• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: May 1, 2001
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
Buy On
  1. 90
    Gauntlet attempts to exercise the PS2’s graphical muscles, but because of the locked overhead-camera angle, there’s only so much detail and special effects to see amidst the tiny characters scurrying about.
  2. 85
    If you spent much time in the 80's pumping quarters into Gauntlet, you're going to enjoy this console version with almost as much zeal. If you've never played Gauntlet (blasphemy!), you owe it to yourself to pick this title up and give it a whirl.
  3. For what it is, a fast hack ’n’ slash, GDL is a great game. If you’re looking for an action RPG, this ain’t it.
  4. This is hack n slash how it should be. Furious four player action that lets users bang away for hours on hordes of uniquely designed monsters.
  5. Like every Gauntlet game, the multi-player action that will keep you coming back for more. Gauntlet is in effect, the party game.
  6. There’s plenty of options to keep you from getting bored, but to unlock you must play, and if you’re one of those casual gamers who are easily put off by repetitive gameplay then this is not for you.
  7. With graphics that update the original and show that the PS2 can run an arcade perfect translation, and that same old godlike Gauntlet voice, this title can be fun for a long time.
  8. GamePower
    75
    In the end, though, the playing experience offers more than enough good, clean fun to offset its weak points.
  9. If you're a fan of the series or just looking for a great multiplayer seek and destroy mission, Gauntlet will provide thrills in spades.
  10. Perfectly suited to the multiplayer environment of a college dorm room.
  11. 67
    What makes it fun in the arcades just can't quite carry over.
  12. If you have a group of bored, bloodthirsty friends visiting, having Dark Legacy around would definitely be an asset.
  13. 60
    The linear gameplay may bore some and there are moments in the game that are confusing and seemingly impossible without starting the level again and retracing your steps.
  14. Ultimately, as a game Gauntlet: Dark Legacy misses the point somewhat and will disappoint both fans of the original and newcomers alike. Consequently this is best left avoided by all but the least demanding of gamers.
  15. Dark Legacy has more than enough items, upgradeability and weird creatures to keep your attention for more than a rental, but only if you have a few friends to play it with.

Awards & Rankings

78
63
#63 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
33
#33 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    10
    One of the best multiplayer games ever made. Also, even if you play the game by yourself, you won't get bored from it either.
  2. Sep 18, 2017
    8
    One of the most addicting multiplayer games I have ever played. My friends would come over to my house back in the day just to play this gameOne of the most addicting multiplayer games I have ever played. My friends would come over to my house back in the day just to play this game and its addicting nature along with my brother. The memories of playing this were great, and we had so many humorous moments. I recently bought the game for nostalgia, and I had so much fun by myself as well. It may be old, but it still kicks butt in the fun factor Full Review »
  3. YuraSim
    Jun 18, 2003
    9
    This game make your freind's jaws drop down and the moment they see things you could in this game(Kill everything that moves, pojo the This game make your freind's jaws drop down and the moment they see things you could in this game(Kill everything that moves, pojo the ckicken,etc) you and your freinds will lose it. Full Review »