Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. The presentation is solid, the gameplay inviting, and the visuals stellar.
  2. 40
    Alas, what we're left with isn't a "Virtua" disappointment, it's a real one.
  3. Its weak event lineup will leave it in a prime spot to be overcome once "International Track and Field" enters the competition.
  4. While this season's team doesn't bring home the stuff that gangsta rappers' grills are made of, they do turn in a solid, respectable, silver-medal-winning performance.
  5. Rent it out along with a six-pack and some mates some time, but I wouldn't recommend buying it.
  6. While the visuals are decent, Virtua Athlete 2000 is little more than a rehashed version of "Decathlete" for the Saturn, with little replay value, originality, or depth.
  7. 68
    Beyond an hour's playing it looks grim.
  8. You can quite easily play through the entire game in under 10 minutes.
  9. Just too limited in its scope for the long haul. What is here is certainly enjoyable.
  10. Short, and I mean really short gameplay. With only seven events, the party's over before it even gets started.
  11. There is definitely a good foundation here but with average graphics, mediocre gameplay and a lack of depth this title stays behind the pack.
  12. A fun title, but we can't promise that in a couple of months you won't be trading it in.
  13. The included events -- Long Jump, High Jump, 110M Hurdles, 100M Dash, Shot Put, Javelin Throw and 1500M Run -- all involve the same control scheme. Each is equally frustrating.
  14. 70
    There really should be a full ten decathlon events in the game; seven leaves you feeling hungry for more variety.
  15. At it's heart the gameplay of Virtua Athlete is really nothing more than a series of button timings.
  16. Unfortunately, the experience is horribly marred by a complete lack of replay value, which makes Virtua Athlete almost too short to qualify even as a rental.
  17. After a while, your thumbs and hands get tired along with your patience.

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