Headhunter PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Acclaim
  • Release Date: May 9, 2002

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
Buy On
  1. Aside from a few camera quirks and some excessive load times, Headhunter is almost a perfect gaming experience from the opening movie to the closing credits. The clever mix of VR training, cycling through town, stealth, and weapons combat all combine for one great action title.
  2. With an engaging storyline, solid visuals, and great action sequences, most gamers won’t want to pass Headhunter up.
  3. 84
    A fun and atmospheric sleeper that rises up and engages your imagination.
  4. GameNow
    Ever wanted to play an action movie? Here's your chance. [June 2002, p.64]
  5. We've had our problems with an aiming system continually hampered by a camera that doesn't give you a free look...it's enough - along with the bleached-clean looks and cramped levels - to knock this out of the realms of "Devil May Cry." [PSM2 Magazine]
  6. While never reaching the same heights as Metal Gear Solid 2, Headhunter is still a solid action game with a lot of bite.
  7. Play Magazine
    Here's the sleeper hit of the season. [May 2002, p.53]
  8. The combat sections of the game are great and you have so much freedom of movement with your on-screen, bearded lovely!
  9. PSM Magazine
    While it doesn't bring anything truly groundbreaking to the genre, it's executed pretty damn well, overall. [June 2002, p.30]
  10. Sadly, many people will pass this title up for something with a bit more "flash" instead of going for substance – something Headhunter definitely has.
  11. Game Informer
    The combat isn't super-innovative, with lots of ducking behind things and corner creeping, it does the job, however, and is complemented by some clever puzzles. [June 2002, p.78]
  12. The visuals, while not at all enhanced, look good and the play control, once mastered, is silky smooth.
  13. Its graphics fall short of the best the console has to offer, but its blend of action, stealth, and driving manages to keep things interesting throughout.
  14. Add to this some slightly suspect enemy AI and a series of horribly misguided cut-scenes (these attempt to ape the dark humour of Robocop and fail) and you’ve got a fairly mediocre release.
  15. If you're a fan of action games and don't mind a dense storyline and some hunt and peck adventure-style clicking, you'll get a thrill or two out of Headhunter.
  16. 72
    One of the game's biggest deficiencies is the camera, which doesn't work well when you're in attack mode.
  17. This is still a pure adventure game: rigidly linear, heavy on plot and exposition, and not immune to the bad habits of the genre, like switch pulling and fetch questing.
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Because the controls are overly ambitious (read: complex), instead of being a crack shot with mad skillz, Jake Slade is about as easy to control as a 6-year old kid. [June 2002, p.110]
  19. While Headhunter does well to borrow from games like "Metal Gear Solid 2" and the sort of comically futuristic world found in movies like Robocop, it falls short with it’s blandly typical story and constant cliché rip-offs that cheapen the experience.
  20. netjak
    Oh the controls, in my opinion they sucked a$$. The rolling technique and all was cool in conjunction with the ducking and aiming aspect; but the way it was executed was horrible.
  21. Fun little guilty pleasure while it lasts though.
  22. 60
    Sufficient gameplay of third-person shooting, stealth, and a hefty load of campy newscasting that fortunately can be skipped.
  23. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The technical faults of this shoddy port put a big fat smudge on an otherwise great game. [June 2002, p.98]
  24. 60
    Its cool graphics, story, and gameplay variety are buried by the brutally bad camera and controls.

Awards & Rankings

#69 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. BenN.
    Aug 5, 2003
    Brill, MUCH better on the Dreamcast though, finally a game that shows the REAL power of the legendary Yamaha YZF-R1, a proper motorbike!
  2. Chuck76
    Apr 21, 2003
    I had this game on the Dreamcast and compared to other titles on that system it was a winner(apart from Virtua Tennis 2k2, Shenmue/2 and I had this game on the Dreamcast and compared to other titles on that system it was a winner(apart from Virtua Tennis 2k2, Shenmue/2 and MSR). I wasn't going to bother buying on PS2 but as I never got round to finishing it(the girlfriend took the DC 'cause she loved Ms. Pacman? Don't ask me!). And y'know what, I'm glad I did. It hasn't got the flash of MGS or Splinter Cell but it's got a solid story, some cool set-pieces and a decent control system. The graphics ain't really been tweaked that much but the DC wasn't too bad at this kinda stuff. The licences are not really hard but they are fun and one of the best parts of this and any game. Get this when you're bored of the current crop of stealth titles, you'll be surprised. Full Review »
  3. AndrewD.
    Mar 14, 2003
    This game has its ups and downs. Its an interesting game, style is in the same league as Metal Gear Solid 2. First, the story is alright, This game has its ups and downs. Its an interesting game, style is in the same league as Metal Gear Solid 2. First, the story is alright, playing a level, and then you watch the scenes in between playing, like Metal Gear, or the Getaway. Also, licences must be obtained, there are four, and within each are four separate challenges to beat in a set time, the stealth ones tend to be annoying, and pretty tough. Motorcycle controls kind of suck, no where as good as GTA:Vice City. Camera angles can get annoying, and shooting can be frustrating too, sometimes if you are facing the wrong way, and you hit auto aim (which you have to do anyways), the character just shoots forwards, and doesn't revert automatically to the enemies until you turn around. Getting on ledges, or platforms can take a few tries. Figuring out exactly what to do sometimes takes a few minutes, and exploring. Faults aside, if you can tolerate them, and not get too mad at the game at hard points, it's an interesting game, I only rented it. Full Review »