Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. 70
    Beowulf: The Game had an opportunity to be a standout movie licensed game. Unfortunately the glitching just made it looks sloppy and in need of work. I enjoyed a lot of the fighting elements they introduced here, and the development team deserves a pat on the back for that.
  2. What it lacks in polish it makes up for in diversity and brutality. This is one bloody game. [Jan 2008, p.58]
  3. Beowulf lives up to its "M" rating, and there's plenty of hacking and slashing to be done here. But if you're looking for more than just bloody waterfalls and severed arms, you'll have to look elsewhere.
  4. There's nothing broken here, but combat lacks flair and strategy is insignificant. [Jan 2008, p.68]
  5. There's much to enjoy and Ubisoft does incorporate one or two nifty ideas. Sadly, though, we've seen it all before. [Issue 27, p.97]
  6. The button-pounding boss showdowns are challenging, and cutting a gory swathe through goons with the help of a half-dozen dim Thanes is crude fun, but you're likely to regret the expense than sing Beowulf's praises at the end of its eight hours. [Jan 2008, p.65]
  7. 60
    If you liked what you saw at the theater and need a way to blow off a few hours then it's a perfect weekend rental. But it doesn't live up to the epic nature the classic poem and it certainly isn't going to make you forget about God of War III either.
  8. There’s some gruesome battling here, but nothing that’ll push you all that hard.
  9. In this day and age, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a game based on a movie fares poorly, but for a character who has survived since 700AD, he deserves better treatment than this.
  10. You can blast through the game on the lower difficulty in less than day. You will notice the title says: Beowulf: The Game. That's to distinguish it from the ancient manuscript. I tend to think of it as a disclaimer, or quite possibly a warning.
  11. A fairly standard game in a genre overflowing with quality. [Christmas 2007, p.99]
  12. Indeed, you could go so far as to say that it's old news, a little tedious, and there are countless other, better things around right now that improve on it in so many ways.
  13. It's just run-of-the-mill game design. Bar the occasionally impressive combat, Beowulf doesn't have enough to make it stand out.
  14. Even a merry band of adventurous thanes can't save this quest from ruin.
  15. A rehash of other games that did the job of melding great storytelling with original combat elements much better. This was a game which was greeted with high expectations, only to have those dashed.
  16. 50
    Even with the support of the upcoming feature film (which supposedly donated art assets), it still manages to oscillate between looking positively stunning to heinously ugly.
  17. Thanks to its ability to maul the movie that it supposedly follows, Beowulf is a poor substitute for the film and an even more frustrating experience on the console, given its clumsy fight mechanics, uninspired enemies and the repetitive button-mashing.
  18. Destined to line bargain bin bottoms. It has its hacking and slashing moments, but like so many movie-licensed titles, it reeks of a truncated production schedule and a too-heavy reliance on a story intended for another medium.
  19. The presentation isn't bad and the rhythm mini-games are neat, but overall, Beowulf crumbles under his own dead weight.
  20. 40
    Ubisoft Shanghai and Tiwak did a magnificent job of butchering the reimagining of a classic tale and providing plenty of disposable, derivative gameplay to go along with it.
  21. If you really must satisfy your bloodlust, then "Conan" is the slightly better option. [Jan 2008, p.91]
  22. 30
    But the worst part? Beowulf features a minigame that rewards players for not having sex with Grendel's mother, played by a near-nude Angelina Jolie in the movie, for as long as humanly possible. That's just wrong.
  23. The real problem with the game is that it’s too light on everything. Too light on action. Too light on excitement. Too light on story. And too light on gameplay. There’s no need to be subtle in a great hack-n-slash game since you need something to make the game worth playing. But you won’t even find mindless action here, only a brain-dead game.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Jun 23, 2013
    4
    I am afraid I did not finish this game, whilst I did find the initial game play entertaining with some God of war style bad ass violence. I found I became quickly bored with the repetitive game play and sequences. If you like a good hack and slash you'll probably enjoy this but frankly the linear nature and repetition just didn't do it for me. Full Review »