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Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (PlayStation 2)

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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 Cortex
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Just lost a life.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Main game screen
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Slippery. Hit the box with the "!" on the left, to materialize the boxes on the right. Their outlines are visible.

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 Mario Duenaz (32) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Not as good as Warped qwertyuiop (32515) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

PSX Extreme Nov 11, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
Meristation Nov 14, 2001 8.1 out of 10 81
GameZone Dec 03, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Peliplaneetta.net Dec 27, 2001 78 out of 100 78
Gaming Target Jan 07, 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
VicioJuegos.com Jan 04, 2005 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot Nov 01, 2001 6.6 out of 10 66
GamePro (US) Oct 30, 2001 3 out of 5 60
ITavisen Dec 20, 2001 3 out of 6 50
The Video Game Critic 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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