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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: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  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. Mar 13, 2021
    10
    Good game for my , and the port is excellent with good Quality and Texture , Recommended.
  3. Mar 19, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Эта игра будто возвращение к истокам. Игра очень проработанная, даже на Nintendo Switch. Expand
  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. Apr 11, 2021
    8
    This is a fantastic sequel. Many games who don't have new entries in decades return and flop entirely but it is everything crash use to haveThis is a fantastic sequel. Many games who don't have new entries in decades return and flop entirely but it is everything crash use to have and then some. I will admit I am not good at this at all, in fact I would not recommend this as hardly to those who aren't already massive fans or want a challenge. It's not impossible, in fact its very doable, it just will require you to try and try again.

    This review is for the switch version, played exclusively in handheld. Performance was not generally an issue. I would've loved 60FPS or more, and higher visual fidelity. There were certainly times when I died because the platforming was hindered by graphics. I suspect this is not an issue on other platforms and others may not have experienced it as much as I have.

    There is plenty of replayability in the game. There are side levels on top of bonus levels that let you play as a different character with a different tool set, as well as mirror mode levels. There are plenty of unlockable cosmetics but good lord the grind required to unlock them is rough. It requires you to entirely master a level in order to unlock it.

    The story was nothing incredible, and the humor wasn't awful, in fact I rather enjoyed it most of the time but there wasn't a whole lot which I honestly would've preferred more of. I'm sure others maybe wouldn't but the cutscenes were fantastically animated and voiced.

    I'd recommend this to anyone who is a grown adult and can take frustration and no one else. Your kids gonna hate this game.
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  6. May 31, 2021
    7
    Pros:
    - feels like a decent continuation of the original games
    - story is quite funny - you can play as 3 different characters for a few
    Pros:
    - feels like a decent continuation of the original games
    - story is quite funny
    - you can play as 3 different characters for a few levels
    - plenty of levels
    - N.Verted mode levels look really cool
    - performance on Switch is great

    Cons:
    - gets frustratingly hard near the end
    - too much going on the screen sometimes, causing confusion
    - too expensive, not worth the full price

    I was incredibly hyped at the beginning, loved how smooth the gameplay was and I had great fun for the first 10 hours. At first, I was trying to max each level after completing it, but and one point I decided to finish the game first and then go back to the difficult levels to max them. However, the difficulty of the last levels discouraged me. I ended up finishing the game, and leaving it, not feeling motivated to max everything. Reached around 70% completion, and I had fun for most of it.

    I would recommend it, but only on sale; sadly it's not worth the full price.
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  7. Sep 7, 2021
    0
    This game is by far the worst waste of time you can hope for. It was developed so poorly and last generation that there is simply no way toThis game is by far the worst waste of time you can hope for. It was developed so poorly and last generation that there is simply no way to enjoy time spent in this game. I am incredibly disappointed in everyone who worked on this piece of junk. May they never develop another game. Expand

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