Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
Buy On
  1. 74
    A decent playing and pretty looking Crash Bandicoot game. It's nothing terribly special, but it's not bad, not bad at all.
  2. Maintains the status quo and fails to deliver a fresh, compelling experience.
  3. Any Crash Bandicoot fan would be a fool not to go out and buy this game. I started playing at 2am one night and did not stop until three in the afternoon!
  4. Game Informer
    68
    The outrageously bad load times keep the game from being average. [Jan 2002, p.81]
  5. 62
    It’s got average graphics and average level design. This game is as average as games can get.
  6. 60
    If you were hoping the new management would give Crash a big kick in the pants, however, this is one pair of pants you will find quite unkicked.
  7. The same old stuff in a new skin and THE WORLD'S WORST LOADING TIME EVER.
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    45
    When forced to blindly jump, die, then discover what you missed, where I come from, that’s just cheating. [Dec 2001, p.238]
  9. 50
    More of the same from the Crash series, albeit wrapped up in nice new PS2 visuals. If you want innovation, try elsewhere.
  10. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    When the strongest feeling I get from a game is the desire to play its predecessors, something's not quite right. [Dec 2001, p.162]
  11. We could [have] really enjoyed this game however after a while it just gets too repetitive and frustrating to play for more than 30 minutes.
  12. Games Radar
    50
    [Games Radar Rating = Miss] fans of the series deserve more than a shiny retread. Although the legend remains intact for now, it'd be a crime if Crash was still spinning along the same narrow path next year.
  13. A by the books sequel that takes playing it safe to a new level. Come on guys this easily could have been done on the PS One and it probably should have.
  14. Not only is the gameplay un-revised on this much more powerful platform, but much of the former joy in the series has been drained away. The characters, levels and gameplay are essentially flat.
  15. Those looking for revolutionary gameplay or a game that pushes the envelope of the latest generation of gaming systems will most certainly be disappointed.
  16. If platform-hopping and coin-collection isn't your bag, you'll want to avoid Crash before he gets on your last nerve.
  17. This confrontation between Crash and his massively noggined nemesis, Dr. Cortex, is the most innovative yet.
  18. The non-stop action can get a bit repetitive and ultimately tiresome, and the sound effects may begin to wear on the nerves after a few hours of playing.
  19. The graphics and sound are excellent, but the most constricting drawback is the extremely long gameplay-disrupting load times.
  20. Next Generation Magazine
    60
    Worst of all, the load times are horrendous. [Dec 2001, p.100]
  21. The control is tight, the graphics don't look too shabby, and the sub-stages that break up the platforming action are second-to-none.
  22. 60
    The platform game grows up.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#15 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 147 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 53
  2. Negative: 9 out of 53
  1. Dec 2, 2013
    10
    the wrath of cortex it´s a good game i like the sound track the ideas for the levels the story and the graphics but if you are one of thosethe wrath of cortex it´s a good game i like the sound track the ideas for the levels the story and the graphics but if you are one of those crash bandicoot ps1 fans you will probably hate this game due to the character design, the long loading screen and the fact that it does look like a warped clone but if you can surpass those things crash will entertain you for a few hours Full Review »
  2. JeremyM.
    Nov 11, 2007
    9
    This game may not be as innovative most action/playformers out there, but Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex has some extremely new This game may not be as innovative most action/playformers out there, but Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex has some extremely new content, incredible and imaginative levels and bosses, and a huge amount of unlockables, abilities, and crazy ideas to fill you up with praise. Get this game. Full Review »
  3. JorgeC.
    Jul 18, 2004
    10
    GREAT but the loading sucks.