Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled’s Adventure Mode is a perfect fit for the franchise’s brand of crazy.

The latest episode of PlayStation Underground featured a 20-minute deep dive on the Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (PS4, Switch, Xbox One) Adventure Mode. 1999’s Crash Team Racing was considered ground-breaking for its decision to include a campaign mode in a cart racer.

Adventure Mode’s return will feature many of the elements that players loved in the first iteration, including challenges like trophy races, boss races and gem cups. You’ll still earn new characters like Ripper Roo, but now, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will also let you receive something after winning a race. That’s a significant change to the formula, and it’s made possible by the game’s deep customization.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled emphasizes player choice. You can change your cart bodies, paint jobs, decals and wheels, while also altering the characters you play as. Adventure Mode will let you earn increasingly wacky additions, while exploration and progression remain a key factor.

Cody’s Take:

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled was already going to sell based on the nostalgia people have for the franchise, but the revamped Adventure Mode makes the game even more mar-super-ial (OK, OK, cheesy play on words there!) Customization playing such a massive role in both cart builds and progression rewards should extend the replay value quite a bit.

On top of that, the Adventure Mode’s rebuilt cinematics—not to mention some entirely new ones—are funny and outrageous like Crash fans have come to expect. Much like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled looks to be packing in lots of great content for kart racing fans to enjoy. Who knows, the game could be the new lap leader when it releases—so long as the actual gameplay doesn’t crash and burn.

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