Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16
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  1. 71
    The game’s ugly as sin but it at least has a fun design to fall back upon – G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is an energetic DS game that’s a cool, simplistic diversion. If you’re a fan of blowing crap to high heaven, this game will be right up your alley – just don’t expect to be floored by the visuals and you’ll be fine.
  2. 60
    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra provides a worthy follow-up to the plot of the movie, if skimping on a few essential areas of presentation and variety to do so.
  3. AceGamez
    Whilst G.I. Joe will never make it as a General it will be remembered for its charm and explosions!
  4. This game lacks fun after one hour of playtime. Beware of this title.
  5. 58
    This is a mediocre game who tries to make the most of the movie premiere and sell as much copies as possible.
  6. At the end of the day the mindless run and gun action should please some fans, but lack of depth and gameplay issues make this game a tough one to recommend. That being said, fans of top down shooters may want to take a closer look.
  7. Nintendo Power
    The execution is rather lackluster. [Sept 2009, p.90]
  8. A few bright spots prove that this clumsy, unsatisfying film tie-in could have been much better.
  9. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is lackluster nearly across the board with nothing new or unique.
  10. GI Joe Rise of Cobra is a classic, addictive formula plagued by technical issues and a boring story that won't stay out of the pure simple action. Graphical bugs, stiff controls and a short campaign spoil a game that could have been as simple and fun as the guilty pleasure movie it was based on.
  11. This game is almost as ugly and unpolished as it's console counterparts. It just happens to be the lesser of the five or six evils.
  12. 40
    With better character abilities, less (make that way less) story sequences and improved multiplayer options, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra could've been a movie tie-in to be proud of. Instead, it deserves a dishonorable discharge.
  13. Difficult to navigate maps, poor collision detection, and boorish level design leads this to be a game to pass on in the end.
  14. Nintendo Gamer
    It's not worth your time and money. [Nov 2009, p.72]
  15. You'd be better off ignoring G.I. Joe on the DS entirely and just seeing the movie instead, which I understand is awesome. The game, obviously, does not follow suit.
  16. The combination of a dull story, repetitive gameplay, drab environments and no innovation to speak of is a recipe for disaster in my opinion.

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#74 Most Shared DS Game of 2009

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