• Publisher: 3DO
  • Release Date: Jan 21, 2002
Metascore
27

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 10 out of 10
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  1. This game should be avoided by all means. A complete game engine overhaul is much needed, along with a graphics engine rework, better and less repetitious dialogue.
  2. Barely playable. The benefits of GoDai's smart control scheme and the inherent coolness of the protagonist's formidable powers are mercilessly buried by shoddy collision detection, maddeningly poor frame rates, and a primitive animation system.
  3. 30
    Though the game’s gliding feature is an inspired concept, trying to execute it, as well as most other moves, can be incredibly irritating due to extremely temperamental and unresponsive controls.
  4. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    30
    No, it’s not good at all. And it sure as heck ain’t gonna win any awards. But it does serve well enough as a mild brainless diversion. [Mar 2002, p.106]
  5. It's as if 3DO felt that the horrendous Core-designed, Eidos-published PS One game "Ninja" deserved an equally-flawed sequel that doesn't look much better than Activision's "Tenchu" games.
  6. 25
    Like everybody in the office has said to me at one point while I was playing Godai, "I wish this game would Go Die!"
  7. Unresponsive controls and a laughable frame rate ruin an otherwise bland but conceptually sound game.
  8. The best feature in the game is without a doubt the music, which ranges from soothing tunes, to intense scores that set the mood for the action – it's some of the best music I've heard on the PlayStation 2 in a while… now, if only the action were there, we'd be set!
  9. 17
    A horrendous combination of bad gameplay, graphics, character design, and a complete lack of charm. This is an affront to gaming.
  10. Godai sucks in ways that mankind was never intended to know, and exposure to its sheer awfulness will leave deep emotional scars that may never completely heal, even with years of intensive therapy. Stay away. Stay far away.

Awards & Rankings

49
#49 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
53
#53 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15
  1. Mar 10, 2013
    2
    I can think of very video games that have made me laugh, completely unintentionally of course, as much as GoDai: Elemental force. Supposedly aI can think of very video games that have made me laugh, completely unintentionally of course, as much as GoDai: Elemental force. Supposedly a third person action game GoDai gets virtually everything wrong. The fighting mechanics are ridiculous (It’s possible to make a great deal of progress by simply doing a slow motion roly-poly over and over again!), the graphics are barely PSone standard and the enemies only seem to know about three phrases that they choose to repeat every ten seconds.

    It will likely provide you with a good twenty minutes of comedy gold but you won’t bother putting it back in your console again after that.
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  2. JimmiA.
    Jul 5, 2005
    5
    Difficult steering and jerky camera. But it has his High Lights.
  3. Rocksocker
    May 22, 2005
    7
    It can be quite amusing if you look at it in the right mentality it's just a mockery of a game. It's out there to make every other It can be quite amusing if you look at it in the right mentality it's just a mockery of a game. It's out there to make every other game you play look beter. This is a terrible game but it only costs 1 buck. It is kinda fun and the dodging is kinda funny and cool at the same time. All in all I sort of like to play it for laughs. Full Review »