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 Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has been widely regarded as being the most infamous boss fight by fans due to its eye-rolling nature.
Why He Sucks as a Boss in this Game
- 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. Moreover, 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.
- However, in the N. Sane Trilogy remake, Cortex is holding a Crystal, better explaining why he never attacks you.
- Very easy, all you do is just chase Cortex and Spin Attack him three times to defeat him, making this boss battle extremely anti-climatic.
- Boring atmosphere compared to the first game; it's nothing but space, rings, bombs, and many, many asteroids.
- The jet-pack controls are horrible, those being the real difficulty of the fight.
- Although in the N. Sane Trilogy, the jet-pack controls are better handled.
- 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.
- Because Cortex only has three hit points, you can defeat him in a matter of seconds.
- To add to the disappointment, this battle comes off the heels of the battle against Dr. N. Gin, a boss who has a wide arsenal of attacks and a lot of HP.
- Wasted potential: Cortex has tricked Crash into collecting the Crystals for him so that he can use them to power up his super Cortex Vortex, a giant machine capable of brainwashing Earth's inhabitants. This is a very dark moment for an all-ages game, and you would think that this would lead up to an awesome battle with Cortex. Instead, all that happens is a lacklustre chase through space. If he's so desperate to power up his machine, why does he wait for Crash and never shoots him to keep him away?
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Awesome music, especially its remake in the N. Sane Trilogy.