The Warriors PlayStation 2

Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
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  1. 80
    As fanservice, The Warriors is a treat for anyone who loves the movie, and as a beat-em-up, it outclasses recent efforts from competitors. Yet as a complete package, it's somewhat inconsistent.
  2. The Warriors is brutal, and part of what it gets right when it comes to brutal is in accurately showing and depicting large scale gang wars.
  3. AceGamez
    90
    The Warriors is near perfection. It offers a compelling single player action adventure game that can become a two-player affair at the push of a button.
  4. It’s not often that well made games based on movies come along; this is one of them.
  5. CPU controlled teammates are more than capable of handling themselves.
  6. With a little extra polish it could have been an absolute masterpiece, but instead Rockstar have brought us a solid, if a tad unspectacular title, which totals up to far more than the sum of its parts.
  7. It offers lots of gameplay variety and a down and dirty story that gives us a fair representation of thug life in the 70s. Not to be missed.
  8. A B-movie-based street fighting game with a lot of variation, mini missions and little problems.
  9. Sadly, The Warriors is never more than running about smashing people's heads in to cool 1970s music and listening to clichéd gang speak. We demand more these days. [PSW]
  10. 80
    Nowhere to run baby, nowhere to hide. The Warriors are going to march straight through your set and there's not a damn thing you can do about it.
  11. Edge Magazine
    60
    It's when the game is at its most GTA-like that it comes alive, conjuring up scenarios that take in whole city boroughs and throwing at you groups of adversaries and challenges you have to juggle on the fly… and then you get to a tediously engineered boss encounter and it all begins to get tiresome again. [Christmas 2005, p.109]
  12. One of the best licensed games of this generation and one of the best brawlers since the days of Billy and Jimmy Lee.
  13. The missions are plentiful, and thankfully they never become repetitive.
  14. 80
    In their attempt to dress up a solid brawler, Rockstar actually hurt the experience a bit by adding endless, tedious minigames that pretty much overpower the game in the early levels.
  15. The Warriors can be a very fun jaunt, but it can also be extremely repetitive and frustrating. It definitely explores some new territory in console gaming, but comes up a bit short in the execution.
  16. Game Informer
    83
    Although it's certainly not a masterpiece, The Warriors gets by on style, flair, variety, and simple fun. [Nov 2005, p.144]
  17. A mediocre game with an excellent story and audio design, based on a classic suspense film of the late seventies.
  18. Crucial to the succes of the game is the fact that the combat system works.
  19. A game that equals the movie's cultish charm and, in some ways, surpasses it. If you don't believe us, come out and play.
  20. More importantly, they also nailed all the aspects that made the film so great, and the much larger adventure their tinkering yielded is certainly appreciated.
  21. 90
    As fun as these excursions into petty theft and extortion might be, the essence of The Warriors is combat, and it's the first game in ages to truly nail it.
  22. games(TM)
    70
    For every awful moment in The Warriors, there are two great ones. The mix of story, nostalgia and out-and-out combat is a heady concoction and when it all clicks, it's thoroughly enjoyable. [Dec 2005, p.120]
  23. It doesn't really matter if you're familiar with the film it's based on; The Warriors delivers as a completely stand-alone work, and any fan of beat-'em-up games is certain to enjoy it on some level. But if you have seen the film, all the better.
  24. 90
    While it would have been very easy for the developers at Rockstar Toronto to simply recreate the events seen in the movie, they've managed to craft a tale that actually enhances the film.
  25. It might not be the deepest experience, but for a shot of pure action, you can't go wrong. And yes, apparently Rockstar can revive two fallen genres with an almighty kiss of life and in doing so prove once again that they have the Midas touch.
  26. The audio, however, really shines above all else, with a replicated soundtrack and absolutely superb voice acting by many of the original actors who starred in the film.
  27. A great game that would excel even if it didn’t make excellent use of it’s license, which it most certainly does.
  28. It takes strong foundations from both the genre and the source material, then layers things on top that make the entire game a solid, intense experience throughout. It’s amazingly fun, amazingly wrong in that Rockstar kinda way, and amazingly right in every fundamental design choice. In short, Rockstar has made a modern classic with The Warriors.
  29. The Warriors may be the best example of a movie being transferred to a game, ever. You can tell by the entire production including the audio, graphics, controls and gameplay that Rockstar cared about the film’s origins.
  30. It succeeds mostly because instead of merely aping the movie, it instead designs a world that the familiar characters blend right into, and adds a ton of backstory to what could be paper-thin 'heroes.'
  31. The end result is the best movie to computer game transition in a long time, if not the most enjoyable ever created. Grab the popcorn, watch the film and then play the game, and if you do, we really can’t envisage a better gaming weekend for your troubles.
  32. 87
    The gameplay is varied, the combat is deep, and the presentational and multiplayer extras really push it forward. The biggest issue for many may ultimately turn out to be the game's extreme level of violence.
  33. As a movie tie-in, we can say with no authority whatsoever that it’s totally authentic and sure to please fans (in all seriousness, the production values and treatment are extremely respectable).
  34. From the opening sequence to the synth-popping soundtrack, there's more style in five minutes of this modern-day "Double Dragon" than five stacks of "Street Fighter" compilations.
  35. netjak
    85
    Breaking away from the stigma associated with the genre of movie-based games, The Warriors serves to set an example for what games based on films should be. The Warriors is a true homage to the original movie and a game that director Walter Hill, and any fan of the film should be proud of.
  36. 80
    All in all there's an absolute ton of stuff to get through for the 100% completion fans. Couple this with a brilliant two-player co-op mode for the main game, and you have a super-violent, aurally pleasing, long-lasting piece of software. A labour of love and a splendid homage to a well-loved film.
  37. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    An enjoyable beat-'em-up that does the movie justice. But there's little more than a basic scrolling brawler under all the great ideas. [Nov 2005, p.84]
  38. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    Perhaps the best licensed game on PS2, and one of the best brawlers in years. [Jan 2006, p.74]
  39. 85
    It may not be that complex and it might feel a bit weary towards the end. However, this combination of Rockstar experience and a fantastic license has given the gaming community one of the best 3-D beat'em ups ever made.
  40. Rockstar Toronto demonstrated tons of attention to detail, bridging the game and film together. The action is fierce.
  41. Play Magazine
    90
    Warriors succeeds because it wholly engrosses players. [Nov p.82]
  42. 68
    It is worth a glance, but if you bore easily you may find this doesn't have the 'wow' gameplay factor to hold your interest for long, and would probably be better off looking elsewhere ultimately.
  43. PSM Magazine
    80
    gameplay that steps boldly forward, but remembers what was cool about the old school. [Holiday 2005, p.73]
  44. It isn't as diverse as "Grand Theft Auto," but you should be able to squeeze an ample degree of catharsis out of mugging people, laying down graffiti, breaking into stores, and pummeling rival gang members. I highly recommend that you watch the movie first, though.
  45. Where The Warriors excels is in its accessibility. There’s so much stuff to do in the game, and the manner in which you do it is very intuitive.
  46. 95
    The game's free-flowing scuffles are akin to your toilet experience after a night of over-beering: In other words, both are shockingly big, messy, chaotic, scary, surprising, and usually a little bloody.
  47. Retro in style and content, nevertheless this feels remarkably fresh.
  48. Rockstar have done exactly what you’d expect them do: break down the movie into it’s core elements, expand upon the origin story, add a range of side-missions that add an extra incentive to progress through the narrative, get the visual and audio ambience of the film, and throw in that special Rockstar polish.
  49. The Warriors doesn't do anything particularly wrong - it's a perfectly acceptable game - but at the same time it doesn't do anything spectacular.
  50. If you think beat-em-ups are dead, you need to play this game. If you don't, you need to play this game. If you just don't care, you need to play this game.
  51. It combines a lot of typically dissonant elements into a smooth, polished package, and despite a few small problems, it's well worth your time.
  52. 90
    Some of the best brawling seen in this console generation, as well as slick presentation, varied gameplay, and an unbeatable depiction of gang life pre-gangsta rap.

Awards & Rankings

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#27 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
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#8 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Jun 10, 2017
    9
    An excellent game released by Rockstar Games, one of the best games in its genre. The game tells us about a gang named "The Warriors" in ConeyAn excellent game released by Rockstar Games, one of the best games in its genre. The game tells us about a gang named "The Warriors" in Coney Island and who solved their problems by hiring more and more fighters and expanding the territory of the gang. Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2017
    8
    A fun rockstar game. As I've written in my other reviews, I like good co-op games. And this was a nice game too. Wasn't much tough, but likedA fun rockstar game. As I've written in my other reviews, I like good co-op games. And this was a nice game too. Wasn't much tough, but liked the game in general. Free roam's area was not that big, so that was a negative point, and there were not much things to do in free roam. Still, give it a try if a fan of co-op games. Full Review »
  3. Mar 31, 2017
    0
    Rockstar oblige, le mauvais goût général est omniprésent et bassement provocateur. De même, l'interface et le maniement sont nuls, le jeuRockstar oblige, le mauvais goût général est omniprésent et bassement provocateur. De même, l'interface et le maniement sont nuls, le jeu n'est pas beau et son intérêt est inférieur ou égal à zéro. Un jeu qui fait pitié et qui ne mérite qu'un zéro pointé. Full Review »