Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
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  1. ”Ooh, are we having fun yet?” When Blade mutters these words as you run though the thousandth dim-witted vampire it can be hard not to see the irony – even the game is getting tired.
  2. I think they shot themselves in the foot when they made the sword something you have to power-up to--that should be something you have continual access to.
  3. Game Informer
    60
    It's much better than a game that totally sucked, which games it just another average, and unremarkable, third-person action title. [Nov 2002, p.127]
  4. Play Magazine
    60
    Blade II's got enough meat flyin', head choppin', body-disintegrating action to fill any daywalker's dance card along with some cool beats and beautiful interiors. [Nov 2002, p.94]
  5. The control scheme is fresh and unique, even though it isn’t implemented the way in which it probably was meant to be.
  6. 53
    Hardcore and casual gamers alike, however, will tire of it very quickly.
  7. Suffers from poor controls, insufferable repetition, and a decided lack of fun.
  8. 50
    Even taking the gameplay at face value, there are still flaws like horrendous enemy A.I. and a severely limited set of offensive and defensive moves.
  9. 50
    What there is, generally, is okay - fun, visceral combat, easy controls, reasonable graphics. It just needs more moves, more weapons, more variety... just more in general.
  10. A textbook movie-to-game cash-in. Everything in it is halfheartedly done; the graphics and sound are canned and formulaic, as is the gameplay.
  11. 49
    Clunky, methodical, and definitely on the boring side, Mucky Foot's latest creation should have spent a little more time in the dark before coming into the sunlight.
  12. You would think that they could make a fun game out of a fun movie, but Blade II does not come close to touching the wild action and appealing story that made the film such a delight to watch.
  13. Poor AI, dull design, and lackluster presentation all add up to make Blade II a game that you should definitely skip.
  14. Entertainment Weekly
    42
    Horrendous artificial intelligence makes the hordes of enemies act more like automatons on the fritz than menacing bloodsuckers. [13 Sept 2002, p.159]
  15. The animation is equally as weak, and this is especially noticeable when you see Blade's rigid front and back flips. The XBox does a noticeably better job than the PS2 though.
  16. Mindless action/adventure fare of the wrong and ill-conceived variety.
  17. 40
    Enemies in Blade II display some of the worst AI to date. They tend to attack only when you get close to them. There are no variations in enemy attacks.
  18. Die-hard fans (all three of you) will be glad to know that the game religiously follows the flick; there’s no plot, plenty of bad acting, and loads of cheesy CGI zombies for you to Ginsu to bits.
  19. The promising foundation is very nearly forgotten due to a rickety structure atop it. Regardless of whether or not you’ve watched the movies, chances are, you’ll be disappointed with this one.
  20. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    40
    If there's one thing I've learned from Blade II, it's this: Vampires love monotony. [Nov 2002, p.183]
  21. No soul, no panache, no cool. The extremely repetitive gameplay and poor controls, along with mediocre graphics and a sub-par plot make this title a strong candidate for the bargain bin (or maybe even the round file).

Awards & Rankings

87
#87 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
74
#74 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. ZemZ.
    Sep 25, 2007
    8
    This game shows what licensed games can be, sure it's aged but i just got it & it shows me what licenced games used to be. & what they This game shows what licensed games can be, sure it's aged but i just got it & it shows me what licenced games used to be. & what they should be a geat game a bargain bin bounty. enjoy. Full Review »
  2. MajinMike
    Sep 19, 2003
    10
    This game is awesome!! You can tell where the horror fans are with the 10 votes, and the non horror fans with the 1 and 2 votes. Another This game is awesome!! You can tell where the horror fans are with the 10 votes, and the non horror fans with the 1 and 2 votes. Another great horror game for the PS2. Full Review »
  3. Matt-e
    Nov 9, 2002
    10
    I wish these critics would get there thumbs out of there ass's and do what there payed to do recognize great games.