Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. The PS2’s slowdown monster rears its ugly head from time to time, mainly during huge (5+ monsters on screen) fights.
  2. The cutscenes look good, and surprisingly, the voice acting is some of the best I've heard lately. [Nov 2002, p.128]
  3. It's just too long. The game takes about 20 hours to complete but in my opinion, it would have been ten times better if it was half as long. The game becomes very repetitive in virtually all areas including the gameplay, environments and sounds.
  4. Delivers some great style but lacks in the depth department.
  5. The tone, the foreboding mood, and the massive amounts of action that you’ll undergo can make up for its shortcomings. Science fiction fans will probably eat this one up.
  6. 7 / 7 / 7 / 7 - 28 [Vol 821]
  7. Delivers a good twist on the "Resident Evil"-style game play by adding more action and speed, a decent script and memorable characters.
  8. The non-stop, thumb-numbing combat you suddenly find yourself engaged in seems weirdly at odds with the deliberate emotional build of the cinematics, throwing into stark relief the differences between the original and current game-visions, but the experience nevertheless holds together.
  9. When you have to kill the same set of aliens in each and every area of the game though, things get very monotonous rather quickly.
  10. 66
    It's too easy to play through to feel like anything was earned, and parts of it look unfinished.
  11. If you go in expecting action as opposed to getting your socks scared off, you can have fun with it.
  12. It just seems to consistently fall short in the action, puzzle, and suspense categories.
  13. The game lacks a level of polish and fine-tuning that would have made it a truly great title. [Nov 2002, p.38]
  14. If you purchase/rent “Run Like Hell” fully aware of its quirks (repetitive gameplay, iffy control, passable-but-not-extraordinary visuals) then some fun can be had with its “Aliens”-meets-“The Predator” shooting antics and awesome Dolby Pro Logic II-coded sounds/voice-overs.
  15. It's just too bad that the shoot-'em up gameplay setting things up is so generic. [Nov 2002, p.188]
  16. While it isn't a technical powerhouse, Run Like Hell paints its sci-fi visions compellingly through inspired designs and rich imagery. [Nov 2002, p.78]
  17. There weren’t any killer mistakes, but all the little details like the unnatural character animations and the poor control setup start to add up.
  18. It’s not really all that scary, and the action isn’t all that great. There. That wasn’t so hard.
  19. All the game’s faults take away from the experience of what could have been a really entertaining survival-horror game with plenty of action and scares.
  20. The core gameplay is just too tiresome and frustrating to be entertaining for any extended length of time, but the story and cinematic presentation is a nice bright spot.
  21. 50
    About as flat, mediocre, and average as a game can be. Underachieves throughout.
  22. Recycled gameplay, overused mechanics and jarring shifts between mini-challenges and exploration will leave you slightly disconnected from the overall experience.
  23. If only the designers had spent as much time on the gameplay as they did on rendering the abundant female anatomy. [18 Oct 2002, p.124]
  24. A game that--despite its lengthy development cycle--still feels rushed and incomplete.
  25. 40
    The video game equivalent of a local theater production—it aspires to be professional but just can’t deliver a high-quality experience. Trouble is, the ticket still costs just as much.
  26. 40
    Factor in a very mushy and imprecise hit detection system, and Nick's life can drain frighteningly quickly without you even realizing he's being hit.
  27. Run Like Hell goes from easy to very hard and stays boring and derivative all the way through.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Steve
    Jan 16, 2003
    Hard, good game play, good story line, fun to play and easy to get into, but does have a slow start. Good time consuming game.
  2. JeffC.
    Jan 7, 2003
    Don't believe all the crap people write about this game. I was skeptical at first, but as the game went on, it got better and better. I think this is a game worth playing. I enjoyed it. It started out with a slow start and a lot of movies but it progressed and things got much better. I rate this game a 7 out of 10. Different bite for different likes. Enjoy the game. Full Review »
  3. KyleB.
    Nov 14, 2002
    This title is completely misleading, If you expect to run then your wrong. A full 90% of the time your fighting the enemies head on with no where to run. Your weapons are extremely bland, it fails to make an interesting phaser or plasma slinging explosive grenade shot laser pistol boomer weapon that can make the game any cooler. The monsters are very 2d either they can be killed or not. The puzzles are more frustrating than anything and the game just sucks! Please for your safety avoid this game at all costs! Full Review »