Metascore
48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 32
  2. Negative: 15 out of 32
  1. 47
    Eragon isn't worth the brief amount of time it takes to play through it. The gameplay and presentation aren't up to snuff and the storytelling cutscenes don't do their job at all.
  2. Eragon relies entirely on tedious, unenthusiastic gameplay that's way too shallow to sustain interest for more than a few minutes.
  3. Even though the Xbox 360 version contains two additional levels and boss fight this is not really worth the price of admission since there are so many better games already out on the market.
  4. Unless you’re a hardcore fan of the book series and film, I’d take a pass on Eragon.
  5. 40
    Feels rushed and slapped-together as a low-budget attempt to cash in on the holiday film release and make a quick buck from the fans before word gets out that it's not worth half its retail price.
  6. Eragon drags up torrid memories of the bad old days when movie licensed games were not only terrible games, but had sod-all to do with the subject matter. Judged on its own merits, it's clearly below par game in every single area imaginable. Technically bereft, poorly designed and coma-inducing to play, it's about as far away from being an example of where gaming is today as you can imagine.
  7. While it's true that Eragon is not a game that will change your life or keep you hooked to your TV for 60 hours, it is a really damned fun co-op title where you and a buddy can wreak havoc on big orc-like critters with sick-looking neck-snapping and gut-stabbing moves.
  8. Though it doesn’t need to be easier at all. Eragon is a breeze in six to eight hours, and no part, even the final battle, really tasks any of your elite or even rudimentary gaming skills.
  9. 40
    It's kind of a cakewalk. You won't feel pressed to utilize just the right combos for a given situation, and health boosts are generously doled out. Even the highest difficulty is pretty forgiving.
  10. Having never read the book or watched the movie I was able to approach Eragon from a purely gaming standpoint and was totally disappointed. Not only did it not live up to the franchise material upon which it was based, it just wasn’t a good game.
  11. Eragon's redundancy and simplicity just offers too few reasons to keep playing.
  12. An excellent treat for fans of the books and soon to be fans of the film. The game covers a lot of territory while doing a great job of bringing a decent amount of challenge and thrills to the masses.
  13. Realistically, Eragon's appeal won't expand beyond its Potter-like fan base. [Feb. 2007, p.78]
  14. A pretty awful attempt to successfully cross the media-divide, so hopes will have to be pinned elsewhere.
  15. One of the worst games I’ve ever played. Tedious, unimaginative, button masher that offers little new to chew on.
  16. Eragon continues the age old tradition of mediocrity in movie-licensed games.
  17. The battle system is fairly shallow; the dragon riding is plagued by bad collision and controls; the presentation isn’t up to Xbox 360 standards; and the story is merely decent.
  18. Nearly every aspect of Eragon is a disappointment, from its straight-outta-the-current-gen graphics to its poor in-game camera.
  19. Movie tie-in unable to flourish because of a by-the-books approach. [Jan 2007, p.94]
  20. Yes it's a typical movie license, but that's not to say that Eragon won't appeal to gamers that like simple gameplay. [Issue 15, p.91]
  21. Everything that can possibly go wrong with Vivendi Games' movie-licensed game does. The visuals are weak, staggered by a flawed and annoyingly fixed camera system. The combat becomes tedious, with very little change (if any at all) over the course of the game.
  22. Littered with occasionaly glimmers of hope, Vivendi’s attempt to create a true killer-app sadly falls flat, with most of the game feeling uninspired and largely by-the-numbers.
  23. Eragon isn’t an awful game. The problem is that what is there isn’t good.
  24. Eragon isn’t a bad game per se but is ultimately an average affair as it offers very little innovation to hack and slash gaming.
  25. The game's character models, voice-acting, and sweeping fantasy score are the only items that hold-up throughout the experience, with the combat system loosing its luster early due to overly repetitive gameplay.
  26. 45
    Shouldn't it be the dragon that is the center of the story?
  27. In the final analysis, however entertaining the movie might be, Eragon is an experience that’s better to read than it is to play.
  28. Expand the world a bit, and find a new wrinkle in the development or strength and talents of your characters.
  29. Magic may be coursing through Eragon's veins but it's exactly what's lacking from this dreary hack'n'slash affair.
  30. Scores of less than 50% generally indicate some sort of game-breaking technical flaw, unforgivable glitches or an Entomologist's dream serving of bugs. But in the case of Eragon, it's the simple fact that the game is absolute crap. Awful graphics, pedestrian gameplay, and about as much depth as the average puddle, Eragon lacks any sort of redeeming qualities...with the exception of just how quickly the painful ordeal is over.
  31. The game seems to depend on a couple of nice ideas that you’ll repeat over and over again, thinking merely of the satisfaction of finishing the adventure rather than the fun you’ve had playing it.
  32. If you’re dying to play a game like this, then EA’s Lord of the Rings games are very similar and far superior. And if you’re a die hard Eragon fan, then go with the GBA version instead and you’ll be a lot happier.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. CarcasGalactic
    Sep 26, 2006
    10
    This is my favorite book of all time. I have read it and Eldest 5 times each. This game gets a ten from the book. Wheather or not they screwThis is my favorite book of all time. I have read it and Eldest 5 times each. This game gets a ten from the book. Wheather or not they screw the game and the movie up we will seen but I am hoping that their both worth ten. The only dumb move, not having peter direct it but I supose he is to busy with the halo movie. oo well hopefully it still rocks ( Posted on 9/27/06 ) Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2013
    4
    unpolished repetitive action game, despite it many flaws game can provide entertainment with it surprisingly solid fight mechanics, otherwiseunpolished repetitive action game, despite it many flaws game can provide entertainment with it surprisingly solid fight mechanics, otherwise poor graphics, and repetitive Full Review »
  3. Jun 10, 2012
    10
    It's à awesome book, awkward camera, repetive Gameplay but it is best played in Coop, its much better if you have actually readIt's à awesome book, awkward camera, repetive Gameplay but it is best played in Coop, its much better if you have actually read the book but otherwise à fun albeit short game Full Review »