Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. 70
    A well-done action game that has a distinct style and some strong graphics...It's just that the overall experience comes up short and only gives a tease of giving players more of an active role in the story itself.
  2. It's a professionally executed but thoroughly conventional action game that's more tepid than it is thrilling.
  3. The game has a complex plot and a decent idea with the hacking ID element, but for the most part this is a typical shooter. Stylish graphics are not enough to overcome that.
  4. Action is plentiful, in terms of shooting, but we don't really become immersed in this futuristic world. The linear nature and the repetitiveness of the gameplay make you feel as though you're just going through the motions - which of course you are.
  5. There were so many aspects of this game that showed promise, but I winced in pain as I watched each one fail to attain noteworthy heights. [Dec 2004, p.175]
  6. Diehard fans of the "Ghost in the Shell" series will likely want to play through it at least once in order to dissect more of the series' story. Otherwise, I would say this game is only for people who really like shooters, and even then, it's a moderately short game.
  7. 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.
  8. Injects skillfully deployed melee combat infiltration, platforming and a wealth of well-honed play mechanics into a sortie-based operation that puts the player on the receiving end of intel direct from Section 9 itself. [Nov 2004, p.74]
  9. Even with its too-standard approach, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is still one of the best treatments given to anime-based games we've seen in a long time.
  10. An average action-adventure. One for the fans. [Aug. 05]
  11. 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]
  12. The game is fun, and the story - while sometimes opaqe because of all the techno-talk - is engaging, mostly due to the great cinemas. [Holiday 2004, p.73]
  13. An interesting ride that takes only a few short hours to complete. Even with a few unlockable items, and a rather inane multiplayer romp that is forgotten almost before it begins, this game seems destined for obscurity.
  14. This title isn’t what I’d call really good, but it’s a satisfying pickup if you are a serious Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex fan, otherwise I’d say pass.
  15. After a while it’ll begin feeling like you’re playing the game in auto pilot, but that won’t last long because, well, the game doesn’t last all that long.
  16. Most of the game is nicely done, but the bad AI kills what could’ve been a real must-buy.
  17. Expertly produced with enough sheen in all the right places to make it worth your while, but still flawed enough to be a bit disappointing.
  18. The derivative visuals, unoriginal gameplay, bare-bones multiplayer mode and annoying BGM make this an amusing weekend rental, but that’s it.
  19. It's by no means a fantastic game, but it satisfied my urge to blow stuff up, and even though it didn't necessarily last long, I was entertained for most of the time.
  20. As anime-based games go, there have been far worse. Unfortunately, there have also been better. [Dec 2004, p.125]
  21. I really wanted to enjoy this game. And, well, you can, if you just watch someone play it. Because actually playing Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is pretty boring.
  22. A large stock of firearms is available but a steady thumb is required because there is no auto-targeting.
  23. Because of the very convoluted and hard to understand story it knocks the game back a few notches in the enjoyment factor. Running blindly through a game is never as fun as having a reason to do so.
  24. A bloodstock as strong as Ghost in the Shell deserved a more considered treatment but it just joins an ever-increasing list of third person cannon fodder.
  25. 60
    Rent. You can play through the game in an afternoon and still get to your weekly "Magic: The Gathering" tournament on time.
  26. What the game could have done with is more content and a darned sight more polish – both of which it severely lacks.
  27. Levels can be bland at times, but there's some breathtaking aerial work to be performed...A difficult and sometimes frustrating ride; however, it is engrossing and ambitious.
  28. Ghost in the Shell only works when it comes to the voicecast, which is pulled straight from the show's voicecast.
  29. 78
    This game is good, but could have been much better. A longer story and less sound on the next one will make it a "top of its field" game.
  30. 7 / 7 / 8 / 7 - 29 [Vol 795; 12 Mar 2004]
  31. Doesn't have the action you'd expect from the name. It plays more like a platformer game at times mixed with the idea of stealth action. Along with the frustrating controls the game makes it hard for gamers to get into.
  32. Stand Alone Complex lives on its good looks and famous anime licence only. As a game, it’s so average in every other aspect that it’s not even funny. [May 2005, p 80]
  33. Those familiar with the series are likely to feel right at home thanks to GitS's nicely designed 3d environments that appear to have been ripped straight from the TV series...In the end though it's the gameplay that matters. And in that regard Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has come up decidedly average.
  34. Spend the cash on the DVD instead to avoid certain disappointment.
User Score

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
    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 thanStand 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
    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, funA 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.

    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
    Awkward controls, animation, NPC models, and bad multiplayer. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is not a fan of the original series. TheAwkward 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 »