Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. It’s got a good story, some neat characters, some nifty sneaking around stuff, team based gameplay, tons of explosions and weapons, and it’s all wrapped up in one of the prettiest little graphics packages I’ve seen in a while.
  2. Certainly ambitious but at times suffers from its lack of focus.
  3. Has what fans of first-person shooters would want, a simple goal, lots of exotic weapons and a skillfully rendered graphical environment in which to stack bodies.
  4. The game tries to master many different aspects of the genre but the number of bugs lets it down badly.
  5. It has a strong graphical kick, enough weapons to outfit a nutso right-wing militia group, and a solid multiplayer package. Just make sure you get the patch.
  6. If it could crash less, have its gameplay as polished as its graphics, and a few more smarts included using its premise, it could be on another level altogether. As it stands now, it fails to devastate the competition.
  7. 74
    A more action heavy, AI driven combat system and a more robust command and control mechanism could have propelled the title into greatness if the story were a little better and the physics were a little polished.
  8. The teammate AI is at times very helpful and other times is just plain whacked. [June 2003, p.84]
  9. Occasional engine bugs and terribly optimized AI. Because of that, the single-player experience feels like you're playing against an army of total idiots that seem willing, if not eager, to run right out into the open where you can pick them off.
  10. Perhaps most notable is the undeniable beauty of the surroundings in which all of this takes place.
  11. A forthright and adolescent-minded FPS, embellished with technical fireworks of debatable value.
  12. 67
    The AI on both sides just isn't very intelligent.
  13. If a more compelling storyline was provided, the score would be higher, but as it stands right now, Devastation will sit on my HD for multiplayer matches and a reason to show off my PC’s graphics to friends and family and that’s about it.
  14. An ambitious but seriously flawed shooter. Though much of its gameplay is otherwise decent, Devastation is ultimately plagued by too many incomplete concepts and annoying issues to recommend it.
  15. A potentially decent FPS that is marred by shoddy AI, repetitive gameplay, and some serious programming bugs.
  16. 40
    The real lesson here is that there's a place for a run-of-the mill shooter. Just keep those aspirations modest. Throw in teammates and base defense, and you can throw your entire project into turmoil.
  17. An experience that while extremely intense, is difficult for all the wrong reasons and ultimately more frustrating than genuinely enjoyable. [June 2003, p.80]
  18. A good game needs at least some combination of competent AI, level design, atmosphere, animation, technical stability, or gameplay, all of which are conspicuously lacking here.
  19. All tension drains away as the game turns into the equivalent of a deathmatch against sheep. [July 2003, p.74]
  20. Developed by Arush Entertainment, this urban-themed FPS game makes a few stabs at greatness but ultimately misses its mark by, oh, about a mile.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Oct 17, 2013
    Great game because of the atmosphere, the nice guns and the detailled graphics. Lots of lampposts, beautiful harbour with all the nice sounds that belongs to it, nice village with a toilet outside where you can hear the crickets. Great great atmosphere if you can feel it. Full Review »
  2. Mark
    Jan 22, 2005
    I never realized that it was possible to make a truly lackluster game with the Unreal engine. Lousy voice acting, jerky motion graphics, boring gameplay... yuck! It feels very much like a budget production. Full Review »
  3. Juvenihilist
    Oct 30, 2004
    Horrible animations, linear levels, bad physics engine, no enemy ai to speak of whatsoever...somewhat nice looking levels graphicswise ie, ruined streets, abandoned buildings, etc. Avoid - nothing worth spending time on. Full Review »