Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time | PS5 review

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time | PS5 review

Crash Bandicoot 4

When Activision announced that Toys For Bob was working on an official fourth installment of Crash Bandicoot, we cannot hide from you that a thread of anxiety assailed us. On the other hand, that number until now had only been seen in the Japanese version of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, and represented a "mystical canonicity" that required a wise knowledge of what the marsupial fan base really wanted from a saga, which had seen its decline begin just as its creators left the brand. After having had the time to dissect it in all its parts, we can finally tell you that Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is exactly what lovers of the most famous videogame marsupial of all time have been waiting for since 1998.

A marsupial… a thousand dimensions

The story of Crash Bandicoot 4 connects directly to the ending of Warped, with Cortex, N.Tropy and Uka Uka captured in the dawn of time and looking for an escape. By exasperating her powers to the extreme, however, Uka Uka manages to open a time gap through which N.Tropy and Cortex can finally escape and try to gain control of space and time.

It will be up to Crash, Coco and Aku Aku, aided by the four quantum masks that hold the order of space and time, try to stop the evil plans of the fearsome duo, embarking on an adventure that will see them travel between parallel dimensions and different timelines. Although the plot created by the Toys For Bob guys is very basic, we appreciated how they managed, in addition to maintaining the goliardic spirit of the original chapters, to create a credible script that manages to wisely mix fan service, introduction of new characters. and respect for all the productions dedicated to Crash that have followed one another from 1998 to today.

Crash Bandicoot 4 PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch release date and time for FREE upgrade

Crash Bandicoot 4

Crash Bandicoot 4 comes to PS5 and Xbox Series X (Image: ACTIVISION)

Crash Bandicoot 4 is coming to even more platforms this week, including PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time made its PS4, Xbox One and PC debut late last year.

The hard-as-nails platform game was well received by fans and critics, earning an 83% score over on Metacritic.

With the game proving popular, Activision recently announced plans to port the game to PS5, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch.

The Crash 4 ports have a March 12 release date on the aforementioned platforms. While there's no official launch time, UK fans should be able to download and play from midnight tonight.

Even better is the news that the PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrades are free if you own a digital or physical version of the game on PS4 and Xbox One.

The new and improved Crash Bandicoot 4 features a whole host of next-gen enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

READ MORE: Crash Bandicoot 4 It's About Time PS4 review - Don't let the cuddly exterior deceive you

First and foremost are the visual and performance upgrades over the original versions of the game.

As part of the PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrade, Crash Bandicoot 4 will run at a native 4K and 60 frames-per-second. The Xbox Series S version will feature 4K support.

The PS5 version has one or two exclusive upgrades not found on Xbox. This includes 3D Audio with a compatible headset, as well as Adaptive Trigger and haptic feedback.

'The DualSense wireless controller adds a whole new level of immersion to Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, making this the most tactile Crash experience yet.

'Using the controller’s adaptive triggers, you’ll feel the force of Neo Cortex’s DNA-changing blaster, the grip of Tawna’s Hookshot, the power of Crash’s Jetboard, and really feel the suction when you vacuum with Dingodile.

'Experience dynamic and immersive play, whether you’re dodging pirates and TNT in the Salty Wharf or crunching on the snow in the Eleventh Dimension.'

Crash Bandicoot 4: Trailer released for It’s About Time

Elsewhere, fans can expect speedier loading times, as well as a selection of retro skins available after the second level.

The Nintendo Switch version, on the other hand, lets users enjoy the game on a TV and in handheld mode.

'It’s About Time - for a brand-wumping new Crash Bandicoot game! Crash fourward into a time shattered adventure with your favourite marsupials,' reads the official game description.

'Neo Cortex and N. Tropy are back at it again and launching an all-out assault on not just this universe, but the entire multiverse! Crash and Coco are here to save the day by reuniting the four Quantum Masks and bending the rules of reality.

'New abilities? Check. More playable characters? Yep. Alternate dimensions? Obviously. Ridonkulous bosses? For sure. Same awesome sauce? You bet your sweet jorts. Wait, are they actually jorts? Not in this universe!'

Powered by Blogger.