Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Does provide quite a pop! in fun factor, a zoom! in the adrenaline sector, and lands with a pow! in the winner's department.
  2. 79
    Shallow scenarios and a killer difficulty level snipe away at the title's longevity.
  3. "Elite's" worst problem is that there's no real incentive in it -- the lack of story and repetitive combat offer no good reason to stick with the game.
  4. One of the better looking shooters around, with spectacular special effects, "Gunship" is a worthy contender for "Freespace"'s throne.
  5. CheckOut
    If you're looking for a game that brings back the glory days of mindless arcade shooters, then "Bang! Gunship Elite" is the game for you.
  6. CNET Gamecenter
    A straight-up old-school space shooter dressed to kill.
  7. If what you're after is an action-packed, no-brain shooter than Bang! Gunship Elite's gorgeous, high-speed, intense battles will surely do the trick.
  8. Overall, this is one of those games that gets high marks for style, but could have used a bit more work in the substance department.
  9. With its luscious graphics that beg to be stared at, it’s a shame that Bang!’s gameplay isn’t a little more involving.
  10. PC Gamer
    Shoot stuff, it explodes. Repeat as desired until you either blow up or get tired of it, whichever comes first. [Oct 2000, p.129]
  11. Daily Radar
    Our suggestion: turn off the lights, crank your speakers, get some Jolt! Cola and a couple of Lik-A-Stiks and settle in for a few hours of happy-go-lucky brain and teeth rot.
  12. Stacked against the genre's competition, this game was scraped from the bottom of the barrel, but if what you want is a straight-forward, good-looking destructo-fest, "B!GE" should be considered.
  13. 60
    It looks good and plays fast, but lacks the refinement and complexity that space combat fans have come to expect.
  14. "Bang! Gunship Elite" proves yet again that eye candy alone cannot sustain a title, as the vast majority of its gameplay proves to be extremely tedious.
  15. Another example of a game that sports graphics that make you want to stand up and cheer and gameplay that induces hair loss due to nerve-bending frustration.

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