Generally favorable reviews - based on 75 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 72 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
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  1. Jun 24, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is another remarkable remake of a true timeless classic. It masterfully balances new and fresh content with everything that originally lapped up such a fanbase. CTR Nitro-Fuled not only feels like an indulgent, nostalgic treat but it feels like a game that can truly be appreciated all over again thanks to new and exciting tweaks and explosive new content. Step aside Mario, there’s a new karting-king in town.
  2. Jun 20, 2019
    Beenox has managed to take the original Crash Team Racing, and somehow made it better. 20 years ago, this was the kart racer to play, but Mario Kart gradually usurped it and since the early 2000s, Crash has been laid dormant, waiting for its time to seize the throne and become the king of kart racers once more. That time is now, because Crash is back, baby.
  3. Aug 20, 2019
    Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is just about perfect at what it’s trying to do. The redone adventure mode is a blast minus the grind required to get coins to unlock stuff, and the core gameplay has been refined. This results in the best-playing Crash racing game ever and yet another top-shelf kart racer. Right now, the genre is as big as it’s been in 20 years, with Sonic, Mario, and Crash all competing at stores and the best thing for players is that you can’t go wrong with any of them. Crash offers up a tremendous game overall and it’s definitely an experience I would put above Team Sonic Racing, but ever so slightly behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
  4. Jul 11, 2019
    Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a refreshing take on the aggressive kart racing genre. While it’s certainly not perfect, it’s packed with content that can keep the player engaged for a long time.
  5. Jul 8, 2019
    One of the best carting games in history is back in its full glory, more beautiful than ever, and a lot of new maps and (FREE) cosmetics to customise your characters and vehicles.
  6. 90
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is an adorable and charming trip down memory lane, packed full of challenging content for the most dedicated players while still being accessible and fun for the whole family.
  7. Jul 1, 2019
    Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a fun high-paced racing game that isn't just there to cater for your nostalgic feeling. It's also there to be a top-tier kart-racing game. It's definitely not too simple and not too hard either, and takes a bit of practice in order to win it. It's Beautifully colorful, full of fun customization options and a large amount of tracks to master. The different modes with the addition of battle mode makes it even more diverse than the Mario Kart games. The Online may require fixing, but we all know it was meant to be a couch co-op and not a ranked online multiplayer.
  8. Jun 28, 2019
    As it happened with the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy before it, CTR Nitro Fueled captures the complete essence that made the original Crash Team Racing by Naughty Dog such a great game and brings it in this era with complete success.
  9. Jun 24, 2019
    Despite all the big and small issues here and there, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled managed to stay true to its roots while adding some wonderful, much necessary features that helped it to become a wonderful title all in all.
  10. Jun 24, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a fantastic remaster, filled with great courses and plenty of replayability, even if the difficulty sometimes feels off.
  11. 90
    Whether playing the respectfully challenging campaign mode to unlock all kinds of parts, stickers, and more, or skirmishing with strangers and friends both online and off, those who have fond memories of the original will get their money’s worth out of the racer, without a doubt. The sliding mechanic still takes some getting used to after all these years, but it just wouldn’t be CTR without it.
  12. Jun 21, 2019
    Perhaps even more so than Nintendo title, it perfectly embodies the formula "easy to play, hard to master", being at once easy to take in hand and immediately fun, but also technical and hyper nervous.
  13. Jun 21, 2019
    A fantastic comeback of one of the most beloved PS1 games. Beenox did a fantastic job remaking this classic racing game.
  14. Jun 21, 2019
    The classic CTR returns faster, bigger and even better.
  15. Jun 20, 2019
    As much as we love remasters, it is not often they are as justified as Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled has proven itself to be. The well-balanced difficulty of this games map and AI fills a niche in the Kart Racing genre that is sure to delight multiplayer parties and provide a healthy challenge for both nostalgia-filled millennials and newcomers alike.
  16. Jun 20, 2019
    Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled offers you tons of content, a high quality visual redesign, new features (characters, circuits, customization, skins, etc.). It is a dive into the past that is absolutely not deceptive. This remake is remarkable.
  17. 90
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is exactly what the doctor ordered. It's light-hearted, hugely entertaining, and made with a real eye for detail that helps elevate the overall experience. After the disappointment of the recent Sonic one, this has put everything in the world right again.
  18. Jun 20, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is the most polished and visual captivating remake in the recent portfolio and, arguably, the best kart-game out there.
  19. Jun 20, 2019
    First there was the N. Sane Trilogy and now there’s Nitro-Fuelled. Activision’s Crash Team Racing rebirth is more than a quick cash grab – Beenox has modernised an all-time classic with such evident passion, making this the best kart racing game we’ve seen on PlayStation or Xbox for many, many years.
  20. Jun 23, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will make you feel right at home. With a polished experience, additional content and renovated graphics, kart enthusiasts will find this game simple, yet totally entertaining.
  21. Jun 21, 2019
    Cadence of Hyrule is one of the best Zelda spin-offs to ever appear on a console. Brace Yourself Games can be proud on this achievement as it manages to combine the music elements of Crypt of the Necrodancer with Zelda.
  22. Jun 20, 2019
    The game developed by Beenox is a highly optimized title for today's standards while maintaining all the charm of the original. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is colorful, virtuous and fun, offering an interesting level of difficulty that makes the whole operation not just a vehicle to recall memories, but also a challenging arcade game with all the trappings of the genre.
  23. Aug 13, 2019
    Crash Bandicoot and company return to the track driving their karts, now completely remodeled and ready to compete in the current generation of consoles. A title a little demanding but very beautiful, totally recommended to play with friends and relive those wonderful moments of our childhood.
  24. Jul 19, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is everything the fans had been waiting for. It stays true to the original, while also improving on it. And it is very easy to learn, to make it fun for everyone.
  25. Jul 9, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is an excellent remake.
  26. Jul 1, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is an impressive remaster from top to bottom. Beenox’s work here is certainly worthy of praise, but some of the credit also goes to Naughty Dog for crafting such an amazing game in the first place. It’s certainly one of the more complex and challenging kart racers, but it ranks right up there alongside the other greats in the genre.
  27. Jun 30, 2019
    As we got with Crash Bandicoot and Spyro's recent remakes, Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled is a loving remake of the Playstation's best kart racer. It's still as fun to play today as it was twenty years ago.
  28. Jun 24, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled breaks casual expectations, delivering a much needed jolt of speed and a high skill ceiling to reinvigorate my love for the genre.
  29. Jun 24, 2019
    The crazy amount of content will keep players busy for a long time, and with post-launch updates promising even more to come, Mario may just have to beware an inbound blue shell.
  30. Jun 23, 2019
    I never thought Crash Team Racing would be revived after all those years but here we are, playing a faithful remake for the original PS1 game. The game is as challenging and fun as you remember it to be and has been updated to be a modern game too, but we would've preferred 60fps over visuals fidelity, the driving experience wasn't that smooth.
  31. Jun 21, 2019
    Crash is back on Track with Nitro-Fueled. A nostalgic experience that the classic players are going to love and the newcomers are going to have so much fun with. Despite its flaws, it's the remake we we're waiting for.
  32. Jun 21, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a better remake than N. Sane Trilogy. It includes all Crash Nitro Kart tracks and an improved adventure mode.
  33. Jun 21, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled is a true alternative to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with loads of content, awesome solo and multiplayer modes, plus that X factor you can't really describe but that makes everything click together.
  34. Jun 20, 2019
    A comprehensive, colorful and varied racing game that will appeal nostalgic gamers as well as nitro junkies.
  35. Jun 20, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is still the best alternative to Mario Kart. Its cast of charismatic characters, its gameplay and power-ups, as well as its race tracks are at a high level. It is a pity that this remake has almost no new content and is limited to remaking the original CTR and Nitro Kart.
  36. Jun 20, 2019
    This remake is a feast for the eyes and a pleasure for the fingertips, partly recalibrates the driving system of the original and enriches the package with new tracks, characters and modes.
  37. Jun 26, 2019
    If you experienced Crash Team Racing first time round, then this remake will surely make you dizzy. It may alter your vision or judgment of the game, given it's so rich, subtle, captivating, catchy, generous and beautiful. CTR is a fairly typical game in the genre and doesn't reinvent anything, but it does perform like a beast in everything it does offer. It's an excellent carting title with a strong personality and gameplay that is perfectly balanced, but not enough to scream 'revolution', either.
  38. Jun 24, 2019
    Overall Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is an enjoyable kart racer. The karts are fast and the tracks are challenging, so the campaign mode can be a little frustrating to casual and younger gamers. Multiplayer racing is a lot of fun, both locally and online, and you can easily get in a couple of races when you only have a few minutes of game time available. I love all of the customization options, but picking up all of the coins that you need and accomplishing all of the goals required will take some time to get through.
  39. Jun 20, 2019
    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.
  40. Jun 20, 2019
    Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is the remake of the first PlayStation's racing game, now he's back on PlayStaion 4 in better shape than ever.
  41. Jun 26, 2019
    Whether you're a fan of the original or merely kart racers in general, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will surely amaze you with its satisfying gameplay and stunning visuals. That being said, this old beaut could definitely use a slight tune-up.
  42. Jun 21, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a perfect remake of the classic game that put a smile on a ton of players' faces. While adapted to the current times thanks to a beautiful visual design, Beenox manages to pull off what should be one of the most fun games of the year.
  43. Sep 18, 2019
    Nostalgia might well have carried this one through, but in truth it doesn’t need it: this is a great game that has for the most part aged remarkably well, with the visual upgrade and other tweaks serving to make absolutely certain it’s worth the price of admission; I just wish the AI didn’t sometimes feel so cheap. It’s rare that a game can be as good as it was 20 years ago in a modern re-release – but this classic kart racer manages it.
  44. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jul 30, 2019
    Crash has cruised back to prove he’s still the best. PS1’s premier kart racing game is also the finest on PS4. With free updates to come, we’re staying on the grid. [Issue#165, p.79]
  45. Jul 22, 2019
    Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a high-octane blast that is rich in content, and a ton of fun to play. While the occasional difficulty spike can frustrate at times, Beenox have promised a series of free, seasonal updates that contain new tracks, customisations, and events, giving everybody plenty of opportunity to "get good."
  46. Jul 10, 2019
    The gameplay of Crash Team Racing has more layers to it—whether it makes the game more ‘fun’ is up to someone’s playstyle, but I’ll always appreciate manual over automatic.
  47. Jul 10, 2019
    Once I changed the controls to something more comfortable, I had a blast playing through the well-crafted adventure mode and all the tracks and challenges that reside in it, even if the CPU players had the rubber band effect.
  48. Jul 7, 2019
    The game plays the nostalgia card heavily and quite successfully, and looks good to boot. On top of that, there's enough content here to keep you busy for a long time - if you can stand the awkward difficulty curve, that is.
  49. Jul 5, 2019
    Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is another exemplary update for a classic game that desperately needed refreshing after remaining somewhat dormant for several console generations.
  50. Jul 2, 2019
    Nitro-Fueled gives Crash Team Racing a much-needed visual facelift while keeping the first-rate kart racing mechanics intact. The small amount of single player content doesn't give you much to do by yourself, but the healthy helping of multiplayer modes and unforgiving AI provide plenty of reasons to keep you coming back.
  51. Jul 1, 2019
    The tricky controls combined with the challenging level of difficulty and the unforgiving build of the tracks make Crash Team Racing a satisfying experience for the accustomed player - but a frustrating experience for the novice who is looking for a nice and relaxing game to enjoy with friends. This is simply the game for those who are tired of injustice and the simplicity of games like Mario Kart, but no complement for those looking for a party game.
  52. Jun 28, 2019
    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.
  53. Jun 28, 2019
    Bring a couple of friends along for the ride and you’re really in for a treat.
  54. Jun 28, 2019
    Nitro Fueled is quite a difficult game with only a few catch-up items, in which you have to powerslide like crazy, curse the AI and the bossbattles. Apart from that it's a cool classic that has had a great nitro-upgrade.
  55. Jun 28, 2019
    This game proves that the untamed speed of CTR is still fun after all these years. It is a challenge, especially at the start, but once you get in the zone, you will feel as nitro-fueled as Crash and friends.
  56. Jun 28, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled is going to bring a lot of joy to its players. Those after a concentrated dose of nostalgia will do no wrong here, and the majority of the game works incredibly well in the modern day – particularly when played with friends. It’s been a long time coming, but this generation finally has a suitable alternative to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, even if it doesn’t quite reach those heights.
  57. Jun 25, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled’s sheer amount of content and modes make it the best kart racer value on the market today. Packing both skill and charm, this is one title worth its weight in Wumpa Fruits.
  58. Jun 25, 2019
    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.
  59. Jun 24, 2019
    Both a respectful reimagining and a superb, modernized kart racer in its own right.
  60. Jun 24, 2019
    With a robust adventure mode that serves as a great introduction for new players and a welcome challenge for veterans, plus a varied roster of characters and tracks that feel just as vibrant and detailed as the remaster of the Crash trilogy, the title is more than capable of appealing to players of all skill levels. Not every aspect of the game shines brightly, as a lacking battle mode, overly-lengthy progression and a rough online launch put a damper on the bandicoot’s return to racing. Thankfully, the core gameplay is as strong now as it was nearly twenty years ago, opening the door for plenty of hours of arcade racing fun that serves as a welcome reminder of the past and a new path ahead for the future of the series.
  61. Jun 22, 2019
    Simply put: This is a remaster done right. Nitro-Fueled maintains the spirit and rock-solid foundations of a childhood favorite while building on it and modernizing it where necessary--even if the handling might take a bit of getting used to. Adventure mode's classic variant feels a little tough, but your first race on Roo's Tubes or Sewer Speedway will bring a nostalgic grin to your face regardless. When the nostalgia fades, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled remains fun and engaging enough to keep you racing on with a smile on your face for much longer yet. It's good to have Crash back.
  62. Jun 21, 2019
    The game as a whole looks great, it is funny, it is frustrating to lose at it (figures) and it is an overall great experience that any player, young or old, should try.
  63. Jun 21, 2019
    Crash Team Racing is every bit as good now as it was back in the day. Naughty Dog created something special with the boosting system, and I urge everyone who enjoys arcade racers of this variety to give it a shot. Beenox’s enhancements only make it better.
  64. 80
    This is the definitive Crash Team Racing experience. Nitro-Fueled is everything I hoped it would be, a faithful recreation of the classic game with added flair and personality. A lack of custom race settings and some superficial gripes are not enough to dissuade me that this is among the best kart racers available. Crash is absolutely back, baby.
  65. Jun 20, 2019
    Comfortably the best kart racer on PS4 and Xbox One, and earning a creditable second place on Switch, this is a seriously impressive calling card for its unsung makers.
  66. 80
    Not just a remake like the N.Sane Trilogy, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled comes with the content you love from the original and more, proving that everybody’s favorite Bandicoot still has plenty of gas in the tank.
  67. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 2, 2019
    Nominally it’s a remake of the very first Crash Bandicoot racing game, but there’s plethora of content from its sequels, including characters and race tracks. [Issue#239, p.70]
  68. Jun 21, 2019
    The game is fantastic, and there is a lot of content and ways to enjoy it, but the new physics and the online issues make it less enjoyable than we expected. However, it still is a fantastic kart game, and Crash fans will love it.
  69. Jun 20, 2019
    Crash Bandicoot and his chaotic troupe are definitely not boring.
  70. The modernisation of the visuals, music and customisation options are top notch, but the actual play has managed to resist being brought to the current decade at all. This means casual kart fans might find the game unfairly cruel, but old fans will appreciate the fact that it stays true to the spirit of the original in that regard.
  71. Jul 4, 2019
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled doesn’t break any new ground, but the 20-year-old game at the heart of the package holds up well and Beenox has done a commendable job of updating it for the 21st century. Unfortunately, most of the extras that have been added, including Crash Nitro Kart tracks and the usual pile of unlockable cosmetics, aren’t terribly inspired, making Nitro-Fueled feel less essential than other recent Activision remakes. Hardcore CTR fans and those looking for a surprisingly-stiff challenge should give Nitro-Fueled a shot, but others might find it runs out of gas surprisingly quick.
  72. Jun 21, 2019
    I don’t think it is crazy to say that Crash Team Racing is the best kart racing game. Unlike Mario Kart, players actually have to be skilled at playing the game to do well and progress, especially when playing against real people instead of computers. Nitro-Fueled is a wonderful remake of the classic game that we all know and love. The mechanics and courses are great. Combine that with a revamped Adventure mode and you have yourself a fantastic game. I wouldn’t say it’s a perfect game though due to its difficulty and pretty short story.
  73. Jul 9, 2019
    Despite catering to hardcore players and limited gameplay options, CTR Nitro-Fueled successfully rides the nostalgia wave, but I’m not ready to become the drift guru just yet.
  74. Jun 24, 2019
    Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a superb kart-racer bogged down by a frustratingly uneven difficulty and a very unstable multiplayer.
  75. Jun 20, 2019
    A jam-packed remake that looks and sounds brilliant, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a lovingly crafted remake of a much beloved kart racer. Online play and customisation bring it kicking and screaming into the 21st century, but for as fun as the zippy racing is, it sticks perhaps a little too closely to the original model. High difficulty and some unforgiving track design mean this feels slightly dated. However, it's hard not to crack a smile as you drift around familiar tracks, laying down TNT crates, and humming along to the music. Fans will love what Beenox has done, but for everyone else, just be aware of the game's retro tendencies before stepping behind the wheel.
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  1. Jun 20, 2019
    Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a gold-standard remaster, capturing the loveably janky, off-brand spirit of classic CTR - and then some. [Eurogamer Essential]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 783 Ratings

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  1. Jun 21, 2019
    Classic gameplay with a graphic refresh, i really enjoied the game. The online mode need fixes
  2. Aug 1, 2019
    Screw off Activi$ion. Putting microtransactions into a game after the reviews have been published, yet again!
    I was hesitant to buy this
    Screw off Activi$ion. Putting microtransactions into a game after the reviews have been published, yet again!
    I was hesitant to buy this after seeing what happened to black ops 4, but I thought, surely they won't put microtransactions in a remake of a 20 year old game... right?
    Don't buy this game, the new Modern Warfare, or any of their games until they stop this garbage practice.
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  3. Aug 1, 2019
    Nice and fun Racing game but since they added micro transactions i cant recommend this game any more