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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.


Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 1st level, 1st world
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 ... and to break the boxes.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Level selection
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Ooga-Booga

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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 (32512)
Not as lackluster as everyone says it is!!!! Xbox Weston Sharpensteen (32)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus GameCube Dec, 2002 89 out of 100 89 Xbox Jun 10, 2002 82 out of 100 82
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube Sep, 2002 81 out of 100 81 GameCube Dec 01, 2002 79 out of 100 79
GameZone GameCube Oct 01, 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2001 6.6 out of 10 66
Meristation Xbox May 24, 2002 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 2002 6.5 out of 10 65
Netjak GameCube Sep 18, 2002 5.3 out of 10 53
The Video Game Critic PlayStation 2 Nov 17, 2001 C- 42


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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.


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    • 2002 – #2 Best Xbox Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
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