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Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex (PS2)

by Activision
 Ages 3 and Over
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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  • All new graphics engine
  • Complete specific levels of the game as Crash's fiery sister Coco
  • New free-roam sections will be implemented within certain levels of the game
  • The most vehicles EVER seen in a Crash game
  • New characters
  • Unlock arena levels and get ready to rumble, as either Crash or Coco
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00006TSDS
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm ; 141 g
  • Release Date: 11 Oct. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, the first PS2 addition to the series, delivers the same mix of intuitive gameplay and elaborate adventure that fans have come to expect, with many enhancements and all-new environments and missions. Neo Cortex is back, and he means to rid himself of Crash once and for all. To energise his most diabolical creation to date, Cortex channels the power of the Elementals, a group of renegade masks with the destructive power of Air, Earth, Water and Fire. To stop the Elementals and Cortex's new weapon, Crash or Coco (a fully playable character for the first time) will face five game hubs, 25 dynamic levels and five unique bosses, as well as the appearance of a new character who will rock the Crash world.

You can complete specific levels of the game to play as Crash's fiery sister. Coco will have a wide variety of moves and animations tailored to fit her personality. New free-roam sections will be implemented within certain levels of the game. These sections feature puzzles and hidden areas never before seen in a Crash game. New bosses and mini-bosses offer up a Noah's Ark-sized list of new creatures. The game also has an all-new graphics engine that brings vivid life to environment and characters as never before. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Crash Bandicoot is a bargain basement Taz, a capering, rolling-eyed dingo-like creature. Over the few years before his PS2 debut, Crash Bandicoot: the Wrath of Cortex, he's appeared in various PSone titles--usually Mario wannabe platformers, but there've also been blatant Mario Party and Mario Kart rip-offs in the shapes of Crash Bash and Crash Team Racing.

Never less than fun, yet never a realistic contender when compared against the genre-defining Mario 64, Crash has sometimes received a fairly rough ride from the press. With original developers Naughty Dog passing on the chance to produce a PS2 version, Travellers Tales have created this effort, and in terms of gameplay, there's no progression here whatsoever. This is Crash as we know and tolerate him, albeit with fancier lighting effects. All the familiar faces return, including (obviously, given the title) arch-goon Dr Cortex.

And it's great, as it goes. Ignore the on-rails nature of the gameplay and the dismally slow loading times; it's unlikely you'll come across a jauntier, more ridiculous, stupid-brilliant game for some time. As well as the usual platform action, there are mine-cart chases á la Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom, hysterically playable Marble Madness-style levels, secrets, bonuses, vehicles, new moves; all kinds of everything, as Dana might have put it if she were into video games rather than winning the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest. Simple to pick up and play, crammed with outlandish ideas, colourful, loud and a laff riot into the bargain, it would be a hard heart that didn't warm to this old 'coot. --Steve Colton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the moans! 21 Feb. 2005
By Jools
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
OK, so you have to wait a short while for each section of the game to load...but it's worth the wait. This game is so much fun and sooo addictive! Visually, a feast for the eyes and the game control is so precise that you have to be pretty accurate...which adds to the challenge. Be prepared to lose hours as it's impossible to put down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this is a brilliant game! 27 Jan. 2002
Format:Video Game
This game is an outstanding heartbreaking game. It has got all sorts of cool things inside it. You never know what's going to come next. The loading times are a bit slow but they do give me a bit of rest! The game is so good that once I even showed it to one of my friends!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 11 Sept. 2004
Format:Video Game
This is another brilliant one of crash bandicoot series, but this time there's more different things you can use in the missions. The games brilliant graphics makes you believe you are playing it real life. Crash himself looks brilliant aswell as Coco and all the other enemies. The audio is mainly the same as the others but just sounds and incy bit better. The gameplay is the best and most fun thing about the game. Roll in a ball, go on a scooter as Coco and more. Over 25 missions and 5 bosses. You must collect the crystls and all the gems which arnt easy. The bosses area real test. Despite it takes a year to load, a brilliant game and one i reccommend to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash 4 22 Nov. 2001
Format:Video Game
Crash four is one of the best games releas for playstation two so far.It is hopefully the first of many psone games to be tranferer to ps2.Crash Bandicoat Wrath of Cortez is a brill game and with thirty levels it will keep any gamer busy for a while.In the game you can play as Crash or Coaco , his sister.it has loads of vechiles to play on and is a definet must for any one who has a ps2.Withgreat graphics it make the game loads better.Iwouid rate the game ten out of ten.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash is back! 30 Oct. 2003
Format:Video Game
Crash Bandicoot is, in fact, the best platform game charectar since the great and powerful Sonic the Hedgehog. A colourful and original chap, who has been inspired by admirable sources (Sonic, Mario, Indianna Jones, and judging by the plot of the first game,H.G. Well's "The Island of Dr Maraeu"), Crash has been around since 1996.
The gameplay of the Playstation 1 games was instantly accessible, seamlessly fun, and blissfully gripping.
This offering from Traveller's Tales does the series justice.
However, Uka Uka no longer seems as menacing as he did in the Crash 3. Instead of the genocidal, apocolyptic nasty demon of wrath in the third game, he is a naughty bit of wood that is once again up to his naughty tricks. Cortex is no longer begging him not to kill him. At one point, he even calls him a cretin!
The plot of this title is that The Baddies are getting sick of Crash beating them all the time, so Dr Cortex decides to create a super bandicoot specifically designed to eliminate Crash.
To help him, Uka Uka awakens some of his ancestors, the Elementals, who, suprise, hve power over the elements.
This is a welcome and original idea.
But it doesn't seem to explain how Cortex, Uka Uka, and N. Tropy escaped from being trapped in the past at the end of the third game.
But, in a plain of reality where triangular pink crystals float in mid-air, geneticlly-altered marsupials spin (indeed, like Taz), fly air-planes, work at lap-tops, and say "Whoa!" a lot, SURELY you can stretch your imagination over the continuity blanks?
As is the style of the originals, the game draws from excellant sources, such as "Aliens," in a fun and irreverant manner.
The loading times are absurdly long. But that doesn't really matter.
THe graphics are lush. The voice actors seem to have returned, which is lovely.
This is n excellant adfdition to a classic series. Trveller's Tales, I take my hat off to you!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crash Bandicoot The Wrath Of Cortex 1 Dec. 2001
Format:Video Game
I was really looking forward to the release of this game being a Crash Bandicoot fan, the game itself is good with gameplay and graphics as good as on PS1 but for a PS2 title it didn't reach the standards of a PS2 game, the loading times wrecked this game for me and I really regret buying it, and I mean the loading times were more often on the screen than the gameplay!!Totally unacceptable, the other Crash games load up ten times quicker than this on a PS1, Naughty Dog should have kept hold of Crash, as Travellers Tales have ruined him.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Whats with the loading?? 29 Nov. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Just in case you were wondering how good this game is... well it's o.k., but the one thing that stood out even more than slightly better graphics is the insane amount of time needed to load every level!! And woe betide you go into a level by accident, wait for it to load, then try to get back to the warp room, only to find that you have to wait yet another eternity! To be 100% honest, it reminded me of my wasted days staring at the tape deck of my old C64 praying for the game to load, then having being called for dinner, and upon returning seeing that its still in a state of limbo! I can see kids in 2 or 3 years time laughing their heads off at the amount of time we have all wasted waiting for Crash to load.
Saying that of course, but the graphics are better (especially noticable in fire levels where there is a heat haze), and gameplay is as you'd expect... It is a good Crash game, but for all the advantages it really makes you pay the full price. Expect to spend almost as much time doing a level as waiting for it to load (maybe a tiny bit harsh!).
Don't say I didn't warn you!!
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