Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex GameCube

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  • Summary: The fifth Crash adventure features engaging gameplay, quirky characters and exotic locales. Still smarting from his last defeat, Dr. Neo Cortex has developed a new diabolical plan to steal ancient crystals and unleash destructive gods on Crash and the planet Earth. With Crash and hisThe fifth Crash adventure features engaging gameplay, quirky characters and exotic locales. Still smarting from his last defeat, Dr. Neo Cortex has developed a new diabolical plan to steal ancient crystals and unleash destructive gods on Crash and the planet Earth. With Crash and his sister Coco, it's now up to you to find and return all the crystals across dangerous levels, including a volcanic island, a Japanese village, and the jungles of Africa. You'll find many ways to move around, whether you maneuver a Jeep, fly a hang glider, or pilot a Crash-Mech. But don't marvel too long at the new inventions, because you might find yourself in a heap of destruction. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  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. 60
    Graphically, this version is slightly below the recent Xbox release but in line with the competent PlayStation 2 iteration.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    60
    Wrath on the GC is much more polished here than on the PS2. [Nov 2002, p.306]
  6. The gameplay is generic to say the least – just run along a set path jumping gaps and avoiding enemies.
  7. Play Magazine
    40
    This truly is a shell of the other two console versions, so I beg you to pass. [Oct 2002, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 22, 2017
    9
    This has good gameplay and controls but this game went here to here with new things, why can't we stick to platforming! Wrath of Cortex isThis has good gameplay and controls but this game went here to here with new things, why can't we stick to platforming! Wrath of Cortex is good but went crazy in gameplay. Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2016
    9
    The variety it has brings me back to warped. The controls are good the graphics are good. What is all the hate? Well the GC version is good asThe variety it has brings me back to warped. The controls are good the graphics are good. What is all the hate? Well the GC version is good as well as the Xbox one but the ps2 one is okay. I love playing this game! Expand
  3. Mar 2, 2012
    7
    It is short, but it entertains. It has great graphics, some interesting level design, fun gameplay and a lot of uniqueness. It is great forIt is short, but it entertains. It has great graphics, some interesting level design, fun gameplay and a lot of uniqueness. It is great for Crash Bandicoot fans. Collapse
  4. 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 Expand
  5. 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.

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    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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#58 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002