Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The control system feels weird at first but as you get into the game you can deal with it and even pretend to understand it.
  2. The game's approach to controlling a giant, transforming robot is probably the freshest ever conceived. [Dec 2002, p.80]
  3. It offers a unique take on the giant robot game type, and pulls off this new spin while still offering an enjoyable gaming experience.
  4. 80
    If you can still hum the theme to "Gigantor" and the line "I'll form the head!" means anything to you, Robot Alchemic Drive was made for you.
  5. It's by no means a blockbuster, but rather a gimick-driven oddity that just happens to be fascinating and enjoyable. [Dec 2002, p.120]
  6. RAD may not have a great story or impressive graphical opulence, but what it does have is an unbelievable amount of fun and originality where it counts: the gameplay.
  7. 90
    The anime-mech lover’s dream come true.
  8. Gets the most important part right, the robot’s controls and gameplay elements, but drops the ball on all of the little things (like presentation, story, and voice acting).
  9. While the game is sometimes hampered by its nostalgia, it successfully and entertainingly captures the feel of controlling a giant robot like no other game has in the past.
  10. 86
    It's fun, challenging, and it left this jaded reviewer as giddy as a schoolgirl -- in this case, a schoolgirl that happens to control a 120-foot tall robot.
  11. It is refreshing to see a developer try new ideas.
  12. The casual gamer will probably be put off by the subject matter, but if you’re willing to forgive the graphics and acting, you’ll find a fun game in there.
  13. RAD is a really tantalizing title. The game features one of the freshest and most interesting control schemes in the history of console robot-bashing, leading to one of the most unique mech experiences out there.
  14. It's hard to go wrong with giant robots blowing stuff up, but Enix's latest effort goes one step further with a novel control scheme. [Feb 2003, p.93]
  15. 73
    It has more than a few flaws, but the central concept works as both a challenging gameplay concept and an exciting bit of cinematic presentation.
  16. In spite of the simple story line, the awful voice-acting, and the unpolished graphic engine, I still urge Anime fans to check this game out.
  17. 85
    If you want a game with complex play, this is the one. Like I said before, the twists will keep any gamer coming back for more.
  18. It's wonderfully well conceived, and there simply isn't any other game like it. [Dec 2002, p.168]
  19. If R.A.D. did have role-playing and story elements to support the action, as good as its PS predecessor, you'd be looking at the next big thing...Either way, it's just dandy. [Nov 2002, p.66]
  20. Giant robots have never felt so huge and real. [Holiday 2002, p.46]
  21. Once you've made the Meganite under your control turn an invading Volgara robot into junkyard fodder a couple of times the hook will be in.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 1, 2013
    This game is awesome! Nobody has ever succeeded in making you feel the scale of a giant robot since this game. The maps are quite large with plenty of big buildings just begging to be toppled. The robots 'special moves' are just fun to watch, and the controls present a challenging but immersive experience. Didn't play much multiplayer, but the single player experience alone is worth it and the idea of multiplayer is promising if you have a buddy interested in the game. Full Review »
  2. May 22, 2011
    Can I say FUN! Jump in a giant Robo and go to town! Whats not to like! (i need to fill the 150char minimum, definitly get this game, why can't I submit this review yet) Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2010
    I have to give this game a lower score because the action is slow and the camera angles and controls aren't that great. The level progression is boring. What is great is that it feels like your in a real town. I controlled my character and stood in front of a train thinking they wouldn't have bothered programming a reaction....I flew up into the rafters and it was hilarious. This game has hidden detail.

    The concept of this game is great, but after awhile it will get boring. Get this if its cheap.
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