• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Jun 25, 2003
Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. A niche title that some people may enjoy but the target market being fans of Naval warfare games may see the alternate universe storyline a bit much and the fact the ships handle unrealistically well as well.
  2. Fun to play, but it might be too much for those who aren't interested in spending time in the design process. You'll also need to get past the complex display.
  3. A good game for those that like to be in on the ground floor. It's unique in that you can build your own playable shooter, so to speak, but the gameplay is just average. Still, the combination of creation and shooter may be irresistible to some.
  4. 40
    The end result is strategy overload for the action gamer and action overload for the strategy gamer. Those in between won't be particularly impressed, either.
  5. The number of crafts and items available with which to outfit your ship are nice, but the gameplay seems to keep Naval Ops on a short leash - one that will ultimately keep this title from a lot of mass-market appeal. [July 2003, p.107]
  6. If you don't like the idea of having to buy parts and designing your own warship then this game might not be your cup of tea, but if you like the challenge of building the most powerful warship on the high sea to play through numerous diverse missions then this is definitely a game for you.
  7. If you play the game on its own terms, there's a good chance you'll enjoy it. If WWII naval battles appeal to you, or you just like the idea of firing massive cannons, that chance is even better.
  8. 74
    It's a goofy mix that will surely turn off more players than it turns on, but I find the combination a compelling one. Just the simple fact that I've never played anything quite like Warship Gunner makes my jaded self happy.
  9. Doesn't know whether to call itself an adventure or something much deeper - underpinned with the trimmings of a simulation. This personality 'conflict' has resulted in a game that fails to match the auspicious concept.
  10. I personally found that the mixing of a building and designing game with an arcade feel was a lot of fun, and one kind of broke the monotony of the other.
  11. The strategy serves as a fine complement to the otherwise problematic action, and, ultimately, Gunner hits its mark - but just barely. [Aug 2003, p.72]
  12. 77
    An intriguing experiment that gets 2/3 of its ambitions correct, the chances that it'll appeal to war game fans and maritime aficionados are pretty strong.
  13. It's considerably less tedious than you might expect from a game like this - it's just not quite a classic. [Aug 2003, p.101]
  14. It's an arcade game at its heart, and it's a whole lot of fun. [Aug 2003, p.32]
  15. There’s some fun to be had with Koei’s latest watered-down thinking man’s game, just not as much (or as historically realistic a war scenario) as in “Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII” or “P.T.O. IV.”
  16. With some perseverance to get past the initial stages, Naval Ops develops into a fun blaster.
  17. Zen-state gamers who just want to cruise around and blow stuff up will need all their hands -- or at the very least, two of them -- on deck for this peculiar mix of navy action, splinter-theory weirdness and no-nonsense ship design.
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. PaoloCatacutan
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    I agree, it was a great game. But it does have it's flaws, for one thing the graphics are a little lousy, the controls are somewhat hardI agree, it was a great game. But it does have it's flaws, for one thing the graphics are a little lousy, the controls are somewhat hard to master and the challenges can be overwhelming. But it more than makes up for it by being stuffed with action, realistic war strategies, and a good store weaponry that's actually being built by scientists. But I personally recommend its "sequel" Warship Gunner 2, although it's controls will definitely throw you off your game with Warship Gunner 1. Full Review »
  2. CassW.
    Apr 25, 2005
    10
    This is my favorite game. Just the cover got me interseted in it.
  3. GarethL.
    Mar 14, 2004
    10
    Great game! I just love it when one can build a ship how you want, then go out a blow everything else up with it, most satisfying, mabye they Great game! I just love it when one can build a ship how you want, then go out a blow everything else up with it, most satisfying, mabye they should re-release it with on-line capabilty so we can all have a mass brawl in the ocean! What fun that would be! Full Review »