Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time has arrived on PS4 and Xbox One, and…well, it’s about time. This direct sequel to 1998’s Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped picked up right where the series left off, complete with a punishing difficulty and a lot of running into or out of the screen.
This is actually, technically, the 8th Crash Bandicoot platformer, if we put aside the numerous handheld spin-off titles. Wrath of Cortex, Twinsanity, Crash of the Titans, and Mind Over Mutant are all being ignored here, with Crash Bandicoot 4 returning the series to its roots and following on directly from the classic PlayStation trilogy.
Reviews have been coming in, and by and large they’re heralding Crash Bandicoot 4 as a sharp, fun return for the character and series, which was originally developed by Naughty Dog (Uncharted, The Last of Us). While some reviews have skewed more negatively than others, the game is sitting on an 86 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic from 32 reviews.