• Publisher: Koei
  • Release Date: Mar 27, 2001

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. An above average effort on the PS2. Basically an enhanced port of the N64 sleeper.
  2. Daily Radar
    The controls are incredibly stiff, the locales are boring and rectangular, and the enemies will stand stock still until you shoot them.
  3. Neat gameplay is marred by a tough camera system and the lack of interesting toys is a letdown, but the game is a solid appetizer for another certain espionage game that's on the way.
  4. GamePower
    There is a feeling of tension derived from negotiating through the bee's nest of enemies, regardless of how stupid the AI may be at times or how bad the voice acting.
  5. 80
    Despite its averageness, WinBack: CO is fun, satisfying stealth/action fare. If it were the only game you had, it’d be great.
  6. The new multi-player options and superb gameplay could actually keep you playing until MGS 2 in October. I've played precious few PS2 titles that are better, and Winback is certainly one of those games that will seem impossible to put down.
  7. Once mastered, the inventive gameplay mechanics have a way of becoming addictive, and the no-frills graphics get the job done.
  8. Sheesh, this clunker might as well be subtitled "Interactive Espionage Game Design Basics for Dummies." How retailers can live with such rubbish polluting their shelves isn't apparent.
  9. 73
    This is a pretty good cake, albeit of a flavor you've probably never tried...I'd put Winback ahead of "X-Squad," on the strength of its better-thought-out gameplay and far longer mission (not to mention the replay value all the multiplayer modes add).
  10. Compared with the sights/sounds/gameplay of "MGS2", the technical flaws that were present on the N64 version (and haven't been fixed in this PS2 port) stand-out like a sore thumb on Roger Ebert's hand (there's a lovely image for you!).
  11. 70
    While the control system is straightforward to pick up, it can also be ultimately frustrating - in fact, annoying enough to take a sparkle off the otherwise solid and enjoyable gameplay.

Awards & Rankings

#48 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#77 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. May 27, 2012
    One of my favorite games of all time. I played the 64 version. Put so many hours into this game.
  2. P.O.
    Jul 27, 2002
    Great game. I can't stop playing it.
  3. Serge
    Aug 18, 2001
    Umm..can i rate it 11?