Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. If you want an action strategy with unique moments, and you don't mind stupid camera placement, and you're not too much into online fighting, and live in Europe, Hostile Waters is a decent choice.
  2. With superb graphics, sound, and music, as well as immersive and challenging gameplay, Rage has really done its job in making sure that this title has no real weaknesses. The plot development and cinematics are simply in a class by themselves.
  3. Those strategists who want to work on their battlefield commanding ability will enjoy this game more than people whose greatest thrill is decimating an enemy with an unstoppable force.
  4. Nice single-player game progression, though, and a welcome transfusion of RTS gaming's life-blood.
  5. Best taken as what it is: an experience. It is a graphically beautiful, fully engrossing story that lets the player take the role of combatant and commander.
  6. A distasteful plot combined with bitterly frustrating controls saps a lot of the fun out of what could have been a real winner.
  7. 80
    HW:AR creates innovative and white-knuckled gameplay that will strain both your reflexes and your wits, not to mention your cool head.
  8. The game's excellent story, action elements, de-emphasis on repetitive base building, and largely automated resource collection ensure that even the most jaded real-time strategy player will find something fresh and exciting in Hostile Waters.
  9. 79
    It's a "one night stand" of a game, pretty but not perfect, a nice way to kill some time, and it's good for the duration as long as you don't think too hard about it.
  10. Ultimately, a gap-filled and very linear storyline, a lack of any sort of multiplayer or joystick support, and the relative ease of mission completion undermine any real value here for the gamer.
  11. 87
    This is a great mix of strategy and action and should keep most gamers well entertained. There's a lot going for this title even through it's AI flaws and sometimes difficult command interface.
  12. 90
    Hostile Waters is not only a superb PC game it's actually one of the very best games I've ever played.
  13. It’s very fast paced, yet strategic at the same time – as such, it requires lightning fast decisions to be made in order to be successful. Many action gamers, as well as strategy gamers, will enjoy it.
  14. Tremendous fun. It doesn't innovate so much as it refines and ties together a couple of different elements into a satisfying whole.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 19, 2012
    It's been over a decade since this game was released. I thank my dad for buying me this game. The game was well presented. The story was very powerful, and the narrator had you at the edge of your seat. As for graphics, they will obviously be ugly compared to those of more modern games, but, hey, this game was made in 2001, so give it a break. It was great at the time. Now for the gameplay. What a wonderful combination of real-time strategy and third-person shooter elements! Yes, it has the action, but you really need think, and start being strategic. And I love the resource management. The sound and music were excellent as well. What pains me is that there was no multiplayer. If it had multiplayer, then it would be a great game perfected. Unfortunately, the game only has a story mode, so once you beat the game, that's it. But it takes about 20-30 hours to complete, and a second playthrough is worth it, so that's like 40-60 hours. In conclusion, this is the best game nobody plays. I hope one day, someone will remake this game, solve all its issues and I'll buy it on day one. Full Review »
  2. JenkinS
    Dec 22, 2009
    Hostile Waters was very far beyond it's time when it was released, I still could not find anything comparable in the game world today, with it's uniformly created games always basing on Action, Horror and the graphic improvements of their predecessors. I still play it, I'm still impressed from it's depth. When I reached the end I was empty. Rage should have sold the license to anyone, who was able to create good remakes or sequels. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 26, 2005
    Solid hybrid strategy/action game. Pretty unique, I really liked it.