• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2004

Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. What makes it special are the breathtaking graphics, flawless character animation, great musical score, cool cut scenes, great story full of startling twists, and a unique card battle system that's surprisingly fun.
  2. Baten Kaitos is awesome. I was most surprised by how quickly this game drew me in, and it wasn't even the story that captured my interest - it was the setting. [Dec 2004, p.178]
  3. A beautiful and intense RPG, mixing turn-based strategy with graphics that, although pre-rendered, are mind blowing in terms of crispness, colour and detail. [GamesMaster]
  4. A beautifully crafted RPG that provides the boost that the GameCube so desperately needed.
  5. 88
    The journey should last around 45 hours for the average gamer, but expect to spend some extra time if you want to unlock everything this game has to offer. Highly recommended.
  6. 89
    There is no reason why RPG lovers wouldn't like Baten Kaitos, but non-RPG lovers may have trouble adjusting to the slow speed of battles. Strategy lovers especially will appreciate the Magnus system's strategy.
  7. Making a strong case for my game of the year, BK's biggest strength is an amazing battle engine. [Jan 2004, p.135]
  8. I've played through dozens upon dozens of games and I have never seen a game with graphics like this.
  9. This is first-class work with a compelling storyline and an active card-battle system that stays fresh throughout the life of the game.
  10. A beautiful role-playing adventure with an above-average plot and some novel ideas. The otherwise interesting combat system relies a bit too much on luck, but overall Baten Kaitos is definitely one of GameCube's top adventures. [May. 05]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Oct 21, 2012
    Baten Kaitos is conflicted and flawed but still manages to be an enjoyable game. The story is familiar, cliche, and predictable but well written and charming at the same time. The voice acting is horrid but you can turn it off. The environments are often gorgeous but character animations are stiff and awkward. The card battle system is as refreshingly different as it is deep but also flawed and frequently frustrating. The only thing that doesn't have anything detracting from it would be the score, which is solid across the board. Perhaps the best card in it's hand is that it's an actual RPG on the Gamecube. That alone is reason enough for owners of the system (or the Wii) to check it out if they have the opportunity. Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2013
    This game has all that makes a wonderful game. I was charmed by its combat system that is original, yet easy to understand. The graphics are really good for a game of this generation, and the story is wonderful. Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2013
    This game has a magical atmosphere that surrounds all. Everything contribute to this. Artwork, story (a bit cliche but charming, intriguing and the most interesting plot twists i've seen in a game of this type) and the (amazing, brilliant, virtuous) music. It's not the typical role game, the battle system is weird, hard to dominate at the end of the game but easy to get into and very attractive. Also, if you can't dominate it as good as you would want to you still won't get stuck in any part of the game, because of it's difficulty. It's very well adjusted, with some thrilling spikes. The duration of the storyline is about 35 hours, and with all the secrets it reaches 100 hours.This game won't leave you indifferent. You'll probably love it. Full Review »