Top positive review
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 June 2019
We pre ordered CTR back in December, we've been hardly able to sit still waiting for it! Both myself and my husband played CTR when it originally came out so hearing this was going to be remastered was more than a little exciting! Especially after being so impressed with the crash bandicoot trilogy remaster previously. Even our neighbours have been excited for us to get it so we can all play together both on the couch and online. That magic of having your friends round and all playing in the same room has been lost these last few years with online gaming, but CTR really brought it back for me. We need more games like this!
Graphics are fantastic, the colours really pop and the detail is brilliant. We have a PS4 pro and a 4k TV, we've really noticed a difference in quality compared to playing the crash remaster last year on the basic PS4. I hear lots of hard core gamers are complaining about the amount of loading screens, honestly for me this was expected given it's not really a story game (there is one but honestly who here is buying CTR for the story lol) and you hop from race to race a lot meaning lots of loading tracks and leaderboards. Personally I think it loads quite fast and you have the option to turn off cut scenes and press triangle to skip.
Adventure mode on easy has been a little too easy I'll be honest, I've done nearly everything and lots of the relics/ctr tokens and we've not had the game a week yet. For me that's fast. But that hasn't taken away any love for the game, I've been able to familiarise myself with the controls, tracks and bosses. And now I feel more confident to kick the difficulty level up a notch!
I like the addition of earning coins for every race you do, these coins are the in game currency that you can then spend in the pit stop on all elements of the kart plus different characters/wheels/stickers/paint jobs etc etc. It brings something more fun to the game, though it would have made it more interesting if these upgrades did effect your performance on the vehicles or on the character stats. Give you a reason to want to earn the coins other than for aesthetic reasons (or in my case because 100% of a game is the only way you complete it)
I also think that during adventure mode there could have been more to do that doesn't involve racing. So you spend a bit of time driving from race to race; and back to do other things like relic races once the area is complete. I think it would have added a little something extra if there was coins, wumpa fruit, stickers or something like that to collect out in the map rather than just coins for finishing a race. Exploring everywhere is fun, it's even more fun when there is a reason to search every nook and cranny!
In conclusion I've thoroughly enjoyed playing CTR again finally after all these years. Because up to 4 players can play in local mode the whole family play on it, though my 9 year old son and his 9 year old best friend from next door are no match for me and his mum 🤣 it's been brilliant showing the kids that they're not the best gamers and when it comes to old school reboots the parents are the ones in first place!
Thank you Activision for finally bringing back decent gaming, more crash and more spyro next year please!