Defender PlayStation 2

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. A decently solid shooter that's good for a few hours fun. Shame they couldn't include the original as a bonus, though. [GamesMaster]
  2. Defender can be a fun game ... while it lasts.
  3. Perhaps if they would have included the original game and just enhanced the graphics, this would have helped the game and added to what it was missing.
  4. It doesn't really share too much with the original arcade title.
  5. Manages to satisfy any modern gamer out for some good 'ol alien blasting in futuristic spaceships. [Nov 2002, p.184]
  6. Though not as polished or fun as “Spy Hunter,” Defender”will entertain middle-aged men/women that grew-up with the original coin-op as much as younger gamers open-minded enough to give this 3D remake a shot.
  7. It doesn't really go too far out of its way to distinguish itself.
  8. 67
    It's nothing entirely new, but you'll have a good time doing it. [Nov 2002, p.75]
  9. With great gameplay, varied missions and solid controls, Defender is another Midway classic tuned for a new generation of gamers.
  10. Intelligently blends the three gameplay styles together in a way that works. [Dec 2002, p.202]
  11. The action is always set on high and the immediacy of the appeal lends itself to strong replay. [Dec 2002, p.86]
  12. It’s doesn’t have the adrenaline fuelled action of the original, nor any neat new ideas to make it feel like a progression.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. LarryK.
    Dec 31, 2002
    9
    Actually kind of hard...I'm still stuck on the first levels!
  2. MitchellC.
    Dec 7, 2002
    7
    Luis is an idiot. This game is most definately not a 10 out of 10. Jedi Starfighter is better in playability and the controls for rolling and Luis is an idiot. This game is most definately not a 10 out of 10. Jedi Starfighter is better in playability and the controls for rolling and maneuvering are better. Does he work for Midway or something? Full Review »
  3. LuisA.
    Oct 28, 2002
    10
    I think that this game should be in the top ten in the US because it's the best space game aside from Staarlancer (created by dreamcast).