Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a racing game developed by Beenox and published by Activision on June 21, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It is a remake of Crash Team Racing, and also includes content from Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing.
Why It Rocks
- The fun yet challenging gameplay is back, and better than ever.
- Outstanding graphics. All of the tracks have tons of details to them, such as enemies from Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy being seen in the backgrounds.
- Not only does this game include all of the tracks from Crash Nitro Kart, it also includes brand new tracks. The tracks from CNK have been faithfully recreated from the ground up, and shortcuts on those are much easier to pull off thanks to the new physics and controls, also some cars and skins from Crash Tag Team Racing were added as well.
- Big Roster. Nearly every character in the franchise is playable including all Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing characters and even Yaya Panda from Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D. It also features characters from the Spyro franchise.
- Plenty of different game modes to choose from, for both single-player and online.
- One of the modes mirrors the tracks, just like in the Mario Kart series.
- Exploits such as glitches and shortcuts players aren't supposed to use have been fixed, so cheaters will have to play the game the way it's intended.
- Aside from using the code to unlock Penta Penguin, all other cheats will disable players' ability to earn Wumpa coins as an anti-cheating measure.
- Legendary skins for characters have unique podium celebrations (except for King Chicken's astronaut skin)
- Plenty of funny sight gags, like Crash snoozing during Oxide's opening speech, or the Piranha Plant school in the background on Papu's Pyramid.
- Online play is a new feature, which allows for greater Wumpa coin earnings. However, the option for split screen multiplayer is still available, and battle modes can now be played with AI controlled opponents.
- There is an in-game store called the pit stop where customization items can be purchased with Wumpa coins. The Wumpa coins function the same as they did in CTTR, and the amount of unlockables is vast.
- Customization is introduced, which includes different skins for the characters, and many customization options for the karts, such as body styles, and paint jobs.
- Adventure mode now allows players to switch characters and change the difficulty. And if fans of the original game dislike this change, then they can play on classic mode, which replicates the original experience of adventure mode.
- Excellent soundtrack that also includes the option to listen to the soundtrack from the original game, as well from the tracks from CNK.
- First game in the series to have subtitles.
- Most great voice work, with Corey Burton giving a good performance as Nitros Oxide.
- Drifting perfectly is now easier to perform due to better visual cues.
- Free DLC such grand prix events and content for the pit stop. And even after the end of the Grand prix tracks, Beenox continued to support the game with new content.
- They even added an Easter egg where Penta would say "Penguin Yay 1", this is a reference to a placeholder voice in CTR.
- First game in the series which is completely localized for Latin America and in Arabic.
- The PS4 exclusive Retro skins for Crash, Coco, and Cortex are incredibly accurate recreations of the low polygon models used all those years ago.
- During the Halloween Grand Prix they added a system to match players with players of similar skill making online far less one-sided.
- In the Circus Grand Prix they added a new ring mode where you try to enter as many rings as you can. It also helps to find some shortcuts in the tracks.
- The game has the Iron Checkpoint Crate as a playable character, which is hilarious, specially since someone on Reddit jokingly requested it.
- More ghosts time trials than the original game (not just because of more levels) and they're more rewarding.
- The story mode from Crash Nitro Kart is absent, despite featuring all of the tracks and characters and karts.
- Forced motion blur which could be annoying for some people.
- You have to be connected to the internet to access the "Pit Stop".
- You also have to be connected to the internet to earn Wumpa Coins, which can be very grindy, especially if you are only doing single player races.
- The items you can buy from the Pit Stop also work on a rotational basis instead of having everything, so you will have to wait 24 hours for the items you really want.
- The voice acting for Uka Uka sounds weird.
- All the differences from the Japanese version of the original CTR, such as Ripper Roo speaking coherently, are gone, even the title in the opening isn't Japanese.
- Items tend to get thrown inaccurately, this is particularly noticeable with bombs and missiles (whether this is a glitch or not is unknown).
- Long loading times, specially in the Switch version which can be around 40 seconds.
- Some issues in online, such constant lobby shutdowns or being placed in a lower position after completing a match. (At least if a lobby shuts down during a race you can continue playing with bots, pausing the match and receiving wumpa coins).
- The rate of earning coins is extremely slow if playing offline. It was later found it this was intentional because the game was planned to have microtransactions from the beginning, though at least they increased the amount with the Gasmoxia Grand Prix update.
- Microtransactions were added to the Pit Stop one month after the game was released, though they're thankfully not as bad as many other Activision-published games since nothing you buy in the game affects your gameplay and everything can be unlocked without paying real money.
- Like Mario Kart 8's Pink Gold Peach and Baby Rosalina, this game has Baby Crash and Baby Coco, who are both unoriginal and completely pointless. And unlike Mario Kart, they have recycled voice clips of their normal forms, but in higher pitches. (Baby Cortex and Baby N. Tropy were added later, but both suffer of the last mentioned problem).
- Region-Exclusive stuff, as the firehawk kart exclusive for USA and UK and an exclusive kart set for Xfinity clients. (There is also a Sour Patch kids themed kart set, and despite the obtenable codes are region-limited, the code redeeming is region-free).