|Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back|
|Date Released||August 17th, 2012|
|Completionist Rating||Complete It!|
|Link||Crash Bandicoot 2: What The Hell is a Bandicoot! The Completionist Episode 36|
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back is aplatform video gameoriginally published bySony Computer Entertainment, produced by Universal Interactive Studios (later Activision Blizzard) and developedby Naughty Dog for thePlayStation. Originally released for thePlayStation in 1997, it was re-released for the Sony Greatest Hits and Best for Family line-ups in 1998, for the Platinum Range in 1999 and for the PSone Books line-up in 2001. The game has since been available to download from the PlayStation Network.
Taking place on a fictional group of islands nearAustralia, Crash Bandicoot 2 follows the adventures of the anthropomorphicbandicoot Crash. Crash is abducted by series villainDoctor Neo Cortex, who has seemingly turned over a new leaf and now wants to save the world. Crash is then thrust into several parts of N. Sanity Island in order to gather Crystals and allow Cortex to contain the power of the upcoming planetary alignment and keep the planet from being destroyed. Crash is joined by his sister Coco, who is suspicious of Cortex's true intentions, and partially by Doctor Nitrus Brio, who tries to persuade Crash to gather Gems instead of Crystals.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back received generally positive reviews from critics and was considered to be superior to its predecessor. Much of the praise went to the game's graphics, control and music, with major criticisms varying between the trial-and-error gameplay, lack of level variety, easy boss levels and lack of innovation. The game went on to become one of the best-selling PlayStation video games of all time and replaced its predecessor as the highest-selling Western title in Japan, selling more than 800,000 units in the country by April 1998.
The Completionist Edit
Jirard reviewed Crash Bandicoot 2 for the thirty-sixth episode of The Completionist, despite not having reviewed the original yet. It was done in celebration of reaching 30,000 subscribers. The beginning of the episode starts a contest where entrants beat Donkey Kong Country 2 102%. The contest was available for both the single player and co-op modes of the game. The winners would receive a game Jirard had reviewed at that point of the winner's choosing. He also announces his intentions to attend SDC, and announces a Kickstarter for him and Greg to go.
Jirard points out how the plotline of Crash Bandicoot 2 is bizarre compared to Mario and Sonic, but it's also interesting for him.
He likes the presentation in the sequel compared to the first one, despite them being fundamentally the same. He also compliments the level design and variety.
Jirard admits that the game can be difficult for newcomers, but thanks to its replay value, he's gotten very skilled at playing and collecting items. He also appreciates the humorous death animations and collecting aspect of the game. Though he's not too fond of the forced backtracking to 100% the game. He's also a little disappointed that the secret ending isn't much different from the regular one. Though he still finds completing the game to be very satisfying in and of itself.
Throughout the episode, Greg goes overboard with the BEAR jokes.
Josh and Nick of Continue? cameo via Metal Gear Solid codec conversation when Jirard steals a musical cue from them for a joke. In this cameo spot, the two also suggest Jirard complete Breaking Bad, which was later done in Season 2.
- Continue? - Cameo
- During Josh and Nick's cameo, the f-word can clearly be heard, but is censored as BEARS when written out.