Preview – We played Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time demo

by Nathan Dutil

Marcelo Jabulas | @mjabulas – Before Uncharted and The Last of Us elevated Naughty Dog to the list of major game studios, Crash Bandicoot was already a hit on PS1. The game featuring the humanoid marsupial arrived in 1996 on a mission to be Sony’s Sonic. The game explored the 3D style of play that had come to the home consoles of the 32-bit and 64-bit generations. Now, Crash is preparing to return to the market, in Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, which arrives October 2 on PS4 and Xbox One, for R $ 200.

Developed by the Toys For Bob studio and distributed by Activision, the game got a three-phase demo edition. The new Crash merges 2D side-scrolling gameplay with 3D. The level of challenge is intense, very faithful to the games of the 90s. Any blunder is one life less and, depending on the course, you have to relaunch the course.

Ground

Crash and Coco were living on Wumpa Island when they discovered that villainous Dr. Neo Cortex had escaped from prison and used his technological gadgets to open a time portal and create a mess in the universe. To finish off his enemy and restore normalcy to the universe, the marsupial will once again wear the quantum mask.

The artifact allows Crash to slow the passage of time with a brief slow motion. Very useful function to overcome certain obstacles. The mask also gives you additional life points.

boxes

The mask is hidden in boxes. In these boxes there are also apples. As in Sonic and Super Mario Bros, for every 100 apples collected Crash gains an extra life. And spare lives are key to winning the stages, especially when playing in classic mode, where lives are limited. Although the game has checkpoints, which make crossing easier, any damage or miscalculated jump is one life less.

Graphic

Crash Bandicoot 4 is fairly loyal to the franchise’s first game, as well as subsequent releases. The cartoon style is the same. What changes is the polish of the game, with a more refined level of detail. In addition, the transition from 2D to 3D is smoother.

First impression

The first impression of Crash Bandicoot 4, in its demo edition, reveals an old-fashioned game that has stayed true to the original style, but uses current development tools to deliver dynamic play.

The animations and voice over in Portuguese give a more precise understanding of the game’s plot, which can be a bit confusing. A great option to unite the generations. Parents and children, uncles and nephews have a great time together.

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