Review: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Twenty years ago an attempt was made to compete with Mario Kart for the first time ever. It became a success and Mario Kart knew what to expect for the future. It was Crash Bandicoot with his friends and enemies who made the road unsafe with Crash Team Racing. Now, 20 years later, there is a combined remaster of all the Crash Team Racing games. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is ready to smoke out the competition of Mario Kart and the Sonic racing games. Or will they slip out of the first corner? We seated ourselves in those small karts and came to the following results.
We are very happy that Beenox and Activision have given us the opportunity to relive our youth with this Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Remaster edition. But is this game as good as the original was? We quickly took a seat behind the steering wheel and it immediately became clear that reliving our childhood with this game would be a blessing.
The story behind the game is simple, but that’s normal because in the end it’s all about the racing itself. Aliens want to conquer the world and they want to challenge Crash and his friends/enemies to decide over the fate of the world. This game did come out in the ’90s after all.
First we start with the adventure mode, where we have to win every race spread over five areas. In each area we have to win four races and then we have the chance to compete against a boss. Each time you win against a boss you recieve a key that unlocks a new area. You can also choose to stay in a certain areas to complete more challenges like the CTR Challenge or Crystal Challenge.
After a few races it becomes clear that this game is no walk in the park. The difficulty of this game is pretty high, but that is certainly not a problem. It’s great to have some competition. Each circuit has its own obstacles to conquer and the controls requires some practice to master it. Especially the use of your nitro boost in bends can ensure victory.
There are 25 characters, but at the start of the game there are 8 playable characters. The others you have to unlock with certain challenges. Every character has its strenghts and weaknesses and believe it or not this can sometimes make a difference on certain circuits. We’re looking at you Mario Kart.
In addition to the adventure mode, you can play Local Arcade, where you get the chance to beat your friends or family members on the race track. Of course there is also an online mode available where you can race against players around the world or in a private match with friends.
In the Pit Stop you can buy new skins for characters or new karts, stickers and other fun stuff with the money you earn throughout the game. It’s great that you can only buy these things this way, the less microtransactions in our games, the better. For the collectors among us this is a nice extra feature.
Visually, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is as beautiful as nostalgia would want you to believe. Every circuit looks cool and the characters are all great to see. The power-ups also remain fantastic and the use of these objects at the right time can provide a few unforgettable moments.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a fantastic game to play, just like 20 years ago. It’s a lot of fun and that’s the whole idea of this kind of games. The adventure mode is rewarding and challenging. The other modes like the Local Arcade and the Online mode are fantastic to play with friends, family members or even strangers. The Pit Stop is a great addition for the collectors and the younger gamers. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled succeeds and crosses the finish line as the winner of the best kart-racing game at this moment in time. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait another 20 years for a sequel.
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Price: € 39,99