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Crash Bandicoot 4: another 90s video game icon returns

Crash Bandicoot is the latest of several original PlayStation icons to make a comeback – but is the new game any good?

Crash Bandicoot is back, and it’s about time. No, really – the latest instalment, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, picks up where Crash Bandicoot: Warped left off 22 years ago, back when every other game had to star an anthropomorphic animal. This is actually the eighth Crash game, for anyone keeping track, and the first proper new instalment for over a decade. It reinvigorates the bandicoot’s gameplay while remaining true to the original classics, but why is now the time for the return of this inexplicably underloved 90s video game icon?

The game’s director, Paul Yan, explains: “Part of the reason why it’s now is because Vicarious Visions and Beenox did such a great job with the remasters [of the original Crash Games and Crash Team Racing]. It really confirmed that there is an appetite to revisit the world of Crash … The trilogy that Naughty Dog developed was certainly the high point of the series, both critically and commercially, so we thought, let’s start from there.”

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