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Mixed or average reviews- based on 141 Ratings

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  1. Animoller
    Jul 8, 2002
    7
    The graphics on this game are nice, and the game is fun to play, but the load times are terrible. It also doesn't have very many of the original running-foward Crash levels that I liked so much.
  2. ColinS.
    Jul 1, 2003
    6
    Excessive load times, end level battles drag on like a busted arse. otherwise the game is great.
  3. RolandoP.
    Jan 8, 2002
    6
    It's basically the same thing, same moves, same ideas. Different platform, a lot of loading time, horrible backs with pink and blue bubbles but I'm still a marsupials fan.
  4. DavidJ.
    Dec 31, 2001
    6
    Incredibly slow load time.
  5. Oct 2, 2010
    7
    Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex is a good platforming game but it is no different to its previous title, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. The story starts off with Cortex who is back for the 4th time (gee hasn't he finally decided to give up after failing so many times) along with his minions and Uka Uka who has become growingly tired of their poor efforts of conquering the world. CortexCrash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex is a good platforming game but it is no different to its previous title, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. The story starts off with Cortex who is back for the 4th time (gee hasn't he finally decided to give up after failing so many times) along with his minions and Uka Uka who has become growingly tired of their poor efforts of conquering the world. Cortex however informs Uka Uka that he has been building a new super advanced bandicoot named Crunch however he is missing a power source. Uka Uka then tells everyone about the elementals who are a group of masks who have the power of earth, water, fire and air but have been locked away for centuries. Cortex and Uka Uka decide to free them as there destructive power will bring Crunch to life and attempt to finally defeat Crash once and for all. It's now up to Crash and his sister Coco to stop them before they destroy the earth and maybe this time they'll crush him for good. Gameplay is similar its predecessor, you in a warp room and you start off in the first warp hub. Each hub consists of 5 levels and in those levels are Crystals, Gems and Relics. Once you have collected 5 crystals in the first warp hub you will be able to access the boss battle, defeat him and you'll gain access to the next warp hub where there are 5 new levels to explore. There are 6 warp hubs in total (one of them can't be accessed until you collect 5 Relics), 25 Crystals, 46 Gems and 30 Relics. So as you can see it is exactly the same as Warped, there are only a few new surprises for example Coco is now a playable character, yes you could play as her in Warped but she could only ride on her pet tiger Pura and in her Jet Ski on the water levels. In this one you can use her as if you were playing as Crash to fight off enemies and she has some really cool karate moves too, like a spinning kick. There are a lot more vehicles in this one and most of the levels involve you using them rather than Crash and Coco themselves. Some of them are good (the 4x4 alien suit in particular which is my faviroute) but some of them aren't and can be really frustrating in levels. Graphically the game looks good and has really stepped up from the PS1 to PS2, some of the levels are very well designed and have great background layouts. The music for the levels are brilliant and match perfectly as well as the audio and voice acting. Some voice actors are back from its last title Warped which is good as well as some new ones. Crunch's voice actor is great and definatly fits dark tough villan. I didn't think this was a bad game, it's just not spectacular and it would have been nice if they could have made it more fresh. The only critism I have is the long loading times, every time you start a new game, load up from where you last saved or enter a level it takes over a minute to get through the loading screen. Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex is a good platforming game but it is no different to its previous title, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. Expand
  6. HenrikS.
    Jun 7, 2007
    6
    The load times are a drag and it doesn´t compete with Crash 3 - Warped.
  7. MattS.
    Dec 2, 2001
    6
    Nah, this is just like the PSOne Crash games, which weren't too special either.
  8. Nov 6, 2011
    6
    The graphics are worse than the xbox version, and this loads a lot. The camera is very annoying, because sometimes you can't see where are you going. In this game Crash runs slower than in Crash Bandicoot 1-2-3. Easy to beat the time trials.
  9. Elmo
    Feb 7, 2002
    7
    One to give a chance me thinks. It looks SO much better. You wont notice the graphics till you go back and play the old Crash games. It can be a little easy and you do feel you going in a straight line for ages but it will make you laugh and it will shut your sister/daughter up for half an hour.
  10. JordanH.
    Nov 3, 2002
    5
    It is Crash, but It's just so mediocre. I liked it better on the PS1. Sure the graphics are nice, but where's the fun?
  11. Nov 8, 2011
    7
    Crash bandicoot wrath of cortex, is not what it could have been, Levels fun, music was great, graphics were good.
    Load times were H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E, and enemies were loosing brains. Usually enemy's would only hit one spot. so the same thing would be put a totem in some point and make it to shoot in given direction so that reduces game's difficulty A LOT. overall as i said, the game is good
    Crash bandicoot wrath of cortex, is not what it could have been, Levels fun, music was great, graphics were good.
    Load times were H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E, and enemies were loosing brains. Usually enemy's would only hit one spot. so the same thing would be put a totem in some point and make it to shoot in given direction so that reduces game's difficulty A LOT. overall as i said, the game is good and fun to play. but proper challenge is missing and load times break game's immersion totally now.
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  12. Apr 30, 2011
    6
    The Wrath of Cortex fails to bring any kind of innovation to the next gen -- or change for that matter. However, if you're just a fan of solid platforming, then there's some fun to be had here. Pros: Polished graphics; stunning depth in level design; variety of gameplay. Cons: Formulaic; horrendously long loading screens; too much "trail and error" for one to handle; excluding graphics; itThe Wrath of Cortex fails to bring any kind of innovation to the next gen -- or change for that matter. However, if you're just a fan of solid platforming, then there's some fun to be had here. Pros: Polished graphics; stunning depth in level design; variety of gameplay. Cons: Formulaic; horrendously long loading screens; too much "trail and error" for one to handle; excluding graphics; it limits itself entirely from the next gen's real impact. Expand
  13. May 26, 2011
    6
    Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex isn't a half-bad game, not at all, and it has a unique amount of variety for hardcore Crash fans. But the fact is... It doesn't even slightly try to take risks by taking advantage of the PS2's -- far more advanced -- engine, thus adding no new innovations to the series. Pros: Excellent graphics; beautifully detailed levels; variety of levels and replayCrash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex isn't a half-bad game, not at all, and it has a unique amount of variety for hardcore Crash fans. But the fact is... It doesn't even slightly try to take risks by taking advantage of the PS2's -- far more advanced -- engine, thus adding no new innovations to the series. Pros: Excellent graphics; beautifully detailed levels; variety of levels and replay value. Cons: No new features; limited level design; unadjustable camera; quirky controls; dreadfully long and frequent loading screens; feels more like a rehash than a sequel. Expand
  14. Oct 10, 2011
    6
    Aside from some repetitious and "trial-and-error" gameplay and excruciatingly long loading screens, Wrath of Cortex isn't a bad game at all. Though it lacks innovation, it certainly is fun at times -- as well as good-looking.
  15. Dec 25, 2013
    7
    Any Crash Bandicoot fan would be a fool not to go out and buy this game. The wrath of cortex is a little weaker than orginal Crashes(1,2,3 Naughty Dog) but VU Games have done solid job with this one. It's nothing terribly special, but it's not bad.
  16. Dec 22, 2013
    7
    This game definitely crushes on mario 3d land in gaming and new ideas but it is the same game as warped that's what the cb fans say I never played warped because I don't own a ps1. The graphics are top notch for an early ps2 game but this game has long loading times slow paced animations. And you are always fighting the same boss over and over and over again. Well I praise travellers talesThis game definitely crushes on mario 3d land in gaming and new ideas but it is the same game as warped that's what the cb fans say I never played warped because I don't own a ps1. The graphics are top notch for an early ps2 game but this game has long loading times slow paced animations. And you are always fighting the same boss over and over and over again. Well I praise travellers tales for graphics bad the long loading times and bland boss fights and the recycled content kind of ruins the game if you played warped and cortex strikes back. Expand
  17. Feb 3, 2014
    5
    Average at best.I have to admit,the new devs did a decent job at the presentation,but it lacks the charm previous Crash games had (all develovped by Naughty Dog).(Most) of the bosses are terrible,with the exception of Air Crunch,and the loading times.OOOOOH the loading times.You will see that floating Crash screen more than you see your penis.
  18. Apr 6, 2015
    5
    This game is no where as good as the other Crash games, it suffers from a lot of issues besides the load times.

    Firstly the graphics are a downgrade from the original, they look less colourful and a lot less alive unlike the original trilogy and it just looks depressing overall. Plus what did they do to Cortex and N.Gin? Cortex has a boxhead while N.Gin is the scariest thing I've seen
    This game is no where as good as the other Crash games, it suffers from a lot of issues besides the load times.

    Firstly the graphics are a downgrade from the original, they look less colourful and a lot less alive unlike the original trilogy and it just looks depressing overall. Plus what did they do to Cortex and N.Gin? Cortex has a boxhead while N.Gin is the scariest thing I've seen in a crash game, plus I don't like Aku aku's design here.

    Secondly there are 30 levels and all of them are massive, however 16 of these levels have vehicles/alternative playstyles besides platforming, YES 16! Why is there 16 vehicles? It's like the developers ran out of ideas for levels and just spammed 60% of the game with vehicles, most of these are passable, however vehicles like the sub are awful to play with.

    Thirdly Crash's controls are a downgrade from the original trilogy, they are passable here, but why did you downgrade from the awesome tight controls for this? Plus you have to unlock your abilities again which I'm fine with, but they only add one new one and it's useless, after the 1st boss you can sneak on top of Nitros which sounds cool, but you can't jump on them still AND it's only used a few times in the game and it feels gimmicky overall.

    Fourthly the bosses suck, basically in this game you have to fight 4 masks along with Crunch, all 4 of the masks have next to no character and are very forgettable plus easy as well, again why did you downgrade from the last Crash games? Crash 1's bosses were meh, Crash 2's bosses were alright, Crash 3's bosses were AMAZING, and this game's bosses are a joke, plus 3 of the mask battles are with vehicles while one and the final battle is with Crash alone which sucks.

    And lastly there is next to no attention to detail in this game, in the original games there were the little things that made the levels more alive, like unique enemies for each stage, the water flashing with electricity in the sewers, Crash swimming through the mud in the Jungle and more, this game has none of that at all.

    Overall it's ok at best, but compared to the original games it lacks A LOT, except vehicles because this game has TOO MUCH of them.
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  19. Jan 6, 2016
    7
    With imaginative sequences and bosses, The Wrath of Cortex is a good game. It's loading screens and lack of an enticing story hurts the game overall however.
  20. Dec 29, 2015
    7
    Crash game was very interesting, but it gave me a lot dificutad in l level 9 , a hail of bullets and too complicated, but at other times , the game was very funny, and entretain.
  21. Dec 16, 2015
    6
    The game has okeyish graphics,still look like the one from psone but a bit better,levels are fun to play at times and the load times...they just plain terrible they take forever to load.Only buy it if you're a fan of the series or to buy a present to your kids.
  22. May 3, 2016
    7
    This game was the only time I did play a Crash Bandicoot game, unfortunately, I tried the best as I can to love it, but it's no use. Crash Bandicoot fans can call this one a pickup. Averagely good game.

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#11 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#18 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
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66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 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.
  2. 74
    A decent playing and pretty looking Crash Bandicoot game. It's nothing terribly special, but it's not bad, not bad at all.
  3. 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.