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Crash Bandicoot 2: The Wrath of Cortex – Review

I played the second game in the Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy, which is titled The Wrath of Cortex. Crash Bandicoot 2 picks up right where Crash Bandicoot 1 left off. I noticed a difference right away from the first game because I actually felt like there was a real purpose to the second game, whereas in the first game I was completing every level with no sense of direction. The goal of the game is set by Cortex himself who convinces Crash to obtain crystals to help him protect Earth from enemies. How do you obtain these crystals? By going through each level.

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The mechanics of this game felt much smoother. Jumping was the major difference because I felt like I didn’t really have too much control over how high I jump and where I landed. The timing of the jumping didn’t seem correct either, but I believe this game fixed that. Also, I love the added feature of sliding and slide-jumping, which allows Crash to jump even higher. There are situations where you have to slide and slide-jump, but there are other moments where you can mix it up to get out of sticky scenarios. The Wrath of Cortex also seemed easier than the first, which is not a bad thing. There were levels in the first game where I was shocked on how difficult the level was, but in this game when I got stuck I was able to overcome it relatively quickly.

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In order to obtain a clear gem in the first game you had to break all of the boxes and not die a single time, not including the bonus level, but in this one it’s mixed up. Sometimes you have to break all of the boxes, other times you have to not break a single one. There is a hint at the beginning of the level while it’s loading to try and let you know how you can get the clear gem or a special gem. If you die at all, then it won’t ruin your chances on obtaining the clear gem. They do have platforms with a skull and crossbones and sometimes the only way for the platform to stay is to get to it without dying.

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Overall I really enjoyed the second game more than the first one. The fact that there was a reason for me to play, the corrected mechanics, and all of the gems/crystals I was able to collect are just some of the reasons why I loved playing this game. The sounds and graphics are the same from the first, which is great. I didn’t really have any major issues with this game. One of the highlights of this game is the small bear you get to ride! The bear adorable and I would love to have one.

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Final Score: 9/10

What did you think of Crash Bandicoot 2: The Wrath of Cortex? Have you finished the trilogy yet? Would you like to see a brand new Crash Bandicoot game? Let me know in the comments!



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My name is Bobby and I love anything entertainment. Playing games, watching TV shows,watching movies, and going to theme parks. I hope you enjoy this blog and welcome!

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