Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Unfortunately the execution just wasn't quite there.
  2. While the vehicular levels definitely showcase continued improvement for the franchise, the on foot levels just aren’t executed as well as they should have been.
  3. 65
    If you are in the mood for some solid third-person action, great hand-to-hand combat, and some kickass driving sequences then this game is certainly worth a second look. Oh and it doesn’t hurt if you are a big fan of Mr. Johnson.
  4. I would love to see another installment with this alternating on-foot/on and off-road style - but it would have to balance things out better between the two styles, and feature a lot of enhancements to the on-foot areas. As it is, players are left with a very exciting driving game and a fairly lifeless 3D adventure game.
  5. 60
    The addition of a third-person controllable character to this otherwise entirely vehicle-based series adds an entirely new dimension to the fading series. Playing as The Rock is pretty dang fun, and even if some of the shooting controls are wonky, the melee and wrestling attacks remain consistenly hilarious and enjoyable.
  6. 60
    The true strength of Nowhere to Run is built into its pick-up-and-play nature. It gets straight to the action, wasting no time indulging in slow-motion cinematic cut-scenes during battle sequences.
  7. Instead of rebuilding Spy Hunter’s Interceptor from the ground up to make an action-racer that could potentially smoke "Burnout," or adding third-person shooting and grappling control to make you feel like Sam Fisher and Triple H at the same time, Nowhere to Run ends up being a mediocre mix of both.
  8. Unfortunately, with the Rock on board as the “talent” playing the spy hunter Alex Decker, Midway has got carried away with the cinematic feel of the venture at the expense of gameplay.
  9. It gets points for its unrelenting pace, but the action in Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run is too derivative and mechanical to matter.
  10. Midway seeks to revitalize the classic arcade game, but the transition is plagued by terribly dated visuals, frustrating controls and an overall unpolished product.
  11. The end result is a ramshackle affair that will please neither hardcore Spy Hunters nor Joe "GTA."
  12. The first PS2 "Spy Hunter" is a much better game. [Dec. 2006, p.84]
  13. With more time and polish, Nowhere to Run could have shown that Spy Hunter can move beyond the car, but for now, The Interceptor is still the more interesting main character.
  14. The road on Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run is too rocky to be a keeper. It's a one-night rental -- tops.
  15. Its control system is weak, the gameplay mechanics are basic and repetitive and The Rock is woefully underused.
  16. 45
    An uninspired game, Midway tried to turn the franchise into something it clearly isn’t and as such the game ends up being boring and generic.
  17. That “been there, done that” feeling comes more often than not, whether it’s the cheesy bond-like story line and action sequences, the ‘burnout’ like stunt scenes, or simply the fact that this doesn’t really feel like Spy Hunter at all, with the exception of a few race points.
  18. A mess of a shooter-cum-driver. We can smell what the Rock is cooking, and, frankly, it stinks. [Dec 2006, p.90]
  19. 40
    More of a hassle than a pleasure to play. The glitches, poor controls and shabby visuals leave Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run without much to offer, even if you're an avid fan of the series. It's such a departure from what the series is known for, it could easily be called "Generic Action Game & Car."
  20. Oh dear. We've seen some drab ill-judged resurrections of 'retro classics' in our time, but this takes the pixelated biscuit. [Dec 2006, p.94]
  21. Please don't do any more games like this, The Rock. You deserve better. [Nov. 2006, p.130]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. MartR.
    Aug 22, 2006
    3
    Spy Hunter once was a great arcade hit and does not deserve this junk pile treatment. From the start, know this: this game is utterly awful. Spy Hunter once was a great arcade hit and does not deserve this junk pile treatment. From the start, know this: this game is utterly awful. Aside from appearing just months before PS3 will make its appearance, this game shows just how bad something can go, when nobody pays attention. The driving sections are abysmal, the Interceptor's control is practically non-existent and weaponry is useless. On foot, the game is just pointless, with rubbish fixed animations for fighting and enemy AI the size of a salt almond. Graphics are worse than the first generation of PS2 games. Even the Rock character fails to add any much-required appeal to the game. Save your money. Full Review »