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Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001)

Crash Bandicoot must gather ancient crystals to stop the destructive nature of a group of renegade masks known as the Elementals.


Jon Burton
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Cast overview:
Clancy Brown ... Dr. Neo Cortex / Uka Uka (voice)
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Aku Aku (voice)
Debi Derryberry ... Coco Bandicoot (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Crunch Bandicoot (voice) (as Kevin Michael Richards)
Thomas F. Wilson ... Rok-Ko - The Earth Elemental (voice) (as Tom Wilson)
R. Lee Ermey ... Wa-Wa - The Water Elemental (voice) (as R. Lee Ermy)
Mark Hamill ... Py-Ro - The Fire Elemental (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Lo-Lo - The Air Elemental / Computer (voice)
Corey Burton ... Dr. N. Gin / Dr. N. Tropy (voice) (as Cory Burton)

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Somewhere outside Earth's orbit, Uka Uka is holding a "bad-guy convention" in Dr. Neo Cortex's new space station. He is not pleased with the villains' lack of evil productivity, and they conclude that Crash Bandicoot is the blame. Cortex reveals that in his scientific endeavors, he's been able to create a genetically-advanced super-weapon of unbelievable strength named Crunch Bandicoot. But he needs a power source to bring him to life. They decide to release a group of renegade masks called the Elementals from their hibernation state so that Cortex can complete Crunch Bandicoot and wipe Crash Bandicoot off the face of the Earth forever. Meanwhile, Crash and his pals are soaking up a few rays on the beach, when all hell breaks loose. Volcanoes are erupting, tornadoes are raging, and earthquakes are thundering. Aku Aku tells Crash and Coco that the only way to stop the Elementals' destructive nature is to imprison them with the use of ancient crystals scattered across the Earth. Coco ... Written by Michael Manley 426

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[first lines]
The Great Uka Uka: Imbeciles! FOOLS! NINCOMPOOPS! Can't you idiots do ANYTHING right? According to this, your track record for spreading evil is PATHETIC!
Dr. Neo Cortex: Uka Uka, it's not our fault. That wretched bandicoot is to blame!
[a crash hologram appears]
Tiny the Tiger: Grrr...
[he swipes at the hologram]
The Great Uka Uka: I will not let anthing stand in the way of evil... ESPECIALLY not a brainless orange marsupial!Crash must be eliminated!
N. Gin: Err... Uka Uka? Need I remind you that Crash always finds a way to defeat us? Maybe he's just too good for...
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An ambitious, yet somewhat disappointing entry in the Crash series.
4 December 2018 | by OlicosmicSee all my reviews

After Naughty Dog lost the rights to Crash Bandicoot, they still held their ground of being fantastic video game developers, even after the amazing four Crash games made on the PS1, as they made Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, Last Of Us, and more. But, it seemed that, at first, the legacy of the orange marsupial seemed to have died after Crash Team Racing. But, lo and behold, Traveler's Tales decided to take Crash under their wing 3 years after the 3rd game to continue the timeline of Crash. And, unsurprisingly, the lack of the development team that made the first 3 games classics ultimately made this game a bit underwhelming. Not to say this isn't a good game, as it does have a plethora of great things. But, out of all of the Crash games I have played, this is easily the least focused of them all. If there's one thing I can definitely give kudos for, it's the amount of ambition in this game, as it's definitely the most varied of the bunch. But, whether or not thats a good thing is questionable. This game does have enough to stand on its own, however, as it's still a good time overall. The visuals are very colorful and detailed, as they do look like something you'd see in a next gen Crash game after the PS1 era, the gameplay, while admittedly, a little different in terms of how the game feels, is still very good and easy to grasp, the plot and boss battles are pretty clever, as they center around the elements of the Earth, and the way each elemental mask makes each boss battles against Crunch is kind of genius, and the level design is actually decent for it being post Naughty Dog. I found myself thinking how impressive it was that Traveler's Tales managed to make a game that, on the surface, seems tried and true to the original trilogy. But, as I stated earlier, this game doesn't really have a focus. Sure, the plot is simple and decent, but this game offers a ton of different gameplay mechanics, for better or for worse. Sometimes you ride in a ball, ala Super Monkey Ball. Sometimes you're shooting in a plane stage. Sometimes you're in a mine cart. Sometimes you're riding Jeeps in a race. Sometimes you're running in an Alien style mech machine, which is shown on the box art. All of this would be great. But, the problem is is that they either don't control that well or they happen too early or too frequently to give any wow factor. That's what I mean by this game being unfocused. There's just so much fluff and not enough of the charm or polish needed for this to be anywhere near close on the same level as the original trilogy. The level design, while it isn't bad, is a bit unimagitive in comparison to the original trilogy. It's still good, but it's nothing all too memorable. I found myself, while I did enjoy most of my time with this game, just wanting to finish the game instead of just enjoying everything surrounding it a few times, which, in my opinion, is not how a game should be. But, again, this game has enough going for it to be recommendable to anyone who wants more variation in their Crash games, as this has that in spades, as well as all the highlights that I mentioned earlier, so this is still a good game. It's just nothing all that great. Overall, this is definitely a weird one, as it's an ambitious, yet somewhat disappointing entry in the Crash series. This game is a fun time, overall, but not the best in the series. To be fair, that is to be expected if the creators of the original trilogy had nothing to do with it, so the fact that this is still a good game still speaks volumes of how good Travelers Tales is at their craft.

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Release Date:

29 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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Crash Bandicoot 4 See more »

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Chicago Illinois, USA

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