It’s not a bad hook for a kart racer: beat everyone and be the fastest racer around, or watch as Earth is turned into a concrete parking lot. I’ll take that bet, Oxide.
That’s the basic hook for Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled, which is remastering the original’s Adventure Mode along with everything else. Around 20 minutes of the game, including the Adventure cinematic and the Insanity Beach hub world, are no available to view online.
For those who never played a kart racer outside of Mario Kart, CTR‘s Adventure hub is basically a level that you can drive around. You’ll find races and unlockable items as you continue to progress, as well as boss races, and you work your way through five hubs until you work your way to Oxide.
Boss fights, as you’d expect, are unbalanced as all hell. Ripper Roo, for instance, has an unlimited supply of TNT crates. (You can get rid of them by hopping five or six times.)
A key difference with the remaster is a little more feedback in the bottom right of the screen. It’s designed to tell players when the best time to boost is, as you need to time your boosts more than you would in, say, Mario Kart.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled is due out on June 21 on PS4, Xbox One and the Switch.