• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jul 23, 2001

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
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  1. Although not terrible complicated or intricate, it’s still a great game with a good interface and lots of scary stuff.
  2. With exceptional action, puzzles and scripting as well as good graphics and minimal loading times Extermination is a great and imaginative new addition to the horror/survival genre that will teach even Resident Evil a few tricks and ranks as Sony’s best PS2 game to date.
  3. Although it isn’t the best game in the world, Extermination really strikes a chord in me for being such a good evolution of the horror adventure genre.
  4. Instead of marching towards you as you rip them apart with machine gun fire, these nasties scuttle and run like…real bugs. It’s enough to give you the willies.
  5. 73
    It's mechanics and gameplay may annoy you, but if you liked John Carpenter's version of "The Thing," you should be able to buy into (and enjoy) the storyline.
  6. It never quite comes together in as compelling a fashion as others of its class. It's far from being poor and is certainly entertaining at times--it just lacks the originality and extra level of polish needed to provide a truly memorable gaming experience.
  7. One of the best new PS2 titles out there, and despite some creative drawbacks, the sound effects and graphics are nicely done and draws you in to the experience.
  8. There’s no compelling reason to pull you though the game, like Max Payne’s revenge theme or Solid Snake’s score to settle with his ex-teammates.
  9. 70
    This one gets messy, real messy.
  10. Unless you have a lot of extra fifties lying around, spend your money elsewhere.
  11. 69
    An above average game and nothing more...It's not that bad, though. Not bad at all.
  12. It's unoriginal and very short (I was able to complete it in a couple of days without really trying to beat it), but a gas while it lasts and home to some of the nicest-looking and best-renderd FMV cinemas your puny little eyes have ever seen.
  13. A solid entry in the genre, but it doesn't do much that hasn’t been done before in games from Konami or Capcom.
  14. Next Generation Magazine
    Differentiates itself as a faster-paced action title, and holds its own with a few minor problems. [Nov 2001, p.100]
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    While the game won’t win any awards for originality, it is well-paced and does a good job of keeping the player glued to the tube. [Oct 2001, p.145]
  16. A game that initially turned me off completely, but somehow managed to keep me playing 'til the end.
  17. The multitude of enemies, unique implementation of the SPR4 and a few nicely done weather effects make for a solid experience, though this is ultimately undermined by the twitchy control, awful camera and lack of free movement.
  18. 50
    The total lack of a cluttered HUD, the animation, and the graphic detail are all good points, but lazy mistakes and no palpable sense of fear make Extermination more annoying than alarming.
  19. 40
    Survival horror veterans will be drawn to Extermination right up to the very end, but casual gamers might find this title hard to swallow because of its inconsistent presentation, low replay value and mediocre story.

Awards & Rankings

#62 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#56 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. CoryS.
    Jan 3, 2007
    It was good except for the graphics and the fact the it just got to frustrating at some points.
  2. V.C.
    Nov 21, 2004
    I thought this game was really good. The controls are straight forward and easy to use. The interface is really user friendly. I love all the I thought this game was really good. The controls are straight forward and easy to use. The interface is really user friendly. I love all the creatures (love to blow them apart) The music really adds to the suspence of the game. I would agree though that the game is still a little short and could be a little longer with more twists and unexpected turns. All in all, I would recommend this game to anyone who likes suspence filled shoot'm up games. Full Review »
  3. HåkanL.
    Jul 21, 2002
    Why complain the controls. Its new and very good. The whole game is fun straight through.