Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. If you want to get online and play action games against other people, Tribes Aerial Assault is a must. The consoles have never seen anything like it before.
  2. Stock up on junk food and eye-drops while you can because once you're in the game, you may never want to come back out.
  3. With huge levels, good game modes (Capture the Flag, Capture and Hold, Team Deathmatch and regular Deathmatch) and the speedy jet air packs, Tribes: Aerial Assault is the kind of online game I've been waiting for.
  4. It may not deliver the most riveting single-player experience ever, but its multi-player features are some of the best so far. [Nov 2002, p.51]
  5. Sixteen-player online deathmatch is truly a sight to behold, and you should probably think about keeping anyone prone to seizures or heart palpitations out of the room because things move real fast. [Nov 2002, p.116]
  6. 80
    It takes a special breed of player to appreciate the team-based aesthetics of the series, but for those who do it can be a wicked addiction to shake.
  7. Not without its flaws, Tribes succeeds because of variety and solid design.
  8. A pleasant surprise and a good enough game, but it isn’t anything we haven’t seen before.
  9. The lack of text chat capabilities and a workable inventory system prevent Tribes from greatness.
  10. Brain dead bot AI and a lackluster campaign can make it a frustrating and less than enjoyable single player experience.
  11. With imbalanced AI in the single player mode and elimination of much needed communication from the online version, more and more console gamers might track down the PC version to see what they’ve been missing.
  12. It’s funny, but I swear Aerial Assault looks better than Tribes 2 PC. The levels aren’t as big because of memory limitations, but the game looks just as good everywhere else.
  13. 75
    Easily worth its weight in gold as a multiplayer game, though; the depth of the options available to you are staggering. [Nov 2002, p.70]
  14. 72
    Certainly not a replacement for "Tribes 2," nor is it a step forward for the series' gameplay in general, but it's a good enough introduction for console gamers.
  15. Broadband-enabled PS2 owners will find that Tribes Aerial Assault is a fun, tactics-oriented online first-person shooter with some impressive technical features.
  16. A solid FPS, although it lacks a bit in the level design department. This leads to a potentially boring online experience.
  17. If you're online, have the conn-speed and the time, and understand that co-operation and quickness are the operative terms here, then Tribes Aerial Assault can and will give you a console experience you simply haven't had yet.
  18. Slaps you in the face with a fairly steep learning curve. [Nov 2002, p.194]
  19. 65
    A great game for the beginners to start out with, however I can’t really suggest to purchase the game unless you’re a fan of the run n’ gun type games.
  20. A crucial piece of the puzzle is missing here: communication. [Nov 2002, p.292]
  21. 60
    The move to the PS2 meant the omission of any type of communication among teammates whatsoever. You can press one button to taunt or another button to cheer, and that’s it.
  22. 60
    The biggest problem is the lack of communication among teammates. You can press a button to taunt or another to cheer, but that's it.
  23. The biggest problem I have with the game is that these vast planes are often too vast, making for some occasionally dull moments. [Nov 2002, p.86]

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