Dr. Neo Cortex is the main antagonist and final boss of the Crash Bandicoot franchise, and he has appeared in every game in the series and is the final boss in almost every installment.

While the battles against Cortex in every other installment has been praised for being challenging, epic and fun, the battle with him in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and its remake in the Crash N. San Trilogy has been widely regarded as being the most infamous boss fight by fans.

Why He Sucks as a Boss in this Game

  1. Very easy, all you do is just chase Cortex and Spin Attack him three times to defeat him, making this boss battle extremely anti-climactic.
  2. What's probably the most infamous part about the battle, is that Cortex himself NEVER attacks you. All he does, is just run away from you like a coward. And to add insult to injury, in the original PlayStation version, if you look very closely, you can see that Cortex is holding his laser gun (the same one he used in the first game), and yet he never uses it.
  3. Boring atmosphere compared to the first game; it's nothing but space, rings, bombs, rocks, rocks and more rocks.
  4. The jet-pack controls are horrible.
  5. Nothing in this battle can kill you, the rocks and even bombs will only stun you. The only real way to lose is if Cortex makes it to his space station, but even that's very rare because if you are too far behind Cortex, he will wait for you.
  6. Cortex only has three hit points, meaning that you can defeat him in a matter of seconds.
  7. To add insult to injury, this battle comes right after the battle agents Dr. N Gin, a boss who has a wide arsenal of attacks and a lot of HP.
  8. Extremely wasted potential, Cortex has tricked Crash into collection the crystals for him so that he can use them to power up his giant cannon called the Cortex Vortex that can brainwash everyone on Earth into his minions. This is a very dark moment for a kids game, but it works, and you would think that this would lead up to an awsome battle with Cortex. Instead, it boils down to just a lame race to catch Cortex while he runs off like a coward.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Awesome music, especially its remake in the N. Sane Trilogy remake.
  2. In the N. Sane Trilogy remake, Cortex is holding a crystal, better explaining why he never attacks you.
  3. Also in the remake, the jet-pack controls are better handled.