Gungrave: Overdose PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Mastiff
  • Release Date: Sep 15, 2004

Mixed or average reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 50
  2. Negative: 4 out of 50
Buy On
  1. Has it where it counts, however, as it offers a really good looking version of the anime characters. Additionally, it plays out cutscenes in the game engine that looks almost as good as most modern anime.
  2. If you like fast and furious shooters that are based on cool Anime flicks then this game should be just right up your alley.
  3. The game has very solid gameplay, just the right length and best of all it is worth a mere $15. If you're even slightly interested in either the franchise or shooters; you should pick this up.
  4. You could do much worse for $15, and though GGOD isn’t going to win any GOTY awards, it’s a solid, fun, albeit mostly mindless action game that does what it promises, and unlike the first Gungrave, it does what it promises very well.
  5. One hell of a fun game to play, especially for only $15US.
  6. Occasional jankiness is made up for by a ridiculously low price and copious shooter goodness.
  7. When Gungrave is at its best, it's an extremely entertaining action game with a satisfying storyline. At its worse, it's still pretty repetitive and about as deep as a wading pool. Overdose doesn't break any new ground, but still manages to be a great waste of time.
  8. Cheat Code Central
    It's mindless repetition, frenetic gameplay and attention deficit visuals is the epitome of shallowness and yet the involving storyline contradicts everything that's happening onscreen. It's a paradox. A dichotomy. Ah, whatever it is, it's a hoot while it lasts.
  9. AceGamez
    While the length of the game would usually warrant a rental, because of the reduced price tag this is a bargain worth a purchase for anyone who loves third person action games.
  10. A very entertaining game that contains nothing but combat. This isn't the kind of game I'll spend a month of my time with (it's too short and repetitive for that). However, will I come back to it in a few months? You bet.
  11. You'll get about four to five hours out of the game for each character on Easy, and about an hour or two more for each difficulty level, depending on your skills.
  12. The new game makes good on the potential of its predecessor by delivering a much more intense, more challenging, and ultimately more satisfying experience, and it throws in a surprisingly involving and well-produced story for good measure.
  13. What I don't understand though is how the developers felt the need to add a really bad slow motion element to the final boss battle, when this had never happened anywhere else in the game. This makes the final fight agonizingly annoying, so if you can get this far then you may as well push on through.
  14. 78
    A big, messy guilty pleasure with its own share of flaws, but in the quest for a sheer blitzkrieg of a game, the developers have truly pulled it off.
  15. Very enjoyable and easy to pick up and play. With a story that’s interesting and game play that is simple but fun, you’ll get hooked pretty quickly.
  16. 75
    As engaging as it is, there really isn't a ton of gameplay present. On the other hand, this game could easily be used to rehabilitate people with arm injuries that need to strengthen the hands.
  17. An adrenalized version of the original, taking what that game did well, and then pumping it up to the point of sensory overload. It moves faster, the levels are bigger, has more story, and the action is over-the-top to an almost unfathomable degree.
  18. Play Magazine
    Overdose looks and plays great, the anime-style cinematics reek with personality, and there's a big, meaty bonus in the form of two unlockable characters: Rocketbilly Cadillac and Kabane Juji. [Oct 2004, p.66]
  19. An amazing action/shoot-"em-up of the sort that casual gamers everywhere seem to crave, yet never notice sitting on the shelves in front of them.
  20. OD takes the intensity of its predecessor and raises it to the ump-teenth power, with double the game length, two additional playable characters, and an involving story that puts some anime to shame.
  21. Ultimately, although Gungrave: Overdose doesn’t look or sound fantastic, and it doesn’t feature the most spectacular gameplay, fans of Gungrave and/or button mashers will certainly enjoy this title.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JasonD.
    Jan 15, 2005
    Love the game...can't find those Nightow Angels, though. Anyone want to help?
  2. AT
    Nov 25, 2004
    Way better than the first, the game play is really creative, and makes you feel like you're in the anime!
  3. XERO
    Oct 9, 2004
    Stop reading this and go buy the game , then shoot everything in siight.....great stress reliever!!!!