There is no hunger that does not give in abundance, and after last year Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, a very fun game, launched, now Crash Bandicoot 4 – It’s About Time, a game that is the opportunity to find a Crash in the role he loves so much, that of a platform game hero, and which sounds like a tribute to the classics of this genre.
Toys for Bob, the studio behind this game, has made no secret of it: their goal is to continue Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. And let’s say in passing that it is an ambitious goal given the aura of the Californian team, and which justifies the name of Crash Bandicoot 4 when it is in fact the eighth “big” game of the franchise. . Still, on the stage side, we have a lot of details about Warped. This is how we find Neo Cortex and Nefarius Tropy, as well as Uka Uka and the mask.
There’s no need to hide, that storyline isn’t always the strength of platform games, and in Crash Bandicoot 4 – It’s About Time it’s no different. However, things are set up nicely with a rhythm, new features that stick well with the Crash Bandicoot style even if the narration is limited: we don’t go for cutscenes, Crash never said much. Despite everything, these cutscenes are funny, humor is omnipresent with interventions of several main and secondary characters, to delight fans of the franchise. It should be noted in passing that this seems to be especially dedicated to a “young audience” and that the touches of humor will especially amuse children between 8 and 12 years old … but some adults will love it.
A small “pretext” setting to quickly immerse yourself in the heart of the action. The adventure wastes no time and in a few minutes the main mechanics of the game are presented to the player who, it must be admitted, must be used to this type of characters: there is nothing new in this game ( in this sense) since Crash’s movements are the same as always: jump, rotate, slide and nothing else. After the time of “learning”, we quickly took the measure of the challenge that is proposed to us, because to triumph over the great villains of the story, Crash will have four masks that will give him very specific skills. Then Akano grants a whirlwind of super attack, Lani-Loli plays with dimensions to materialize objects, Kupana-Wa affects the flow of time, and Ika-Ika reverses gravity.
Fun, energetic and captivating
Unsurprisingly, these masks don’t all happen at the same time, and their entry sets the pace for Crash’s progress. This makes it possible to renew the different phases of the game, to enrich the gameplay in order to avoid any boredom, since Crash automatically adopts the appropriate mask. Note, however, that at the end of the adventure, things are scrambling and the mask changes are tightened in sequences where the difficulty is much higher than what we had at the start of the game. Even if it’s rarely about innovating, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time regularly changes style with classic 2D passages, 3D chase sequences with an enemy on your back, moments on the tracks, opportunities to become a real Tarzan, and / or with border puzzle pieces.
In most cases, the goal is always the same: to reach the end of relatively linear levels, avoid dying, and collect as much wumpa fruit as possible. These act as progress markers, reaching 100% obviously not an obvious exercise. At the end of the table, programmers do not miss the opportunity to remind us that a Crash is above all a skill test. You have to succeed in recovering 100% of the fruits, but also collect jewels, more or less well hidden, and identify the bonus levels, which are a little far from obvious. In addition to just unlocking achievements, researching the Completist will grant you new skins for Crash and Coco.
And since we’re talking about Coco … Yep, I still hadn’t had time to discuss the case of Crash’s younger sister, who entered the franchise with the second job. Depending on the level, depending on the situation, we ended up playing with good old Crash, or with his sister. They both work in exactly the same way, so this is just a cosmetic change. On the other hand, other knowledge is playable for short levels, so the gameplay is clearly different. Thus, Dingodile has its “vacuum cleaner” to make special trips and design crates. Cortex has a weapon that allows him to turn any opponent into a platform. Finally, Tawna Bandicoot, Crash’s girlfriend, can count on her battle hook. Much to my regret, the levels played with these characters are very rare and short.
It’s a bit like the general criticism of the book It’s About Time. In fact, it doesn’t take eight hours to complete the adventure … and again, without haste. However, the stake of such a game is obviously to reap as much fruit as possible, to unlock most of the skins and to discover all the bonus moments, as well as these N inverted levels – which, on the contrary, summarize the sequences of the game. Game.
It is also important to mention the presence of a small multiplayer mode that can be played by two to four players. In this mode we have to achieve the best time on a level, or we try to destroy more cases than friends. Obviously, this is not the heart of the game, but it is without a doubt a nice little extra to spend your nights with friends.
Musically the game is very good, with a captivating side that hits the target.
Final Verdict Crash Bandicoot 4 – It’s About Time
It’s About Time marks the return of a franchise that rocked the childhoods of many of us, and in general it is very successful. It’s a very colorful and fun game that should captivate all those young people between the ages of 8 and 12 who are not yet attached to Fortnite.
Graphically the game is very well done and is not a tiring game, let alone repetitive. The characters are very easy to control and in general Toys for Bob did a great job.
However, as in all games, it has fewer positives, and in our test which was done on a PlayStation 4, it appeared to us that there were issues with the game camera, and a lack of precision. in the corners. The 8 hours of play, for those who play “relaxed” can also be a less positive point.
We cannot complete this analysis without thanking PlayStation Portugal for making the game available to make this analysis possible.
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My hobby besides family and friends is motorsport.