Metascore
44

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 31
  2. Negative: 19 out of 31
  1. Mar 11, 2011
    75
    Mind Jack is definitely an enjoyable game and worth picking up and playing from an action standpoint, just don't expect a great script.
  2. Jan 31, 2011
    63
    The concept of Mindjack is pretty original, the hacking of the mind of NPC's and other players. Also the possibility to join someone in his singleplayer run to work against him is cool, but the gameplay is a bit too buggy to be very good. The graphics are also a bit mediocre.
  3. Feb 8, 2011
    60
    If you can look past the lack of polish and horrible graphics, there's a compelling and unique take on cover-based shooters here, along with an interesting lesson on how games deal with plot. It's a rewarding little game, if you can hack it.
  4. Mar 21, 2011
    58
    A great concept brimming with unexplored potential anchored by dull shooter mechanics.
  5. Apr 13, 2011
    56
    Don't just skip the cinematics, skip Mindjack altogether. Playing this game made me wish it were as easy to enjoy a crummy videogame as it is a B-movie, but really, Mindjack is worse than that. It's more like a student film.
  6. Feb 13, 2011
    53
    Poor balancing. [Mar 2011, p.96]
  7. 50
    Mindjack fails miserably in almost all fields, from gameplay and graphics to story.
  8. Feb 2, 2011
    50
    A good concept doesn't always evolve into a good game. That's MindJack, an interesting game with good concept, poor controls, bad AI and poor storytelling.
  9. Jan 30, 2011
    50
    Mindjack teaches us that a good concept doesn't always evolve into a good game. Square Enix should really think about all the mistakes they've made if they ever want to create a successor.
  10. Jan 27, 2011
    50
    Mindjack's chilling vision of the future is smothered by awkward controls and poor storytelling.
  11. Jan 27, 2011
    50
    Myriad control problems, brain dead AI, and a cringe-worthy storyline make Mindjack a shooter worth skipping.
  12. Jan 25, 2011
    50
    Enemy AI is dim as hell (foes will often run right by you to attack a comrade as you shoot them in the back of the head at point blank range), the wonky cover system often has you shooting bullets into nothingness even when it appears they should be hitting your targets, and there's no way to pause the game.
  13. Jan 21, 2011
    47
    If you desperately want to try something new and are willing to put up with a totally disappointing production, maybe you'll want this when it drops down to a budget price.
  14. 45
    Mindjack's shtick, the ability to hack an opponent to fight on your side, is not interesting enough to overlook its dreadful cover and combat systems, boring characters, unresponsive AI, and bland level design. Its only saving grace is its unique multiplayer component that allows you to hack into someone else's game to cause all sorts of trouble.
  15. Feelplus has been so single-minded in their efforts to create a unique drop-in/out multiplayer concept, they forgot the importance of welding it onto a singleplayer game that's worth replaying and buddying-up for in the first place. And without other humans running through your game, helping, hindering – or just making things interesting at all – you're stuck playing a mind-numbing shell of a game. Or, as the case will be, not playing it. [Mar 2011, p.79]
  16. 40
    Linear and boring shooter with unpleasant lack of checkpoints, low IQ enemies and ill-managed main feature – mind capturing. [Issue#201]
  17. Bland weapons and generic enemies. [Spring 2011, p.111]
  18. Feb 10, 2011
    40
    Mindjack has a couple of good ideas, but their poor implementation is not enough to save this mediocre action game.
  19. Jan 28, 2011
    40
    Sometime a good idea can shape-up a good game. That's not the case. Multiplayer in Mindjack could've saved the day, but all the other stuff will give you only an enormous headache.
  20. Jan 18, 2011
    40
    But despite its enormous potential, Mindjack is ultimately a frustrating and forgettable shooter with horrible presentation, clumsy controls and a plodding campaign.
  21. Feb 20, 2011
    38
    Generic game making at its worst. [Issue#202, p.91]
  22. Feb 8, 2011
    35
    A complete waste of good ideas. There's really no reason why you should bother buying this mess.
  23. We love the idea of controlling defeated enemies' minds and using these subservient souls as combat partners or diversionary sitting ducks, but the execution here is simply irredeemable. [April 2011, p.75]
  24. Feb 9, 2011
    30
    The bottom line is the more I played Mindjack, the more I wanted to stop playing Mindjack. I made it through to the end, but it wasn't without a lot of head-scratching, hair-pulling, and obscenity-laced tirades.
  25. Feb 4, 2011
    30
    Mindjack is a sheer disappointment.
  26. Feb 4, 2011
    30
    A laughable game that should have never seen the light of day.
  27. Jan 28, 2011
    30
    This futuristic actiongame is so bad on so many levels that it almost looks like they did it on purpose. Gameplay, graphics and presentation: it's all terrible.
  28. Jan 24, 2011
    30
    Mindjack may of aroused my mind prior to its release with some interesting concepts, however the repetitive, uninspired gameplay becomes so tedious that playing the game simply bored me out of my mind. Definitely better alternatives out there.
  29. Jan 27, 2011
    26
    There really isn't much fun to be had here. Not even in a masochistic way.
  30. Jan 29, 2011
    25
    Mindjack's execution is just ludicrously poor at times.
  31. Feb 10, 2011
    20
    The feeling that remains after playing Mindjack, is that the game had a really nice concept, but screwed it over completely half-way through. Wait, not half-way, even sooner... like, right at the beginning. And so, we end up playing a poor action-shooter game, with no taste whatsoever, with average visuals at best, super repetitive action, not even able to correctly copy what's out there.
User Score
2.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 8 out of 10
  1. May 14, 2012
    0
    Worst game ever.
  2. Jan 19, 2011
    3
    When I had read that Square Enix was making this game i was looking forward to there new game. One word*Boring*. This style has been done 5yrs ago which also matches its graphics..outdated. Rental only don't waste the money. There is a reason some games don't get the hype. If you were to bang your funny bone it would be more fun then this game, Peace Out OSG. Full Review »
  3. Oct 19, 2013
    0
    Stay the hell away from this game! Everything about it is absolutely reprehensible. It is a game that actually made me physically ill from playing it, if your game can do that you know you screwed up big time. Full Review »