Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Posted:  Oct 18, 2022
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
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Disclaimer: This is an initial impression of the game. Our review and recommended settings will be updated when we've completed a full and thorough analysis of how it performs on Steam Deck. Check back soon for our full analysis!

Review

Crash Bandicoot is back and better than ever! Cortex is back at it again with an assault that is not only threatening this universe, but the entire multiverse! So now, Crash and Coco have to reunite the 4 Quantum Masks to save them all. With new abilities, more playable characters, vibrant settings, and more platforming goodness, there is a lot to be excited for with this sequel!

So far, I am incredibly impressed with Crash Bandicoot 4's performance on the Steam Deck. At max settings, it does drain over 24W of battery, but it does hit a solid 60 FPS. Though I decided to bring down the settings a bit for a couple reasons. I brought it down to 45 FPS to save on battery. Doing this allowed me to get about 3 - 3.5 hour charge while the game still felt incredibly smooth. I then brought down the graphics settings a little, disabling antialiasing and bringing shadows to medium. I did this due to some framerate spikes when loading into new areas. At the max settings, or higher settings, this was much more common. While these spikes do still happen, they don't happen nearly as often.

Make sure to use Proton GE as well as some of the cutscenes don't work without it!

The game still looks incredible though and I am thoroughly impressed at how well it runs. Granted, it isn't a super intensive game, but for a newer game with these kinds of visuals, it is exciting to see it running so well. In the next few days, I will publish a 60 FPS and quality build and upgrade this from a first look, but for now, I can overwhelmingly say with glee that this is playable and looks incredible.

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I know the pictures aren't great, every time I tried to take a screenshot, the camera would move automatically. Regardless, Crash Bandicoot 4 is still a night and day battery and temp difference.

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Our review is based on the PC version of this game.

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SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is a wonderful follow up to the franchise and is near perfect on the Steam Deck.

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Stability: 
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Controls: 
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Battery: 
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Noah Kupetsky
A lover of gaming since 4, Noah has grown up with a love and passion for the industry. From there, he started to travel a lot and develop a joy for handheld and PC gaming. When the Steam Deck released, it just all clicked.
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