Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. The gameplay has a nice balance to it, but is also fairly shallow. [Dec 2002, p.118]
  2. Offers decent graphics, excellent gameplay and a respectable replay value, even if its sounds aren’t top of the line.
  3. One of the biggest problems with this version is the controller.
  4. 72
    While it won't win any awards for fighting game of the year, it does offer enough by way of fan service and flashy combo depth to satisfy at least the faithful comic book readers and not-so picky fighting game casuals.
  5. A solid fighter that just can't quite climb up to what "Tekken" and "VF" have offered.
  6. A solid fighter, but not a great one...The often weak graphics, unacceptable load times, and poor audio make this feel like a game that was rushed out the door.
  7. Factor in obscene load times and overly difficult enemy A.I., and it's a game that only rabid X-fans will enjoy.l [Jan 2003, p.194]
  8. It's not going to replace or even come close to your fighting game of choice.
  9. Poor collision detection keeps this title a step below "Tekken" and "Virtua Fighter." [Holiday 2002, p.54]
  10. Slightly sluggish controls hurt the faster characters, leaving some of the mid-speed characters' blend of movement and power overbalanced in the grand scheme of things.
  11. The only people who are going to enjoy this game are the die-hard fans of its source material. [Jan 2003, p.136]
  12. A well-integrated story and a nice selection of characters help the cause, but the overly simple gameplay and poor character balance steal away some of its powers.
  13. Outside of some lethargic controls, there is definitely some fun to be had with this brawler.
  14. When you could buy Tekken 4 for the same amount, why would you want this average contribution to the PS2 gene pool? Sometimes it can be fun, but it’s nothing you haven’t seen before, and done much, much better.
  15. The graphics are only average and the gameplay is plagued by a couple of nasty control issues.
  16. Unbalanced characters, cheap AI, and ugly graphics mar this game to the point that its' not even worth trying out.
  17. Besides a real lack of polish on the models and backgrounds in Dimension, it just feels mediocre when stacked against competition like "DOA," "Kakuto Chojin," and "MK Deadly Alliance." [Jan 2003, p.81]
  18. 38
    In still frames this game looks good, really good. In motion it has the grace of a beached humpback whale, and even then the whale might have the advantage.
  19. Perhaps the most damning thing of all about Next Dimension though is that throughout our time with the game, we never once felt the impact of a blow or watched a character reel in pain – there’s virtually no weight to any attack and hit contact is unconvincing.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. PhilipY.
    Aug 17, 2003
    It was great.
  2. BorisG.
    Mar 10, 2003
    This game is great, but when you unlock everything the only way to entertain yourself is to play against friends. The moves are really good also, but sound wasn't the best. Full Review »
  3. LONGN.
    Mar 8, 2003
    Best X-Men game ever. Future Marvel games can only get better. Poor reviews made price drop quickly so real fans can get it cheap! Better than games with DC comics characters. Full Review »