• 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. Has an elegant anime look that makes it a must-play East-meets-Western. [11 Oct 2002, p.86]
  2. It has a lot of excitement and endless action for those action gurus who enjoy toting dual guns and a few rocket launchers here and there. If you are a serious fan of blowing stuff up, this is a game you must own.
  3. 81
    Brilliant looks and attitude (each new level starts with the message "Kick Their Ass!") only get you so far.
  4. If the first minute of the opening cinema doesn't move you in some way, you bought the wrong gme, but if it does, well, you can join our club. [Sept 2002, p.65]
  5. 80
    Shooting things, when properly presented, is one hell of a lot of fun, and Gungrave presents more shooting packed more densely with more impressive style than just about any other game in the last several years.
  6. 79
    For what the game is, a stylish, in-your-face, shoot everything in sight, moving or not, killfest, the game's excellent. [Import]
  7. A lot like Gradius or Raiden. You’re basically maneuvering around enemy fire while mashing on the fire button.
  8. I really enjoyed Gungrave. I was able to come to terms with it’s short play length and old school simplicity, but I understand that this game might not pack enough staying power to warrant the $50 price tag.
  9. For some inexplicable reason, while playing Gungrave I couldn’t help but think about old “shooter” games like "Zaxxon" and "Galaga" despite the fact that Gungrave isn’t set in space and there were no aliens to be seen anywhere.
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 »