Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Extremely fun to play with fast-paced fights and a great combo system that puts the first game to shame. This latest installment is a huge step in the right direction for the series.
  2. Fans of the original material will obviously get the most out of Crimson Elixir, but due to the stylized look and easy to pick up gameplay even newbies to FMA will find a lot to like. Its biggest flaw is the short length but it's definitely fun while it lasts.
  3. Curse of the Crimson Elixir, despite being ridiculously short and a bit too easy for advanced gamers, delivers a fun, beautiful and enthralling story experience that puts its anime license to perfect use.
  4. FMA 2 does a grand job of portraying the boys as they are in the show and improves on the weaker elements of the first game to create an action adventure that is fun and easy to play. It's a real shame that it's so short.
  5. It's not without flaws, and it's fairly short to boot, but if you're a fan of both the Elric brothers and over-the-top transmutations, you'll find lots to like here.
  6. The sequel improves upon the original with a more engaging plot and tighter combat, but lacks that extra touch to really deliver on all fronts.
  7. Like most carnivals it's fun today, dull tomorrow.
  8. I think the game would have benefitted from being based on the anime rather than distilled directly from it. [July 2005, p.79]
  9. If you're a big Full Metal Alchemist fan, or even just enjoy flipping through manga or catching the show on Cartoon Network, then Crimson Elixir is definitely worth a rental.
  10. Even though Full Metal Alchemist 2: Akaki Elixir no Akuma is more of the same it has some improvements over the original. If you loved the original title or the anime than the sequel should please you. Otherwise you probably want to try before you buy because Full Metal Alchemist 2 isn't a hallmark action RPG.
  11. 70
    A definite improvement over the original.
  12. I couldn't help but notice it struggled in parts, namely with the game's basic nature or its lackluster sound features.
  13. It's entertaining enough, even for those who aren't major followers of the show, but despite all it has going for it, the short length and repetitive gameplay keep Fullmetal Alchemist 2 from being anything more noteworthy than a weekend rental.
  14. Everything feels less sluggish - including the combat, which integrates the alchemy better than before. Plus, the graphics got a bit of an upgrade, too. [Oct 2005, p.94]
  15. 65
    It's not a classic game, but Fullmetal Alchemist 2 ably performs both of its intended functions: it's fun for existing series fans, and a decent enough game that those who haven't had contact with the original property will get far enough that the concept could intrigue them.
  16. Terrible pacing of the game, which crawls along at a snail's pace due to constantly interrupting dialogue scenes. [July 2005, p.120]
  17. This new Fullmetal Alchemist is an improvement over the first game, but an incremental one.
  18. While it does have its great moments, it doesn't accomplish more than what the animated series already has.
  19. If you want a meaty alchemic role-playing game, conjure up "Atelier Iris" instead.
  20. Indeed, Fullmetal Alchemist 2 has proven to me that its parent anime is a good show. But I've yet to be convinced that Fullmetal Alchemist 2 is a good game.
  21. 40
    Falls into the same sequel trap that many other games tumble into, where the emphasis in development is placed more on improving visual aspects rather than addressing flaws in the gameplay.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 3, 2011
    Fullmetal Alchemist is an alright game that has some very annoying flaws that prevent it from being a good game. The graphics could use a lot of polish so the graphics are not great at all but the voice acting is very top-notch. The plot is relatively interesting as the plot of the game does not follow the plot of the anime although the anime's plot is much better the plot of the game is still nice. The gameplay is where the problems crop up, the gameplay is complex and rather annoying as enemies can constantly wear away at your health without you being able to retaliate and soon you are dead. You cannot heal yourself in the game and this proves infuriating. The worst thing about the game is the save points, they are so unevenly spaced out and so few that if you die you have to start from like 30 minutes ago and watch the same stuff a million times because you can't skip. I became very infurated because of this, all these flaws make Fullmetal Alchemist one of the hardest games you will ever play. Overall, Fullmetal Alchemist has a great story that is bound to keep you hooked but the annoying gameplay elements will turn you away. I recommed renting this game because you won't want it anymore after dying a million times and redoing everything a 100 times that you almost break the TV. Breakdown for "Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir": Presentation: 8, Graphics: 4, Sound: 7, Gameplay: 4.5, Lasting Appeal: 5, Verdict: 5.3 out of 10 "Average". One of the hardest games you will ever play.â Full Review »