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Crash Bandicoot 4 Review Roundup: What Critics Think Of The 90s Icon's Return

Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:12 am

Crash Bandicoot 4 Review Roundup: What Critics Think Of
The 90s Icon's Return


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Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time has arrived on PS4 and Xbox One, and...well, it's about time.
This direct sequel to 1998's Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped picked up right where the series left off,
complete with a punishing difficulty and a lot of running into or out of the screen. Yes, the other
games have been effectively erased from the canon via some clever story decisions.

This is actually, technically, the 8th Crash Bandicoot platformer, if we put aside the numerous
handheld spin-off titles. Wrath of Cortex, Twinsanity, Crash of the Titans, and Mind Over Mutant
are all being ignored here, with Crash Bandicoot 4 returning the series to its roots and following
on directly from the classic PlayStation trilogy. It's what most fans likely wanted, anyway.

Reviews have been coming in, and by and large they're heralding Crash Bandicoot 4 as a sharp,
fun return for the character and series, which was originally developed by Naughty Dog
(Uncharted, The Last of Us). While some reviews have skewed more negatively than others,
the game is sitting on an 86 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic from 32 reviews. For 3D platformer
fans, there aren't many more games you'll see score higher than that. Even Super Mario 3D
All-Stars has a lower aggregate score.

The game, which features new competitive and co-op modes, is from developer Toys for Bob--
which previously handed the excellent Switch port of Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy. Despite
the switch in developers, critics seem united in believing it feels very close to the original games.
Oddly, the game actually isn't on Switch. It's possible a port could be coming later.

Here are some of the reviews Crash Bandicoot 4 has received so far, including GameSpot's own.

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