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Crash Bandicoot Wrath of Cortex - Xbox

Platform : Xbox
Rated: Everyone
3.9 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
Metascore: 70 / 100
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  • Platform: Xbox
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone
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Action and excitement are brought to new heights as everyone's favorite Bandicoot comes to the Xbox. Known worldwide as one of the most popular character franchises ever, Crash is packed full of incredible graphics, realistic effects and hilarious characters. Having been defeated one too many times, Dr. Neo Cortex has developed a super-secret plan to finally rid himself of his arch-nemesis, Crash Bandicoot. He discovers the resting-place of the Elemental Powers and unleashes their destructive energies upon the earth. It's up to you to help Crash foil his dastardly plot!

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Crash Bandicoot, the famous marsupial video-game icon, comes spinning into yet another solid action platform game in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. This is the first true platform game for the Xbox, and is suitable for cartoon-action lovin' fans of all ages.

Evil is at an all-time decline, so Crash's arch-nemesis Dr. Neo Cortex is designing the ultimate weapon: Crunch, the extra-evil-bio-engineered-super-bandicoot! In order to complete Crunch, the good doctor needs more power--the kind of power that only evil, renegade voodoo masks can provide. Enter the Elementals.

Set free by the evil voodoo mask Uka Uka, the Elementals control various aspects of the environment. They are so powerful, and so dangerous, that they almost destroyed the Earth once, and were sealed in special crystals to protect the Earth from certain doom. Uka Uka believes that by harnessing the power of these evil masks, Dr. Cortex will have all the power he needs to complete Crunch, and finally finish off Crash.

So once again Crash returns to his crystal-collecting, box-bashing, bad guy-spinning ways. Can he stop the masks? Will he defeat Crunch? Only time, and your weary game-playing hands, will tell.

The Wrath of Cortex is the hardest game in the series' history. There are 30 levels, seven different vehicles, bonus levels, and a time-trial mode. As you progress through the game, you fight five bosses. Each time you defeat a boss, you unlock a new move (double jump, bazooka, tiptoe, Crash dash, and death tornado). Although the coolest feature is that you get to play as Crash's sister Coco on some levels.

The game is good, but is it perfect? The graphics are solid, but not much of an improvement over the PlayStation2 version--the game definitely doesn't take full advantage of the Xbox's hardware. Also, the long load times for levels can be annoying. Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex was not developed by Naughty Dog, the company that started the series. The game, while faithfully following the traditional feel of the series, misses some of the polished quirkiness that Naughty Dog is known for.

Bottom line: The Wrath of Cortex is a great game for all ages, and will give you 40 or more hours of solid gameplay. --Bryan Karsh

Pros:

  • Play as Coco
  • Seven vehicles
  • Fun new moves
Cons:
  • New developer, new feel--it needs a little getting used to
  • Long load times
  • Good, but not great graphics--doesn't really look like an Xbox game

Product Details

Platform: Xbox
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  • ASIN: B00005Y3ZW
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: April 17, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,641 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform for Display: Xbox
Crash is a game where the goal is basiclly to get through each level and defeat the bosses. The graphics are a little better than the ps2 version. Also there are 30 levels and many vehicles to controll. After you defeat the fifth boss you could try getting all the gems and relics. That's what makes the game more interesting and last longer. Plus the loading times are much faster. So if you're an old Crash fan this addition to the series should be quite fun especially because you can play Coco fully, not just on vehicles and because of the new vehicles Crash can controll. If this is your first time and you like games with simple rules yet are fun and challenging(Not to challenging to [upset] you..., yet not to easy to get you bored), then get this game.
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First sitting I was worried that i just wasted 50 bucks.The game feels very diffrent than playing Naughty Dog CRASH.The reason it feels strange is cuz this game was developed by Travelr's Tales.Wich means the artistic value is kinda missing, the controls feel a little weird at first, also the camera seems akward...So i was not really enjoying this version of CRASH. But I kept playing and sure enough started to love it (got used to the change)...there are some sweet suprises thrown in. If your a returning crash fan looking for CRASH for the year 2000 get Naughty Dog's new baby ((jak and daxter)) on PS2...But if you just want a new Crash with richer graphics gET THIS GAME.
Or if your someone who has never played crash and have an xbox go and buy it. This is only the FIRST next generation CRASH and I can't wait for more...I think CRASH will still be a cool game for the next 5 years. this game is kinda slow but is really fun at times!...you heard it from Lunar Larry
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Crash is almost a must-have on the Xbox.
It's fun for everyone in the family (my 7 year old played it without a problem - but younger kids may not be able to). It will keep you busy for a while (there are about 25 different levels to fight through, plus 5 "bosses" - and you can revisit levels to get more lives or other bonuses). There's almost no learning curve.
It's just plain old fun!
If you liked Fuzion Frenzy, and you don't mind single player games, then you'll like Crash.
Some complain that it's graphics aren't breakthrough - but they are certainly sufficient for you to clearly see what is going on.
The only real complaint: I wish there were a 2 player mode.
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I am a big Crash fan but this game wasn't what I expected for a next-gen sequel to the other PlayStation games. The graphics are pretty bad for an Xbox or GameCube game, and the levels are just a little bigger. It doesn't compete with other games anymore because it has stayed very much the same from the others, which were made in the '90s, even if this has new vehicles and bosses (There is also another unlockable move, which is tip-toeing, I used it once the entire game, and I didn't even need it). Speaking of boss battles, they were frustrating, but still quite fun. So to Crash fans, you will like how this game is more challenging than the other games, but will feel as if you've experienced the game before in its predecessors. However, Traveller's Tales did good in keeping it like the other games even if that became the thing I didn't like about it. It's got a good price, but I think it's only worth a rent to beat it, unless you are a "real" Crash fan and want to get 100% completion. If you're not a Crash fan, don't even bother with it.
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Platform for Display: Xbox
When I bought this game, I thought that it would bem fun and easy to beat. Boy was I wrong...the game is fun...for a while, but it is very hard. Each level is 3D, and some of the camera angles are horrible. Anyway, this game will give you lots of fun, but frustrating hours of good gameplay.
Graphics get 5 stars
Sound gets 4 stars
Gameplay gets 4 stars
Controls get 3 stars
Overall, I'd buy this game if you love Crash (like me) and are a good gamer (not like me).
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The game is average in just about all aspects: graphics, gameplay, and storyline. The game doesn't provide anything over the standard Mario-type-smashing-crates-and-collecting-fruit game, but is still fun, nonetheless, and provides a good amount of play time. Many of the levels are too challenging for younger players. There are some levels where the player "dies" by missing a jump, falling into water, and drowning. I thought the image of the character floating face down in the water wasn't appropriate for younger kids. For the most part, though, it will provide entertainment for all ages.
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THis game is fun, but INSANELY frustrating. Its lack of camera movement makes this game a 3 of 5 stars. If it had it I'd give it 5. Its that bad. There is absolutely no distance persemption which is a major major flaw in my opinion. There are parts in the game were you pretty much have to die 10 times trying to figure out which direction to jump. Its puts this game back almost to the days of nintendo, original. The camera does what it wants to, if you don't like it, tough.
Other than that, given the type of game this is, its great. There are a lot different types of game play, and they are all pretty well thought out. Game play gets easier, in my opinion, as you go along. You get powers which help in all types of situation, making the last parts easier.
Music, is decent, fits the game so I can't complain.
9/10
Graphics, their also decent. They never catch your attention, especially since you only see what the makers want you to see.
6/10
Gameplay, This is the downfall. Camera, as you've read. Plus the extra character, koko lacks the powers you gain. This is very frustrating when going back for time trials on her levels. The powers are listed in the start menu, but sure don't work.
3/10
Replayability,
Its good. You have to replay it to beat it. You collect gems, then relics, colored gems, and beat bosses. You have to pass levels multiple times in order to beat the game. So you have to replay it, whether you like it or not.
8/10
Overall if your a patient person, go for it. Its a lot of fun, but if you the type that breaks controllers AVOID this game!!!
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