Narratively the sequel connects to the original trilogy developed by Naughty Dog and it offers platforming gameplay evocative of the original games.
New additions to the series include wall-running, rope swinging, and rail grinding for the primary playable characters, Crash and Coco.
Timeline side levels—akin to the secret levels in previous Crash games—can also be unlocked by completing main story levels. These let players step into the shoes of other characters such as Dr. Neo Cortex, who have their own capabilities and moves.
The game was well received by critics, earning the PS4 version a Metascore of 86 based on 47 reviews, and the Xbox One version 84 based on eight reviews.
If Activision publishes Crash Bandicoot 4 for next-gen consoles, it will be interesting to see what upgrade paths if any are made available to existing owners.
On Xbox Series X, the physical standard edition of the game will retail for $69.99/£64.99 and also include an Xbox One copy of the game. Digitally, this version is known as the ‘Cross-Gen Edition’ and includes both Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions through a dual-license tied to players’ Xbox accounts.
On PS5, the equivalent Cross-Gen Edition of Black Ops Cold War—which includes both PS4 and PS5 versions—also retails for $69.99/£64.99. The PS5 edition will not include a PS4 version of the game.