Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
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  1. 55
    You're pretty much just playing CTF and running around like a maniac. Once that gets old, BHD will get thrown into the closet.
  2. Black Hawk Down's dated gameplay design and presentation just don't measure up compared to other modern combat shooters. Though the multiplayer can be fun for a while, the weapon balancing is out of whack, and the implementation of vehicles is contrived to the point of absurdity.
  3. Game Informer
    After squeezing off I don't know how many rounds into untold numbers of bodies, I'm more prone to being lulled into a nice nap than a frenzy. [Oct 2005, p.128]
  4. Only die-hard war fans will find small satisfaction from playing this title, and you might as well just rent it.
  5. A decent first-person shooter but it's based on the two-year old PC version. In this day and age of military, quad-based, tactical shooter, Black Hawk Down is a bit of a disappointment.
  6. It simply has no place in the current sea of PlayStation 2 shooters; it is far too flawed, far too easy, and lacks far too much of the intensity that gamers pick up tactical shooters for in the first place.
  7. 50
    One of the ugliest games of this generation, and the majority of Dreamcast games would put it to shame. The textures are cloudy and the player models are cheesy.
  8. games(TM)
    In order to get any challenge or satisfaction from Rebellion’s dustbowl shooter, it must be tackled on the hardest difficulty setting right away; only then will Black Hawk Down demonstrate any of the depth or well-implemented tactical elements it has to offer. [Sept 2005, p.110]
  9. Black Hawk Down’s main problem is that it purports to offer the experience of being the leader of Delta Force operatives in war torn Somalia. But hamstrung game play with shoddy graphics doesn’t cut it.
  10. 60
    The single-player missions are fairly mediocre, especially in comparison to other shooters. If you really, really need to shoot virtual people in a virtual desert, then this’ll do.
  11. AceGamez
    The only reason to get Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is for the online mode and I wouldn't bother getting the PS2 version for online thrills if you have an Xbox, or Killzone for that matter.
  12. Pelit (Finland)
    An average and slightly dated shooter with an interesting background story. The PS2 version is inferior, I would not even dare call it the same game. [May. 05]
  13. PSM Magazine
    A plain vanilla shooter dressed in authentic-smelling military gear. [Nov 2005, p.94]
  14. If more time had been spent polishing the graphics, enemy intelligence, animation and, erm, just about every other aspect of presentation, the good ideas could've had a chance to shine. Sadly, instead what we have is just another bloody war game, and not even a very good one at that.
  15. Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is so last decade!
  16. The solo campaign lacks the pizazz of other military shooters, but decent multiplayer options prevent it from feeling pilotless.
  17. The online support for 32 players might be enough for some to gather their money’s worth, but if you desire a challenging tactical shooter then there are certainly better choices on the market.

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#82 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 51
  2. Negative: 3 out of 51
  1. JeffW.
    May 4, 2009
    Great game!
  2. JacksonH.
    Jul 17, 2006
    its the best army shooting game ever made all the others like splinter cell & that r crap compared to this if u r into shooting games this is its the best army shooting game ever made all the others like splinter cell & that r crap compared to this if u r into shooting games this is a must have. Full Review »
  3. DaveS.
    Nov 10, 2005
    This has pretty decent graphics and for those who compare it to others games..... just don't. It follows the story line fairly well. Hoooah!