Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Review (PC/Battlenet)

For our Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time Review we are back with Neo Cortex and N. Trophy who 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.

Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time Review Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 23.2GB download size.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, window mode, v-sync, max fps, motion blur, graphics preset, postprocess/shadow/texture/effects/anti aliasing quality and benchmark test.
  • Full controller support.
  • Enhanced shadow rings.
  • Haptic vibration feedback that works really well and adds a new level of immersion.
  • 3D audio support.
  • Performance overall is stronger and more profound.
  • Four save slots.
  • Two playstyles-modern (spawn at checkpoints) and retro (limited lives and level restarts upon death).
  • Put in a 3 letter name.
  • Can change playstyle at any point and there are no consequences or missed content for your choice.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Colorblind support.
  • Screen shake-on/off.
  • Text-subtitles, text size, 3 text fonts, text opacity, and hint text size.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller buttons.
  • Pass and play support-2/3/4 players. Set it to pass every checkpoint/death/both.
  • Classic controls.
  • Input display option – Auto detect, Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • Side bonus levels to find in the game.
  • Wumba fruit-collect for score and gems.
  • Constant checkpoints.
  • Actions–jump, double jump, spin, and body slam, along with the trusty slide.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Plays like the original games.
  • Nods to other games.
  • Gems-earn them in-game by breaking all boxes, collecting Wumba fruit, etc, and use them to unlock new skins for characters.
  • Time Trial-unlocks after each level you finish.
  • Awesome cutscenes and animations.
  • Hud-press a button to bring it up and check progress.
  • Dimensional map-used for level/character/skin selected. Do time trials etc
  • Characters-Crash or Coco straight from the off.
  • Can use analog or d-pad for movement.
  • The chain moves together.
  • Online and offline leaderboards.
  • Time Trial-changes box locations, break certain boxes to pause the timer.
  • Handy continue button after finishing a level meaning you don’t need to go back to the menu every time.
  • Mask power-press r2 or triangle to flip marked boxes from outlines to filled and vice versa.
  • Many secrets and alternate routes in levels.
  • Full of all the classic charm.
  • Difficult but old school difficult, not cheap death’s.
  • Big boss battles usually with multi-layered stages to them. Luckily it checkpoints in-between stages.
  • In game and fmv cutscenes.
  • Uses classic segments from previous games like endless runners and sliding on rails etc.
  • Seamlessly switches between the perspectives.
  • The 2D sections are particularly great.
  • Smash all the boxes in a level for rewards.
  • End of level breakdown.
  • Dimensional map is used for level select.
  • Finish a level to unlock a time trial version.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Full of humor and quips.
  • Awesome voice work.
  • Crates can be spun for an apple or jumped on for one or sometimes more.
  • A lot of replayability.
  • Multiple choice sections.
  • Bring up the Hud whenever you want.
  • Can skip the cutscenes.

Crash Bandicoot 4 It's About Time Review

Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time Review Cons:

  • Have to play two levels straight away before you can access the level and character select.
  • Constant difficulty spikes.
  • Doesn’t have Battlenet achievements.
  • Hard to judge jumps sometimes on the 3D levels.
  • Long unskippable list of developer screens.
  • The slight slowdown in places.
  • Boss fights can get nasty with time limits on when to hit the boss.
  • Have to play levels a lot to get all the unlocks.

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Developer: Toys For Bob

Publisher: Activision Blizzard

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Battlenet

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
9/10

Summary

First, we got the excellent Crash Bandicoot remasters of the originals and then we got a new Crash Bandicoot on consoles, now Activision releases ot on the PC. What they have done here is make a game that plays new but feels old.saying it plays old is not an insult but a badge of honor as old means it kept its charm and quirks that made Crash Bandicoot what it is. Gold has been stuck in my eyes as the game is everything I could have wanted from a new game in the series. We don’t count the unnumbered games they didn’t exist! OK so Crash Bandicoot doesn’t reinvent the genre or even the series, it merely puts a spotlight on its strengths and makes it a more cohesive experience. This is Crash Bandicoot and a whole lot more!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!