Metascore
42

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 11 out of 17
  1. The concept of stopping the mob instead of some ancient civilization, railroad, or third world country is something different for a strategy game. But the mob just doesn’t seem like the mob during most of the game. You could easily replace the mob with ancient warrior of a great civilization and the game would play the same.
  2. With dated graphics, redundant settings and gameplay, mediocre production values, I can only recommend this for fans only—those who have to play every tactical game that comes down the pike, whether its taking on the Nazis, Western bad men, a Nottingham sheriff, or runaway Mafia.
  3. 57
    The concept is all there, but some features, such as funds management, background story and sounds, are only half-baked and appear as if the developers lost interest in completing the title.
  4. Unfortunately game play is spotty and uninspired as are the graphics - the sound on the other hand is, well it's intriguing.
  5. Is this game as bad as it seems? Not really, but if killing terrorists is your pleasure, you’re better off doing it in 3D with one of the Rainbow Six games and focusing your time on Al-Qaeda-like enemies, not the local goombas.
  6. 50
    The Third Wave doesn't manage to achieve consistent entertainment, though, and is challenging for generally the wrong reasons.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. TomR.
    Apr 28, 2004
    10
    I enjoy RTS games & this one had a contemporary hook that I couldn't resist. In "Beyond the Law", you command a squad of paramilitary I enjoy RTS games & this one had a contemporary hook that I couldn't resist. In "Beyond the Law", you command a squad of paramilitary experts in missions to infiltrate mob strongholds in & around New York City .. Your objective, put down the mob & stop a plot to nuke the U.S Capitol Many of the same features that you'd find in other RTS games. But it's the storyline that pulled me in .. The cut scenes setting up each new mission were intense and gave the game an edgy, gritty feel. A "whole-lot-of-game" for not much money ($20) Full Review »
  2. VincentB.
    Apr 28, 2004
    9
    Stop the Mob - Save America! Excellent twist on the RTS genre. Only $19 .. Have been playing for hours - so I certainly got my money's Stop the Mob - Save America! Excellent twist on the RTS genre. Only $19 .. Have been playing for hours - so I certainly got my money's worth. Standard RTS gameplay, awesome cut scenes, great storyline .. Thumbs Up! Full Review »
  3. JM
    Apr 26, 2004
    9
    I played for hours for only $19.99. Great deal, lots of interesting twists. Choose playing Mafia-it's more challenging.