“Crash Team Racing” – a reboot we all wanted and more!

Ana Gonzalez, Editor-in-Chief

From a timeless classic in 2000s gaming, “Crash Team Racing (CTR)” wowed many “Bandicoot” fans on the first PlayStation.

With the past success of “Crash Bandicoot: The N’Sane Trilogy”, developer Activision saw the positive outcry from the prized reboot, and they listened to fans wanting a reboot of CTR.

As Ariana Grande would say, “I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it!”.

In spite of “Sonic Team Racing”, which was released this month to add into the “list of games to play while waiting to buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch”, it may seem that CTR may blow Sonic out of the water. The humor and the charm that the original CTR brought still remains in the reboot.

The “Nitro-Fueled” version brings in more features. Online gameplay is now available to take on players from all over the world. You can also customize your kart, just like in “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” where you can switch between motorcycles or regular karts. CTR now includes hover karts, which is first introduced by the main villain of the game, Nitros Oxide.

The character selection has also expanded, with the addition to characters from previous Crash racing games such as “Tag-Team Racing” and “Nitro Kart”. Some of these characters are unlocked during your Adventure playthrough, or automatically unlocked by purchasing the “Nitros Oxide” Edition.

DLCs will be available soon, according to Activision. CTR now has six new courses for players to try out, and they tell new players that new courses and characters will be available later on in the year. Crash’s girlfriend, Tawna from the original Crash Bandicoot, as well as the addition of Spyro the Dragon. Other characters such as the “trophy girls” from the original CTR will soon be playable in a DLC.

Whether you purchase the PlayStation 4 version, the Nintendo Switch version, or the Xbox version, the remastered graphics of all the race tracks are somewhat lifelike. However, the only downside was that the loading times seemed much longer than normal. Thankfully, you can skip most scenes. Developers haven’t said whether there would be a fix.

“Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled” is now available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Those who preordered the game will receive a free downloadable of Crash, Coco, and Dr. Cortex in electron suits. If you purchased the Playstation 4 version, you’ll also receive “original” versions of Crash, Coco, and Dr. Cortex in polygon forms from the PSone version, a great treat for those who lived through the original.