• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 12, 2001
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 87
    With many new elements to the strategy genre, RoR will be loved by many, while others accustomed to usual strategy gameplay will grow into it.
  2. 85
    A very satisfying strategy experience. I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoyed the "Front Mission" series or "Carnage Heart," and other wargaming fans should get a kick out of it as well, both its combat system and the involved world-building that surrounds it.
  3. Winning Ring of Red could take nearly as long as quashing a real world war, but hey, at least it's a nuclear blast all the way up to that pesky peace declaration.
  4. Fans of anime should rejoice in the story, and those looking for a strategic level game for the PlayStation 2 will no doubt be captivated by this intense title.
  5. Easily the best strategy game out on the PS2 at this time, not to mention one of the more inventive to ever grace a console.
  6. Being time consuming, this game may not be for the passive gamer, but for anyone who is willing to put in the energy, Ring of Red will provide a rich experience filled with both great tactics and a wonderful story.
  7. A great design with a hint of innovation and style, and enough strategy to make you grow new brain cells.
  8. One of the best action strategy games I have ever played.
  9. A game that’s easy to get into and fairly simple to play but that’s heavy on both strategy and skill – a rare combination.
  10. A solid title, featuring a believable and interesting storyline, plenty of missions to work through, and even good graphics. However, it can get very tedious at times, testing the patience of the most tolerant of gamers.
  11. 70
    Despite slow and repetitive gameplay and the lack of a compelling story, the premise is cool and the low-tech mech shootouts are tense. Ring of Red will be hypnotically fun to some and sleep-inducing to others; rent first.
  12. Incorporates many elements familiar to the genre in different ways, and wraps them all in an intriguing story that gives this game its own distinct feel.
  13. Behind the striking visual façade lies a deep strategy game, enhanced by the interesting addition of ground troops and solid interfaces for both the real-time and turn-based components.
  14. ROR offers decent strategy elementis and is easy to understand, but the gameplay crawls and may be a turn-off for even the most hardcore strategy buff.
  15. Definitely a cut about the rest. Not only is it one of the best console-based strategy games of all time, it also shows a level of quality that is lacking in many PS2 titles.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. StephenD.
    Mar 20, 2002
    9
    This game is a masterpiece of RPG/RTS combination. O.K. the translation is rubbish, and the inclusion of movies for your characters instead This game is a masterpiece of RPG/RTS combination. O.K. the translation is rubbish, and the inclusion of movies for your characters instead of hand drawn pictures would have been better, but the gameplay is solid enough to hold the game up (along with the cool WW2 images with mechs in them. Top class!) Full Review »
  2. Sep 3, 2014
    9
    When it comes to WW2 style (its set two decades after) Mech RPG turn based games, RIng of Red is the best (and only) there has ever been,When it comes to WW2 style (its set two decades after) Mech RPG turn based games, RIng of Red is the best (and only) there has ever been,

    With an intriguing story and unique combat mechanics at it's disposal, this PS2 strategy game will make you wonder why a sequel never came about.

    Over the course of about 30 hours of play, you'll build up a team of variious heavy light and melee mechs or AFW's and battle across Japan chasing down a traitor and slowly uncover a larger plot. The combat while appearing simply at first, becomes extremely complex when you have to worry about more then just loading and aiming. Infantry skills, positioning, distance, daylight and special shells all come into play by an hour in and it might take a few play throughs to master this unique system.

    It's a must play for mech, or strategy enthusiasts.
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  3. RobertR.
    Nov 2, 2003
    10
    This is an excellent strategy game. It takes us to an alternate reality where AFWs exist. I think this would captivate most strategy fans.