Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
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  1. A fun game that does a really good job of making you feel as if you are taking part in a classic-era Bond film. Unfortunately, the overall linearity and lack of a significant multiplayer mode ensures that this is a game that will be played through once, and then left on the shelf.
  2. From Russia With Love isn’t the most challenging or in-depth game in the world, however what it lacks in both of these categories it more than makes up for by simply being a highly entertaining and authentically cinematic shoot’em-up game.
  3. 80
    There are predictable missteps--the driving sequences are awkward and twitchy, and the camera doesn't always behave itself--but on the whole, From Russia With Love is a convincing and enjoyable ride on the sixties Bond rollercoaster.
  4. Drive the Goldfinger DB5, fly the Thunderball jetpack and fight some classic baddies in challenging environments. It’s enough to make you toss your trilby on to a hat-rack in delight.
  5. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    80
    Like all the best entertainment, it's simple, undemanding and enjoyable. [Dec 2005, p.102]
  6. 79
    When we look back on it the levels in "Everything or Nothing" bordered on great. In comparison, some of Russia's missions are longer, but generally they're average in design and effect.
  7. An enjoyable gaming experience even though it is a rather short one. The easy difficulty takes away from some of the enjoyment of the game.
  8. Game Informer
    78
    Even with the man who created the 007 persona back in the starring role, this sequel just can't measure up to the standards of excellence set by the Bond films or by the action game genre in general. [Dec 2005, p.160]
  9. PSM Magazine
    75
    Even if you've never seen the film, From Russia With Love deserves a look and a listen. [Holiday 2005, p.88]
  10. 75
    A great game if all you want is a man with a gun shooting some bad guys. But if you want a Bond game, stick with "Everything or Nothing."
  11. Perhaps it is just my love of nostalgia. Perhaps I am just a James Bond freak. I loved this game, even when it frustrated my efforts to complete it to the point of putting it down for days until I could return with a fresh perspective.

Awards & Rankings

#91 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#52 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Nov 14, 2013
    8
    I played this game back on the PS2 when I went to the store and purchased this game and I enjoyed it very much. I gave it a game review scoreI played this game back on the PS2 when I went to the store and purchased this game and I enjoyed it very much. I gave it a game review score of 8.1 out of 10. Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2015
    4
    From Russia With Love is one of my favorite Bond movies and Sean Connery my favorite Bond actor, so how can this game go wrong... right? Eh,From Russia With Love is one of my favorite Bond movies and Sean Connery my favorite Bond actor, so how can this game go wrong... right? Eh, unfortunately they messed up big time.

    The graphics are blocky and not pretty to look at, the car handling is really bad, the shooting is awkward and the game just feels overall boring and slow.

    The only good thing about this game is that the Bond character really looks like Sean Connery and the team song is really nice, but that is no thanks to the developers of this game of course.

    I think they used the real voice of Connery but he sounds like an old man (which he obviously is nowadays) or a young Bond with a bad cold.

    The splitscreen multiplayer mode is kinda fun though, i like the deathmatch in this game more than the co-op they used in the otherwise on all levels better game Everything or Nothing. At least in FRWL you get to use the real characters from the movie and the deathmatch in EoN just feels all wrong.

    I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone and rate it a poor 4 out of 10.
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  3. Oct 13, 2013
    7
    Normally I don't factor originality very much but From Russia with Love felt like Everything or Nothing with Sean Connery and a new jetpackNormally I don't factor originality very much but From Russia with Love felt like Everything or Nothing with Sean Connery and a new jetpack thrown in as well. That being said, it is refreshing to be a Bond other than Pierce Brosnan. The control scheme was similar to Everything or Nothing but I actually preferred Everything or Nothing's. Switching weapons and ammo's and gadgets on the pause screen gets tedious quickly. Overall it is fun, but disappointing because it feels like a downgrade of a previous game. Full Review »