After Sonic returned to the Funracer ring a few weeks ago, the former Sony mascot Crash is following suit. But Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled is not a new game, it’s a remake of the PS1 Classic Crash Team Racing. Of course, the remake looks a lot better than the original from 1999, but otherwise it sticks to the original in terms of control and feel. Similar to the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
We are not sure if making a remake was a good idea though. Because even though the three test races we played were fun, the word “stale” inevitably came to mind. Course progress, our abilities and items all worked very rudimentary and the feeling is much less rapid and dynamic than for example Mario Kart 8. Fans of the PS1 game might like it for nostalgic reasons but it remains to be seen if younger players will enjoy the game as much.
Although the feeling is very similar to the original game, in terms of new content, the developers have made lots of changes. The biggest change from a players point of view is that we can switch between karts with different status values and otherwise customize them. It also contains countless content from the two successors to Crash Team Racing, Crash Nitro Cart and Crash Tag Team Racing.
New content via salami tactics
However, lots of content such as drivers and routes are not part of the package from the start. Instead, the so-called Grand Prix awaits us – time-limited events in which we have to do special races and challenges to unlock new stuff. Anyone who does not succeed within the given framework has had bad luck – at least for now. At some point, all content ends up in pitstop, the game’s in-game shop. And yes, this shop really only targets in-game purchases in the classic sense of the word. There are no real money payment options and the Grand Prix is free of charge. Good!
Over the coming weeks and months, the Grand Prix will be rolled out again and again with new updates; a system that the developers themselves want to understand as a kind of seasons. Yes, sounds like a financing model, but no worries: You won’t need real money in Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled – all updates and content are free.
Spyro the dragon
Incidentally, the star of the third Grand Prix will be another old acquaintance who has recently regained fame: As soon as this update goes live, we can add Spyro the Dragon to our drivers. Nice!
When it comes to content, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled is definitely a top game. There is lots of content to start with and there will be even more during the course of the game. In terms of gameplay however one has to admit that the game did not completely made the jump into 2019. But the oppossum and his friends make up for that with their charm and wit.
Crash Bandicoot comes crashing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch on June 21, 2019. There is a split screen multiplayer for four players and online multiplayer.