Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
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  1. With Mech games being a rare commodity these days, this mech sim provide decent action and customizations, albeit being repetitive in the long run.
  2. Looking firmly along the line of simple-as-possible, it's clear that the developers, in focusing so much on the presentation of the HAVEN, rather than gameplay faults, have allowed it to stray too far into the bad half.
  3. This is an incredibly well-designed mech shooter, period. Genki has a genuinely enjoyable mixture of combat, upgrades and globe-hopping Snow Crash-like dances across servers, and it's a fantastic mix indeed.
  4. It doesn't try to trump "MechWarrior" as the king of the mecha-piloting genre; it just tries to be fast, furious, and fun while offering the player plenty of customizability in order to fine-tune his mech to perfection and give it that special personal flair. In that, SLAI succeeds with flying colors.
  5. The challenges are a lot of fun and the difficulty is dangled in front of you like a carrot on a stick, it's never forced down your throat making you feel like an inept loser.
  6. There is a massive amount of content and unparallel gameplay opportunities, especially for those who like to tinker in the cyber-garage of the future.
  7. 70
    It's a huge game with a good deal of replay value and a very cool online mode (assuming it ever gets used). Coming to terms with the graphical and gameplay limitations means being able to enjoy a well presented, fresh experience, so at least give this one a try.
  8. S.L.A.I.'s fast-paced combat and accessible controls, combined with a lengthy story mode, make it one of the more enjoyable robot-combat games in recent memory.
  9. Even with its share of problems, S.L.A.I. is able to deliver a mech game that is heavy on the action and loaded with all the things mech fans could ever ask for in a game.
  10. Regardless of the number of variations in outfitting, the combat remains simple and unimpressive.
  11. 80
    The game gives players a fast-paced, fully customizable experience. And, thanks to its fun online capabilities, the action can be shared around the world.
  12. 40
    The four-player online play in S.L.A.I. works just fine, but it doesn't make up for the fact that the single-player game wears thin within an hour.
  13. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    A pointless game with hardly anything going for it. It's hard to believe that this is from the same company that brought us "Metal Gear Solid" and "Pro Evo." A travesty. [Christmas 2005, p.108]
  14. PSM Magazine
    At its best in online multiplayer: the fast, smooth action really comes into its own when you're trying to slap that huge repair bill on other humans. [Nov 2005, p.88]
  15. Game Informer
    Just rent "Hackers" again and forget this junk heap. [Oct 2005, p.134]
  16. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    If tweaking out on robo-parts is your thing, proceed. If serious robo-combat is your thing, abort. [Nov 2005, p.90]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. HiroakiK
    Oct 8, 2005
    Very nice game. Sad it gave me frustration when you are out in the HAVEN. And I don't know why Sony itself gives this game the rate of Very nice game. Sad it gave me frustration when you are out in the HAVEN. And I don't know why Sony itself gives this game the rate of 40?? GENKI should have released this title on Xbox, period. Full Review »
  2. Mar 14, 2016
    Recommended to: Armored Core fans(especially of the arena) primarily. Mech combat fans secondarily. Action/RPG fans looking for something aRecommended to: Armored Core fans(especially of the arena) primarily. Mech combat fans secondarily. Action/RPG fans looking for something a bit different lastly.
    The customization system is in depth, and the combat is simple to learn, very difficult to master. The ranking system is critically important, as well as using and mastering O/C (optical camouflage). You have to pay close attention to many things, both in and out of battle.
    Modifying your parts is as important as you do or don't make it. Personally, I have no need to modify, having found through trial and error which SV best fits my needs. Previously I was using a different SV company, which I had to rather heavily modify to make fit my style, making it quite fragile. My wife observed after watching me play for a while that my particular play style strongly reminded her of an ant lion, luring in my opponents only to tear them apart unseen. Once you get good at spotting O/C, the game grows significantly easier. That is not to say it is not a challenge- a single mistake can spell disaster. This is not particularly a game you can just dive in to. Do the tutorials, read up a bit on jargon and how things work in Battle School.
    Understand that the way the game is made, the particular opponents you need to take out will be on the field at any given time, somewhere. You are being hunted as much as you are hunting. Eventually nothing is more satisfying than entering an A rank match, and brutalizing 3 Sv's simultaneously while waiting for the ranker to show face. The IC (intelligent chips) level up in something of an RPG style. As they do you grow stronger, the controls actually refine (IE: The inputs become more sensitive and less jerky, faster lock on, longer range lock on, ease of breaking O/C and oh so much more)- yes your chip matters that much. That said as you fight your chip grows damaged, and ignoring this leads to significant max hp decay and possibly the death of your partner. Certain weapons deal more damage to your chip as well. Different IC's have different traits and personalities, some are better at long range, others at melee. Personally I prefer chips that are flexible, as I end up fighting at all ranges. Bear in mind that your IC is truly a partner. If you end up struggling with a tough ranker, consider that perhaps you simply are not skilled enough yet, or just as likely that your chip isn't leveled up enough. There are times when a ranker comes in that has massive AOE. (More often than not usually- they trend towards powerful flashy weapons, makes a good way to track them as they obliterate the battlefield.) Usually rankers are heavily modified, either towards very tanky or extremely deadly glass cannons. The worst and most difficult ones are the ones who start with an already tanky SV and mod it to be extremely dangerous glass cannon with massive AOE.
    Being taken out is painful, especially when those repair costs come in. Once you and your chip are skilled enough though, ditch the insurance. Money is easy to make if you are paying attention and grow skilled enough(or come to understand the in game stock market...). The story is somewhat lengthy. The only reason this game is not a 10 for me is that the story presentation is somewhat lacking. The story is still interesting despite the faulty reliance on beating rankers, and explores how anonymity on the 'net can lead to some serious issues. Seriously wishing for a sequel.
    One thing SLAI does particularly well on the first playthrough is blur the lines of reality and fiction. Not many games can pull it off quite like SLAI does.
    TLDR: Great combat system, requires a great deal of attention to detail and time to really come to master. Intelligent Chip affects everything about your machine, and is probably one of the most important things. Awesome customization. Good story, if somewhat faulty presentation. Not a game one can fire up for the first time to dive right in and be amazing at. Requires patience.
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  3. Oct 28, 2014
    I loved this game when i was younger and actually still have it, the story can be a grind if you play it rank by rank and I racked up a ton ofI loved this game when i was younger and actually still have it, the story can be a grind if you play it rank by rank and I racked up a ton of hours but i don't regret any of them. The combat is fun if a bit simplistic but still enjoyable and this is one of the few games i would love to see a sequel too. Full Review »