Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 15 out of 17
  1. The game does have its perks, and those would all belong to the graphics, which are very well done and match the TV's character design.
  2. If you were stranded on a desert island and could have either a container of Silly Putty or a PlayStation 2, a monitor and Celebrity Deathmatch, you'd be better off choosing the putty.
  3. Since the game does provide some laughs and is fun when a friend is over $20 isn't too bad for the game.
  4. 40
    Not only did it skip over the elements that make the TV show so memorable in terms of its presentation, but it wasn't much fun to play either.
  5. Playing MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch is like watching a bad episode of the show and owning it is like watching that same episode over and over and over and over again. I think I’ll pass.
  6. Underneath it all is nothing. The fighting engine is so basic that it faces competition from GBA games. All you have to do is button mash the attack button and you're more than likely to win the match.
  7. There's no skill involved at all as it's more a test of thumb durability than cagey fighting tactics.
  8. It reeks of "shovel-ware," a game that was stripped of both function and price then sent to retailers in the hopes of turning a quick buck. The gameplay is shallow and often needlessly frustrating, with few attacks really being entertaining, but most lacking any sort of humorous overtone.
  9. But if you’re looking for a poorly-assembled gimmick of a game that serves as a friendly reminder of the good ol’ Celebrity Deathmatch days on MTV, all for a discounted price of $19.99, then CD just might be for you. If you’re not looking for authenticity, though, stay far, far away from this one.
  10. 32
    What’s the maximum amount of fun that can be had by battling over the top celebrities represented as clay model figures doing something similar to wrestling but not quite wrestling? Not a lot.
  11. It's neither run nor funny - you're better off spending $20 on something else. [Jan 2004, p.125]
  12. Celebrity Deathmatch's biggest problem isn't its timing, but, rather, it's the absolutely horrid gameplay and complete lack of any worthwhile features.
  13. Sarcasm aside, I wouldn't burn this game for warmth if a vat of dry ice got dumped on my head. [Jan 2004, p.135]
  14. 20
    As a game, though, Celebrity Deathmatch dies a faltering and unfunny death.
  15. The game is insultingly easy, offers little play value (forget about replay), and ultimately is simply not entertaining. If you are really that curious, or highly intoxicated, do not do anything else but rent it.
  16. 20
    A budget priced video game is usually associated with a development involving with minimal effort and cost to the publisher. Sometimes there's a sincere effort made to provide gamers with a good deal (read: "Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution"), but Gotham Games and Big Ape's Celebrity Deathmatch doesn't even half-ass an attempt.
  17. Besides the two seconds of fatality joy, the only other redeeming quality of this game is its price. Major retail outlets tag it at about $20. That’s still about $19 overpriced, but at least they’re not trying to pretend this decorative coaster is anything else.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 9 out of 13
  1. Aug 26, 2012
    Is MTV making a death wish by putting a fantastic clay animated series into a video game? That's what happens when it comes to bad video games based on a TV-adapted series of the same name. With all do respect, I love Celebrity Deathmatch. It's more like an homage to violent video games like Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, and Dead or Alive. But the video game of Celebrity Deathmatch is quite possibly a boneheaded mistake. The graphics, the music, and the celebrities are kinda good, but they should've picked all of the celebrities from seasons 1-4. The controls look terrible, special moves are utterly useless, and I like the commentary but I think it's been outdated since where the series left off. This is one of the worst video games of the decade and sometimes Referee Mills Lane always says the same line over again "Let's Get It On." Well, for that point, not in this ring or this pile of junk. Full Review »