Jaws Unleashed PlayStation 2

Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 15 out of 29
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  1. What could have been a very neat idea is ruined by a bad camera, buggy gameplay, and totally ridiculous mission objectives.
  2. Game Informer
    48
    After this miserable showing, the only waters that Jaws will be patrolling are those of the great video game toilet. [Aug 2006, p.84]
  3. Play UK
    48
    Dull and ever so slightly irritating. [Issue#146, p.95]
  4. JAWS Unleashed could’ve been a great game, given it’s unique premise and experienced developer. Unfortunately, the game is too buggy and has too many issues to make it one to recommend.
  5. 40
    In the spirit of generosity, we'll offer that there's about 30 minutes of entertainment to be had.
  6. 40
    Spending 30 minutes aimlessly wondering around because you can't figure out what random part of the environment you're supposed to manipulate or sequence of moves to string together to topple a structure is unforgivable.
  7. Jaws Unleashed is a rather scant offering, but it could still be your new guilty pleasure. The field of shark simulators is rather narrow, and it’s entirely possible that Jaws Unleashed wins top honors just by showing up. Perfect for kicking back and turning your brain off, but not much more.
  8. Edge Magazine
    40
    With the exceptions of deplorably bad cutscenes and haphazard signposting, there are few significant flaws here that a steadier gestation couldn’t have resolved. [Aug 2006, p.90]
  9. Cashing in on the Jaws franchise may have been a brilliant idea on paper, but this game struggles to entertain with a poor storyline and frustrating controls.
  10. Playing Appaloosa's ultraviolent and ultrastupid take on the titular killer shark is about as much fun as having your legs chewed off.
  11. The aforementioned camera and perspective problems are the worst, but the "hunger meter" seems to fill up and dissipate so arbitrarily that you never know what your stomach needs.
  12. 30
    Just play the old NES game. We don't remember the Jaws movie where they had to collect seashells and bomb jellyfish with airplanes, but it was more fun than this.
  13. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    30
    Defending myself from a shark attack would be more entertaining. [Aug 2006, p.77]
  14. If playing Jaws Unleashed has taught me one thing about game design, it's that if you're going to put a single fun thing in a game it's best to put it right up front where people can see it, and hopefully trick them into thinking that the entire game is fun.
  15. It provides roughly fifteen minutes of absolutely gruesome, chaotic pleasure, then promptly nosedives into the Mariana Trench of bad design, bad graphics and bad control.

Awards & Rankings

24
#24 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
37
#37 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Jul 6, 2017
    7
    In terms of story, Jaws Unleashed is lacking. In terms of fun, it's all there. I find it hard to become bored of this game. From devouringIn terms of story, Jaws Unleashed is lacking. In terms of fun, it's all there. I find it hard to become bored of this game. From devouring every unfortunate swimmer in site, every animal, sinking every boat, and causing great trouble and chaos, it's no wonder one reviewer called it "Grand Shark Auto," because that's basically what it is. From a technical aspect, this game has its share of bugs, none of which are game breaking, but otherwise it's mediocre at best. So, to summarize, this game's story was not fully-realized, and technically it's not a very good game, but even so it's fun, and I suppose that's what's most important. Full Review »
  2. Oct 26, 2016
    8
    One of the best damn games I've ever had the joy of playing. I mean, storywise, there's not much there. It's just you and **** Bruce, and youOne of the best damn games I've ever had the joy of playing. I mean, storywise, there's not much there. It's just you and **** Bruce, and you can swim around and eat everyone! I mean everyone who gets in your way! Plus other sharks, dolphins, and you can blow up boats, and the missions are, for the most part, fun and challenging. JAWS: UNLEASHED is a fun, addictive, and bloody awesome game! Otherwise, it's just mediocre. There's not a lot of variety, and the graphics are kind of plain, but regardless, it still does what it set out to do- give you "Grand Shark Auto." You are Jaws (or Bruce), and dammit, the dinner bell is ringing, and it's time to eat! So get off your ass and go play the damn game! Full Review »
  3. May 23, 2015
    8
    It could use a little bit of work. It glitches often, freezes up, and the graphical quality is not the best, but Jaws Unleashed provides a funIt could use a little bit of work. It glitches often, freezes up, and the graphical quality is not the best, but Jaws Unleashed provides a fun open world environment, where you can attack swimmers, animals, and just about everything else in the water. You can find hidden treasure, go on story adventures, or take on challenges throughout the open ocean. But the best part is getting to play as a great white shark! Full Review »