Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
Buy On
  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. Game Informer
    80
    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]
  5. Not without its flaws, Tribes succeeds because of variety and solid design.
  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. PSM Magazine
    80
    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]
  8. A pleasant surprise and a good enough game, but it isn’t anything we haven’t seen before.
  9. Brain dead bot AI and a lackluster campaign can make it a frustrating and less than enjoyable single player experience.
  10. The lack of text chat capabilities and a workable inventory system prevent Tribes from greatness.
  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. GameNow
    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]

Awards & Rankings

98
34
#34 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
67
#67 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 45
  2. Negative: 4 out of 45
  1. Aug 27, 2017
    1
    This game is completely embarrassingly awful, The maps are literally palette swaps, with different weather effects, there is no map design,This game is completely embarrassingly awful, The maps are literally palette swaps, with different weather effects, there is no map design, there is no distinct differences in races/species. And the weapons are uninspired and boring. The only thing interesting in this game, was that there was a bot named pepe, thats about it. Full Review »
  2. B@!T
    Jul 27, 2006
    6
    Seems good if you communicate via PC while you play, but as soon as you play tribes 2, you see what a waste of time this actually is. WithSeems good if you communicate via PC while you play, but as soon as you play tribes 2, you see what a waste of time this actually is. With packs, weapons, maps, and features stripped off of the PS2 version, you get an experience that is just a taste of the complexity that is this game's only strong point. The one thing this game adds that Tribes 2 doesn't have is autoaim. Hope you like it, because there is a lot of it. Completely devoid of a real singleplayer experience, and with the online community getting smaller and smaller, this game is no longer worth picking up, even from the bargain bin. Full Review »
  3. BobbyB.
    Nov 15, 2004
    10
    It is awesome!!!! Like halo but with jetpack, more weapons, more vehicles, more packs, and more options! With great graphics this game passes It is awesome!!!! Like halo but with jetpack, more weapons, more vehicles, more packs, and more options! With great graphics this game passes with flying colors!!!!! Full Review »