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Crash Bandicoot 4 on PC disappoints everyone with its always-online DRM

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time was a great little game that has no right to be as good as it is. Yet now that the previously console-only game has made the jump to PC, people are finding more than a few reasons to complain. The throwback platformer, which’s available exclusively on Battle.net, has been slapping people with login errors when it discovers that they’re not connected to the Internet. It’s standard practice for any game on Battle.net, but the reason it feels so bad for Crash Bandicoot 4 is that there’s no online multiplayer for the game; you either play it solo or in local co-op.

It feels like an outdated practice to be implementing this kind of DRM into a game that doesn’t technically require an internet connection to be enjoyed but you’ve got to stop those pesky pirates somehow! Even worse is that the login error the game keeps throwing up won’t just block someone from starting their game, it will occur without warning when there’s no internet connection and force players to lose progress. Most of the time DRM like this comes with a warning or allows players to get to save before disconnecting but not in the case of Crash Bandicoot 4.


We liked Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time a whole bunch when it launched towards the end of 2020. In his review, Geoff said “Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is a fiendishly difficult platformer that carries on Crash’s legacy with aplomb. Though it sometimes feels like it hews a little too closely to the established formula, what it adds makes it more than just a worthwhile sequel. It’s just a damn good game.”

Last Updated: March 29, 2021

One Comment

  1. Aaron Elzy

    March 29, 2021 at 10:44

    These fat cats never learn.


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