We arenâ€™t sure why Activision held Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled reviews back until launch day â€“ critics are smitten by Beenoxâ€™s latest retro revamp.
The consensus is that itâ€™s the best kart racer to grace the PS4 and Xbox One in aeons, even though itâ€™s not without fault â€“ a few examples of dated track design hold it back. Thankfully, the new online modes and customisations options go a long way to make it feel modern in other areas.
IGN notes the Switch version is a â€œbit more jaggedâ€ but was ultimately impressed with its overall performance, claiming that â€œthis fast kart racer still runs well.â€
Weâ€™ve rounded up a smattering of reviews below:
5/5 â€“ GamesRadar: This faithful recreation of the once king of kart racers means Crash Team Racing has seized the throne once more, with enough content and a high skill ceiling to keep players returning for years.
9/10 â€“ TheSixthAxis: First there was the N. Sane Trilogy and now thereâ€™s Nitro-Fuelled. Activisionâ€™s Crash Team Racing rebirth is more than a quick cash grab â€“ Beenox has modernised an all-time classic with such evident passion, making this the best kart racing game weâ€™ve seen on PlayStation or Xbox for many, many years.
88% – Xbox Achievements: If you already hold the original CTR in high regard, then you’ll see Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled for what it is â€“ a gorgeous and lovingly made update that serves as a welcome reminder of when Crash was the kart racing king.
8.2 â€“ IGN: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueledâ€™s difficulty, memorable track design, and addictive power-slide mechanic make it a kart racer worth playing but it’s not without its frustrations.
8/10 â€“ GameInformer: Crash Team Racing is every bit as good now as it was back in the day. Naughty Dog created something special with the boosting system, and I urge everyone who enjoys arcade racers of this variety to give it a shot. Beenoxâ€™s enhancements only make it better.
7/10 â€“ Push Square: A jam-packed remake that looks and sounds brilliant, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a lovingly crafted remake of a much beloved kart racer. Online play and customisation bring it kicking and screaming into the 21st century, but for as fun as the zippy racing is, it sticks perhaps a little too closely to the original model.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is out now on PS4, Xbox One and Switch.