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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled cover art.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s)Beenox[a]
Publisher(s)Activision
Composer(s)
SeriesCrash Bandicoot
Platform(s)
ReleaseJune 21, 2019
Genre(s)Kart racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (stylized as CTR: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled) is a kart racing game developed by Beenox and published by Activision. It is a remake of Crash Team Racing, which was originally developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation in 1999, and also includes content from the games Crash Nitro Kart, originally developed by Vicarious Visions in 2003, and Crash Tag Team Racing, originally developed by Radical Entertainment in 2005.

The game was released worldwide for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 21, 2019.

Gameplay

A comparison of gameplay as Coco in the Dingo Canyon level in the original game (above) and Nitro-Fueled (below)

Like the original Crash Team Racing, Nitro-Fueled is a racing game featuring characters from the Crash Bandicoot series. Players must avoid obstacles and navigate the various tracks to reach the finish line, performing boosts via power sliding and jumping to gain speed, and using power-ups scattered across the track to give themselves a boost or hinder their opponents. The game supports quick races and grand prix circuits, as well as featuring a full adventure mode with new areas, characters and boss battles being unlocked as the player progresses.

Nitro-Fueled includes all 31 race tracks from Crash Team Racing and Crash Nitro Kart, along with several new features not present in the original Team Racing, including online multiplayer and the ability to choose different karts, which can be customized by the player. The adventure mode has also been tweaked: in addition to new cinematic cutscenes being added, players can choose between "Classic" and "Nitro-Fueled" adventure modes, the latter of which allows players to change their character and kart between races, as well as choose between three difficulty levels.[1] Nitro-Fueled also adds substantial content from Crash Nitro Kart, including all of its characters, race tracks, battle arenas, karts and battle modes. Additional karts and character skins from Crash Tag Team Racing are included as well. This and other new content is accessible via the Pit Stop, an in-game shop that allows players to purchase unlockables using Wumpa Coins earned through gameplay.

Nitro-Fueled features limited-time Grand Prix events that began taking place following the game's launch. Each event is accompanied by a free update that adds a new race track to the game. Players can compete in special challenges on these new tracks during the event period to earn Nitro Points; by acquiring a certain number of points, they will be able to unlock new characters, karts, and customization items.[2][3] If players are unable to obtain enough points during the event period, they will instead be able to purchase the content from the Pit Stop after its conclusion.[4]

Characters

The launch roster of playable characters in Nitro-Fueled includes all the racers featured in Crash Team Racing and Crash Nitro Kart, totaling 26.[5] This includes characters who previously only appeared as boss opponents. Only the eight base characters from the original Crash Team Racing are initially available to players. The other Crash Team Racing characters can be unlocked by progressing through the game's adventure mode and by completing challenges, while Crash Nitro Kart characters are unlocked via purchase from the Pit Stop.[5]

Several additional characters are planned to be added as part of free post-launch game updates, and can be unlocked through progression in Grand Prix events or via the Pit Stop. These new characters include Tawna from the original Crash Bandicoot; Baby T. from Warped; Ami, Isabella, Megumi and Liz, who previously appeared as non-playable characters in Team Racing; baby versions of Crash and Coco; and guest character Spyro the Dragon, who previously appeared in the Game Boy Advance version of Nitro Kart.[6]

Development

After the release of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a collection of remasters of the first three Crash Bandicoot titles, it was speculated that Crash Team Racing would be remastered.[7][8][9] In an interview with Vicarious Visions, producer Kara Massie did not rule out the possibility of a remaster of Crash Team Racing for the PlayStation 4. She also acknowledged that she was repeatedly asked about it by fans.[10]

The game was revealed at The Game Awards on December 6, 2018, and was announced to be releasing on June 21, 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.[11][12] Much like N. Sane Trilogy, the game was recreated from the ground up with new assets, online play, and adding new content including all characters, tracks, battle arenas, kart customizations and battle modes from Crash Nitro Kart, which was developed by Vicarious Visions, who also developed the N. Sane Trilogy.[13] Several karts and character skins were also added from Crash Tag Team Racing, which was originally developed by Radical Entertainment.[14] The game features an option to choose between the original and remastered soundtracks.[15]

Release

Players who pre-ordered the game received a set of "Electron" character skins for Crash, Coco and Cortex. A premium "Nitros Oxide Edition" of Nitro-Fueled was announced alongside the game in December 2018, while its contents were detailed in April 2019. The Nitros Oxide Edition provides immediate access to the unlockable Hovercraft kart and the characters Nitros Oxide, Crunch, Zem and Zam, along with additional character skins and kart customization options not available in the base game.[16]

The PlayStation 4 version of Nitro-Fueled includes exclusive skins for Crash, Coco and Cortex based on their polygonal appearances in the original Crash Team Racing, along with additional low-poly karts and a retro-themed bonus track.[17][18] Players who pre-ordered this version also received a set of PlayStation-themed stickers for kart customization.[19]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(NS) 82/100[20]
(PS4) 84/100[21]
(XONE) 87/100[22]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Game Informer8/10[23]
GameSpot8/10[24]
GamesRadar+5/5 stars[25]
IGN8.2/10[26]

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[20][21][22]

Notes

  1. ^ The original game was developed by Naughty Dog. Content from Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing were originally developed by Vicarious Visions and Radical Entertainment respectively.
  2. ^ a b Mancell was the composer of the original game, while Hakik was the composer of Crash Nitro Kart; the music was remastered by Nicolas Tremblay. Mark Mothersbaugh is listed as a composer in the original game, but was only a music producer.

References

  1. ^ https://blog.activision.com/crash-bandicoot/2019-05/Announcement-Details-of-Crash-Team-Racing-Nitro-Fueled-Adventure-Mode-Revealed
  2. ^ https://www.destructoid.com/crash-team-racing-nitro-fueled-has-a-ton-of-tracks-and-it-ll-keep-adding-more-556985.phtml
  3. ^ https://blog.eu.playstation.com/2019/06/11/crash-team-racing-nitro-fueled-is-getting-a-nitro-tour-grand-prix-as-post-launch-dlc/#sf214145537
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/Kh3O/status/1138598823142535168
  5. ^ a b https://blog.activision.com/crash-bandicoot/2019-05/Announcement-CTFNF-More-Characters-and-Skins-Revealed-Part-2
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/CrashBandicoot/status/1138475986473930753
  7. ^ Denzer, T.J. (August 22, 2017). "The Time is Right for Crash Team Racing Remastered". PlayStation LifeStyle. Archived from the original on 2018-03-31. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Wallace, Mitch (July 30, 2017). "'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy' On PS4 Is Missing Only One Thing". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2017-12-31. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Birch, Nathan (May 30, 2017). "Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy May Lead To More Remasters, Including Crash Team Racing". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2018-10-21. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy could lead to Crash Team Racing remaster on PS4". Daily Star. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Frank, Allegra. "Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is the PS1 fan favorite, remastered". Polygon. Archived from the original on 2018-12-07. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon. "Crash Team Racing Remaster Announced, Release Date Revealed". IGN. Archived from the original on 2018-12-07. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Gets a Turbo Boost with Remastered Racetracks, Arenas, Karts and Battle Modes from Crash Nitro Kart!". Business Wire. Business Wire. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  14. ^ https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/05/09/crash-team-racing-nitro-fueled-trailer-customization/
  15. ^ https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2019/03/29/crash-team-racing-nitro-fueled-music-ps4-new-info/
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/crashbandicoot/status/1121081364776808448
  17. ^ https://blog.us.playstation.com/2019/03/25/going-retro-creating-ps4-exclusive-content-for-ctr-nitro-fueled/
  18. ^ https://blog.us.playstation.com/2019/05/31/your-first-look-at-ctr-nitro-fueleds-dragon-mines-and-retro-stadium-tracks/
  19. ^ https://gematsu.com/2019/03/crash-team-racing-nitro-fueled-adds-crash-nitro-kart-content-ps4-exclusive-retro-skins-karts-and-track
  20. ^ a b "Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  23. ^ Reiner, Andrew (June 20, 2019). "Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled - No Rust On This Ride". Game Informer. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  24. ^ Dayus, Oscar (June 21, 2019). "Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Review - Back With A Bang". GameSpot. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  25. ^ James, Ford (June 20, 2019). "Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled review: "Crash is back, baby"". GamesRadar. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  26. ^ Garcia, Janet (June 20, 2019). "Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Review". IGN. Retrieved June 20, 2019.

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