Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
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  1. 48
    Tries to create a novel martial arts fighting system, but quickly buries it in repetitive gameplay. All the bad guys are the same, the same environments get used over and over, and the large majority of the game is about squaring off with five guys at a time.
  2. Weekly Famitsu
    6 / 7 / 7 / 6 - 26 [Vol 788; 23 Jan 2004]
  3. PSM Magazine
    A few problems keep it from videogame zen: there is no tutorial level, the camera spins faster than Jackie Chan, and there's a ridiculously steep learning curve. [Dec 2003, p.72]
  4. GMR Magazine
    Between the hostile camera system (which routinely obscures enemies), the dull pacing of the levels, and the repetitive combat, it loses something big. [Dec 2003, p.86]
  5. There are endless beat-'em-ups, platformers and third-person action adventures that do everything Crouching Tiger does infinitely better, and manage to make it fun while they're at it.
  6. It's got some solid if a little frustrating gameplay, a great new way to block and counterattack, and solid graphics to back it all up.
  7. Game Informer
    Unlike the movie, which was lush and vibrant from beginning to end, this looks worse than a '70s kung fu movie dubbed off broadcast television. [Oct 2003, p.117]
  8. Although Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon isn't a horrible game, it isn't a good one. And with the license of a movie that was such a huge success, an okay game just isn’t acceptable.
  9. The game eventually becomes an endless exercise in button-mashing with little to reward the punishment your thumbs will take.
  10. There simply isn’t enough variety in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and the repetitive combat, troublesome camera, and platform-like jumping puzzles will quickly go from entertaining to annoying long before the game is over.
  11. A mediocre title with few bells and whistles.
  12. The gameplay doesn't do anything a thousand other identical games haven't done before, and the frustratingly repetitive level and mission designs further solidify Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as a mediocre effort, at best.
  13. Doesn’t have anywhere near the magic as the movie. Do yourself a favor and rent the movie instead of playing this inadequate title.
  14. Playboy
    The sparse environments, dim-witted foes and frustrating camera angles are as awkward as a bad kung-fu movie overdub. [Sept 2003, p.33]
  15. Cheat Code Central
    It's feels like you're playing in a mall display of a replica of the movie set. Camera angles need constant attention as they seldom reset to the most appropriate view. There's just not enough to like about this game.
  16. 50
    While not reaching the absolute moronic bliss of the 8-Bit and 16-Bit era movie cash-ins, this does feel like a trek back to the good old days of movie-based video games.
  17. I had to force myself to plod forward, as I couldn’t withstand the overuse of a combat system that’s simplistic and lacks any really engrossing gameplay.
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Combat feels stiff, rote, and only semi-interactive: dodge an enemy's flurry, then press the correct sequence of buttons (ad nauseam) to counterattack. [Nov 2003, p.178]
  19. Like the movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is quite an ambitious undertaking. Unlike the movie, it doesn’t consistently deliver the goods.
  20. 60
    A fun and fluid representation of the best moments of the film. It isn't the deepest or most visually dazzling game, but it feels right. It's what a "Crouching Tiger" game should be.
  21. 50
    Is it playable and engaging? Yes, up to a point. But as a pure game it trips over its own feet more than once...For hardcore movie-lovers only.
  22. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Poor collision detection ensures you'll scratch your head, wondering how a particular punch or kick landed when the enemy who threw it is only vaguely in the area of your character. [Nov 2003, p.132]
  23. 30
    You’ll often spot limbs and objects poking through solid surfaces, but you’ll almost never see your opponent properly framed—the camera angles are simply dreadful and rarely offer a decent view of the combat (or even the immediate surroundings).
  24. Play Magazine
    For all its grace, CTHD is not as fun as it could have been, leaving the game best suited for those with high endurance who want to immerse themselves in the film. [Nov 2003, p.78]
  25. Just not any fun at all. It's grossly repetitive, strictly linear and painfully boring.
  26. GameNow
    What could have been an exciting and graceful fighting system instead feels dull and stilted. [Nov 2003, p.51]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. GlennB.
    Feb 24, 2005
    5 martial arts hence the 5 for ability to atleast fight. As a game compared to an excellent movie...well, bit poop really isn't it?
  2. Allanlikesthisgame
    May 3, 2004
    A lot of people are saying that this game is crap and terrible. I can see why they say this because of the terrible camera angle, but this is A lot of people are saying that this game is crap and terrible. I can see why they say this because of the terrible camera angle, but this is a pretty descent game. The controls, sound, and game play is pretty good, but the graphics need some work. Over all i think that this is a pretty descent game to play. I enjoyed playing it. O and "someone you dont know", how can u say that John R. has a lot of time on his hands when you yourself bothered commenting and rating this game. Your probably just a geek trying to act all tough. i bet this john R. dude could woop ur butt. Full Review »
  3. SomeoneYouDontKnow
    Dec 18, 2003
    There are really no words to describe it besides its crap. Big waste of money so dont rent it or be stupid enough to buy it. And John R. You There are really no words to describe it besides its crap. Big waste of money so dont rent it or be stupid enough to buy it. And John R. You got too much time on your hands to type that out. Full Review »