot of racing.
There’s rather a lot to do exterior of Journey mode as nicely. The Native Arcade mode is the place the sport actually opens up, giving as much as 4 gamers entry to all 31 tracks within the recreation. There are primary races and four-track cup tournaments. Time trials, relic races, and CTR token challenges give gamers new methods to beat tracks. The sport additionally options 12 totally different battle arenas, the place as much as 4 gamers can play a wide range of extra direct multiplayer modes, like seize the flag, crystal seize, or my private favourite, steal the bacon, through which gamers should seize a chunk of bacon and return it to their residence portal earlier than their opponents. As an additional bonus, battle arenas solely take 15 or so seconds to load on the Swap. No, I received’t go away the load instances alone.
What I’ll go away alone is the kart and character customization. Usually customization is a characteristic I crave, however I’m simply not that into most of Crash’s characters to care what shade they’re or what wacky costume they’re sporting. Greater followers will respect the characteristic extra, I’m certain, grinding these races for coin to buy the most recent rotating beauty gear from the Pit Cease store. No, you may’t purchase foreign money with actual cash.
Sadly, I’ve additionally been left alone whereas enjoying my early copy of Crash Crew Racing: Nitro-Fueled, so I’ve had zero expertise enjoying on-line. For a lot of kart racing aficionados, on-line multiplayer, a characteristic the unique recreation lacked, is a giant draw. I can actually say that of this writing I’ve no earthly clue how, or even when, it really works. If there are any main issues, I’ll replace this put up.
However hey, we didn’t have on-line multiplayer within the authentic Crash Nitro Kart. Again then we have been fortunate if we had analog sticks. Now we’ve obtained a slew of ridiculously colourful race tracks, dozens of rides to customise, and animalistic racers which are much less polygonal and pointy and extra delicate and cuddly. If we’ve to attend 20 to 40 seconds to take pleasure in them, so be it.