Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
Verdict: A superb remake of a classic.
WHAT IS IT?
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.
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 local quick races and grand prix circuits, online races, 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 customised by the player.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled instantly transports you back to 1999 with its familiar tracks and cartoonishly bright colours. But this remaster is far from stuck in the past. Visually, it looks stunning with vivid details around every corner and animations that give each character plenty of personality. The ability to swap between characters during Adventure mode and the cosmetic options are welcome additions too.
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