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. 60
    Usually a sequel improves on the original, but the graphics in OverDose are a little more bland and pixilated than they were in the first game.
  2. It's not all that good, and it's got some horrible flaws, but at the same time, at least for a while, it's a laugh.
  3. 50
    Overdose doesn't look as good as the original Gungrave -- less texture detail, less variety to the environments -- and the soundtrack is a bad joke.
  4. Playing this game is, overlooking a few control issues, just simply enjoyable. There is nothing too demanding in the way of strategy, it's just a matter of shooting everything.
  5. games(TM)
    This game had enough potential to be one of the sleeper hits of the year. Sadly, that’s not going to happen. On the plus side, Overdose delivers what you’d expect. [Sept 2005, p.118]
  6. While that is indeed ridiculously cheap, especially for a brand-new game, you're really paying for carpal tunnel. There are better button-mashers, better shooters, and better games based on anime licenses out there. Don't waste the money.
  7. You're going to give your controller a real workout as wave upon wave of enemies rush you and you send them straight to Hell. On the other hand this is a pretty mediocre looking game and it is a bit of a one-trick pony.
  8. Overdose is an accurate title where you will OD on the repetitive action and the all too common bad camera control. But on the bright side, it's only about $15.
  9. Plays much faster with no noticeable slowdown.
  10. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    If you think "kick their asses" is an acceptable game objective, then drop the 15 bucks. If you desire more, save your $15. [Nov 2004, p.130]
  11. There certainly isn’t much in the way of originality in the game whatsoever, but for its lack in that (and many other departments), it does have two elements going for it: the non-stop action, and its price.
  12. PSM Magazine
    There are more stages and enemies the second time around, but this somehow actually adds tedium rather than value. [Dec 2004, p.92]
  13. Better gameplay, more characters, better story, and a nice budget price tag. I just wish they could improve those visuals a little more.
  14. With a bit more thought put into the story and increased variety in each level, this could have been as good a retro game as Neo Contra. But sadly, even when priced at just 20 it's a risky purchase. [PSW]
  15. It's only £20 and if you're an anime or a shoot-'em'up fan then it'll have instant appeal. Otherwise it's too short and simple. Fun in short bursts. [PSM2]
  16. Sure, there are other, better games out there, but for fifteen dollars, Gungrave: Overdose is just too good to pass up. If you like action games and love destruction, then grab this game, gear up, and get ready to overdose.
  17. The graphics are noticably lacking in quality, and some of the gameplay elements don't quite mesh together like they should. However, if you're looking for cheap thrills and have the eagerness to utterly destroy something, you won't mind this little Overdose.
  18. netjak
    I also have to say that I've only played the game as Brandon and Juji. This is because Rocketbilly Redcadillac is the single worst character ever created. Imagine Vash the Stampede with a guitar that shoots bolts of electricity and talks like a hick. (Or more precisely like the English voice for Chou from Ruroni Kenshin.) Not good times. Bad times.
  19. GMR Magazine
    Literally as simple, short, and brutal as a bullet to the head. [Nov 2004, p.116]
  20. This game just drips with anime style. The visuals, while not being top tier, are still awesomely fun to watch in action.
  21. 50
    As it stands, it's a short-term adrenaline spike that sometimes lags under the weight of its enhancements. [JPN Import]
  22. A lot of style with very little substance makes Grave a dull boy.
  23. Often too chaotic for its own good. Struggling to lock onto enemies and the clunky camera will often frustrate gamers. The action is repetitive, but you get a good feeling from being outnumbered 20 to one and walking out alive.
  24. Weekly Famitsu
    6 / 7 / 7 / 6 - 26 [Vol 795; 12 Mar 2004]
  25. It doesn't improve on its own formula, has archaic graphics and a sloppy camera. All of this puts a damper on the gameplay experience, but it doesn't mean its not fun. Gungrave OD is fun, but its fun for only a short while.
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!!!!