Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
Buy On
  1. Players looking for a detailed flight simulation will enjoy Thunderstrike's tactical gameplay, but fans of visceral action will find its strike-and-hide gameplay requirements a bit too rigid.
  2. 77
    If a sim with action is what you are looking for, go for it. If you find the frenetic pace of an MTV music video too slow for you, then avoid this game entirely.
  3. 80
    Casual twitch gamers may be turned off by the flying learning curve and amount of strategizing required to complete each mission, but you can’t deny the hedonistic thrill of buzzing over a desolate desert landscape and letting loose!
  4. The real problem is that the game won’t hold your attention for longer than a weekend, which is unfortunate.

Awards & Rankings

#76 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. BigTiny
    Sep 9, 2004
    9
    Hard..but excellent...good graphics and weapons.
  2. MikeG.
    Feb 24, 2003
    8
    It's a good effort to try and combine action and fun while still staying true to the genre which is one of it's major problems. It's a good effort to try and combine action and fun while still staying true to the genre which is one of it's major problems. It's trying to please everyone at once. I did however, enjoy playing this game but only because there just isn't enough competition out there. One thing that i would like to complain about though, is how annoying and irratating it is trying to shoot them bloody soldiers on the ground. Why didn't Eidos put them on the target system as well? Answers on a postcard. Full Review »
  3. TravisB.
    Dec 12, 2002
    9
    A very challenging game and threateningly addictive. A few hints about rescuing hostages and surviving ambushes would be nice.