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  • Summary: It's About Time - for a brand-wumping new Crash Bandicoot game! Crash fourward into a time shattered adventure with your favorite marsupials. Neo Cortex and N. Tropy are back at it again and launching an all-out assault on not just this universe, but the entire multiverse! Crash and Coco areIt's About Time - for a brand-wumping new Crash Bandicoot game! Crash fourward into a time shattered adventure with your favorite marsupials. Neo Cortex and N. Tropy 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. New abilities? Check. More playable characters? Yep. Alternate dimensions? Obviously. Ridonkulous bosses? For sure. Same awesome sauce? You bet your sweet jorts. Wait, are they actually jorts? Not in this universe! Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 12, 2021
    100
    Modernized nostalgic bomb stuffed with tons of content. Toys for Bob did it brilliantly again. I just want to know one thing: when will we get GEX? [Issue#310]
  2. 95
    At its heart, this is the same Crash Bandicoot 4 that we loved last year when it came to PS4. The improved loading times alone are enough to make the PS5 version stand out, and the enhanced visuals are an added treat, seeing Crash in native 4K at 60 fps. Additional PS5 features round out the package, but as I played, it was mostly just the improved loading that really stuck out to me as the defining feature of this next-gen port.
  3. Mar 29, 2021
    91
    A lot of effort went into creating distinctive worlds, and they help the game constantly feel fresh and fun. Really, that could be the tagline for Crash 4: fresh and fun. It may be based on a franchise that started a few decades and generations ago, but this new entry feels resolutely modern. It’s a wonderful addition to a series that you’re sure to enjoy, regardless of whether you’ve been waiting for it for many years, or you’re coming to Crash Bandicoot for the first time.
  4. Mar 15, 2021
    85
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time may not be the biggest upgrade over its last-generation release, but for a game that just came out a year prior, it does what it needs to do and presents the best console version of an already well-polished game for players to enjoy.
  5. Mar 23, 2021
    83
    Lively, varied and sometimes quite challenging: Crash Bandicoot 4 builds on the N.Sane Trilogy - on current systems even more vibrant and a little more beautiful.
  6. Mar 11, 2021
    80
    Running on the new console, It's About Time just looks excellent. The cartoonish art style, with its bright colours, clean lines, and expressive animation, is absolutely gorgeous at 4K resolution. While it isn't using HDR (as far as we know), it still really sings on a 4K display. What's more, the game is locked at 60 frames-per-second on PS5, running buttery smooth regardless of how chaotic things get.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 6, 2021
    80
    A very pretty and slick platformer that runs beautifully on PS5. Use of the console’s unique features are limited, but it’s still well worth playing. [Issue#187, p.80]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Jan 24, 2022
    10
    Joshua1995, you already are a 12-year-old, moron. This game was made by developers, not you, fat loser. It was made good.
  2. May 1, 2021
    10
    Hard But incredibly fun and definitely 10 times better than wrath of cortex.
  3. May 1, 2021
    10
    While I have not played this game , it's a masterpiece from Activision publishing , toys for bob put so much love to make fans of crashWhile I have not played this game , it's a masterpiece from Activision publishing , toys for bob put so much love to make fans of crash bandicoot happy Expand
  4. Jun 23, 2021
    9
    boy has this game came a long way i remeber playing it on the old school sega it was this donkey knog sonic and the hunting duck game for me iboy has this game came a long way i remeber playing it on the old school sega it was this donkey knog sonic and the hunting duck game for me i could never get board with these classic type games Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2021
    8
    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the long-awaited sequel to the original Naughty Dog-developed trilogy of classic games released 20+Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the long-awaited sequel to the original Naughty Dog-developed trilogy of classic games released 20+ years ago on the original Playstation. That's a miracle considering that Crash Bandicoot was a dead franchise for the past decade or so thanks to Vivendi and Activision having released a multitude of games ranging from mediocre to awful (not unlike Sonic the Hedgehog, I'm afraid). Then the unthinkable happened, with Activision releasing a remake of the original Playstation games (The N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled) and re-igniting interest in the series. I grew up with Crash Bandicoot and I'm thankful for the existence of this exquisite 4th game.

    Gameplay is a return to form for the series, with new abilities such as wall jump, wall running, dimension-swapping, and even a few more playable characters with different playstyles. You have to break all boxes in order to unlock gems and whatnot, but you won't be able to do all these things until you progress far into the game and acquire more abilities. After you beat a level you can replay it with a time attack mode or the so-called "N. Verted mode" where you run through the inverted level plus graphical filters that change the look and feel of the level. In other words, if you wanna 100% this game you will have to replay all the levels many, many times.

    Don't let the cartoony graphics fool you, this is a tough platformer to play. I'd say difficulty is somewhere in-between the 1st and 2nd games. It's not as hardcore as the infamous 1st game, but it's no Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped-style walk in the park either where you could beat most levels on 1st try without dying once. Even if you don't attempt to break all crates and expose your character to danger, expect to die at least 5 times on each level on the 1st try on this new game (if you aim to break all the boxes expect to die 10+ times). The bosses are cool, too, not too far away from the boss fights of the first games.

    Graphics are very nice, although I'd like Crash Bandicoot's design to be closer to a teenager/young adult aesthetic (more in-line with how Crash Bandicoot used to be a teenager/young adult icon back in the day) than this kid-friendly look that somehow annoys me. On PS5 the game runs at 60 fps and renders at 4K with dynamic scaling. Added bonuses are the 3D Audio through a headset and the DualSense's haptics and adaptive triggers. All in all, this is the best version of the game.

    I'm still playing through Crash Bandicoot 4 and it's a joy to revisit one of my favorite franchises. I definitely recommend this game to any platformer fan, especially considering that nowadays platformers are not exactly abundant.
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  6. Aug 31, 2021
    8
    Graphics 9/10
    Playability 8/10
    Entertainment 8/10
    Dualsense 5/10
    Overall 8/10
    Sometimes too frustrating...
  7. Mar 12, 2022
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. OMG this game is absolute trash!!! It is by far one of the worst ps5 experiences that I have ever had. Let me tell you why though. The controls are terrible!! So many times where I failed a jump out of my **** control because of the floaty as hell jumping! The music is INCREDIBLY BORING. The box placement is nothing short of pure EVIL. Like seriously though it is so horrible to come to the end of a long 15 minute level just to miss one **** box at the very end. The flashback tapes remind me of the n brio bonus stages of crash 1 (in a horrible way) the new gimmicks are treated like necessities rather than optional goodies like in crash 3. The 3 deaths or less gem!!!!!! BY FAR THE WORST GEM IN CRASH HISTORY! The blue gem challenge sucks ass, the coloured gem gauntlets (mostly) suck ESPECIALLY THE ONE FOR TOXIC TUNNELS!!!! The funny and hilarious death animations are gone forever and replaced by resident evil-like deaths. The humor is cringy and makes me want to kill my ps5 just to remove the horrible taste of the crash 4 humor. The inverted levels are nothing short of padding to artificially extend the game run-time. The relics are the worst in the series because of the useless-as-butt triple spin power-down (You expected me to say power-up?) which will turn your fingers into jelly. And the ENDING!!!! **** the ending of this game as it is the most anti-climactic ending in video-game history. These stupid, idiotic and brainless critics are lying to you. Take their reviews with a pinch of salt. Play the n sane trilogy instead. It is the true king of crash platformers. Hell, play Wrath of Cortex instead it is 10000000000 times better than that stupid horrible and sadistic abomination of a 3d platformer. DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!! TRUST ME IT IS NOT WORTH IT!! Expand

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