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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (June 21st, 2019)

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Thanks for that, so he’s a cut character? That’s an interesting way to bring back some legacy development for sure if it happens.

Yeah, more crossovers would be nice next year if they continue with this. I can’t help but feel we’ll get a second season of Spyro content, but certainly Ratchet & Clank or Jak & Daxter would be two solid duos to mix in with the growing roster. 

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Yup, people on Reddit pointed that out too :) Koala Kong makes sense for the Carnival GP, he could even have a strongman skin. As for Brio in Spooky GP, I can already see the obvious Frankenstein skin. Or perhaps something more unique, like a mummy skin. Either way, I want my boy Brio ASAP. Hoping they incorporate a bit of his Mind Over Mutant personality, arguibly the best thing that game did.

 

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News crack, folks!

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https://blog.activision.com/crash-bandicoot/2019-10/Spooky-Grand-Prix-has-come-to-Crash-Team-Racing-Nitro-Fueled

So, things of note:

  • We're finally getting an engine swap.
  • A fifth "driving style" called "Drift" is being made for the game.
  • A new cup called the Lost Cup consisting of Oxide Station, Clockwork Wumpa, Twilight Tour and Prehistoric Playground
  • Items have once again been tweeked
  • Wumpa Time now carries over to all game modes. Doesn't have to be online matchmaking.
  • A sixth class called "Classic" will set your character's stats to their default status
  • The original classes have been renamed to "Turn", Balanced, Acceleration and Speed respectively.
  • IN addition to Tawna, all Nitro Tour characters and content will return to the Pit Stop during this GP as well.
12 minutes ago, Jango said:

MoM Brio is back!

Unfortunately, he's not voiced by Le Marche here.

That said, thank goodness, Nina is voiced.

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Holy shit, good changes? I’m legit stunned.

The Wumpa coin change is easily the best. It’s far more tolerable grinding them solo instead of getting pelted by items online.

Also, it’s a fucking tease that they didn’t show what Dark Coco will look like, I’m very eager to find out if we’ll get cut Twinsanity stuff.

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I'm curious as to what this new class called "Drift" is supposed to do.

3 minutes ago, Ryannumber1Scarer said:

The Wumpa coin change is easily the best. It’s far more tolerable grinding them solo instead of getting pelted by items online

It should also make getting top dollar coins easier too for first place. One thing did catch my eye though on the site:

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Also due to popular demand, the daily “Wumpa Time” bonus will now carry over to all game modes, including Adventure and Local Arcade! As long as the player’s console is connected to the internet, players now have the opportunity to earn 2x Wumpa Coins for the first 30 minutes of racing time per day.

Does make me wonder if the most we'll get on offline modes is 2x. And not the 5x or full 10x on weekends.

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Just now, Jovahexeon Ogilvie Maurice said:

I'm curious as to what this new class called "Drift" is supposed to do.

I imagine it’ll be a go between of turning and accel. Likely they’ll have better turning, but not so much as to be difficult to time drift boosts with. Maybe they’ll get a extra boost of speed from speed pads or something.

That said, it’s hard to imagine it will make a lot of different since the U-turn technique basically means you can pick a speed character and put off tight turns with them anyway while keeping speed in tact.

Also, I love how Beenox is actively trying to please both fan bases now, you’ve got Nina’s Twinsanity design, but her personality is a dead ringer for the Titans Nina, unlike the original who was mostly silent. Brio has noted above is basically Mind over Mutant Brio too. As someone who doesn’t mind the Titans games, I really like seeing them get some representation in a Classic title.

Holy shit, they implemented engine swap!!

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Engine swap? Holy moly, they really read that Reddit, don't they? It was a GREAT idea anyways. I barely touch the handling characters, now there's no reason not to! 

Wumpa Time in offline modes? Ooooooh yeaaaaah!

Nina has her Titans VA, but Brio doesn't??!! DISAPPOINTED.

Ha, Frankenstein Brio, called it. Witch Tawna look gooooooooood.

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OH GOD

THEY BROUGHT BRIO'S MIND OVER MUTANT PERSONALITY BACK.

I can't believe it, that version of Brio is the best version of the character imo. Sucks that it's not Maurice LaMarche but IT'S SOMETHING.

Blessed Beenox.

Spoiler

i

was IN 

THE FIRST

GAAAAAAAAME

Also I really want to see how they redesign the Crash Tag Team Racing characters. Von Clutch importantly, I wonder if he'll still be this German WW1 Robot Thing. 

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7 minutes ago, Jovahexeon Ogilvie Maurice said:

Have to give them credit for finally bringing back all the Nitro Tour content and characters back for this GP as well. Finally, I can get that elusive Tawna Pink paintjob.

Also, apparently the new map is playable at the moment.

 

There’s a new update, so it seems the changes go into effect today.

Also have they confirmed the nitro prix stuff coming back? If so, that seems to mean that Grand Prix items are added back to normal rotation after three months.

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The Wumpa Time change is fantastic! Now I can just hop on, grind a couple Tiny Arenas, and make bank without having to sit waiting for matches that don't immediately disconnect after they connect. Good on ya, Beenox. 

Also, it sounds like Tom Kenny is voicing Brio here. (Guess it was more economical to double-up roles on VAs they already had rather than bring in a unique one for a single character.)

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Shit, I was reading the blog post, they really addressed many stuff people have being asking/complaining about. It only took them 3 months xD But it's here!

- Returning itens;

- Engine swap;

- No more clocks and warp balls at the beggining of a race (and the AI won't use it anymore);

- Wumpa Time works in other modes now.

They're doing good. I hope they keep this good will momentum and address those pesky invisible walls and online servers issues soon aswell.

And obviously, don't do anything stupid like raising the Pit Stop itens prices and ruin everything Beenox did, OK Activision?

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Just finished the update, and did a run of Nina's Nightmare. Things I noticed...

  • Wumpa Time change isn't in effect yet, possibly might go into effect at reset time?
  • Looks like every grand prix will have a specialised title screen from now on. Last month had the Spyro theme, this month has a general Halloween theme with Nina's face plastered in the background, and several new Nina animations for the title, as well as one where Crash looks at the pumpkins confused.
  • Engine Swap is now available. There's a special icon next to every player that now shows what their class is. 
  • Drift is now available
  • Nina's Nightmare is available to play. It's longer than Spyro circuit, and has some very tight turns, as well as a chance to retain blue flame.

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The new Drift class:

Great speed and okay turn? It's kinda overpowered TBH. We'll see how this goes.

Also, Madame Amberly makes a cameo in Nina's Nightmare.

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3 minutes ago, Ryannumber1Scarer said:
5 minutes ago, Jango said:

The new Drift class:

Great speed and okay turn? It's kinda overpowered TBH. We'll see how this goes.

Also, Madame Amberly makes a cameo in Nina's Nightmare.

I wouldn't take that at face value, the stats have been incorrect since the original CTR.

Not only that, but in a game like Nitro-Fueled having "good" turning can be more of hindrance to consist boosting.

40 minutes ago, Jango said:

Nina has her Titans VA, but Brio doesn't??!! DISAPPOINTED.

Apparently word is that it's Tom Kenny voicing Brio.

Also, the game now indicates which class drivers are using:

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36 minutes ago, Jovahexeon Ogilvie Maurice said:

Not only that, but in a game like Nitro-Fueled having "good" turning can be more of hindrance to consist boosting.

Apparently word is that it's Tom Kenny voicing Brio.

Also, the game now indicates which class drivers are using:

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Yeah, but the stats were not thaaaaat wrong or different from reality or the original game. You can feel the handling characters are more loose than the rest and that you can keep blue fire more easily with acceleration characters for example. But yeah, it all comes down to the player's own skill at the end of the day. God knows how many times I've been destroyed online by handling characters players...

Tom Kenny? Well... He certainly can do funny voices. I thought Maurice already voiced someone in Nitro-Fueled. They probably got Tom Kenny because he was already called to voice Spyro in the previous month, might aswell double dip.

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Just now, Jango said:

Yeah, but the stats were not thaaaaat wrong or different from reality ir the original game. You can feel the handling characters are more loose than the rest and that you can keep blue fire more easily with acceleration characters for example. But yeah, it all comes down to the player's skill at the end of the day. God knows how many times I've been destroyed online by handling characters players...

Uh, no. They are that wrong. They are so wrong to the point that despite balanced characters being stated to have better stats in speed than acell characters, when this is outright false. Because of these false stats, it also makes balanced characters one of the worst tiers in the entire game.

 

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6 minutes ago, Ryannumber1Scarer said:

Uh, no. They are that wrong. They are so wrong to the point that despite balanced characters being stated to have better stats in speed than acell characters, when this is outright false. Because of these false stats, it also makes balanced characters one of the worst tiers in the entire game.

 

And speaking of which.

Welp. Here we go again.

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