Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
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Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

1997
Adventure
Platformer
Left defeated and humiliated at the hands of his own creation, Doctor Neo Cortex concocts a scheme to coerce Crash into aiding him in plans for world domination, under the guise of moralistic reform, enlisting him to jump, spin, and slide his way through a variety of worlds in order to collect power crystals, all for the Doctor's own nefarious purposes.
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Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

1997
Adventure
Platformer
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Rated 18 Jan 2018
89
94th
The best Crash game in the series. It drops the fucking awful save system of the first game while upping up the aesthetic and personality the first game established. Not only that but it also created more level variety while refining how Crash controls. Thematically the game isn't as strong as later titles but I'd argue that it has much better focus in terms of level design and fun challenges.
Rated 05 Feb 2018
8
84th
The peak of the Crash series.
Rated 17 Jan 2018
90
94th
The first PS1 game we got and holy moly what a jump from SNES.
Rated 18 Jan 2018
85
80th
Probably the zenith of the platformer genre.
Rated 20 Jan 2018
86
93rd
I never became obsessed with any of the sequels in the way that the original game possessed me, but the first two are both quality offerings
Rated 13 Feb 2018
87
53rd
The best entry in the Crash series. Great level design, smoother controls with new moves such as the slide which made the game feel more dynamic. Polar bear sections were awesome.
Rated 16 Apr 2018
94
73rd
Some efforts to smooth out the rough edges of the original made this one ever so slightly easier, but it's still a hell of a challenge. Cortex Strikes Back has its own identity and nothing repeats from the first game, which is pretty impressive given the year gap between them. Also, the music for this whole trilogy is bonkers good.
Rated 22 Oct 2019
100
99th
Excellent game. This was vastly improved from the first one as you can now save after every level you completed. I fully beat this game getting every gem. I remember my street friend having so much trouble in this game until I explained to him that the memory card you have for this PS is used to save games so you don't have to beat this in 1 sitting. He was so shocked when he heard that. Was freaking out and saying that's why I am not beating any games. Then found it easy once he knew.
Rated 26 Mar 2020
85
93rd
this was my one as a kid. i love the opening, the level too, sis and villains. i dont think i knew how to long/big jump as a kid lmao. love the polar bear ride, and the one that chases you, and one while you ride the cub :P. and the snowball. the jetpackski. tryna 100% more fun now. some levels or parts of them annoying or it'd be 90. i gotta learn the crash dance. dark level cool. ends up with too many detours+extra levels. jet pack cool but too weird for boxes
Rated 27 Dec 2023
49
17th
(Rating based on N. Sane Trilogy remaster) Lost interest enough to not bother finishing it.

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