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. It is challenging and it can take some time to get comfortable with the controls, but it’s also refreshing to see a simulator that doesn’t throw away the first missions by giving simple goals or weak enemies.
  2. 70
    It features some of my least favorite shooter design elements, and it suffers from some kind of hideous memory caching woes that in turn spawn a few very frustrating interface issues.
  3. Tolerate the fog, put-up with the controller and live with the repetition of dying over and over again, and you too will be hooked.
  4. If you are a helicopter sim fan and like games that are frustratingly difficult then pick up this game. Otherwise, either stay away or at your own discretion rent it because there are way better games out there.
  5. A game that suffers from “could have been great“ syndrome. The weapons are cool and the missions are exciting, but the controls ruined everything.
  6. Every component of this game is either mediocre or bad. Consequently, if you were to ask me what I thought of Thunder Strike, I would say that it sucks.
  7. An interesting conundrum of challenging gameplay and flat out irritation.
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    50
    Later sorties throw so much annoying crap at you—too many enemies who pop out of nowhere, too many mission objectives. [Jan 2002, p.222]

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.