• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Jun 28, 2006
Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. The engine could do with some extra juice, but this is still a vastly rewarding racer. [Aug 2006, p.80]
  2. The result is a game that is segmented well for easy pick-up-and-play sessions, but which is not necessarily more fun because of it. [Aug 2006, p.93]
  3. The steering is a little unresponsive, and the load times are appalling, but it's still a lot of fun to tear ass and humiliate the competition in your meticulously modified rides. [Aug 2006, p.86]
  4. The controls are a little unresponsive and it all becomes a bit painful after a while. [Sept 2006, p.84]
  5. A decent effort that, even with its excellent pimping options, struggles to provide lasting appeal in this competitive genre. [July 2006, p.93]
  6. 70
    While Juiced: Eliminator's driving mechanics and track design are rather so-so and somewhat boring, its career mode setup and aspects are great, making the actual driving itself quite worthwhile.
  7. Juiced is an underrated gem of a racer that gives you a completely different take on the overcrowded street racing market... on the PS2. On the PSP, this core is still there, but it's so rough around the edges that it's trumped by less ambitious racers.
  8. It's not a pick-up-and-play game and even after all the time you spend flattening the learning curve you might find that you don't really like it after all. Like racing, you win some, you lose some.
  9. 70
    It's got racing. It's got modding. It's got pretty generic racing. If you like playing dress-up with cars then you migiht like this. [Issue 141, p.107]
  10. If you absolutely need a new racing game for your portable, pick this up but do so knowing that the controls cripple the fun parts.
  11. It's a content-packed, well-produced handheld game - they can put that on the box if they want - but the racing's a bit boring, the load-delays are too regular and too long, it's very punishing when you start getting somewhere, and the lack of online options hurts it.
  12. The gameplay, graphics, multiplayer, sound and everything else are all okay.
  13. Eliminator improves on its PS2 predecessor. It has more modes, more customization parts, and makes for a respectable single-player experience. But the sketchy controls and oftentimes sleep-inducing levels and presentation keep it from being the king of street.
  14. Underpowered in terms of excitement, but the ride you'll get from this solid, comprehensive package is never less than decent.
  15. Unlike most other PSP ports of old games, Juiced is extremely thin on new and/or interesting content, leaving you with a just slightly tightened-up version of the game you might have but probably didn't play last year.
  16. The generic tracks and emphasis on controlled racing really drains the excitement out of the title, making it a hard sell to any but the most hardcore of tuner fans.
  17. 60
    It's too bad the core driving model is so flawed, since Juiced could have been a lot more fun with either tighter handling or more spacious course designs.
  18. The cars on the circuit, from the Dodge Viper to the Mazda RX-8, are all impressively rendered, but slide off the track at the first push of the turn right button at one of the many hairpin bends.
  19. A deep and enjoyable racing game but offers little to stand out from the pack.
  20. 55
    Despite the changes and additions, Juiced: Eliminator doesn't add much to what was a already an average street racer.
  21. Juiced: Eliminator should be fun to play, but it isn't. Maybe it's the fact that you can't corner without crashing, maybe it's the fact you can't bang your car more than twice without causing serious damage and thus rendering your car useless, maybe it's the fact that once you are overtaken you will never ever catch up again, or maybe, just maybe, it's the fact that if you lose more than three races in career mode, you might as well just restart.
  22. Juiced Eliminator attempts to simulate what it's like to be a street racer, but it simply lacks the flair and excitement that other games in the genre offer.
  23. An excellent game crippled by bad control. [Aug 2006, p.82]
  24. 40
    Juiced: Eliminator isn't bottom of the barrel, but it comes in at a distant third when the underground racing genre has already gone well into its life span, and that's not good news.

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