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It’s About Time – 14 Things You Need To Know

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Crash Bandicoot has loved an excellent return to the limelight these previous few years, beginning with Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy after which with Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. But now, after a spherical of remakes, it’s time – in the end – for one thing new once more. With the upcoming Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, that’s precisely what we’re getting, and it’s no shock that fairly just a few persons are very enthusiastic about what the sport might need in retailer for us. In this characteristic, as we stay up for its imminent launch, we’ll be speaking about some key particulars that you must know concerning the recreation. Without additional ado then, let’s get began.

PREMISE

Crash Bandicoot 4 is in no way the fourth mainline recreation within the trilogy, however its title makes it abundantly clear what its placement within the collection’ timeline is. Retconning every thing that occurred after Naughty Dog’s unique trilogy, It’s About Time is about instantly after the occasions of Crash Bandicoot: Warped. As you would possibly keep in mind, the top of that recreation noticed Neo Cortex, Uka Uka, and N. Tropy being caught in a space-time jail, and as It’s About Time begins, after many, many makes an attempt to take action, the three of them lastly handle to interrupt out. In doing so, nonetheless, they expose a multiverse. In order to revive order to the multiverse and put a cease to the upcoming doom led to by their actions, Crash and Coco should journey via the multiverse and discover, unite, and work with 4 Quantum Masks to set issues proper.

Oh, and talking of masks…

MASKS

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Masks have all the time been an essential a part of the Crash Bandicoot franchise in a number of methods, and that’s going to be true for It’s About Time as nicely. Crash and Coco will probably be touring the multiverse to collect 4 Quantum Masks with which to set issues proper, and every of them goes to have distinctive and fascinating gameplay functions, which gamers will use not solely to defeat enemies, but additionally to unravel puzzles and platforming challenges. What precisely are every of those masks going to do although? Let’s discuss that for a bit bit.

MORE MASK DETAILS

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Of the 4 masks within the recreation, builders Toys for Bob have thus far talked intimately about three. Kapuna-Wa is the Mask of Time, and along with her outfitted, Crash and Coco can sluggish time down and make platforming challenges a bit simpler. Then there’s Ika-Ika, the Mask of Gravity, which (as its title suggests) can be utilized to flip the path of gravity, actually turning ranges on their head. Finally, there’s Lani-Loli, the Mask of Phase, which will be outfitted to section varied objects (similar to crates and obstacles) out of existence. We do know that the fourth masks known as Akano, however what it does isn’t one thing that the builders have talked about but.

CHARACTERS

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will characteristic a number of playable characters, and all of them are going to have distinctive motion choices and skills. Crash and Coco would be the stars of the present, in fact, however there are different notable playable characters as nicely. The ones which were revealed thus far are Neo Cortex and Dingodile. Whether or not there are extra within the recreation that the builders haven’t but revealed stays to be seen.

CRASH AND COCO

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Crash and Coco will make up the majority of the sport, as you’d think about, and you may anticipate them to maneuver the way in which they all the time have- with a number of leaping, sliding, spinning, zip-lining, wall-running, and what have you ever. (*14*) sufficient, gamers will be capable of swap between Crash and Coco at any time, even throughout ranges, which implies you may play your complete recreation (or not less than the degrees the place they’re playable) as whichever of the 2 you need.

NEO CORTEX

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Neo Cortex goes to be totally different to play as than Crash and Coco, clearly, with a higher deal with strategizing quite than skill-based platforming, entailing the utilization of devices to beat obstacles and challenges. He can use a ray gun to remodel enemies and obstacles within the surroundings into platforms, which he can then bounce on and use to his benefit. Unlike Crash and Coco, he can not double jump- however he does have a a sideways sprint capacity, which one would think about will probably be used for dodging assaults and what have you ever.

LEVELS

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Those conversant in the unique Crash Bandicoot trilogy will discover stage design in Crash Bandicoot 4 to their liking- quite than placing gamers in giant open sandboxes, ranges in Crash Bandicoot 4 will probably be linear, tightly designed platforming challenges. And it looks like the sport is leveraging its multiverse premise as a lot as it could actually to supply some strong selection when it comes to environments and the way they’re designed. So far, we’ve seen pirate ships, futuristic cities, mountains flowing with lava, icy landscapes, outdated forests, and rather more.

OVER 100 LEVELS

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Crash Bandicoot 4 appears to have issues nailed down within the stage selection division, and it appears issues will probably be no totally different when it comes to amount both. There will probably be over 100 ranges within the recreation, which is quite a bit. Just to place issues in perspective, that’s extra ranges than there have been in all of N.Sane Trilogy put together- which implies there’s going to be greater than sufficient content material to maintain gamers busy. In truth, there’s going to be much more stuff past that to check out…

N.VERTED MODE

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time additionally includes a mode known as N.Verted Mode, which is a mirror mode of kinds. Developed by Beenox, the builders of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, within the N.Verted Mode – which is unlocked while you end the sport – all ranges are utterly reworked in varied methods, from the aesthetics and artwork model utterly altering to new aims and mechanics being put in p;ace. For occasion, one stage is reworked into black and white, and Crash or Coco bleed color into the environment each time they spin. Players then have to make use of the colored sections of the extent to search out the best path ahead.

FLASHBACK LEVELS

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There will probably be much more non-compulsory content material to dive into past the N.Verted Mode. Crash Bandicoot 4 will even characteristic flashback ranges, which is able to see Neo Cortex experimenting on Crash in his take a look at chambers. These ranges will see gamers going via these take a look at chambers by fixing puzzles and overcoming technical obstacles. (*14*) sufficient, finishing flashback ranges will even reveal bits and items of the collection’ lore and backstory to you, which could possibly be fascinating… however may be a whole catastrophe. Let’s hope it’s the previous.

BOSS FIGHTS

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Of course, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time goes to be all about platforming- there will probably be some set-piece boss encounters as nicely. These will embrace fights towards a mixture of returning and new characters, with N.Gin having been confirmed as a boss that gamers will tackle within the recreation. Developers Toys for Bob have additionally stated that the boss fights, which is able to typically have a number of phases, will probably be tougher than what followers of the unique trilogy will keep in mind. What that entails stays to be seen, however we’re all the time down for well-designed difficult boss encounters.

SKINS

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Cosmetic customization may not be one thing everybody cares about, however lots of people do- and for those who’re one of many latter, Crash Bandicoot 4 is promising to have you ever coated. There will probably be a number of totally different skins that every character will be capable of equip within the recreation, and from what we’ve seen of them thus far, their designs appear to be on-point.

NO MICROTRANSACTIONS

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Of course, when a recreation has skins, that normally goes hand-in-hand with microtransactions. That, apparently, gained’t be the case in Crash Bandicoot 4, with the builders confirming that each one the skins within the recreation – apart from those locked behind pre-orders – will probably be unlocked via gameplay itself. It needs to be stated that Activision typically launch video games with out microtransactions, solely so as to add them in following release- whether or not or not that occurs right here as nicely stays to be seen.

POSSIBLE PC, NEXT-GEN, AND SWITCH VERSIONS

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When Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time launches on October 2, it is going to be out there on PS4 and Xbox One, however will it’s coming to different platforms as nicely? Well, the reply to that query stays unclear for now- however it appears seemingly nonetheless. Mention of a Switch model has been discovered within the code of the sport’s official web site, whereas Activision have additionally stated that they’re evaluating extra platforms for the sport. Given the truth that N.Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy each finally got here to Switch and PC (and the truth that CTR launched on the Switch day and date), it’s fully attainable that It’s About Time will make its method over to these two as nicely. Additionally, given how shut we’re to next-gen console launches, it’s onerous to think about {that a} main AAA launch like Crash 4 gained’t be coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X as nicely.

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