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Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. 74
    It's also a game that's kindly rounded out by superb control and targeting advancements, not to mention a now obligatory online mode, for however useless it may wind up being in the long run.
  2. While Invasion includes online multiplayer capability, a feature not included in the original, the game's single-player campaign still suffers from the same bland gameplay and mission design that plagued its predecessor.
  3. Robotech: Invasion isn't a great looking game but the tradeoff is that it's huge.
  4. Much of the iconic music, sounds, and emotive quality of the classic cartoon are absent here, making the game a fairly standard sci-fi romp with little of the magic it might have had. [Oct 2004, p.128]
  5. 60
    The PS2 version of the game looks and sounds much better than its Xbox counterpart. And the game's multiplayer implementation is some of the best yet on the PS2.
  6. 30
    With horrible graphics that look like something an owl regurgitated, broken controls that must be wrestled with at every turn, and level designs that could turn the undead, Robotech: Invasion is an utter waste of money.
  7. Robotech Invasion is about the fight against the Invid, and that puts the game in competition with every other futuristic shooter instead of playing to the strengths of the series: big robots that switch into planes and fire scores of side winding missiles.
  8. 50
    Intermittently, flashbacks are thrown into the game's progression by heavily blurring the screen and overlaying some audible forgotten memories. This style isn't very effective -- the blurring gets old and it's a forced narrative that gets old fast.
  9. 40
    But the lack of definable strengths and weak multiplayer options make it really easy for the average gamer to leave it on the store shelf.
  10. If you have both consoles, go for the Xbox version, as the difference between the two consoles is clearly displayed with Invasion. Despite some perfect tunes and wonderful weapon effects, the PS2 version is at times choppy and at others just plain ugly, having something of a PSOne feel about it.
  11. It's a wee bit short and a little slow, but fans should be intrigued by the depth and lore. [Oct 2004, p.75]
  12. Invasion’s innocent looks and gameplay do have some cohesion and its very simplicity is its one saving grace. It’s bubblegum for your mind and never offensive. If it had appeared five years ago at the same price it would come recommended for the younger gamer. [Feb 2005, p.108]
  13. Pretty dull, even for a first-person shooter. [Dec 2004, p.150]
  14. The game is £20 and does have an online mode, but why bother? There are better FPS's out there, better robot transforming games out there (like Robotech: Battlecry for instance) and better games with bikes in.
  15. The only high-point is Jesper Kyd's music. [May 05]
  16. Suitably colourful environments, arcade gameplay and a respectable targeting system are but three reasons to get this honestly-priced shooter that blends the thrill of first-person shooting against a slightly irksome joy of riding a bike.
  17. It's surprising how much better Invasion is when you're playing against opponents with brains or doing battle in environments where the motorcycle proves userful for something beyond runnning for your life. [Nov 2004, p.132]
  18. Not only does it look great, but the weapons feel pretty good, the hordes of enemies are both aggressive and accurate, and the story has some strong moments, as well. [Nov 2004, p.88]
  19. The characters and environments are all but devoid of personality, and even fans of the television program will be left wondering what has been done to suck all of the life out of such a great series.
  20. Let's assume that you're still interested in Robotech: Invasion even after hearing about how lifeless the Invid are, how weak the Cyclone concept is, and how the game doesn't try to mimic too closely the sights and sound of the cartoon it's based on. At $20 MSRP, it's worth the "risk" so long as you remotely care about Robotech and are curious to find out how the whole thing ends.
  21. The graphics, although dated and unoriginal, aren’t terrible. And the first person shooting gameplay can’t be knocked too heavily, because after all, it’s the same system implemented in every first person shooter.
  22. This game just ends up being a very mediocre FPS with the name “Robotech” slapped onto it. The controls are so-so, the voice acting is horrible and the music is very basic.
  23. Heck, I could have watched 12 hours of The Weather Channel and had more fun and seen better graphics. The real downer is that the only segment of the war left for a third game is Dana Sterling’s story, known the world over to be the most melodramatic and least exciting chunk of the Robotech mythos.
  24. 50
    There is no attempt at a quality title at all, this is a rushed copycat job in every way shape and form.
  25. Without the cel-shaded aesthetic to bolster what's an otherwise mediocre shooter, even those seeking simply to relive their glory days of after-school anime and protoculture will find this sorely disappointing.
  26. When it comes right down to it, Robotech: Invasion isn't a bad game, it's just not an original game.
  27. In all honesty, Robotech: Invasion is not even worth sitting at a computer and writing a review for.
  28. Little more than a routine, seen-it-all-before FPS. For all the imagination, originality and excitement on offer it could have been written by a robot.
  29. It does make you think what kind of flower power evil dictator would create such laughably psychedelic set of robots.
  30. It has its gimmick transformers style morphing and some of the fighting can be quite addictive but there is nothing here that separates it from any other FPS out there, pretty standard stuff with a big licence name.
  31. 80
    The game alternates between first- and third-person views, but it is all action, allowing you to fight riding the Cyclone in motorcycle form or wearing it as mecha battle armor. Either way, it's a way more bitchin' ride than your little Vespa.
  32. It’s a simple game that can be as much fun as it is annoying.

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