Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. netjak
    I enjoyed it more than the original, and for $19.99 it's a total steal for an expansion.
  2. Fans of the series will fall in love with the second amazing add-on to Clancy's classic.
  3. Computer Gaming World
    Smarter A.I. makes for some of the best firefights in any Red Storm game to date. [Jan 2003, p.104]
  4. This game is about the best game I’ve ever played for the PC.
  5. Has enough wonderful extra and multiplayer maps to add more fuel to Ghost Recon’s highly entertaining fire.
  6. 84
    It's more of the same. The same great gameplay. The same excellent level design. The same intense atmosphere.
  7. Although there are a variety of objectives among the new missions, gameplay is not changed significantly in Island Thunder.
  8. Its substantial single-player campaign and new multiplayer maps and modes (when you can get into a game) are definitely worth it.
  9. Cheat Code Central
    It captures all the essence and excitement of the series even if it doesn't offer a lot of new elements.
  10. The graphics are quite goods, as are the maps, with lots of little places to work around and use for cover. For the snipers out there, you will be pleased.
  11. The difficulty level will undoubtedly spur a few people away. It's not crazily impossible or unreasonable but it's not as easy as some of the missions presented earlier.
  12. PC Gamer
    There are no huge new strides in gameplay, but the story-driven campaign is top-notch -- albeit murderously hard. [Holiday 2002, p.84]
  13. Computer Games Magazine
    The only thing you won't like is the deadly accuracy and preternatural instincts of the enemy. [Feb 2003, p.83]
  14. 74
    With its serviceable single-player game and a gem like the new Defend mode, Island Thunder is a tidy little bonus juuuust worth the price.
  15. Yeah, you'll like it, but only if you were hard core about the original, or haven't played the original at all and happen to like this particular game genre.
  16. I like the new modes because each one puts the player on the defensive at some point, and I love being the centre of attention in a multiplayer game and facing overwhelming odds. Yeah, I'm a masochist, sue me.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. MikeDavidson
    May 1, 2009
    I love this game. I got it because it looked really cool and let me tell you, I didn't regret it at all. Also, I thought that because itI love this game. I got it because it looked really cool and let me tell you, I didn't regret it at all. Also, I thought that because it is rated M, it would have lots of gore and guts and everything, but surprisingly, it wasn't bad at all. The only thing they show is a little blood on the ground afterwards and it lasts only like 5, maybe 10 secs. I would definately of given this game a teen rating, because I don't see why it's M, maybe its because of the violence, but even that wasn't horrible. The graphics are awesome and the game overall is just incredible and I would recommend it to everyone!!!!! Full Review »
  2. A.F.
    May 5, 2003
    I like it a lot.