Crash Bandicoot has had an amazing resurgence in the last decade and that successful return continues into the 2020s. Ever since the original games were remade in the N’Sane Trilogy, the loveable PlayStation mascot has been relevant again. Now with Crash Team Rumble the titular character is once again making an impact, but with an all-new game.

I wasn’t personally sure about a multiplayer-focused Crash game. I know we had Crash Team Racing but that’s a whole different breed. Creating a game entirely different from what fans know and love is a big risk. The most important thing to look out for is whether the game can maintain the same heart and soul as the franchise. I think the heart and soul are in perfect hands, thanks to Activision choosing the right developer for the job.

Crash and friends stepping into combat.

Game Rundown

Toys for Bob, the minds behind Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, so the same heart and soul should be there. The game steps away from the traditional Crash gameplay loop while still maintaining the franchise playstyle. Instead of a single-player platformer, Crash Team Rumble is a 4v4 multiplayer platform game. You’ll get to pick from countless characters from the Crash Universe team with friends and compete with another team to collect the most Wumpa fruit.

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Each character has unique abilities that add an exciting mix of classic platform mechanics and fresh new abilities to shake up what we know about Crash games. These skills come in handy when defending your Wumpa bank and taking back key points. Taking on other players with friends with all the whacky cartoon combat of Crash Bandicoot is sure to be filled with laughs and chaotic moments. We all love Crash Bandicoot, so a new game is always a plus.

Crash Team Rumble gameplay

Personal Speculation

Even though there’s no story, there could potentially be one in the future. If the game is successful then further updates could definitely be added. But I wouldn’t expect a story expansion to be anything fancy. Multiplayer-focused games that get the story as an afterthought are usually bare bones with little to no depth. I hope Crash Team Rumble is different but only time will tell.

It looks great judging by the gameplay. We’ve seen multiplayer platform games do great in the past so there shouldn’t be too much apprehension on that front. While it’s still got the visuals, we all know, this game could potentially be one of those titles people either love or hate. This isn’t to say that could be completely wrong since it’s still very early. An open mind and a love for the characters and past games are all you need to jump into the game and have a great time.

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Crash Team Rumble is out now on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.

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