kill.switch PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2003
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
Buy On
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    It's filled with cool ideas and a control system to die for. You're not really sneaking around, but you are hiding a lot - and it's the mechanics behind the hiding that makes the game so damn satisfying. [Dec 2003, p.164]
  2. The game runs flawlessly and is extremely fast-paced. It may not be "Quake," but for PS2 to be able to handle speeds of this caliber is just amazing.
  3. A mindless shooter indeed but when all you want to do is kick the asses of enemies without much thinking, it doesn't get much better than Kill Switch. If you loved the idea of Contra then you likely will enjoy this romp through carnage.
  4. I love this game, and I hate this game. It needs to be a lot longer, and cared for with a great deal more polish. As it stands, though, it’s still a great rental, and with its easy play style, I think you’ll like it as much as I did.
  5. A good shooter, perched on the boundary between realistic and cinematic. It's got a great story, too.
  6. With a wide range of weapons, excellent detail, and some innovative qualities, this game should not be pushed aside. Rent it first, as the mission selection is.. 'small', but it still provides a lot of fun that can't be experienced anywhere else.
  7. My only complaint is that I have beaten it, and now I'm done. It was a bit short for me.
  8. Play Magazine
    83
    Other games have tried to slow the pace down a bit, forcing you to strategize with a more real-world instinct, but none have ever been able to do so with this level of intensity and keen sense of design. [Nov 2003, p.64]
  9. Although limited in its length, kill.switch manages to fit in innovative gameplay backed by intuitive, streamlined controls that are some of the best on the Playstation 2.
  10. 80
    Easy to pick-up, difficult in all the right places, and oozes Hollywood atmosphere without sacrificing too many gameplay convictions. While we can't say that we approve of its particularly short-sided length and occasional camera problems, it's still one hell of a fun ride while it lasts.
  11. Namco has taken your typical run and gun action game and stretched it a bit further with a well written story, and innovative mechanics that, while sometime less than perfect at times, still mange to do more than just get the job done.
  12. "Metal Gear Solid" fans will dig this one, but don't forget that kill.switch is primarily a shooter. It's all about the thrill of the kill, not the peak of the sneak.
  13. These battles, they feel real. More important, they seem dangerous.
  14. 80
    We're certain a veteran shoot-'em-up enthusiast can blow through it in just two days. But you shouldn't write it off, either. For immediate thrills, not many rivals can match its sheer staying power and intensity.
  15. 75
    There's no multiplayer, no online play, and only a couple of difficulty modes. But it does its work extremely well, and it's safe to say you won't play a similar game this year.
  16. A good game that suffers from being just a bit too rough around the edges and too short overall to be a must-buy. It is however a definite rental and for anyone looking for a nice, short but visceral experience.
  17. Playboy
    75
    Finally, a shooter for cowards! Kill.Switch is the first game to let you hide behind objects and blindly fire around corners. [Oct 2003, p.37]
  18. What it does well (firing from cover, recoil, aiming) is destroyed by its short length, average graphics, bad storyline and easy difficulty.

Awards & Rankings

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#91 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
76
#76 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. TyC.
    Feb 22, 2004
    4
    This game was way too short, it wasn't challenging enough, and I think that the game makers could have at least put in a mulitplayer of This game was way too short, it wasn't challenging enough, and I think that the game makers could have at least put in a mulitplayer of some sort. I rented this game, and It took me less than two hours to beat it. However, the graphics are good, and sound is Ok. If you're the type of person who doesn't sit down for hours at a time, then this game would be ok for you. Full Review »
  2. ClaudioB.
    Jan 12, 2004
    9
    A really good game .what it needs is more guns and cheat too.
  3. RK
    Dec 30, 2003
    9
    This game is very good. The action never stops. My only problem is with amount of weapons. Most are the same but the controls, gameplay, and This game is very good. The action never stops. My only problem is with amount of weapons. Most are the same but the controls, gameplay, and graphics are great. Full Review »