• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2003
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41

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  1. phz
    Jan 3, 2014
    10
    this game was one of the best i played when i was young on ps2
    still love it and i hope a sequel is in progress i dno what other ppl had in the past but this game is awsome
  2. Feb 29, 2012
    10
    A great forgotten PS2 gem. This game is now on the playstation store in USA for 9.99 as a ps2 classic. Good choice, and its been rated 33 times on there so far, with still a 5.00. This games second chance, is really looking up. If a sequel is made, everyones happy.
  3. Feb 6, 2012
    9
    A solid experience, and one of the best on PS2. Although it is very restrictive and prevents you from taking your weapons out for the hell of it (enemies need to be around for them to activate) you get so lost in the worlds that you don't even realize. Love it.
  4. Jan 24, 2013
    9
    Probably one of the most gorgeous games on the PS2. Lush visuals, great soundtrack, interesting and creatively designed characters, great voice acting. To be honest though, I did find some the handling a little clumsy at times, but this is really just a minor point as the game keeps you engrossed enough to not notice. A real shame that it wasn't longer. It isn't a short game but it is just so well designed and so excellently paced that you just crave more and more. Overall: One of my favorite games on the PS2 and I hope that someday a worthy sequel gets made. Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2013
    9
    Primal is my favourite game of all times. The combat's lack of depth is its "only" sin. As for the rest, if you get this game, expect a great story, fantastic soundtrack, superb voice acting, puzzles puzzles puzzles, settings you will never forget, and characters you will love forever; because that's exactly what you're going to get.
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. It's sad. It boggles the mind to think that this much time was spent on presentation and backstory when none of it resonates in the slightest.
  2. 60
    Looks good and plays well, though you have to accept that a tough puzzle or vague objective can bring your progress to a screeching halt at any moment.
  3. Other than a lack of truly finger-busting battles for die-hard action fans, long-winded cut scenes are Primal's only real concern. The rest of the experience, in all its brain-teasing, high-resolution glory, is a terrific combination of gothic underworld exploration and movie-quality scripting. [Mar 2003, p.46]