Friday, 17 May 2024

An Exclusive Look At Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

Crash Bandicoot

Introduction

Welcome to an exclusive look at the highly anticipated game, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Prepare to be transported back to the nostalgia of the original PlayStation trilogy while experiencing exciting new worlds and gameplay features. In this article, we will dive into the captivating storyline, innovative game mechanics, and collectibles that make this sequel a must-play for fans and newcomers alike.

The Story Continues

After 22 long years, the story of Crash Bandicoot picks up right where it left off in the original PlayStation trilogy. Toys for Bob, the developers of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, have gone back in time to retcon all the sequels and create a true continuation of the beloved franchise. The opening cinematic sets the stage with Neo Cortex trapped on a small asteroid, accompanied by the notorious Doctor N. Tropy and the evil Uka Uka. As they argue about their fate, a tear in time and space opens, leading to a new adventure spanning different dimensions and eras.

The Power of the Quantum Masks

Crash and Coco, the lovable bandicoots, are not alone in their quest to restore space and time. They are aided by the Quantum Masks, powerful entities that provide unique abilities. Aku Aku, the protective mask familiar to fans, is joined by Lani-Loli, Kupuna-Wa, Ika-Ika, and the newly unveiled ‘Akano. Each mask offers distinct powers, allowing Crash and Coco to conquer obstacles and enemies in their path. From phasing objects in and out of reality to freezing time and flipping gravity, these masks add depth and excitement to the gameplay experience.

Exploring New Worlds

Toys for Bob has crafted a diverse array of worlds, taking players beyond the jungles and into prehistoric times and even a fishing town filled with zombies. During our tour of It’s About Time, we had the opportunity to explore the Tranquility Falls world. This level showcased the stunning sumi-e ink painting-inspired art style, with Coco merging with ‘Akano and unleashing his spinning abilities. The dynamic gameplay, coupled with the vibrant visuals, promises a fresh and engaging experience for players.

Collectibles and Customization

Fans of the series will be delighted to know that Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time offers an abundance of collectibles and customization options. Players can search for gems, Wumpa fruit, and other hidden treasures to unlock new costumes for Crash and Coco. With 26 unique costumes available, ranging from pirate attire to a dinosaur suit, there is no shortage of ways to personalize your gameplay experience. Additionally, the new N.Verted mode provides mirrored gameplay and changes up the art style, adding an extra layer of challenge and discovery for completionists.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. When will Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time be released?
The game is set to launch on October 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

2. Can I play as characters other than Crash and Coco?
Yes, the Timeline stories allow players to control villains and other characters, providing a unique perspective on the main storyline.

3. Are there time trials in Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time?
Yes, time trials make a return, and this time, players can race against ghost replays to gauge their progress in real-time.

Conclusion

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is a highly anticipated game that seamlessly blends nostalgia with innovative gameplay. With the original trilogy as its foundation, this sequel offers exciting new worlds, dynamic abilities through the Quantum Masks, and a wealth of collectibles and customization options. Prepare to embark on a thrilling adventure through time, space, and dimensions when the game releases on October 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Get ready to spin, jump, and crash your way to victory in this charming love letter to the beloved series Naughty Dog created.

This article was originally published in issue 329.