• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Jun 30, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
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  1. 60
    If it weren't for the painful amount of repetition and the grindy nature of everything, Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament probably would have been a lot more fun. The more I played, though, the less I liked it, and by the end I just wanted it all to be over.
  2. Not a bad title, though a bit on the repetitious side. The game does have some personality and the combat can involve a bit of strategy.
  3. All in all, Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament is a pretty bland and boring offering from Irem on the PSP, and it's the first big miss I've played from the company in quite a while. Even if you're a fan of the original PS2 title, you're not missing anything by skipping this one.
  4. 80
    If you loved the first Steambot Chronicles or if you're in the mood for a GTA-light/Armored Core-light game that's aimed at a younger audience then I would suggest that you should pick this title and pray that Atlus will release the PS3 sequel.
  5. While the battles in the Battle Arena are fun, the slogging you do to get to that point don't make it worth the effort.
  6. Steambot Chronicles is an extremely fun, non-traditional RPG, while Battle Tournament is a watered down mech fighter with repetitive and time-consuming missions thrown in between fights.
  7. A steaming pile of robot parts that seems to go out of its way to appear more repetitive than it is.
  8. Instead of the friendlier, less-confusing version of Armored Core this UMD could have been, it's a bitterly disappointing also-ran that's in severe need of a tune-up.
  9. Battle Tournament may lack some of the charm that made the old game so loved, but it’s a decent action adventure in its own right.
  10. Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament does a nice job of being a fairly entertaining game, though the short experience that capped at 14 hours for us definitely seems to be an issue when you learn that the game will cost you $39.99.
  11. Battle Tournament is a decent action-adventure game that is held back by the grinding repetition of its missions and quests. However, customizing your Trot and fighting others is addictive and fun.
  12. This game is like your Mom telling you to do all your homework and chores before you can go outside and play.
  13. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    It's too easy to beat enemies, even in the tournament, by simply running forward and punching repeatedly. [Oct 2009, p.82]
  14. 30
    The occasionally good graphics, and the promise of fighting with fifteen foot tall, steam powered bots will pull in a number of people. Just about every other element of the game, especially the mundane array of quests offered, just feels uninspired and frustrating.

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2009
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. JalexD
    Jul 3, 2009
    As a fan of the highly underrated game that began this franchise, I have to say that this is perfect for portable gaming. It's certainly As a fan of the highly underrated game that began this franchise, I have to say that this is perfect for portable gaming. It's certainly lacking in features in comparison to it's home console big brother (which easily approaches, if not surpasses, the amount of content and freedom found in any Grand Theft Auto title), but as I've said, if you enjoyed the original, then this game will certainly keep you entertained for a good 10-15 hours. And it's worth playing more than once, even if the multiplayer isn't really anything to speak of. Basically, if you played and liked 'Steambot Chronicles' and have a PSP, you should get this right away. But if you've never played the aforementioned game and are unsure about this, go back to the beginning before deciding on this. Full Review »