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Retro Gaming 90’s- Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997)

The mid to late 90’s was a great time to own the PS1 console because there were so many memorable titles that appeared on the game system during period. The Crash Bandicoot series began in ’96 and since then the first installment was critically acclaimed by plans various gaming publications following its release. The original Crash Bandicoot game managed to reach over 6.8 million copies in sales on the PS1; while becoming 8th best selling video game on the PS1. The success of the original Crash Bandicoot game spawned a direct sequel which the world got to see on the PS1 during ’97. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back was a game with an intriguing plot that revolved around Crash’s abduction by the main antagonist Doctor Neo Cortex; who deceived him into believing that he wants to save the world. Cortex manipulates Crash into believing that he must gather several crystals scattered around the earth to prevent a deadly solar flux trail from the alignment of various planets. The interesting part of the plot involves the idea of Cortex’s former assistant Dr Brio secretly plotting against him. Players eventually discover Cortex’s horrifying plan which involved brainwashing the masses after utilizing power gained from planetary alignment to utilize the Cortex Vortex.

The gameplay for Crash Bandicoot 2 saw players venture through at least 25 different levels in order to collect various crystals by utilizing Warp Rooms. There were a total of five different warp rooms within the game; each with five levels and a boss players had to fight in the end. The gameplay was one that took a while for most players to get used to; because they had to fail on certain levels multiple times in order to complete them successfully. While Crash Bandicoot 2 is not necessarily labeled as difficult the game itself was not as easy as it looked to say the least. The graphics and the audio were highly regarded as strong positives of Crash Bandicoot 2; along with the storytelling aspect of the game. Despite, not selling as much as the first entry within the Crash Bandicoot series it should be noted that Cortex Strikes Back reached over 5.1 million copies in sales. In fact, between the first three Crash Bandicoot installments Cortex Strikes back did not sell as much as the original game from ’96 or the Warped title from ’98. However, as a platformer in general Cortex Strikes Back was arguably one of the best platformers of ’97 along with the likes of Tomb Raider II.

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