Spy Hunter PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Sep 24, 2001
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. 89
    One of Midway's best arcade games in years because it provides an incredible level of racing thrills with a respectable quantity of blasting and action, but more to the point, it's not been messed up.
  2. With the exception of "Ico," this is the most fun I’ve had playing a PS2 game ever.
  3. From chasing down a hijacked Interceptor to protecting friendly forces or shutting down an enemy base, Spy Hunter rarely leaves you with less than four things to think about with each of the fourteen levels boasting some of the most exhilarating set-pieces your likely to have witnessed for some time.
  4. 88
    The two player action is decent, and the levels are packed with shortcuts and secret pathways to the finish line, and finding them all only adds to the replay value of the game.
  5. I can't find a single gripe with the game. The control is absolutely perfect (wait till you feel the transition from road to water, it's awesome), the sound is great, the interface is clean and gorgeous.
  6. Pros might be disappointed in only 14 missions to tackle. There are hidden fields and surprises to unlock though, so Midway has not forgotten the most devoted and persnickety of game fans.
  7. It's a slick, stylish, fun game either way, perhaps worth a little more if you've played the original. Bond minus the boobs, baby, shaken and stirred.
  8. What Midway has done so well is to clearly give the gamer arrows and clear circles to help define each goal. Although you can really fly through the levels at top speeds, these help indicators really keep the game moving at a fun pace without making things frustrating.
  9. It manages to bring this classic drive-and-shoot arcade game into the next-generation of polygonal gaming without losing the core appeal of the original.
  10. 100
    It’s a well-crafted and loving tribute to the original, but it definitely spices up the action with a new millennium look and feel.
  11. 80
    Great pick-up-and-play, arcade-style fun.
  12. The addition of mid-level transitions between land and water also makes for exciting differences in the controls while simultaneously provisioning for some simply amazing environments.
  13. 80
    Paradigm has managed to give the series a true upgrade while retaining the excitement of the original right down to some pretty snazzy remakes of the Peter Gunn theme.
  14. 80
    Driving the Interceptor is really easy so even those who aren’t into driving games can pick this up easily. The graphics are nicely done and it runs pretty smoothly.
  15. 100
    Midway has perfectly translated SPY HUNTER into the 3D world and everything feels just right.
  16. It brings a legendary game into the next-generation with good graphics, tight control and solid if redundant gameplay. It might not be "Goldfinger," but it's a far cry from "Moonraker."
  17. With its awesome gameplay, its slick presentation, and the classic theme of the '83 coin-op respected in full, Spy Hunter for the PlayStation 2 is one of the biggest surprises of the year.
  18. Game Informer
    One of the best remakes I've played in recent memory. [Nov 2001, p.106]
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Outside of the somewhat annoying need to replay missions over and over in order to move on in the game, Spy Hunter is totally solid. [Nov 2001, p.210]
  20. Spy Hunter has left me stunned, proving itself to be one of the most fun and addictive games to hit the PS2.
  21. Reborn into a new era of gaming, SpyHunter maintains its great name for being a hardcore action racing title.
  22. Games Radar
    Fun. It's not technically impressive in a look-at-that-sun-glare kinda way, and it won't take hours to master its subtle nuances.
  23. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It engrosses you in the way that only a great video game can. [Nov 2001, p.163]
  24. All of the carnage is quite satisfying (you get all the old favorites, like oil slick, smoke screen, and missles, not to mention a beefed-up “Peter Gunn” theme).
  25. Next Generation Magazine
    The only problem is there just isn’t enough of it. [Nov 2001, p.108]

Awards & Rankings

#80 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#55 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JJSnuzzy
    May 13, 2003
    Its a great remake of the arcade version which is said to be locked into the game..I loved the smooth handling of the game but the objective Its a great remake of the arcade version which is said to be locked into the game..I loved the smooth handling of the game but the objective clearing to move on to diffrent levels is probably the most annoyning thing about this game... Full Review »
  2. NicholasJ.
    Apr 27, 2002
    There is just one thing to say about this game: STUNNING. You go from running over bad guys to destroying ships. Buy this game.
  3. A.Wiped
    Nov 26, 2001
    Good graficts and the idea is great.