‘Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled’ Reviews Round-Up
Originally released back in 1999, when Christina Aguliera's Genie in a Bottle was top of the charts, Crash Team Racing aimed to give PlayStation players a little slice of Mario Kart's joy. It took Naughty Dog's 3D platforming Crash Bandicoot and all of his friends and dropped them in go karts to compete for a virtual cup. Now, 20 years later, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled revitalises the old series, but is it any good? We've pulled together all the reviews to see what the critics think.
Nitro-Fueled isn't a remaster but a remake built on the bones of the old kart racer. It features a lot of the old tracks - such as Crash Cove, Mystery Caves, and Sewer Speedway - but they're more detailed than before, with things that were merely a suggestion of character, thanks to the limited graphics of the time, now being fully fleshed out by artists.
You'll also be able to select from a host of returning characters, though now they can have different skins, karts, and they can be customised further with stickers and gubbins like that.
You can see it all in action in the trailer below:
The response to Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has been broadly positive, holding an 85/100 on Metacritic currently.
GamesRadar gave it full marks, but you might want to discount that because the writer opens by saying "Crash Team Racing was always superior to Mario Kart". That's absurd. That misstep left behind, they go on to praise the 34 tracks available at launch, 26 characters, seven game modes, and online multiplayer as being a generous chunk of content. They also point out that this remake has finally fixed the exploits of the original games, that would cause rifts in friendships if you caught a pal cheating.
IGN is also broadly positive, giving CTR 8.2 out of 10. In their review, IGN picks out the game's difficulty, saying "Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled's mandatory fast-pace and lack of catch-up items make it the most exhilarating kart racer I've played, but this isn't the kart racer you want on the TV during Thanksgiving or a friendly get together."
They go on to say that "The casual nature of kart racers and the skill it takes to master CTR feel at odds at times. While I find the rigor unique and refreshing, it makes it hard to pass the controller to those who are less seasoned." So this may well be a game to only break out with people who played the original.
Push Square, who gave CTR 7/10, meanwhile, focuses on the faithful spirit in which this remake captures the original. Though, that also has its problems. They say "the skill-based drift and boost system is present and correct, and you'll need to utilise it if you want to keep up with the surprisingly challenging AI drivers. However, it's a finicky part of the racing that perhaps could've benefited from being modernised. [...] It's very easy to mess up sharp bends and not easy enough to drift when the game wants you to be doing so 90 per cent of the time."
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