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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. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Better on the Box. Sharper, fuller, and more variable detail, excellent sound, and precise controls are all contained herein, along with the patented Crash game play that makes this such a fan favorite.
  2. They've caressed the music to great effect, made the bosses a bit more challenging, [and] adhered to a massive replayability standard that would drive any developer to drink. [Apr 2002, p.49]
  3. Every little morsel of platforming goodness in The Wrath of Cortex has already been done to death on the Playstation. [May 2002, p.87]
  4. There's not enough meat on this Bandicoot to feed you for more than a week for the casual gamer or a weekend for the hardcore fan.
  5. 67
    A fun game for the most part...However, it fails in some areas, like proper game balance and correct use of surround sound.
  6. If there's a mediocre idea to be had, chances are Crash has burgled it. [Summer 2002, p.91]
  7. Save for a few additions to WOC, like some cool hamster-ball levels, it's almost identical to its predecessors. [May 2002, p.113]

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  1. BobJ
    Dec 10, 2009
    9
    This crash game was just as fun as the original psx ones. The graphics on the ps2 version was not up snuff with the xbox port and the ps2 one This crash game was just as fun as the original psx ones. The graphics on the ps2 version was not up snuff with the xbox port and the ps2 one did not have 5.1 dolby digital either.I Ended up buying the xbox one after playing the ps2 one. Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2011
    7
    The graphics are better than the ps2 version, and this loads less. The camera is very annoying, because sometimes you can't see where are youThe graphics are better than the ps2 version, and this loads less. 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. Expand