Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. A steaming pile of robot parts that seems to go out of its way to appear more repetitive than it is.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. This game is like your Mom telling you to do all your homework and chores before you can go outside and play.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. It's too easy to beat enemies, even in the tournament, by simply running forward and punching repeatedly. [Oct 2009, p.82]

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