Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. 40
    Nothing but the sum of its parts -- a mediocre action game painted up with some licensed characters and a recognizable name on the box. Fans of the property deserve better.
  2. Apparently, it never occurred to anyone at Cavia that using a first-person shooter setup to control a game seen in the third person is a little like putting "Resident Evil"-style controls in a "Mario" game: technically possible but deeply stupid. [Dec 2004, p.102]
  3. Spend the cash on the DVD instead to avoid certain disappointment.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Aug 9, 2013
    8
    Stand Alone Complex is a good partner to the Anime and a decent game with excellent graphics. The controls are easy to pick up and play than other games in this genre and there is some excitement and good gameplay here. It does have widescreen support. The presentation is directly out of the Stand Alone Complex anime DVDs so it looks really cool, and better than most 2004 games. You can skip cutscenes and in game dialogue. You aren't forced into a training mission either! There are levels where you play Batou and seem to have fun blasting everything. The first mission is kind of a medium difficulty. You may get stuck if you didn't learn all the controls, namely that R1 button is a grab, kind of like old tomb raider. But its not clunky. I landed most of my jumps in the second level where things really get going. If you are not good at platforming or shooting, this might be a headache, but its not too difficult. This game is sort of like The Matrix games. Run, blast, and dodge to the next switch or checkpoint, with some ghost hacking thrown in. The enemies can't see too far, so I can see what people are saying about AI, but they can be very dangerous in range. Weapons are varied enough to be fun with some management and scouting for ammo. I think this game lacks coherent story, even if you've seen the animes, so maybe a little bit of immersion is lost. The gameplay is fast paced and pretty tight. They could have made more things to jump on besides shipping containers, but overall this is detailed enough. Its a fun game to play that makes you want to beat the whole thing. Its not James Bond level of awesome, but its worthy of collecting and playing. Full Review »
  2. Apr 2, 2013
    6
    A decent enough attempt. While I rarely expect licence games to be any good, I was surprised that this game was half decent. Good visuals, fun gameplay, loyal to the series' narrative. However, it does lack polish and the controls can be a bit frustrating at times. With a bit more development by a more experienced team it could have been allot better.

    Overall:
    A decent game that will appeal to fans of the show, but only to a certain extent. Don't expect anything too grand, but it is worth a try for fans at least.
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  3. Nov 20, 2012
    7
    Awkward controls, animation, NPC models, and bad multiplayer. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is not a fan of the original series. The game is decent but nothing special. With some extra tuning this game could have been great Full Review »