Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is attempting to do more than simply emulate those classic PlayStation platformers. While carrying the recently reignited torch, this sequel is making some bold design choices in order to keep the series feeling fresh and relevant in 2020.
If you’ve read our Crash Bandicoot 4 preview you’ll know that some of these additions include the introduction of multiple playable characters, as well as the four Quantum Masks which can drastically spice up sections of a level.
It appears that Toys for Bob are also adding multiplayer modes, both competitive and co-op. IGN have revealed a suite of unannounced multiplayer features made for you and your friends locally – note that Crash Bandicoot 4 will not have online play.
Let’s start with the co-operative mode first. In Crash 4 you can activate the Pass N. Play mode which does what it says on the tin, allowing you complete stages from the main game by swapping between four players. So, if one of you has mastered a particular platforming section, you can assume control and help collaboratively push forward.
The competitive modes are admittedly more dynamic. There are two of them available at launch, titled Checkpoint Race and Crate Combo. Again, they’re pretty self-explanatory, enabling you and up to three friends to go head to head locally, playing as Crash, Fake Crash, Coco, and Fake Coco.
Checkpoint Race will have you clearing sections of a level as quick as you can while racing against the ghosts of your opponents. Meanwhile, Crate Combo is all about smashing boxes, making sure you move quickly as your combo meter depletes.
Here are our thoughts on the sequel following some early hands-on time:
Needless to say, the Crash 4 demo has left us wanting to play more. We’re curious to see what Toys for Bob have planned for Crash Bandicoot and his companions in terms of the game’s story and where it will take us as they embark on their time-hopping adventure to thwart Cortex once again. We can’t wait to see what kind of boss battles, spin-off stages, and Quantum Mask madness the full game will throw at us.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will launch next month on October 2nd for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.