Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 90
    The immense depth of strategic planning and historical accuracy combine for an intensely addictive experience.
  2. 83
    Anyone playing P.T.O. IV is much less interested in graphics than gameplay, and P.T.O. IV delivers heapin' helpings of the latter.
  3. The battle scenes themselves can be bland, but fledgling commanders will have no trouble grabbing this game's reigns of power. [Mar 2003, p.83]
  4. The AI is good, and while not flawless, provides a decent backup when things get a little heavy and will present a good challenge for even you veteran strategy players out there.
  5. Lackluster graphics ensure that P.T.O. screenshots will never hang in the Louvre, but when the Klaxons are blaring, few will care. This one shoots to kill. [Mar 2003, p.65]
  6. The hands-off battles and overall lack of challenge make this game feel somewhat like a very long, yet entertaining book that's totally lacking a climax.
  7. The weak tactical game, the lack of an adjustable difficulty setting, and the sometimes cumbersome interface are likely to turn off anyone who isn't a fan of the genre.
  8. What P.T.O. IV really needed, however, was a heavier emphasis on enemy crunching rather than number crunching. [Mar 2003, p.38]
  9. For the select few PS2 owners that would rather role play World War II military masterminds and relive real-life Mediterranean air/sea battles "P.T.O. IV" is a Godsend.
  10. The actual battles are ridiculously simple when compared to the well-developed strategy phase. [Mar 2003, p.116]
  11. The naval engagements look sharp, with some nice water effects and a lot of action, but the combat seems like dumbed-down real-time strategy. [Mar 2003, p.108]
  12. 40
    The cumbersome interface and lack of gameplay variety bring down the game.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 4, 2012
    8
    This game has some lovely graphics, however the drawback to this game is the difficulty. It takes true skills to master this game absolutely.This game has some lovely graphics, however the drawback to this game is the difficulty. It takes true skills to master this game absolutely. This game will keep you hooked or maybe not, but it's certainly great for WWII geeks. Full Review »