MechAssault: Phantom War DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
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  1. A great game that you can’t go wrong with. But unless you’re prepared to play the multi-player modes for months on end with your buddies, (remember there is no online play), then you’d be advised to rent this.
  2. Nintendo Power
    Nonetheless, the action is well-balanced and production values(especially an unprecedented amount of voiceover)are top-notch. [Nov. 2006, p.85]
  3. It's not without a few problems here and there, but if you liked the console MechAssault games, or are just looking for a solid mech action title on the DS, MechAssault: Phantom War won't disappoint you.
  4. Game Informer
    While technical limitations hold the game back from greatness, when you look past the downgraded visuals there's a lot to like. [Oct. 2006, p.114]
  5. Apart from the lack of online play, MechAssault: Phantom War brings all of the mech combat action from the Xbox to the Nintendo DS without losing much in translation.
  6. 70
    Even if the game had a good development schedule, MechAssault does feel just a little rushed in places. But ultimately, the end product is a cool and kickass battle, both in single and multiplayer.
  7. Kudos to the developer for squeezing this much game into a DS cart.
  8. All in all, as a single-player experience, Phantom War is short, fairly sweet, and utterly unremarkable. The saving grace and the final nail in its coffin come from a single point: the multiplayer mode.
  9. Too short, but MechAssault Phantom War is an engaging robot combat game.
  10. Nintendo Gamer
    Learn to work with shonky controls and there's a decent game within this lumbering exterior. [Sept 2007, p.71]
  11. 60
    The graphics and multiplayer options should've been weighed out more, but are made up for with excellent gameplay and decent Wi-Fi against a friend. If robot bashing is beating heavily anywhere in your body, it's time to settle in with a few rounds of this game. You won't be sorry.
  12. A decent diversion for the casual fan, though hardcore players are likely to find it a bit on the short side.
  13. Though the campaign will pit you against clusters of foes at every turn, the games’ less than stellar combat mechanics will greatly dull the experience.
  14. 50
    I tried to find something to like, I really did, but at the end of the day I just plain didn't like it.
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    But mostly the gameplay comes down to trading fire with enemies who have way too much health and not ennough variety in battle tactics. [Nov. 2006, p.140]
  16. 30
    Although MechAssault: Phantom War isn't necessarily the worst game to ever pop up on the DS, it's pretty close to the bottom of the pile. The poor controls and bland graphics are a far cry from everything that made the original MechAssault game on the Xbox such a success.

Awards & Rankings

#76 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 5, 2016
    In many ways, this game reminds me of the bane of my gaming existence, Goldeneye: Rogue Agent for DS.

    It's: - Based off a popular shooter
    In many ways, this game reminds me of the bane of my gaming existence, Goldeneye: Rogue Agent for DS.

    - Based off a popular shooter
    - Control is mainly stylus-based
    - A massive disappointment

    The DS stylus is a good piece of hardware. But it's not for action games like this.

    If you're looking for an awesome sequel to the MechAssault series, this isn't it.
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