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Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex is the first Crash Bandicoot game for a system other than the original PlayStation. The story is set some time after Warped: Dr. Cortex wants revenge after being defeated by Crash (again). For this purpose, he creates Crunch, a super-bandicoot who can destroy everything that crosses his way. So Crash needs to defeat Crunch (and in the end, Dr. Cortex).

The game is a typical jump and run, with some other action passages, like air combat and a sequence where Crash is trapped inside a giant sphere rolling around in some sort of rollercoaster. All graphics are in 3D, and the sound is typical for cartoon games like this. The whole game is pretty straightforward in design, getting stuck on a puzzle is not really possible.

Screenshots

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Crash flying.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 You can jump on the boxes with vertical lines more than once. They are a bit like trampolines.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Level selection
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Don't forget to gather up the fruit...

Alternate Titles

  • "Crash Bandicoot: La Vengeance de Cortex" -- French title
  • "Crash Bandicoot: La Venganza de Cortex" -- Spanish title
  • "Crash Bandicoot: De Wraak van Cortex" -- Dutch title
  • "Crash Bandicoot: Der Zorn des Cortex" -- German title
  • "Crash Bandicoot 4: Sakuretsu! Majin Power" -- Japanese title
  • "Crash Bandicoot 4" -- Informal title
  • "CB: WoC" -- Common abbreviation
  • "クラッシュ・バンディクー4 さくれつ!魔神パワー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Nothing really Original about it PlayStation 2 Mario Duenaz (32)
Not as good as Warped PlayStation 2 qwertyuiop (32517)
Not as lackluster as everyone says it is!!!! Xbox Weston Sharpensteen (32)

Critic Reviews

4Players.de PlayStation 2 Jan 03, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox Feb 16, 2003 75 out of 100 75
IGN PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2001 7.4 out of 10 74
GameZone GameCube Oct 01, 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Xbox May 21, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox May 02, 2002 14 out of 20 70
Game Chronicles GameCube Sep 26, 2002 6.6 out of 10 66
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2001 6.6 out of 10 66
Meristation Xbox May 24, 2002 6.5 out of 10 65
PlayFrance PlayStation 2 Apr 07, 2003 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

PlayStation 2 version

The PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits version has quicker load times than the original release.

References to the game

The game didn't sell as well as Universal expected: Eventually the company would reference this in Crash Twinsanity when Dr Cortex confronts a hoard of angry penguins and says "It's been a difficult couple of years Wrath of Cortex didn't sell as well as we'd hope and....Fish?" This is followed by one of the penguins firing a laser gun at Cortex.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2002 – #2 Best Xbox Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Chris Chidester

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