Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Critic Score User Score
Xbox 360
...
2.0
GameCube
68
3.4
Xbox
72
3.5
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Description

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 Be careful not to fall in the water.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Main game screen
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Ooga-Booga
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Level selection

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 (32516)
Not as lackluster as everyone says it is!!!! Xbox Weston Sharpensteen (32)

Critic Reviews

4Players.de Xbox Jun 10, 2002 82 out of 100 82
GamerDad PlayStation 2 Jul 20, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamerDad Xbox Jul 20, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Peliplaneetta.net PlayStation 2 Dec 27, 2001 78 out of 100 78
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Jan 07, 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
Worth Playing GameCube Nov 27, 2002 6.8 out of 10 68
Game Chronicles GameCube Sep 26, 2002 6.6 out of 10 66
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 2002 6.5 out of 10 65
The Video Game Critic Xbox Apr 26, 2003 C+ 58
Officiel Nintendo Magazine GameCube Dec, 2002 5.5 out of 10 55

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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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