Bandits: Phoenix Rising PC

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. There’s nothing new or innovative here to help revitalize this stale genre, but if you like your action fast and furious (and a bit mindless), then look no further.
  2. PC Gamer
    74
    Don't be ashamed if you find yourself gleefully yelling along with dialogue like "Eat crap, flaming craphead!" [Apr 2003, p.99]
  3. It’s the ham sandwich of shooter games. It won’t knock you on your ass with an explosion of flavor, nor will it bore you to tears with plainness, but mmmmmm, when the ham combines with the mustard, boy is it tasty.
  4. 72
    It isn't deep, it isn't innovative, and it isn't particularly remarkable, but it is a fast paced and fun shooter for those looking for a new car combat game.
  5. The game's arcade-like action can be fun at times, but its difficulty level and lack of mid-mission saves will quickly make it too frustrating for many players.
  6. Computer Gaming World
    70
    I can also forgive the fact that at times, it's just too damn hard, even at the lowest difficulty level. For $20, though, you can get a lot of bang for your buck. [Aug 2003, p.77]
  7. Good enough graphics, good enough sound, good enough mission design, and good enough action.
  8. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    Even with its sometimes infuriating difficulty level (think the last 45-minute-no-break-boss-battle from "Serious Sam"), Bandits is an out-of-left-field action game that satisfies your inner Mel Gibson. [May 2003, p.83]
  9. An extremely fun game with very difficult controls.
  10. 60
    Although the flaky sense of physics and controls bring it down a couple notches, Bandits: Phoenix Rising is still an entertainingly destructive auto combat game.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 9, 2016
    9
    The game is almost perfect. Single-player missions load very quickly and the graphics look really good for such an old game. I still play thisThe game is almost perfect. Single-player missions load very quickly and the graphics look really good for such an old game. I still play this game in 2016, 14 years after they released the game and i still like it.

    The only thing that i didn't like that there is no sequel or anything that adds to this game, which is sad..
    Great game!

    -GapingxDutch
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  2. Ad
    Jan 20, 2006
    8
    Great game load times are a bore but the game has sweet graphics , sound and for 20 buck who cares.
  3. RadHazard
    Jun 16, 2003
    10
    Kick ass singke and multiplayer loads of fun.