Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. This game gets boring quick, and the frustration induced from agonizing over the awkward controls makes Yu Yu destined for the dark bargain bin pit of despair.
  2. Given just how unresponsive and sticky the gameplay is, a strong case can be made that a turd in a toilet has far greater functionalty than the controls in this game. [Dec 2004, p.177]
  3. With only eight stages, poor controls, and moderate visuals, its solid line up of 25 characters cannot save this game’s fate of falling below mediocrity.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. DanA.
    Sep 24, 2007
    The only challenge had in this game is trying to understand why it's such a slow paced fighting game that relies on basic combos to have an actual fight. It's sickeningly boring, and this is coming from a person who can say Yu Yu Hakusho is my favorite anime series. Full Review »
  2. Mar 23, 2014
    Story-10/10 Graphics-6/10 Fun- 9/10 Controls and Ease to learn- 4/10 Length- 6/10 Replay ability- 2/10
    Music- 9/10 Difficulty- 10/10
    Overall- 9/10

    As a fan of yu yu hakusho I must say when I first played this game I was excited. I just recently replayed the game and it was still as exciting. Although the graphics have died a little but it is still decent to look at. The game is truly only for the hardcore who loved the show like me. It is a fun game to play the real issue becomes with the difficulty. It is a tough game to learn and to master and without such training you may not get to beat the whole game. There is a training but with so many characters it would seem impossible to master. The length is actually really short but the dark tournament itself wasn't that long either so you can't expect much. Within the game the music is a nice touch to keep you entertained but not enough unless you truly love the show. The game is decent from start to finish if you are a hardcore fun but otherwise you may not be as impressed overall I give it 9.2 out of 10.
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  3. AndresO.
    Sep 29, 2004
    It is hard one of the best fighting games ever that actually gave me a challenge.