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 is strictly a fan game, and in that vein, it is a success.
  2. This title is complete fan service to those who like the anime, and will largely be enjoyed by these people, just be careful of the occasional cheap comeback by the computer.
  3. A game that (probably) does as much justice to the cartoon series as you can expect, and while fans of ‘proper’ fighting games will overlook it – with some justification – it’s not without its merits. The visual style, special effects, damageable arenas and, we understand, proper voice actors all lend themselves to a fairly well rounded experience.
  4. If you're a big-time Yu Yu Hakusho fan looking to step into the shoes of Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei, or any of the other notable characters from the series, you'll definitely find Dark Tournament to be a much more engaging experience than if you were just looking for a good 3D fighting game.
  5. It's got average graphics, sound that does not stand out, and decent replayability due to unlockable items, but the issues with control and timing outweigh these items.
  6. For the veteran of Virtua Fighter, or Tekken, however, it’s a sheep in wolf’s clothing.
  7. 59
    Feels like an incomplete game to me, as the limited combo system and unresponsive control definitely left a feeling that more could have been done.
  8. 55
    To a fan, if you can get over the fighting's sluggish pace, there's much nostalgia to be had. For the rest, this is one ghost file that best remains closed.
  9. If you dig the Yu Yu Hakusho anime (particularly the Dark Tournament saga) then you’ll be pretty satisfied with this bare-bones PS2 brawler.
  10. Only ultra-devoted Yu Yu fans will think this doesn't suck. [Jan 2005, p.72]
  11. 50
    With no online capabilities or even tag-team possibilities, you're better off spending the 40 bucks on a Jenga game and a case of Schlitz.
  12. YYH's problem is with the controls, which are shallow yet complicated. [Jan 2005, p.107]
  13. 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.
  14. 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]
  15. 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. 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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