Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

Critic Score User Score
Xbox
72
3.5
GameCube
68
3.4
PlayStation 2
70
3.6
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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 Tornado Alley start
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Ooga-Booga
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Be careful not to fall in the water.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 ... and to break the boxes.

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

Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox Apr 02, 2005 8.4 out of 10 84
Futuregamez.net PlayStation 2 Dec 23, 2001 76 out of 100 76
NintendoWorldReport GameCube Feb 14, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Over Online Xbox Jun 06, 2002 70 out of 100 70
IGN GameCube Sep 17, 2002 6.9 out of 10 69
IGN Xbox Apr 26, 2002 6.7 out of 10 67
GameSpot Xbox Apr 15, 2002 6.4 out of 10 64
Super Play PlayStation 2 Nov, 2001 6 out of 10 60
XBox Solution (XBS) Xbox Oct 11, 2002 6 out of 10 60
Electric Playground PlayStation 2 Nov 13, 2001 4 out of 10 40

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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)
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