• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Feb 8, 2005
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 45
  2. Negative: 18 out of 45
  1. It's one of those games that reminds you how far we've come over the years, because it's just full of the old bad design habits that we all used to take for granted.
  2. 45
    Simply a mediocre action adventure composed of recycled concepts and poor attempts at innovation that not even Tekken fans will enjoy.
  3. I can’t take any more, this game is awful.
  4. The control system is nothing but a pain, with the analog stick used mostly for combat, and no camera control of movement. Even making Nina run is a button-mashing effort.
  5. 38
    It is games like Death by Degrees that make the public shun games and dismiss them as the trifles of a child. Overt sexual overtones, but no actual nudity, and gameplay that consists of an insipid story combined with shallow, random acts of nigh-impossible, pseudo-heroic violence. Sounds like something aiming straight for the 12-15 year old demographic to me.
  6. Note to the videogame industry: Mapping attacks to the right analog stick isn't a good idea. Put all the crossover dribbles and jukes you want on the analog stick, but for brawling games like Death by Degrees, this method of control simply doesn't work.
  7. It’s an unparalleled mess of a game that manages top bore and anger in equal measure, exhibiting the occasional glimmer of a good idea only to snatch it away and laugh in your face. [Apr 2005, p.116]
  8. 45
    There’s nothing done well here that wasn’t already done in the Force modes, which is quite sad.
  9. A game that will appeal to easily-impressed foetuses, but alienate the rest of us by being incredibly simple and simply unfulfilling. [PSM2]
  10. Add some quite wonky camera controls, only slightly above-average graphics, voice acting that is little better than House of the Dead’s, and load times that are so slow and frequent that they would test the patience of the Dali Llama himself, and what you have is a game that is a chore to play.
  11. From generic level designs to Nina Williams’ busted right analog control, and from amateurish voice acting to an unbearable amount of never-ending loading pauses, this game is inexcusably poor and no fun to play whatsoever.
  12. Poor controls, poor camera, poor combat... Poor us for having to suffer through this dreck.
  13. 40
    A tired, sluggish, and uninspired action adventure that would have barely cut the mustard six years ago on PS1.
  14. A mindless brawler with shoddy control... An interesting experiment with the Tekken franchise. Too bad it plays like a train wreck.
  15. Pause menus that take at least five-ten seconds to load up are downright pathetic, a lack of intriguing gameplay definitely drew me away quicker and quicker, and mostly, the inappropriate use of a beloved-by-many-except-this-reviewer fighting franchise’s moniker is foul play indeed.
  16. We're used to crappy stories. What we're not used to is disorienting camera angles and lousy controls that have the lithe, lean, fighting machine Nina plodding around like the bastard love child of Kirstie Alley and a three-legged Clydesdale.
  17. If the mindless action of mashing your analog stick to death won't bore you into using Death by Degrees as a coaster, the horrible soundtrack will at least guarantee you will make use of the mute feature on your TV.
  18. The depth of unlockable modes and challenges is a welcome surprise and allows for plenty of action without the mess of searching for keys without a decent map. Did I mention that the map is worthless? It is.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Sep 20, 2013
    7
    A decent game that was too harshly judged. Yes the controls are awkwardly placed, BUT the game is still very playable. This wasn't meant to be a serious beat-em-up. Its more like a Resident Evil 1-3 or a Silent Hill with exploration, item collecting, and some health management. The cruise ship location is massive and just fun to explore. There are plenty of saves to find. There are plenty of rooms and objects to examine without out them being too hidden or too hard. The special attacks are kind of fun. Its pretty obvious this wasn't meant to be too serious, but it is fun in its own way. This game really does have some of the best graphics the PS2 is capable of. If you think of this like an older adventure game with a bit of combat you will like it. Its not an FPS or button masher, and I think people thought it would be. There is some voice acting and story here, but its pretty silly. Right now I'd rate it 7. Decent game and you should probably buy it if you like cinematic games and cool places to explore. It will really take you away from reality. Full Review »
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    3
    To be blunt - Death by Degrees is a badly designed piece of **** A third person brawler wanting to be Resident evil AND Metal Gear Solid at the same time, except the camera and controls are so bad they do nothing but hinder the player and make certain actions difficult or impossible. There's a good game in here somewhere; likely the removal of the ridiculous thumbstick-controlled directional combat would improve matters no end, but then there's the obnoxious load-times that appear every. single. time. you open a door, select your menu, or do anything. Crap, crap, crap. Full Review »