• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Dec 3, 2003
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 7 out of 24
Buy On
  1. Distractingly strange, with clunky controls, mixed up graphics and a story line that is just plain out confusing.
  2. It's very rare when a title comes along that needs a STAY AWAY warning. Gotcha Force is that title.
  3. The story mode is so razor thin and pointless I didn't know who the enemy was, and after breezing through most of the game, to have the last decisive battle be beyond difficult (because of the controls) made the game very unbalanced.
  4. The robot design and collection aspects are pretty good, but it isn't worth much when you're just pounding buttons like an idiot. Mindless gameplay coupled with camera problems and not much else leads to a game you definitely don't need to get.
  5. The main problem with Gotcha Force is that the game is tailored to children. The controls are simple, the battles are extremely easy, and the customization elements only extend to putting different groups of Borgs together. There's not enough depth to interest adults or perhaps even teens.
  6. Edge Magazine
    30
    Gotcha Force has all the requisite cute and vibrant stylings of another Japanese phenomenon, but it's let down by a pallid game dynamic. [Jan 2004, p.99]
  7. Cheat Code Central
    40
    Few kids possess the capacity required to make sense of this scrambled, onscreen action in real time. It will just frustrate all those that play it except the odd MENSA member.

Awards & Rankings

98
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#36 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
43
#43 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Aug 24, 2013
    10
    One of the best games in existence with a large variety of playable robots with each type offering a different way to play makes this gameOne of the best games in existence with a large variety of playable robots with each type offering a different way to play makes this game create a standard no other game has reached since.

    Simply put the "professional" reviewers who gave this game a low score should be ashamed of themselves.
    Full Review »
  2. Mar 2, 2011
    10
    Great combat, millions of combination for your teams and some real variety in gameplay this game pretty much consumed my gamecube. Sure thereGreat combat, millions of combination for your teams and some real variety in gameplay this game pretty much consumed my gamecube. Sure there were other games such as zelda and such but I beat this game 10 times to unlock the hidden characters. The storyline was garbage but the gameplay made up for it so well that it really didn't matter. Not only did it have some fun co-op but it have 4 player split screen versus which amused my friends and I for hours on end. If you ever find this in the used bin, pick it up, you won't regret it. Full Review »
  3. Oct 1, 2017
    10
    Gotcha Force is the kind of cult classic that deserves more recognition. The sheer number of unique characters is staggering. While specificGotcha Force is the kind of cult classic that deserves more recognition. The sheer number of unique characters is staggering. While specific characters don't have huge depth, there are so many "borgs" that finding a play style that has long lasting fun and appeal is easy. This game definitely has flaws, but it is the best hidden gem for the GameCube and definitely needs a sequel. Full Review »