Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
  1. It’s certainly not a thought-provoking masterpiece on the level of "Deus Ex," nor is it as wickedly funny as the Fallout games on PC. You’ll enjoy what’s here.
  2. It will scratch the itch of only a select few gamers, but chances are it will be in the $19.99 bin inside of two months.
  3. The game is simple and easy to play, the campaign is short (maybe 10-15 hours) but you can play it multiple times, and developing characters is fun. But the game is also a little sloppy.
  4. Restricted Area isn’t going to set any new gold standard or change the world of action-RPG games. It still knows how to show a gamer a good time, though, and it still knows how to be a solid game by any standard.
  5. Nothing to get too excited about, it’s definitely no "Diablo."
  6. The 2D isometric view is a perhaps a little ‘old hat’ nowadays but having said that it was still quite well done. I would still think hardcore fans of 2D RPG games would do well to check Restricted Area out, but the vast majority will probably end up passing this one by.
  7. After a few hours, the lack of variety will take its toll. Overall, nostalgia is the only reason why you would want to play Restricted Area. If you miss those sleepless nights in the company of Diablo 2, you will probably like Restricted Area. I for one prefer the dead to stay dead.
  8. It's a fairly simple and repetitive action RPG experience that's rough around the edges, yet it's not without a certain homegrown charm that should appeal to fans of the genre who don't expect too much.
  9. There’s just something addictive to me about the Diablo-esque style of game, and Restricted Area manages to capture that feeling fairly well. Although I would have greatly appreciated some more variety in the monsters, dungeons, and goodies, I ended up enjoying my post-apocalyptic romp.
  10. Restricted Area is not astounding, or flashy, or new, or even particularly exciting to most gamers but it is at least decent, reasonably priced and fairly enjoyable if you like cyberpunk and combat RPGs.
  11. I was really looking forward to this game, it is really a shame they didn’t fix the problems they should have during beta testing: control issues, AI problems, weapon balancing and character differentiations. Like I said, maybe they’ll get it right next time.
  12. If you really feel you need to play a game in the irradiated future then find a copy of "Fallout" 1 or 2 on eBay and you'll be golden.
  13. 60
    The only reasons a gamer would prefer this game over the other more enjoyable selections out there are either 1) they don't have a computer powerful enough to run "Dungeon Siege" or 2) they just can't find a copy of "Fallout."
  14. While Restricted Area has some bright spots in terms of innovated ideas, you just can’t help but get that old, been there done that feeling while you are playing. The lack of any real plot will not help matters much more.
  15. The combat quickly becomes repetitive, simply involving mouse-clicking on-screen to shoot at the blindingly stupid enemies blundering towards you, retreating if they get too close, then shooting again, maybe using a barrel of explosives for a bit of a change.
  16. You would be better served, I think, purchasing an old copy of "Fallout." As for me, I will be uninstalling this game as soon as I save this article.
  17. The A.I. consists of walking-towards-you-to-hit-you and occasionally walking-away-from-you-because-they-are-hurt. Your character seems to be the only one in the game to have studied the ancient art of running.
  18. As a game designed for entertainment purposes, Restricted Area leaves a great deal to be desired. [Sept 2005, p.57]
  19. It looks and plays like it was made by two guys in a basement - which, in fact, it was. [Oct 2005, p.78]
  20. You can't out-Diablo "Diablo," so don't try. [Oct 2005, p.92]
  21. As a public service, let me just state that I while I did have some fun playing Restricted Area, it is really not worth spending decent money on. For the same price you could get Painkiller Black, Doom 3, Bard’s Tale or Brother’s in Arms.
  22. 20
    Restricted Area could have nicely filled the underused niche of the sci-fi action-RPG, but the bugs, boring level design, and tedious pathfinding combine to make the game a miserable chore.
  23. Say hello to another cheap bottom-feeder from Europe. [Nov 2005, p.76]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Sep 14, 2011
    This game has a lot of promise, but falls short on a couple of issues. It's awfully repetitive and the worst voice acting I've ever heard. ButThis game has a lot of promise, but falls short on a couple of issues. It's awfully repetitive and the worst voice acting I've ever heard. But you just might enjoy the Diablo-in-a-future-setting gameplay... for a while. Full Review »
  2. William
    Mar 13, 2006
    AWFUL. CRAP. GARBAGE. Anyone who rates this over 5 works for marketing for this company. Do not waste your time, let alone your money orAWFUL. CRAP. GARBAGE. Anyone who rates this over 5 works for marketing for this company. Do not waste your time, let alone your money or you'll end up with carpel tunnel from click click click click click non stop. There's a poor excuse for a plot, and no matter what you say to NPC's, they all react the same. The game is disgustingly linear. Two plus's, the graphics and the sound. Huge negatives - the gameplay stinks, the control is garbage, the AI is nonexistent and your character gets stuck. Full Review »
  3. JamesB.
    Oct 17, 2005
    I simply love it! Cyberpunk meets Diablo 2 - one word: GREAT!