Metascore
46

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. 40
    The main game feels buggy and lacks that classic feel, and for an added $10 on top of the original $19.99 price tag there's no way to justify its Wii existence.
  2. Shoehorning in the most basic of Wii motion-sensing controls isn't enough to make a clunky, repetitive game like Rampage fun--if anything, it just makes it more annoying.
  3. In concept it is a great game, but the execution and half baked controls really ruin this game that would have been on gamers must have list.
  4. 60
    It's not a triple-A title by any stretch -- with its gameplay quirks and audio that sounds recorded in a bus-station bathroom -- but it captures the sense of simple fun that Nintendo was shooting for with this new-fangled console.
  5. 45
    What's most disappointing, however, is how pitifully the game's "attitude" falls on its face. Every last unfunny quip issued by the traffic chopper, every painful Arnold Schwarzenegger impression, every ham-fisted racial stereotype is so poor that you can't help but wonder "what were they thinking?"
  6. The bottom line is that the core gameplay is tedious beyond belief - so much so that I doubt you'd even get value from renting it.
  7. 15
    Rampage: Total Destruction is broken and a perfect example of how not to port a game to the Wii. (And then charge extra for it.)
  8. I think this game’s real value lies in the simplicity and accessibility that would be really good for an enjoyable party game or as a rental.
  9. A sloppy, unimaginative title that on the Gamecube was barely passable and on a next generation console is just not acceptable!
  10. 65
    If you already own it on the previous consoles there isn’t much here to warrant a second purchase, but with a few tweaks and some polish this game could easily make a comeback in the world of games.
  11. Bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. [jan. 2007, p.106]
  12. The quarter crunching classic that has basically remained the same throughout the years finally changes just a Wii bit, but still not enough to draw in any new fans.
  13. There is still something incredibly satisfying about beating your buddy up until he shrinks down to a little naked person and then eating him for lunch.
  14. Midway tries to resurrect their fun Rampage franchise on the Wii and fails miserably. Get ready for some simplistic controls and extremely dated visuals.
  15. Repetitive button mashing in a mechanical 20-year-old game that's completely lacking innovation. Will the army ever nail these outdated and dull monsters? [January 2007, p.44]
  16. There's always one dreadful launch game (remember the GameCube's "Universal Tour"?) and Rampage: World Destruction is the Wii's. Even if you once enjoyed "Rampage" you won't like this. [Jan 2007, p.82]
  17. So while this could be construed as the first Wii budget release, to date it’s certainly the worst release for the system.
  18. The developers failed to take good advantage of the Wii's controllers, as swinging punches becomes boring after half an hour.
  19. 26
    Trying to adapt the controls from earlier incarnations of the game for the remote left a nigh-unplayable mess filled with crude sounds and very little to endear it even to fans of the series. If you really want to get your fix of playing as a giant monster demolishing buildings, play the cheaper and better incarnations of the game for previous-generation consoles or wait for the older games which are bonus features in this title to show up on the Virtual Console.
  20. If you were a big fan of Rampage and have been thinking "I'd like this more if I could physically punch instead of button mash!", then you're pretty much the target audience.
  21. Why stick to an old formula when it’s not as fun compared to games of the current generation? Still, there can be some nostalgic fun with Rampage, so it isn’t a complete write-off.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    4
    You know it is pretty bad when a game has nothing to offer at all crappy gameplay, except for the arcade game which is better than the actual game, thats pretty bad Full Review »
  2. Feb 9, 2014
    5
    The game started out pretty fresh and fun, however it quickly turned into something rather boring. The game is repetitive at times and there is hardly any challenge at all. Nevertheless, while it lasts, the game is slightly enjoyable, just not anything you’d play for more than a couple of hours. Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2011
    6
    Without question, Midway could have done better. Total Destruction follows the Rampage pattern, letting you take out your bad day aggressions on all manner of architecture. The new gameplay mode is visually arresting and very engaging, but suffers from serious gameplay issues. The control schema applied to Total Destruction is sorely lacking in user friendliness; many moves require obscure button combinations or other movements, and the ability to tell the game exactly what you want to do is, in many cases, absent. The most you can do is suggest. Perhaps the most serious fault, however, lies in the game's "3D" depth-based game maps. Where previous versions of Rampage had one row of buildings in greater or lesser width, Total Destruction creates a three-dimensional "block" of buildings, with more buildings to destroy behind those in front. The problem comes in when you try to selectively attack structures; most of the time, you will not start climbing or beating on the right building. Similarly, attempting to counterattack when under fire from the military is haphazard at best. Now, on the plus side, someone at Midway was bright enough to include the previous versions of Rampage on the disc, and even the classic arcade Rampage looks and plays great on the Wii, even in multiplayer. In short, buy the game for the legacy versions, and give Total Destruction a try...just expect it to be more work and less entertaining than the installments you love from years gone by. Full Review »