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Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (PlayStation 2)

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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 Slippery. Hit the box with the "!" on the left, to materialize the boxes on the right. Their outlines are visible.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Tornado Alley start
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 Mario Duenaz (32) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Not as good as Warped qwertyuiop (32521) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

The Press Says

GamerDad Jul 20, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gaming Target Jan 07, 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
Futuregamez.net Dec 23, 2001 76 out of 100 76
PGNx Media Nov 19, 2002 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Nov 01, 2001 6.6 out of 10 66
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 26, 2001 13 out of 20 65
Game Freaks 365 2002 6.5 out of 10 65
PSM Dec, 2001 6 out of 10 60
ITavisen Dec 20, 2001 3 out of 6 50
The Video Game Critic Nov 17, 2001 C- 42

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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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phlux (4142) added Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (PlayStation 2) on Dec 16, 2001
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