Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
  1. 60
    Most of us were better at these kinds of games when we were young. Tweens or teens could play through this game with their thumbs cut off and a frontal lobe tied behind their back.
  2. An excellent treat for fans of the books and soon to be fans of the film. The game covers a lot of territory while doing a great job of bringing a decent amount of challenge and thrills to the masses.
  3. In the final analysis, however entertaining the movie might be, Eragon is an experience that’s better to read than it is to play.
  4. Quality took a backseat to just getting it done in time for the film’s premiere. Our loss.
  5. Unless you’re a hardcore fan of the book series and film, I’d take a pass on Eragon.
  6. There’s no online play, which is as surprising as discovering that your Ford Fiesta doesn’t have anti-lock brakes.
  7. Sometimes it takes a true fan of the subject matter to appreciate a mediocre game. This is not one of those times.
  8. Best played with a friend, as it's too repetitive otherwise. Nice dragon, though. [Jan 2007, p.65]
  9. Eragon relies entirely on tedious, unenthusiastic gameplay that's way too shallow to sustain interest for more than a few minutes.
  10. 40
    Feels rushed and slapped-together as a low-budget attempt to cash in on the holiday film release and make a quick buck from the fans before word gets out that it's not worth half its retail price.
  11. Eragon's redundancy and simplicity just offers too few reasons to keep playing.
  12. After experiencing this dogged title that comes late in the PS2 life cycle it’s impossible to recommend it, if you are really fiending for any kind of brawler or beat-em-up then pass on Eragon and just pick up "God of War" or wait for its sequel to come out.
  13. Eragon isn’t an awful game. The problem is that what is there isn’t good.
  14. This formula one just has a few faults and nothing that successfully improves on that formula.
  15. All in all I’d have to say avoid. The camera is a real let down.
  16. 47
    Eragon isn't worth the brief amount of time it takes to play through it. The gameplay and presentation aren't up to snuff and the storytelling cutscenes don't do their job at all.
  17. Littered with occasionaly glimmers of hope, Vivendi’s attempt to create a true killer-app sadly falls flat, with most of the game feeling uninspired and largely by-the-numbers.
  18. A likeable adventure hidden beneath a catalogue of design errors. Still less painful than sitting through the movie. [Christmas 2006, p.72]
  19. 40
    It’s main problem is definitely its “on the rails” approach towards the gameplay side of things and its combat system is less than perfect.
  20. Thankfully, Eragon on the PS2 is an entirely different game than on its portable counterpart--a better game, to be sure, but not enormously so. [Feb. 2007, p.85]
  21. There's nothing particularly special or exciting in this game. [Jan 2007, p.81]
  22. There are simply too many issues that override the tidbits of "good" sprinkled throughout.
  23. Magic may be coursing through Eragon's veins but it's exactly what's lacking from this dreary hack'n'slash affair.
  24. The graphics and sound are average, and nothing really jumps out and grabs your attention. Gameplay is very linear and built around the same engine that brought you "The Two Towers."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 26, 2014
    Because of the differences between the game and the movie, both storywise plus the characters and creatures and such, it feels a lot better than the movie. The game has good controls, some a bit slow reactions but otherwise great with the different abilities and features. Most important are the beautiful graphics (to be a PS2 game), awesome animations and the diversity of athmospheric stages, all with different, challenging enemies. One of my favorite games of all time and best childhood memories. Full Review »
  2. ??????
    Feb 17, 2007
    The game itself is good, but the bits where the man talks with really poor graphics are not good at all. the final level is too easy, you just sit there holding R1, pressing X a lot and sometimes pressing L1. Seriously it is all you do. the egg thing is just annoying. read the book, watch the film. then play the game... i liked it but that order is needed Full Review »
  3. FarleyS.
    Feb 15, 2007
    Reviewers just don't understand what makes us kids happy. They made all the characters cool in this game. I love it!