I remember the first Crash Bandicoot game I ever played. It is almost 22 years ago and it was Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Since then I have been a huge Crash Bandicoot fan and played all the games I could get my hands on – so basically all Crash Bandicoot games for PlayStation. It has been fun with the re-releases of both the first three Crash Bandicoot games and also Crash Team Racing. But as a true Crash Bandicoot fan born in the 90’s I still have the old games for my PS1 and I can still play them. No, what I have been waiting for all these years is a new Crash Bandicoot game, and this summer a trailer arrived to inform that this would happen. The developer Toys for Bob decided to give us a new Crash Bandicoot game, namely Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time.
I watched the trailer with so much excitement that I could barely sit straight on my chair. Then the trailer ended and I needed a few seconds to comprehend what I had just watched. My first thought was that it felt chaotic. The trailer showed so many things in so little time. It is of course normal for game trailers to show various things from the game in a quick sequence but I still felt confused after watching the Crash Bandicoot 4 trailer so I decided to watch it again. This time I catched on to so much more and I actually felt excited afterwards. In the trailer it looks like the classic Crash Bandicoot levels, which I am a big fan of, with some upgrades. Among these it seems that you will be able to play as other characters than Crash and Coco Bandicoot, including Dr. Neo Cortex.
Honestly, my first reaction to this was not good since I like the way that Crash Bandicoot works, where you are the hero throughout the game trying to sabotage Dr. Cortex’s plans. But then I thought about another one of my favourite Crash Bandicoot games for PS2, which is Crash Twinsanity. Here you get to play as both Crash and Dr. Cortex at different times in the game and it makes sense. So what I hope for is that Dr. Cortex will get his own levels in Crash Bandicoot 4, where it makes sense that you can’t be Crash because of certain obstacles in the level.
While watching the trailer the second time I realised something. Where is Aku Aku? Where is Crash’s mask from the other games? I could see a couple of other masks in the trailer but not Aku Aku. It won’t be the same if Aku Aku isn’t in the game so I decided to watch the trailer a third time, determined to see if Aku Aku would be present somehow. And he is – there is a time in the trailer where you can see an Aku Aku box but it is gone as quickly as it appeared. Aku Aku means a great deal to me. When I was a child his presence meant that it didn’t matter if I failed, as long as I didn’t give up. And that is why I was so relieved when I saw his box in the trailer. It wouldn’t be a Crash Bandicoot game without Aku Aku.
One last issue I have with Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time doesn’t really have anything to do with the trailer but I wanna talk about it, nevertheless. The name. I love that it is called “It’s About Time” because it really is! But, I don’t care much for the “4” that has sneaked into the title. I know that for the younger generation there are the three Crash Bandicoot games in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and that is why the next game will be number 4. Chronologically it will probably make sense.
I also know it is a petty thing to have a problem with, but for me, who grew up with the old games, it is far from number 4. Some of my friends have told me that it is number 4 when you think about the way the classic Crash Bandicoot games work, because the other games that came out are not platform based games in the same sense. Wrong. There is a certain Crash Bandicoot game for PS2, called Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, that is also platform based like the first three games. To me that is number 4 and how I wish they would have re-released that one, too.
The Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time trailer also has some areas where I thought “YES!”, when I watched it. In particular the new ways to move. In the trailer we can see Crash walking on the ceiling and the walls. It also seems like some of the new masks might give him these abilities, which I also find interesting. I am also curious about the story that they will tell in Crash Bandicoot 4 and hopefully an explaination as to why we can play as Dr. Cortex. All in all I just can’t wait to see what Crash Bandicoot 4 will bring. So please, let it be October soon.
Tell me down in the comments what you think about the trailer and if you are excited about Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time.
Stay Cozy and have a nice day!