PS2 Crash Bandicoot Wrath Of Cortex Review - 8/10

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Crash Bandicoot features in his sixth game since the release of Crash Bandicoot on the Playstation. This is the first of the six, however to appear on the Sony Playstation 2. During the transition, the Developer has changed. Instead of Naughty Dog, Travellers Tales have remodeled Crash and his friends into a world of crisp graphics and a great storyline. But, not everything went perfectly during the transition. The game takes about a minute to load each level, and another minute to load the warp room. This is quite annoying, and is the most severe loading time I’ve seen on and game console.

Game Play: 6/10 – The game play gets such a poor rating due to the atrocious loading times. If the game loaded as fast as the previous versions, it would receive a 10 out of 10 in this department, but it doesn’t. The game is similar to the other versions of the game, plot wise, but the game is much more fun to play with more different types of vehicles, including a scooter, jeep and a flying machine. There is one level that is very annoying. Smokey And The Bandicoot has crash racing other characters in a Jeep, but the Jeep handles like a shopping cart. But I don’t mind this, because then there are fun levels like Droid Void and the ball levels. As in Crash Bandicoot Warped, you play some levels with Crash’s sister Coco, but she does not fight a boss in The Wrath Of Cortex.

Graphics: 10/10 – This game has excellent graphics. The game looks perfect, with 3D graphics, and perfectly constructed characters. The game is made to look very high tech, with all the gadgets in the warp room. The movie at the start of a new game has incredible graphics, which are DVD quality. This is expected though, as the game is on a DVD ROM. There are also good animations throughout, and even when you lose a life, if you press triangle, you can see the expression on crash’s face. The boxes and Whumpa Fruit looks more realistic, and the underwater levels look real.

Sound: 10/10 – The sound In The Wrath Of Cortex is great. Each level has its own music and sounds, along with the main characters voices. The music has, however changed from the loud jumpy tunes in the previous versions; to music that suits the individual levels. Open levels that are easier in relation to others have happy, loud music, whereas other harder levels have concentrating music. The sound is the best I’ve ever heard in a Crash Bandicoot game, and there are many classic sound kept from the old games.

Game Value: 9/10 – Despite the long loading times, this is a great game. There are levels that will entertain all sorts of people. The game is family orientated, but is also suited for playing alone. If you have never played a Crash Bandicoot game before, you will learn easily, and want to buy the older versions. The Crash Bandicoot series is one of the easiest games to learn, with simple controls, and after a while, they become second nature. You wont be let down by this game as long as you have a book to read while it is loading.

Conclusion: The game is suited to all age brackets, and I recommend you buy the latest version of the most recognised series on the Playstation consoles. The game is the first of the Crash Bandicoot games to feature fully 3D graphics, and does it very well. The games only downfall is the loading times, but it receives a strong 8/10
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