Gungrave PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2002
Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
  1. Manages to bring a highly developed artistic sense to the table.
  2. It's very short--you'll play through it in an afternoon easily, unless you have trouble with the bosses, but the visuals and adrenalin-overdose gameplay make it one of the most visceral and fun PS2 action game I've played yet.
  3. A feast for the eyes. [Oct 2002, p.147]
  4. The coolest, most bad-ass new character I've seen in a game since "Devil May Cry"'s Dante. [Oct 2002, p.85]
  5. 70
    Any game that kicks off each stage with the phrase “Kick Their Ass!” can’t be all bad, and Gungrave is far from a dog.
  6. Basically a vanity game made by Anime fans for Anime fans which sticks to its guns to create a shallow shoot-’em-up with an inspired styling.
  7. It's all style and relentless action so over the top it makes "Doom" look like "Mary Kate and Ashley: Girls Night Out." [Oct 2002, p.179]
  8. While it may get 10 out of 10 for style, this title is plagued by clunky controls and a rather short shelf life. [Import]
  9. 65
    Suave and stylish, courtesy of character designs by famed anime artist Yasuhiro Nightow (Trigun), it's unfortunately far too short, underwhelming, and the general aesthetic is liable to be beyond the comprehension of anyone who couldn't tell a Gundam from a gumball.
  10. Playing Gungrave is like having great sex: an intense and thoroughly enjoyable experience while it lasts and you’re in the right state of mind (right B?). Unfortunately the experience isn’t too fulfilling and doesn’t last long-enough to justify paying $50 for it.
  11. No game in recent memory serves as a better example of style over substance.
  12. Gungrave definitely looks cool. It's also a textbook case for why great graphics don't do you much good if the underlying game is shallow.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jan 14, 2013
    8
    A great game often overlooked by many. This game upholds the tradition of great Japanese gaming classics: the gameplay is satisfying and neverA great game often overlooked by many. This game upholds the tradition of great Japanese gaming classics: the gameplay is satisfying and never bogged down mid-level. The controls are wonderfully responsive, and despite the mayhem on screen it's never difficult to understand what is going on. In terms of presentation and story, it improves on its predecessor in every way by introducing even more likeable characters, bigger levels and more of the same great, electrifying big band jazz BGM. Despite the limitations of the PS2 hardware which resulted in occasional frame-rate drops this game delivers a satisfying experience and an enjoyable story full of likeable characters. Despite being shallow in some aspects, I was nevertheless able to glean hours of fun from this game by replaying the story and bonus modes. Moreover, it did all of this at the price of a budget title. This is a must play if you own a PS2. Full Review »
  2. ColR.
    Mar 15, 2004
    8
    It may be shallow, but it looks great, has incredible impact and above all else, it's very, VERY cool. It's a game that you would It may be shallow, but it looks great, has incredible impact and above all else, it's very, VERY cool. It's a game that you would expect to find in an amusement arcade. Check your brains in at the door and play with your big bang stick! Full Review »
  3. StefanG.
    Jan 29, 2004
    10
    Super-cool and super fun. Most stylish game I have played (and I have played over 200). It is a masterpiece of gaming art conception. The Super-cool and super fun. Most stylish game I have played (and I have played over 200). It is a masterpiece of gaming art conception. The fact that it is very short prevents it from being boring - you will for sure play this again in the future, unlike say any FF or other super lenghty game. So in th e enb you will no doubt get more than 30 hours of play out of it, only it will be because you will want to play it 20 times in the next 2 years. Full Review »