Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time in many ways comes from a different era of games. The last proper Crash Bandicoot game came out for the PlayStation 2, and everything since then has either been a remaster or spin-off. Even though there is nearly a three console gap between full releases, this game really does play like almost no time has passed at all. It pays tribute to its roots with refined game play, solid level design and tons to find, but it also adds many new things to the experience.
As with the original Crash games Crash Bandicoot 4 is a game that functionally works on two different levels. The first is simply in beating the game, which is no easy feat of its own. The game lets you die and retry an infinite number of times (unless you toggle this option off), which may lead you into believing that this is a straight forward affair. The first level alone takes advantage of this notion. The game is built around the idea that you will have to try and re-try every portion of the game multiple times simply to move forward. At times it can be frustrating, but the sense of accomplishment you feel simply by reaching the next checkpoint, let alone beating a stage, is exhilarating. But you only get that the first time, and that leads into the second level of the game.
You can simply play through Crash Bandicoot 4 and then set it aside forever, but the real draw lies in mastering it. In addition to the traditional boxes to break and apples to find each stage has numerous collectibles to find, secrets to explore and tricks to discover. And then it adds in the wrinkle of allowing you to play the level backwards, which also unlocks new paths that weren’t available before. Basically, Crash Bandicoot 4 gives you a solid meal to enjoy if you want, or an entire banquet if you’re willing to put the time in.
All of this would be for nothing if the game itself wasn’t entertaining, and fortunately, it is. The controls are tight and precise, which is essential for this game. There are numerous special abilities you will acquire throughout the game, and each of them is entertaining to use. The levels share an equal amount of variety, and you will travel to all sorts of different places in your journey. Many games are made, but it would not be too out there to say that Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time has been crafted.
Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time Review Final Thoughts:
Every piece of Crash Bandicoot 4 shows the level of care that we should expect from a AAA game. From the smooth animation, to the colorful levels and to the game’s slapstick silliness everything just clicks together. The die-and-retry gameplay loop will not be for everyone, but I think most Crash fans consider that a feature rather than a point against it. I will say that if you are the type who just wants to beat the game and then set it aside, waiting for a sale wouldn’t be a terrible idea. You can stumble your way through the story in about 8-12 hours, and maybe break a controller or two in the process. But if you’re in this game to master it then don’t hesitate, Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time will leave you satisfied well past the 30 hour mark.