Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 83
    Although hit detection has been spread to body zones, making it so that a sniper can't shoot your foot and kill you, motion capture isn't as satisfying as ragdoll, especially after "Painkiller," "Half-Life 2," and "CS: Source."
  2. My experience on NovaWorld was much better this time around. [Jan 2005, p.143]
  3. The map is extremely large and offers countless hours of gameplay. Since it's played online with more than 100 people, every visit is a new experience.
  4. More guns, more vehicles, and lots more action. [Feb 2005, p.81]
  5. The new maps make getting into the heart of the battle much quicker and easier, and the new vehicles make battles go by much faster. [Feb 2005, p.64]
  6. Nothing revolutionary, but a lot of battlin' and a lot of fun. [Jan 2005, p.98]
  7. A nice offering of new toys and maps, but why on earth did you break the teamwork by giving us such an abundance of motorcycles? Now nobody wants to board my Blackhawk anymore. [Feb. 05]
  8. Helps make the Joint Operations experience an interesting and engaging one, though be prepared to face a noticeable learning curve and some frustrations at first.
  9. Not only addresses the problems of the previous game, but also makes extra advancements in the gameplay. But even those advancements have their problems, mainly the maps and motorcycle.
  10. 70
    In fact, one of the worst things you can say about an expansion pack is true of Escalation: it feels optional.
  11. To its credit, Escalation has certainly improved the Joint Ops experience – just not tremendously.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 26, 2011
    Even better than the original! The game features more, better looking textures, maps, weapons and more! The graphics seem to be somewhat improved and the gameplay is more balanced out. Perfect game for any gamer! Worth the buy! Just NOTE that you will need to buy "Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising" before you can play this one. ;) Full Review »
  2. ThomasT.
    Oct 27, 2004
    Excellent !!!
  3. RoyP
    Oct 7, 2009
    Most underrated game of all time, still playing after 5 years, every Sunday in 100 to 160 player organized Battles. Custom maps every week. Best bang for your buck. Full Review »