Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled
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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled's difficulty, memorable track design, and addictive power-slide mechanic make it a kart racer worth playing but it's not without its frustrations.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a gold-standard remaster, capturing the loveably janky, off-brand spirit of classic CTR - and then some.
The best Mario Kart clone of the nineties is also the best Mario Kart clone of the 21st century, with a stunning remake that offers welcome refinement and improvement.
This faithful recreation of the once king of kart racers means Crash Team Racing has seized the throne once more, with enough content and a high skill ceiling to keep players returning for years.
Beenox did a great job preserving the original content, and found avenues to add to it in meaningful ways
Crash Team Racing feels as good now as it did 20 years ago. The Bandicoot is back, baby.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled not only succeeds as a loving and faithful adaptation of the classic PS1 release, but it has been turbo-boosted by a glut of welcome new content including characters, tracks, and modes. Though it occasionally shows its age in course design, and erratically pumps the brakes with a surprising difficulty spike, Nitro-Fueled remains a fast and fun kart racer, sure to please old fans and worthy of a test drive from new ones.
Despite those bumps in the road, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is both a respectful reimagining and a superb, modernized kart racer in its own right. It accurately borrows from its inspirations and enhances their qualities in ways that feel true to what Naughty Dog would have done if it had the hardware.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled does a great job to revive an experience of pure fun in the field of driving. With a team of pilots that exceeds the figure of 20 - just like the circuits -, a sweet memory and a visual section perfectly adapted to the current times, we can safely say that Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is about everything nostalgic could have asked.
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