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Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997)

Crash Bandicoot is on an adventure to collect crystals and help Dr. Neo Cortex save the world.


Andrew S. Gavin (as Andy Gavin), Jason Rubin


Andrew S. Gavin

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Cast overview:
Clancy Brown ... Dr. Neo Cortex (voice)
Brendan O'Brien ... Crash Bandicoot / Dr. Nitrus Brio / Dr. N. Gin / Tiny Tiger / Komodo Moe (voice)
Vicki Winters Vicki Winters ... Coco Bandicoot (voice)
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Crash Bandicoot (voice)
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ... Neo Cortex (voice)
Haruna Ikezawa Haruna Ikezawa ... Coco Bandicoot (voice)
Ken'ichi Ogata Ken'ichi Ogata ... Aku Aku (voice)
Mitsuru Ogata Mitsuru Ogata ... Nitrus Brio (voice)
Kazuhiro Nakata Kazuhiro Nakata ... N. Gin (voice)


Crash's girlfriend Tawna, from the previous game, has left Crash for Pinstripe Poteroo. Now Crash lives with his sister Coco. One trip throught the jungle for batteries for Coco sends Crash to a warp room with 5 portals. There he meets Dr. Neo Cortex again (this time, through projector). To power up the Cortex Vortex, Cortex needs 25 crystals, so he convinces Crash to get the crystals for him! Is the earth doomed this time? Written by pkthunder30@comcast.net

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The evil Dr. Neo Cortex is back with a vengence...this time...to save the world?


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29 August 1997 (USA) See more »

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[on the beach]
Coco Bandicoot: Crash, what do you suppose happened to Cortex.
[Coco narrows her eyes]
Coco Bandicoot: And what about the Cortex Vortex? It's still up there.
[Coco looks up. So does the camera. The Cortex Vortex hovers away in space and the credits roll]
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A truly great sequel, and my all time favorite Crash game!
12 September 2008 | by MovieLad26See all my reviews

Let me start off by saying, that I am a HUGE fan of Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot games. 1, 2, warped, CTR, and CB are all pretty sweet games. But overall, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back is my favorite of them all. Let me tell you why.

1) The Levels: Overall, this game has twenty-five levels of non stop fun. Though elements from the first game were used, there were new level types such as taking a jetpack and travelling through a space ship, and old elements were reinvented as well. For example, you run from a boulder in the first one. In the second one, you run from a huge polar bear. Pretty sweet and fun levels.

2) The challenges: Now believe me when I say that this game is freakin hard at times. At least, if you wish to get a 100% finish. Multiple traps, tricks, secret passage ways, if you want it all, be prepared to look around quite a bit. Well, not a bit. A lot!!! For example, you know those nitro boxes that you can't touch? Well in a level, there is a pile of them, set up to look like stairs. You can actually hop on those ones and not blow up. Get to the top of the pile and you end up in a secret warp room. I'm sure you wouldn't think about diving in a hole and uncovering a bonus room. Yup, very challenging.

3) The Characters: We are introduced to some of the Major characters in the series. Coco Bandicoot, Crash's lil sis, N. Gin, and Tiny Tiger. We also get to see Ripper Roo again. One of the particular bosses didn't last. The komodo bros. I think they were in CTR, but that's it.

Overall (Yeah, I use that word a lot) This game is freaking awesome! 10 out of 10, baby! Favorite and best Crash Bandicoot game ever!!!

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