• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2005
Metascore
48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 33
  2. Negative: 15 out of 33
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  1. Beatdown: Fists of Vengeance is a really strange game; a mixture of ideas that comes across as extremely hit and miss. The amalgamation of traditional beat-em-up gameplay and one-on-one works really well; but on the other hand the disguise system seems flawed, who wants to buy a beat-em-up when the aim is to avoid confrontations?
  2. 70
    A game that is certainly violent, absolutely profane, but also acceptably playable and filled with enough replay value and customization to warrant a purchase as opposed to a rental. But in terms of sheer polish and finesse, "Def Jam Fight for New York" is still the standard bearer against which these sorts of games should be judged.
  3. Sadly, the open world and one-on-one fighting engine lack the proper execution, and the copious loading times just get in the way.
  4. Beatdown is a solid fighting themed action role-playing game brought down a notch by too much area transition loading and some limited promised features (like the ability to interrogate every character in the game).
  5. It's a beat-em-up. You beat people up. If nothing else, it offers the bare minimum of gameplay to meet the name, but all the other claims of deeper gameplay are half-assed.
  6. It's an engaging scrap that just about manages to keep you hooked. Worth taking a chance on if you like fight-heavy action adventures with a seedy, skuzzy undercurrent and plenty of face-smashing. [PSW]
  7. Ultimately, though, it’s all about how well you wield a crowbar.
  8. Capcom did the right thing by allowing 2 player battles and extending the replay value with 5 characters but some gamers will have had enough of the load times and mind-numbing decisions by the end of the first story.
  9. A game that feels half-baked and suffers from terrible pacing.
  10. 50
    An intriguing idea, but it deserves a better game than this.
  11. Fans of repetition or the beat-em-up genre may be interested, but the game is likely to disappoint—even as a rental. Avoid, if possible.
  12. Building up a powerful gang from nothing under the watchful eye of the man sounds like fun, but the process in Beat Down is shallow and tiresome.
  13. Great in concept but ends up being a slow-loading, profanity-laden action game with subpar graphics.
  14. AceGamez
    50
    Beatdown is a choppy, shallow and tedious experience, despite a few cool features being thrown into the mix.
  15. Game Informer
    50
    A dumb, forgettable game and nothing else. [Sept 2005, p.100]
  16. 50
    Despite offering a laundry list of moves and button combinations, the game's complicated controls feel shallower than the three-buttoned Capcom arcade classics like "The Punisher" or "Alien vs. Predator." Group battles feel too constricted with the auto target locking mechanics, and the simplistic one-on-one fights are somewhere on the level of "Pit Fighter."
  17. PSM Magazine
    50
    There's still just not enough incentive to repeatedly play through the game. [Oct 2005, p.90]

Awards & Rankings

42
#42 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. May 21, 2017
    10
    one of the best beat em up games ever! i like that there is a lot of characters and i was shocked by the reviews!! its a great game and ione of the best beat em up games ever! i like that there is a lot of characters and i was shocked by the reviews!! its a great game and i recommend it. Full Review »
  2. BrunoF.
    Apr 14, 2007
    9
    When you approach a game of this kind you cannot, by any means, apply the same criteria that you apply to any other game. Beatdown promises When you approach a game of this kind you cannot, by any means, apply the same criteria that you apply to any other game. Beatdown promises great amount of visual violence, rudeness, slang, and tough battles. And it provides so. It is true that the graphics aren't as polished as, let us say Urban Reign, but the characters are much more realistic - vulgar, uninteresting, much like any street thug is! Also, being published under Capcom, it provides a feeling which Final Fight players will understand, mostly due to the places where it is played (cliché names such as Harbor, Slum, Police District, Downtown). Also it is quite realistic in the sense that you can either peck a fight until one of the fighters is knocked out, or you can just go wild and choose to take his life - a level of violence which is seldom found on a game of this sort. A rude game for people who enjoy a little violence every now and then. Not galons of blood. Just the same amount of blood you'd get for beating someone up on your backyard. Sometimes I could almost sense the awfully stinking smell that emanated from the back alleys. Great! Full Review »
  3. DavetheSlave
    Dec 7, 2005
    8
    id say more like an 8 and two-thirds....this game was definately fun, (im a fan of pointless violence,though a pacifist *shrugs*) i kinda dig id say more like an 8 and two-thirds....this game was definately fun, (im a fan of pointless violence,though a pacifist *shrugs*) i kinda dig the idea that different routes can be taken in the story depending on choices made/character picked from start.whens the last time you saw a rated M capcom game that didnt involve zombies... *thinks* anyway, the game did have its drawbacks... long loading screens, bad stage sound tracks, and poor voice overs... though im not all together sure whether the game was originally released in english... or japanese, then poorly voiced over for american release (im assuming the latter). if you liked this game (or if you hated it) i think yall would love 'the warriors' by rockstar... its the same idea with less loading, no fashion changing,and more action! as well as better soundtrack, graphics, controls, and atmosphere. makes me wonder if rockstar has influenced capcom on this one~~>beat down: fists of vengeance. Full Review »