Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. In spite of these kinks in its layout, Ecco provides a consistently smooth experience; you'll honestly feel like a deft aquatic mammal and experience the liberating, exciting things that compose a dolphin's everyday life.
  2. This is still the same game with only minor tweaking that doesn't make for any new experience.
  3. It's a weighty quest alright, but much of its size is artificial, being time spent wondering (a) where you’re supposed to go next and (b) how to get there.
  4. Play Magazine
    60
    A surreal, calming game – frustrating at times – but wholly rewarding. [Apr 2002, p.60]
  5. Game Informer
    55
    Ecco has such great, ocean-worthy graphics; but it plays so, so poorly. [May 2002, p.82]
  6. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    50
    This game is hard – we're talking brutal, controller-throwing frustration here. The biggest problem is the control scheme. Frankly, it sucks. [May 2002, p.99]
  7. PSM Magazine
    50
    The camera problems, and the loose puzzle structure add up to more frustration than fun. [May 2002, p.28]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 1, 2012
    8
    This is the best dolphin game ever made. While that might not mean anything to some, its true. As your controlling an exotic animal in waterThis is the best dolphin game ever made. While that might not mean anything to some, its true. As your controlling an exotic animal in water it could have been easy for the developers to take shortcuts. They took no shortcuts with Defender of the Future and gave us fluid, dynamic dolphin controls and with massive level design not seen since the original Tomb Raider. You may need a guide for this one, as its easy to get completely lost and just have fun swimming around. For that difficulty I deduct a couple points because it makes the game less addictive. Fortunately gamefaqs exists. This is a better game than the original Ecco on sega genesis by far. The story is CRAZY. Nobody could imagine this stuff; aliens, new planets, dolphin gangs, special powers. If you are a true gamer you must experience this one even if you don't end up beating it. Ecco destroys every Endless Ocean game both in gameplay, graphics, realism, and controls. Fish AI in this is more realistic. Sega must have spent a lot of resources making this, and unfortuneately it might not have paid off, but the work is still there. Play this game and give it a try. Ecco The Dolphin: Defender of the Future is its own experience whether you advance in the game or not and I recommend getting a used copy. Full Review »
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    8
    this game is really fun, but one of my more boring games, i never really enjoyed this game, i played it just to finish it, i guess ecco isthis game is really fun, but one of my more boring games, i never really enjoyed this game, i played it just to finish it, i guess ecco is cool but it never really draws you in Full Review »
  3. KoriP.
    Nov 10, 2005
    10
    I thought this game was cool..because that we were able to be a dolphin in the water..