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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: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Apr 1, 2021
    90
    While the sharp difficulty spikes and commitment required for completion can be daunting, Crash 4 miraculously succeeds as both a direct successor to the original 90s trilogy, and a modernised reimagining of the franchise. It might be the best Crash game yet.
  2. Mar 15, 2021
    85
    If you haven’t played Crash 4 yet, this is a competent version of the game if you don’t mind the drastically reduced visuals. However, it is slightly more glitchy and more difficult due to reduced visual clarity and the halved frame rate.
  3. Apr 2, 2021
    85
    Like all Nintendo Switch ports, Crash 4: It's About Time makes concessions to run on the less-powerful hardware. Ultimately, though, the concessions are more than worth it to get a great game with a wealth of content running on the Nintendo Switch.
  4. Mar 11, 2021
    80
    Yes, because of its lower definition, It’s About Time exhibits sluggish panoramas. Nothing too intrusive for overall readability, except perhaps for times when the character is sliding from one rail to another at full speed, but the downgrade should be noted.
  5. Mar 23, 2021
    80
    Overall, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time on Nintendo Switch is well worth picking up if you liked the version that came out on console earlier this year and want a portable copy. It holds up very well on Nintendo’s system, and springs a few surprises with how well it handles everything. As for newcomers, this is probably as close to Warped as we’re going to get, so classic Crash fans should grab it too, even if it’s not quite Crash with all the trimmings.
  6. Mar 17, 2021
    80
    I know, I know - it ain't pretty, but looks aren't everything, and for what it's worth, this is an extremely solid port of an excellent game. Switch players should definitely give this one a try.
  7. Mar 22, 2021
    70
    Crash Bandicoot 4 is a raving success when it comes to producing a sequel worthy of the franchise's original trilogy. Any fan should have no hesitations in picking this up. The content on offer is huge, with tons to collect and aim for in every stage, costumes to unlock, different characters to play as, fresh gameplay that compliments the familiar, and bundles of humour and charm. This is not an easy game, however. Getting to the end is one thing, but be prepared for one of the toughest tasks in modern games if attempting to 100% every level. Despite the performance cutbacks on Switch, it runs and looks well enough, but if portable play doesn't matter to you, it might be wiser to opt for one of the other versions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Apr 3, 2021
    10
    this game has consumed my life i have tried to 100% for 20 hours and im only 20% done
  2. Nov 17, 2021
    10
    Great game
  3. Mar 13, 2021
    10
    Good game for my , and the port is excellent with good Quality and Texture , Recommended.
  4. Jul 29, 2021
    8
    A fantastic modernisation and evolution of the classic Crash formula. Undoubtedly the best game in the series, expanding on the hallwayA fantastic modernisation and evolution of the classic Crash formula. Undoubtedly the best game in the series, expanding on the hallway platforming formula in adding extra layers of 3D movement. The first level in the game is a fantastic showcase of this, as it switches between 3D and 2.5D, shifting perspectives throughout the 3D gameplay and introducing the rail grind gameplay that was also pretty enjoyable, which is surprising for a fairly oversaturated mechanic.

    While I love the game, my main problem with it is that as the game progresses these seemingly expansive levels become more and more like those of the older games, as hallway platforming gameplay takes the forefront once again, creeping in more as the game progresses. Some crates also felt practically invisible to me, even on subsequent playthroughs of levels, meaning I finished Crash 4 without a feeling of completion or accomplishment. While I enjoyed the journey from beginning to end, missing just one crate on numerous occasions got really frustrating.

    Apart from this though, I've got nothing but praise for this game. It's an incredibly realisation of the formula of the older Crash games and holds up in the modern gaming landscape while still upholding the charm that the original trilogy had.

    On the Switch, the port is good. It's not fantastic but it's definitely playable, and that's okay to me. There's parts of this game that look fantastic, even on Switch, but for many levels there's a noticeable visual downgrade, one that you might notice even if you're unaware that the game exists on other platforms. On the whole it's perfectly serviceable, even if the low resolution is disappointing. This is probably the best that could've been done for a port of this game on Switch, and for that it's appreciated that the effort was put in. This is not a lazy port by any means.
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  5. Mar 21, 2022
    8
    Ce Crash est une véritable réussite pour la série qui parvient à évoluer sans trahir les premiers opus. Une suite directe donc, avec unCe Crash est une véritable réussite pour la série qui parvient à évoluer sans trahir les premiers opus. Une suite directe donc, avec un gameplay subtilement et habilement retravaillé. La DA est là, l'OST aussi, aucun doute c'est bien du Crash ! Le portage est tout juste parfait, il y a eu très peu de concessions graphiques, preuve que la petite Switch en a sous le capot ! Notez toutefois que le mode portable est quand même un cran au dessous du mode docké.
    Les + :
    - une suite de qualité
    - portage switch de qualité
    - une difficulté mieux dosée... pour les hard core gamer, le challenge est très corsé si vous voulez tout débloquer.
    - phases de jeu variés.
    Les - :
    - Pas de prise de risque, il tombera sans doute dans l'oubli... mais bon la formule est quand même bonne.
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  6. May 8, 2021
    7
    Let me start this review off by saying that I think that Crash 4 is an enjoyable game, especially for casual gamers. While it doesn't have aLet me start this review off by saying that I think that Crash 4 is an enjoyable game, especially for casual gamers. While it doesn't have a truly engaging story, it has plenty of levels to enjoy that looks great, sounds great and offer a decent challenge most of the time. The levels also have fun gimmicks like slowing down time, making boxes appear/disappear on command and rail grinding sections that will make playing through the considerably long levels more enjoyable. Overall, if you only want to get through the base game without collecting everything, you have a pretty nice package here that should last you around 10-15 hours.

    However, if you're the type of gamer that likes to experience everything that a game has to offer, like me, then that nice little package starts to stink of **** Each level offers a lot of replay value, some good but mostly bad. You have the good, like completing time trials, collecting all crates and making it through the level without dying. Then you have the bad like collecting a set percentage of Wumpa fruit (which is not all that different than collecting all crates and feels like extra padding to artificially lengthen your play time) and finding hidden gems. What could be bad about finding hidden gems, something that normally enhances one's game experience with exploration (like Mario or the older Crash games for example)?

    Well it seems Toys for Bob went out of their way to make finding these gems as obnoxious as possible. While a few of these gems are genuinely well hidden with good visual cues, most are placed in spots that don't make sense or are flat out off the screen. Players with lots of patience may be able to find these gems on their own, but most will likely have to rely on a strategy guide to find them (myself included), which really hurts the experience by taking away the satisfaction of finding said gems on your own with well thought out visual cues.

    The last thing I want to focus on are the levels, and specifically their pacing. These levels are LONG, like I mentioned earlier, and significantly more so than the older Crash games. While this should normally be a good thing, it isn't for this game. Failing a time trial or dying more than 3 times (if you're trying to get the gem for low deaths) means having to restart a level all over, which can take 10 to 15 minutes to complete in real life. This is especially demoralizing if you run into these unfortunate circumstances near the end of a level (made worse by the long load time when you hit the restart button).

    In conclusion, Crash 4 is enjoyable ONLY IF you play through the base game. Trying to get `100% (or 106% for this game) quickly sours the game experience with artificial difficulty (made worse with the inverted levels, which are primarily reskins of the original level with barely noticeable changes to enemies and crate placements). I only recommend this game if you only want to play through the main story or if you really want the satisfaction of fully completing the game with the nsane 106% requirements.
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  7. Apr 1, 2022
    0
    bad graphics, gameplay and soundtrack. This game is really not good, I don't like it

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