Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
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  1. A darn good adventure and one that should be taken by every serious gamer. It may not take the place of any "Grand Theft Auto" game but it could certainly hold its own against "Max Payne."
  2. Computer Games Magazine
    90
    Though the controls are somewhat klunky, getting too hung up on the flaws of Total Overdose misses its greatest pleasures. [Feb 2006, p.54]
  3. Total Overdose doesn't do much that's new or innovative, but what it does drips with so much style that you can't stay away.
  4. PC Format
    85
    Lead by a strong storyline, cinematically presented and punctuated with countless chunky explosions, it's only held back by the fact that it's over quite quickly. [Nov 2005, p.89]
  5. Total Overdose does not boast the richest and silkiest of graphics, yet it does have 20 levels of gameplay with an appropriate B-movie feel. Although the game’s longevity may be in doubt, its ability to engross is assured.
  6. AceGamez
    80
    A tequila-fuelled, high octane, explosive game that combines frantic gunplay and stylish combo moves with a distinctive and perfectly realised Mexican theme to produce a very entertaining and funny experience.
  7. But on its own merits, TO is brash, energetic, none too taxing and more than capable of providing some solid midtable entertainment, while GTA and the like get on with battling it out at the top of the tree. [PC Zone]
  8. The game’s audio, variety of weapons and moves keeps you interested for a while, but the game isn’t that long and is very repetitive, which certainly kills any buzz you originally had.
  9. Its repetitive structure and bland storyline creates a somewhat shallow experience, yet at the same time there’s depth to be found in the combo combat system and the many side missions to partake.
  10. Total Overdose may be another unashamed clone, but its amusing Mexican underworld storyline and crazy acrobatic moves make it a load of irresistible fun.
  11. A cheese-filled jalapeno of action. [Jan 2005, p.98]
  12. Action game fans ought to be able to settle in and blast their ways through Total Overdose's relatively brief campaign with reasonable levels of enjoyment. Just be prepared for one extremely cheesy ride.
  13. 65
    While substandard scripts and voice acting can be forgiven, when someone pays upwards of £30 for a game lasting ten hours maximum they do not expect to be faced with fiddly controls or to be confused by poorly thought out level structures.
  14. Edge Magazine
    60
    There was never any doubt that Total Overdose would fall foul of one of its genre's various pitfalls, but it's unfortunate that it ultimately had to be one as irksome as excessive length... At its best, the game still shakes up a loud and spicy Mexican cocktail, but what it’s added to the mix has been more than enough to weaken the taste. [Nov 2005, p.103]
  15. PC Gamer
    54
    Another "GTA" clone bites the dust. [Jan 2005, p.56]
  16. Cheap AI, lame graphics, dull gameplay. It's all there for the suffering.
  17. Total Overdose tries to blend a bunch of different gameplay styles into an over-the-top action game but the final package just comes across as being cheesy and a weak imitator.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. DeviantUnknown
    Sep 27, 2005
    10
    Ahhaha, fun as hell, worthy of a 10/10 mainly cause its just so fun, shooting, killing, mameing crazy littles, going into Day Of The Dead Ahhaha, fun as hell, worthy of a 10/10 mainly cause its just so fun, shooting, killing, mameing crazy littles, going into Day Of The Dead mode is a joy in itself. Perfect for hte genre. Full Review »
  2. Jun 19, 2017
    7
    One of the first games i ever played.Pretty fun(the driving,the combat which is similar to Max Payne's)
    Well like every other game it has
    One of the first games i ever played.Pretty fun(the driving,the combat which is similar to Max Payne's)
    Well like every other game it has it's lows, and they are noticeable - most of the boring missions, the graphics and the physics. Overall it's a pretty fun game, do not expect it being complete like a GTA game though.
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  3. Jan 22, 2016
    6
    Total Overdose is the mixture of Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, El Mariachi and a bunch of other games and movies. It is funny, crazy, evenTotal Overdose is the mixture of Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, El Mariachi and a bunch of other games and movies. It is funny, crazy, even chaotic, but honestly, a mess. Full Review »