Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Preview
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
The original Crash Team Racing is being rebuilt from the ground up by Beenox. The game has been fully remastered from the original PlayStation console version of the game. Everything from the original game is here – it’s got all the same characters, all the same race tracks, and all the same charm. Plus, now it’s playable online with leader boards.
When you boot up the game for the first time, you get eight characters to choose from: Crash Bandicoot, Neo Cortex, N. Gin, Coco Bandicoot, Polar, Pura, Dingodile, and Tiny Tiger. These characters are divided into three categories: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert (these are essentially Light, Medium, and Heavy weight classes). You already probably know that easiest characters to start out with are going to be Crash and Coco Bandicoot. However, some of the characters from the Expert (heaviest) weight classes are going to be useful for the twisting, winding, ice-covered race tracks.
All the classic racing modes from the original game are back. This includes Adventure, Single Race, Cup Race, Time Trial, and Battle Modes. Visually, you will notice the gigantic graphical upgrade immediately upon playing. The PS4 and Xbox One versions are 4K compatible. And the Switch version is going to be the go-to version of the game if you want to play on the go.
There will be a total of 18 levels for players to race in. A lot of these levels are a blast to replay if you played the original Crash Team Racing. The secret to winning in this game is being able to manage and chain together you kart power sliding. You’ve got a boost gauge in the corner of your screen at all times to remind when to kick in that Power Slide. If you can chain it three times in a row, you will perform an insane power slide. We’re all probably familiar with power sliding from Mario Kart games, but this game gives it a little extra hook to keep things interesting and fun.
Additionally, all your favorite classic power up items from the original game remain in full force. There’s turbos, tracking missiles, bowling bombs, and even more. The online play will also add leader boards, so you can keep track of your scores and compare your stats with your friends.
This appears it’s going to be a really fun remaster to play, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it on June 21, 2019.