• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 2002

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 80
    A classic that deserves being reborn, and the remake is even bigger than the original. There are more levels, more beast forms, and a multiplayer mode for those who own a link cable.
  2. 75
    A fun remake of a bland Genesis game... and it's rare to say that a Sega remake, developed by a US studio, is better than the original.
  3. The battle system is unexciting overall, but there is some mysterious draw to seeing all the different beast forms that keeps you playing. [Feb 2003, p.110]
  4. As a homage to the original title, Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms is merely passable, thanks to its carbon-copy design; fans expecting a revitalization of the franchise should look elsewhere.
  5. This GBA version is not a port. This game has depth and new features that make it more exciting while injecting some badly needed depth.
  6. Held back by its adherence to the bland design of the original game.
  7. If you can look past the ugly visuals, grab a friend and tackle this in Cooperative mode (but skip the dull four-man face-off) [Feb 2003, p.158]
  8. If you can look past the ugly visuals, grab a friend and tacked this revamped classic in Cooperative mode (but skip the dull four-man face-off). [Spring 2003, p.29]
  9. 60
    A much bigger, much longer version of a Sega classic that captures the spirit of the original perfectly, but the repetitious nature of the gameplay doesn’t quite withstand the test of time.
  10. Up to four players can join in a free-for-all battle. [Feb 2003, p.159]
  11. 54
    With overly elongated levels, forced backtracking through previously explored stages, and increasingly eye-bleedingly giddy color schemes the further through the game you progress, Altered Beast: GotR is a slightly disastrous attempt to replicate the side-scrolling nature of its source material.
  12. Don’t bother buying Altered Beast. It isn’t worth it unless your idea of fun is pressing two or three buttons through 20 levels of bland, uninspired environments and continually dying along the way.
  13. Nearly all progress in game design over the last fifteen years has been ignored, and it shows.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. RichardP.
    May 18, 2007
    This is one of the worst games around. Sure it's an old game remade but it just isn't fun to play. It's shallow, uninteresting and basic. A monkey holding forwards and kick could get through the first two levels. In redemption the power up system LOOKS fun, but isn't really. Avoid unless you want a taste of how things were. Full Review »
  2. GerardH.
    Apr 27, 2004
    I like the game, only the gameplay isn't that great. I was surprised by it's hard difficulty, but that makes it just the more fun. It's really cool when you morph into a beast and the graphics are OK too. The problem is, when you've played the game a couple of times, you get bored and that is why I din't rate this game too high. When you deside to buy it, makes sure it's a discount, because paying the full (original) price isn't really worth it. Full Review »