How Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled revamps the original’s beloved single-player Adventure Mode

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How Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled revamps the original’s beloved single-player Adventure Mode

New ways to play, extra unlockables and more are headed to kart racer’s remastered adventure mode

It’s the Survival of the Fastest, and you’ll need to bring your best as you race for the fate of the planet! With Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, we at Beenox are thrilled to bring back the groundbreaking campaign mode from the original CTR, the adventure mode, which pits you against the nefarious alien Nitros Oxide.

Oxide claims to be the fastest racer in the galaxy, and his challenge is simple: he will square off against the best racer on Earth. If he wins, he turns the planet to a parking lot. If he loses, he leaves Earth alone. Choose your favourite racer, earn your place as Earth’s best by collecting trophies and defeating bosses, and then square off against Oxide to save the planet… talk about high stakes!

The adventure mode’s legacy

My introduction to Crash Team Racing in 1999 was with the Adventure Mode, and it is still the part of the game that has left the biggest impression on me over the years.

At Beenox, we believe that so much of the joy of CTR Nitro-Fueled will come from racing against your friends in local or online play. But we also feel strongly that a big part of what made CTR special in the ’90s, and what will make CTR Nitro-Fueled special in 2019, is this single-player campaign experience.

It was a unique thing to see a campaign mode in a kart racer. This was relatively new for the genre, and in true Crash Bandicoot fashion it was filled to the brim with the wacky personality you came to expect from the franchise.

I remember endless nights honing my skills, feeling that sense of progression, and experiencing the satisfaction of earning new characters as I raced my way to the final confrontation with Oxide. It was the most engaging experience I ever had with a kart racer, which is something that I have kept in mind while working on the adventure mode for CTR Nitro-Fueled.

The adventure mode: Nitro-Fueled

In bringing the adventure mode back, we knew we had to hit all the elements that made the original so special. The challenges are the same — there are trophy races, boss races, relic races, token races, and gem cups. The characters are back — choose from Crash, Coco, Cortex, Polar, Pura, Tiny or any of the other starting lineup characters you remember from the original. And the thrill of earning new characters (like Ripper Roo and Pinstripe Pontoroo) is still a huge part of the fun.

However, we wanted to take things a step further for CTR Nitro-Fueled. Instead of just earning the boss characters like in the original, players will now earn something every time they win a race. Players will be getting new kart parts, character skins, or kart customisation items with every victory.

Also, players will now earn the boss characters immediately after they beat that boss, instead of after Gem Cups (which now unlock a new set of valuable prizes). This includes the ability to earn Nitros Oxide himself — though that is no easy task!

Finally, players will now have the opportunity to change to any racer, kart, or customisation item they have already unlocked at any point in the Adventure Mode.

Are you feeling like Crash gives you the best chance in Crash Cove, but Pura will dominate the competition in Tiger Temple? Swap him in! Do you dig that sweet new paint job you got after beating Ripper Roo? Immediately style your kart out with it. Did you earn enough Wumpa Coins to grab N. Trance from the game’s Pit Stop? Get ready to bring that egg-shaped villain into the fray. It’s all about earning new items, new characters, new karts, and making the experience feel like your own.

However, we know that there will be players out there who want to commit to one racer and one kart from the outset, just like in the original.

For that reason, players will have the option of playing the adventure mode in one of two different ways: Classic or Nitro-Fueled. In the Classic setting, racers will still be earning all of the awesome items, characters, and karts as in the Nitro-Fueled setting, but won’t be able to change their racer or kart in the middle of the Adventure Mode. For those players looking to mix things up along the way, the Nitro-Fueled setting is for you.

An engaging single-player experience

We’re super excited about everything you can now earn in the Adventure Mode, but it’s important to emphasize that the story and a great single-player experience are still at the heart of it.

There are new intro and victory cinematics that give life to each of the boss battles. We’ve spent a lot of effort to make sure that the hub worlds are more detailed than ever before. Working through each hub world and finally beating Oxide will bring an amazing sense of accomplishment.

In short, in CTR Nitro-Fueled, the Adventure Mode will take you for a ride, will test your skills, and will immerse you in the true Crash Team Racing experience!

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  • But will it be a solid 60fps in 3 and 4 player splitscreen?

    • I heard it’s 30fps even in single player, even if you’re on PS4 Pro. Which is completely garbage if true.

    • Where did you hear that Martin? I read alot of news in april saying its 30 fps on the standard Ps4 but 60 on the Pro. Couldnt find anything that confirm it tho.

    • Maaden_Swe, it was something I read pretty recently on ResetEra forums. I’m not sure it was 100% confirmed true though. A bit vague from what I remember.

      I really hope this does 60fps; a game can run on the Switch has no excuse to go 30fps on the Pro.

  • It’s good it will have a nice amount of singleplayer! All games should have a considerable amount of offline/singleplayer content.

    Multiplayer is great but eventually (usually rather quickly) there’s no one left to play with, which means the game becomes basically unplayable.

    • Carnivius_Prime

      i would assume there gonna be plenty of folk playing a big hyped update of a well loved classic racer such as this one so finding players shouldn’t be a problem but yes it’s nice they’re remembering it was great in single player too. :)

    • Shazam-Superguy

      Alot will play crash team nitro it was a ps1 hit and will be better then team sonic racer that ripped of CTR trying to copy it

    • i will play it with you shh ! :D

    • Likely if few people are playing, they’ll fill out races with AI so that you get a full race with just a few real players.

  • Shazam-Superguy

    Kucks team sonic racer of the planet because crash team nitro racer will be a true remake

  • Bring back the TROPHY GIRLS

  • Half surprised Activision didn’t the campaign mode a dlc add-on!! Anyways, looks like the devs giving a good amount of TLC to this & finding myself getting keen on this….even if my weary,knackered trigger buttons & analog sticks aren’t!

  • I had a chance to play this earlier today at MCM London Comic Con.

    It was a great experience, although my only gripe is that the karts are wayyyyy too slow.

  • Crash remastered and spyro remastered held little interest for me. This game, however, is a favourite that i still play occasionally.

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