Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex GameCube

Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
Buy On
  1. Gamers experiencing the wacky mascot for the first time may enjoy it.
  2. Safe, sterile and redundant.
  3. The straightforward nature of the levels begs for more openness, which isn't available. It was fun while it lasted, but even that wasn't that long.
  4. 69
    But at the end of the day this is the same Crash game I played so many years ago without any real innovations or evolutions.
  5. Nintendo Power
    66
    The sheer variety of gameplay is noteworthy. [Oct 2002, p.196]
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    60
    Wrath on the GC is much more polished here than on the PS2. [Nov 2002, p.306]
  7. 60
    Graphically, this version is slightly below the recent Xbox release but in line with the competent PlayStation 2 iteration.
  8. The gameplay is generic to say the least – just run along a set path jumping gaps and avoiding enemies.
  9. netjak
    53
    With software as well as hardware fiercely competing for recognition, Crash falls far short of the mark and when compared to others in the genre looks pathetic.
  10. Play Magazine
    40
    This truly is a shell of the other two console versions, so I beg you to pass. [Oct 2002, p.84]

Awards & Rankings

#58 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 6, 2017
    7
    Nobody saw this coming in 2002. A Crash game on a nintendo console? WHAT POPPYCOCK! Yet, here I am, playing a Crash game on the 16 year oldNobody saw this coming in 2002. A Crash game on a nintendo console? WHAT POPPYCOCK! Yet, here I am, playing a Crash game on the 16 year old purple/black/orange cube. It looks pretty good, the sound design is enjoyable and there's some great variety in levels. But, overall, it doesn't really change much about the formula. Overall, someone who is new to the Crash games will enjoy this a lot, but seeasoned Crash fans won't really find anything new here Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2016
    10
    2nd best crash game. A lot of people say the gameplay is getting stall when this game released. Personally, I think its still going strong,2nd best crash game. A lot of people say the gameplay is getting stall when this game released. Personally, I think its still going strong, but wapred is 2 times better. Full Review »
  3. Sep 5, 2016
    7
    I can really only describe how i feel about this game as "Mixed" but i absolutely think you should get it, crash fan or not.

    The controls
    I can really only describe how i feel about this game as "Mixed" but i absolutely think you should get it, crash fan or not.

    The controls are ever so slightly stiffer than WARPED's, and somehow feel more precise and worse at the same time. Little subtle things are missing, like sliding into a sideways spin is gone, spinning and jumping while turbo running causes you to lose momentum (and boy it's INCREDIBLY noticeable, almost painful)
    Hanging from ceilings is painfully slow, and overall the game just feels a bit sluggish. Some of the sound mixing isn't done, some sound effects/voices are too loud while some are too quiet (Play the Tornado Alley level, you'll know what i am talking about immediately.) Thankfully there's very few glitches and nothing game breaking as far as i can tell unlike a certain OTHER game starring a playstation mascot after he branched out to other consoles. Oh did a mention there's also a bit of slowdown all throughout the game? I get the feeling that wasn't present on the original PS2 version, but don't even think of buying that version, trust me, pick this or the XBOX port. (if you're curious why, the PS2 version has a lot of time trials that were untested so the platinum relics are near impossible to get, the ports have them all tested and fixed)

    There are three spots where this game stands out incredibly, The Soundtrack and the amount of variety in both areas and gameplay. The soundtrack is AMAZING and literally every single level in this game is completely unique aesthetically. That alone is pretty impressive. Only one Track gets reused in the entire game and it's the end credits song. There's so many vehicles in this game that the game feels fresh almost constantly, and tbh hats off them for that because i know how much work that can be for a programmer. But in all seriousness, the OST for this game is absolutely flooring. It really is amazing and it's easily the strongest part of this game. This was one of the first videogame OSTs i ever downloaded and I haven't looked back, it's the sole reason i gave it a 7 instead of a 6. The Soundtrack alone will keep you playing this game for a long time.

    In Summary, it's obvious they wanted to make a good crash game but instead of being super creative they basically tried to emulate what the series has already done. But to be fair, the spots where they did their own thing they did pretty fantastic. The sad thing is you can still feel how hard this game wishes it was Crash Bandicoot Warped.

    7/10
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