Rule of Rose PlayStation 2

User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
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  1. Jan 20, 2016
    7
    Story is great. Really great.
    The ambiance and world building is great.
    The game play is not so great. Controls are clunky and combat is basically pointless to try. Boss fights are a slog.
    I don't remember the puzzles too much (which is telling on its own) but I don't recall them being particularly deep or clever.
  2. Jul 4, 2014
    5
    Aunque tiene un diseño artístico sublime, una música fabulosa y una historia truculenta e interesante, el apartado jugable es tan horrible como aburrido. Esta producción funciona más como película que como juego. Al que tratas de superar, con paciencia y tedio, para ver por donde va la interesante y bella trama.
  3. Aug 24, 2013
    6
    rule of rose isn't good and it is not bad the only good thing about this game that will keep you playing it is the story other than that it is horrible controls are bad game play repetitive and really difficult boss fights
  4. LeonardA.
    May 5, 2007
    5
    Nice images, repetitive soundtracks, and boooooring gameplay!
  5. Pfil
    Jul 16, 2006
    7
    Finally, a scary horror game! Ignoring some controller issues and especially difficult boss battles, Rule of Rose is friggin' creepy and interesting.

Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#67 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 44
  2. Negative: 7 out of 44
  1. PSM2 Magazine UK
    58
    Worryingly disturbing, but just as worryingly patchy to play. A masterpiece of oddness that makes for a malnourished and sluggish video game. [JPN Import; June 2006, p.62]
  2. 50
    While not the best example of the genre, "Silent Hill" and "Haunting Ground" fans would certainly find the story appealing and the gorgeous cut-scenes instil the chilling atmosphere that every horror game needs. It’s just a shame that the gameplay is what ultimately lets Rule of Rose down.
  3. AceGamez
    90
    Action junkies looking for the next Resident Evil might find the pace a little slow, and the core gameplay doesn't do anything wildly different, but this is still a wonderful psychological thriller that will draw you in with its bizarrely compelling narrative, atmospheric presentation and thoughtful story-based gameplay.