Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. A fiendishly addictive offline and online multiplayer title and even a larger review wouldn't do the game justice (we only briefly mentioned the nifty damage score system and upgrade labs for example).
  2. If you're looking for something a little more distinctive and hanker for lightning-paced strategy then Arena Wars is well worth your time.
  3. Area Wars brings a fresh and interesting concept forward into the RTS field, and implements it superbly. Lamentably bad AI, and a sketchy online community prevent it from being a must-have recommendation.
  4. Arena Wars is multiplayer RTS streamlined and polished to perfection. It looks good, it plays great and it has the potential to be a lot more than just a cult classic.
  5. The good graphics, easy to use control and excellent concept will give players much to enjoy.
  6. I had tremendous fun with Arena Wars; its fast paced action and tactical warfare proving to be a godsend after endless struggles and yawns on various RPGs.
  7. It really is a joy to play a game that hasn't been done what can seem like hundreds of times.
  8. Striking the balance between playability and originality is one of the hardest things to achieve and I’m pleased to say Arena Wars performs with distinction.
  9. Offers a lot of playing time and its unusual mix of real-time strategy action and online shooter game modes make it a refreshing change from the usual offerings.
  10. Great simply because it successfully combines the frantic pace of the RTS genre with the wide variety of popular modes available in first-person shooters.
  11. For every ten or so big releases which disappoint, there’s a relatively small-scale title that comes along and surprises everybody by being pretty good. Arena Wars fits nicely into this category.
  12. Offers a great, replayable mix of strategy of action. [Holiday 2004, p.92]
  13. Bargain multiplayer fun, but tedious if you go it alone. [Dec 2004, p.94]
  14. A hybrid that doesn't break new ground but still manages to entertain, despite the horrible voiceovers.
  15. 77
    I found the lack of resource-gathering, short learning curve and quick action enjoyable.
  16. I'm a sucker for giant robots. Especially when it's giant robots dishing out beautifully rendered displays of mass destruction. With Arena Wars, that's exactly what you get, wrapped in an extremely simple but nonetheless fun RTS package. [Holiday 2004, p.94]
  17. For all its faults, though, Arena Wars manages to offer up clever gameplay that merges elements of shooters and real-time strategy games into a fresh, action-packed whole.
  18. 75
    It may not be deep and customizable, but it's addictive and furious and more fun than it has any right to be.
  19. 70
    It might be only knee deep compared to its brethren, but Arena Wars is a rare example of genre-mixing that works: it's an RTS with an FPS soul.
  20. With all things taken into consideration, this game offers a ton of value for the dollar.
  21. Delivers a simple, action-oriented, fast-paced "RTS light" experience.
  22. Arena Wars isn't a terrible game, it's just not a very inspired one. It's an uncomfortable and not very balanced strategy game that tries too hard to be something better than the games it's trying to emulate.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. HafizzA.
    Oct 21, 2004
    8
    The graphics are fantastic...the game is fun n easy to play...
  2. EnteS.
    Sep 22, 2004
    9
    Cool game, pretty easy to learn and once you get addicted you can't stop that easily.