Metascore
46

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 10 out of 18
  1. The sheer intensity of the firefights in this game makes it worth the money, and given that it’s relatively inexpensive to pick up (you’re looking at a $30-$40 dent in your wallet), it’s worth the majority of that money.
  2. Technically, the large swarms of bugs are impressive, but otherwise the game looks dated and sounds weak. The fun comes mainly from the game's respect of its source material. The boss fights are incredibly tedious, though. [Dec 2005]
  3. Starship Troopers is a game that underscores the principal of diminishing returns which means the more you play it, the less you'll like it. If you must, enjoy it in small doses.
  4. It's nice to see a publisher put in a little extra effort with the presentation of their product, which is rare these days.
  5. The cut-scenes add a nice touch to the storyline, and the nearly limitless number of enemy bugs; matched with their hard armor and aggressive behavior defiantly keep the game, if nothing else, interesting.
  6. The average graphics and sound weigh down Starship Troopers. The ability to fight swarms of enemies is entertaining at first, but it can be a problem at times. Losing because the enemies attacked faster than you can kill them or because you looked the wrong direction for a second and a half can be frustrating.
  7. There are redeeming features, a few nice touches of scripting here and a cool boss there, but generally the fabled shitty-stick of non-touching is going to have to make another one of his increasingly common appearances. [PC Zone]
  8. 50
    Regardless of what actually went on during the course of development, whatever innovations they achieved are overshadowed by annoying combat mechanics and shallow gameplay loops.
  9. The transition from celluloid to digital bytes is a mess of missed opportunities. [Feb 2006, p.37]
  10. It is an exercise in immense frustration and painful tedium. When it works, and this feels a stupid sentence at this point, it does manifest the correct semiotic indicators of first-person shooting. You are mowing down literally hundreds of baddies with big metal guns. But that's it. And it isn't all that much.
  11. 40
    Now what are you waiting for, a medal? You'll only get that if you survive, marauder -- if you can survive the tedium of never-ending waves of bugs and repetitive missions.
  12. 40
    At least the audio captures a bit of the enjoyably cornball feel of the film. The bugs and guns don't make much of an impression, but troops utter intentionally cheesy lines like, "I'm so bad I scare myself!"
  13. Starship Troopers has little dedication to faithfully re-creating the things that made the film unique, and it's a pretty lousy and technically deficient shooter to boot.
  14. This videogame is a soulless, shambling zombie wreck. It is rife with bad graphics, AI, gameplay, voicework, plot (if it can even be said to have a plot), and weapons.
  15. Starship Troopers just doesn't have any soul. It's a generic first-person shooter, with gameplay that isn't very much fun and doesn't do justice with the license its based on.
  16. Standing still watching an incomprehensible mass of bodies shifting forwards as they work against the constraints of the engine is no fun. Taking another step into the realms of First-Person shootery and actually firing is inept solace.
  17. A by-the-numbers blast-a-thon. [Feb 2006, p.71]
  18. In lieu of interesting situations, tactics, thrills, or simple variety, Starship Troopers coughs up a big greasy hairball of run-right-at-you enemies that never stop coming. [Mar 2006, p.55]
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. AlessioP.
    Jul 27, 2007
    7
    The net has been very unjust to this game... in its way, its amazing. Graphic isnt that bad, and surely having LOTS of bugs around you gave the same impression of watching the movie. Sound makes his job... nothing exceptional, ok, but neither orrible. Gameplay is very fun... sure, enemies have no IA. They are bugs, remember? This is all about smashing tons and tons of bugs, wave after wave... the game never promised something else so you may like it or not, but its stupid to get angry if its not your type of game. I enjoyed ST... it really goes on smoothly: think at it like a casual game, only an FPS. If you have a powerfull enough pc and you play it at easy settings (very important this: only on easy the npc stays alive and give the felling of being part o a team), you'll enjoy it... and maybe youll replay it more than some FPS-masterpiece that request you to be focused all the time. I surely did it Full Review »
  2. EdoardoD.
    Jan 2, 2006
    5
    Good graphic and decent sound. Impressive number of enemies, maybe too many! The game is really frustrating and there no time to think about tactics. AI is very basic too. Full Review »
  3. DannyNooney
    Aug 16, 2004
    9
    I give this game a nine becuase not that i am a huge SST fan but i have got to play a demo of it and also i have seen the trialer, this game could be the next HALO if you know what i mean. if you go to www.starshiptrooeprs-game.com you'll see what i mean. Full Review »