Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. Broadband-enabled PS2 owners will find that Tribes Aerial Assault is a fun, tactics-oriented online first-person shooter with some impressive technical features.
  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. 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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. A crucial piece of the puzzle is missing here: communication. [Nov 2002, p.292]
  11. A pleasant surprise and a good enough game, but it isn’t anything we haven’t seen before.
  12. 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.
  13. Brain dead bot AI and a lackluster campaign can make it a frustrating and less than enjoyable single player experience.
  14. Slaps you in the face with a fairly steep learning curve. [Nov 2002, p.194]
  15. 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]
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Not without its flaws, Tribes succeeds because of variety and solid design.
  21. The lack of text chat capabilities and a workable inventory system prevent Tribes from greatness.
  22. 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]
  23. A solid FPS, although it lacks a bit in the level design department. This leads to a potentially boring online experience.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. B@!T
    Jul 27, 2006
    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. 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 »
  2. BobbyB.
    Nov 15, 2004
    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 »
  3. RyanJ.
    Aug 8, 2003
    Woo Hoo! This game rocks!