Star Wars: Bounty Hunter PlayStation 2

Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
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  1. Cheat Code Central
    90
    I've already admitted I'm not the biggest Star Wars fan and I found Bounty Hunter dripping with entertainment value.
  2. Although not one the best games of the year, it still has a number of redeeming qualities and if you’re a fan of either Star Wars or third person shooters, you won’t be disappointed.
  3. Controlling and moving around is simple enough, but once you have to start doing several things at once it can get confusing and difficult.
  4. 82
    The game is still incredibly fun too play though, and makes good use of its true 3D stature.
  5. 80
    Despite all the things Jango can do, control is streamlined and intuitive... A rock-solid action title that should keep Fett fans very happy.
  6. What’s the point of eliminating wave after wave of identical baddie if you can’t even buy anything worthwhile with the credits earned? My advice: keep your hard earned credits and use them to put a bounty on the head of the poor schlup that implemented the moronic money system.
  7. The best part is to finally be able to control a cool villain outside of the confined restrictions of a shooter or fighting game.
  8. Although it is hampered with framerate issues and a bit of a clumsy interface, the game delivers on mostly every other aspect.
  9. If LucasArts can clean up that collision detection issue, it would be a near-perfect third person action engine for future releases.
  10. GameNow
    75
    Flawed, but fun. [Feb 2003, p.43]
  11. netjak
    75
    Plagued with some serious frame-rate problems and some rather questionable control decisions by Lucas, it still comes out as a good game worth at least a weekend rental.

Awards & Rankings

#46 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#6 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Oct 24, 2013
    10
    Lucasarts was once well-known in the gaming industry for creating some of the most compelling, innovative, and outlandishly fun experiences inLucasarts was once well-known in the gaming industry for creating some of the most compelling, innovative, and outlandishly fun experiences in history. As sad as it is to see them go, you can always do yourself a service by going back and seeing what made them so great in the first place. Bounty Hunter is one such example that shows their prowess in crafting an intricate and original story housing some of the most memorable (if not the most memorable) characters seen in any of their games. Following Jango on an adventure that includes him assassinating corrupt senators, infiltrating a crime-lord's barracks, delving into Coruscant's underworld to find where certain dangerous drugs are being smuggled, and breaking into an asteroid-based prison are only a few of the levels you'll have a blast playing through, however challenging they may be. Rest assured you won't feel disempowered or bored on your travels; Jango has access to all of the galaxy's more sophisticated weaponry and gadgets, from silent toxic darts, to a whipcord for roping up enemies, to his signature flamethrower and dual pistols. You'll even get jetpack upgrades along the way. In addition to the already-stellar narrative, you can take on side-missions in each level by scanning NPCs (who roam the map, going about their daily business), and find out whether any of them have a bounty on their head. Once they're marked, you can cash in for the reward, dead or alive, but the ensuing chase is where the real fun comes in. All in all, Bounty Hunter serves to show us just how fun a Star Wars game can be, and makes Episode 2 just a tad more bearable when you understand who Zam Wessel is, and why Jango ever decided to join Count Dooku (which the game's CG cut-scenes serve to explain in fine detail). Prepare to be dazzled. You owe it to Lucasarts to play one of their greatest games. Full Review »
  2. Apr 4, 2017
    8
    8.1 - Can be very frustrating and cheap at times, but overall a fun and well-detailed action/adventure game. Physics and shooting are well8.1 - Can be very frustrating and cheap at times, but overall a fun and well-detailed action/adventure game. Physics and shooting are well done and very fast-paced, and environments are varied. Full Review »
  3. Dec 5, 2016
    9
    Where do I begin with this game? For all those fruitful game champions out there, be prepared to meet your match. Not only is this game hardWhere do I begin with this game? For all those fruitful game champions out there, be prepared to meet your match. Not only is this game hard as hell, but at times you'll almost be glad it's kicking your ass. Now don't get me wrong, it's not all fun and games. While playing through the sometimes treacherously long and always confusing levels, you cant help but just yell in frustration at the 44th death in the chapter. It's a learning experience, the more you play, the more you want to beat the challenge of the game. Each level is carefully crafted and beautiful in its own way from vast open landscapes (dune sea levels) to the gritty innards of labyrinth-style building complexes (prison levels). To say the least, no matter what environment Jango is stacked up against, it's an absolute blast to navigate him to the end. Oh and speaking of blast... be prepared to build some callus's on your right hand fingers. Jango's blasters fire only as fast as you can press the button and let me tell you, he needs to fire them fast! The controls are amazing for the year this game was released. The bounty hunter can perform all sorts of moves and tricks and the jet-pack dynamic is additive to fun combinations of game-play. Play around with him and you'll end up finding epic and sometimes hilarious game moments. One last note: this game is not for the weak. You WILL Die. If you think you're up to the challenge, trying taking this beast of a game on and see if you come out on top. If I could give this game a 9.5 I would. My friend and I marathoned the entire game off and on over the course of a month or so. We found endless hilarity and epic encounters. All in all, I strongly recommend this game Full Review »