Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 59
  2. Negative: 33 out of 59
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  1. It’s not without its flaws, but Joe manages to pack in plenty of third-person, fast-paced arcade-flavored fun. Addictive co-op, power-ups galore, and thumb-numbing action make it much more a modern-day Contra than another lame licensed effort.
  2. The Rise of Cobra is not without its faults, but if you scratch the surface just the slightest you’ll find a surprisingly fun game that will put your reflexes and arcade gaming skills to the ultimate test.
  3. 75
    It's camp value, sure, but camp value wrapped in a game just as fun as playing with the action figures that inspired it.
  4. If you play this title in the coop mode, it can offer some hours of quite good entertainment. If you try out this game alone, you won’t play very long.
  5. 73
    I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I could have with a game if I stopped worrying about everything it didn't do, and just enjoyed what it did. Even with its problems Rise of Cobra is an entertaining, and fun experience for fans of the subject matter.
  6. All in all, this is a very good game, while with its flaws, overall submerses the gamer into the world of G.I. JOE.
  7. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a typical movie tie-in game and will likely appeal to kids or the kid within. If you are after a few hour of mindless distraction, there are far worse ways of spending it then on this game but the missed opportunity inherent in this G.I. Joe game is truly unfortunate.
  8. The game is a much better rental or title that is best left to borrowing from a friend who was fooled into buying it due to their ‘80’s nostalgia.
  9. With all the gameplay problems in The Rise of Cobra and its oddly missing online co-op play, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra falls into the rental category rather than a full out purchase. Until the price drops, I’d hold up for a movie ticket, or a few good hours of watching old Joe cartoons.
  10. GI Joe is a fun shoot ‘em up for a short while, but then you will realize that you can get pretty much the same kind of action from any number of arcade titles. The action soon gets repetitive and you will have no urge to play the game again, at least having a buddy along for the ride makes things a bit more bearable.
  11. AceGamez
    If this was an Xbox Live Arcade title, then the score would be a little bit higher than it is, but as a full price release, there's just not enough content, and too many problems, to bump GI Joe up into the higher brackets.
  12. Games Master UK
    An enjoyable if throwaway action game that weighs in at a not so throwaway price. [Sept 2009, p.81]
  13. So while G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra provides momentary thrills, it's little more than an overpriced and shallow romp through drab looking levels full of idiotic bad guys.
  14. Overall GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra is your typical movie based game. It lacks depth, feels rushed, and is not worth the price of admission.
  15. The co-op functionality and the vast array of collectibles are nice additions on the surface, but being unable to play with friends online and not unlocking anything substantial keeps the experience lackluster.
  16. 58
    As a fan of G.I. Joe, I expect a videogame version to make me feel like a Real American Hero. This didn't come close. The gameplay is unexciting and the visuals uninspired.
  17. I personally would have preferred a classic “Joe” title, since nostalgia seems to be in these days, but for what’s it’s worth, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra video game is exactly what you would expect from a film to game translation, nothing more, nothing less.
  18. Even for a movie tie-in, GI Joe feels like a rush job. It’s not a terrible game by any means; the game mechanics mostly work, there’s plenty of variety to the characters, scores of things to unlock, and even playable Cobra characters like Storm Shadow and Firefly. It’s just that everything it does has been done much better by many different games.
  19. It's difficult to say anything positive about the single-player, but there's a bit of fun to be had with the co-op. Overall however, Rise of Cobra is yet another disappointing movie tie-in.
  20. GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a big disappointment for all fanboys of the original show. Worth a rental first before you even consider buying.
  21. A typical shooter that barely resembles any iteration of GI Joe I’ve ever seen.
  22. In the end, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is like vanilla ice cream. It is fine for what it offers, but is plain and blah compared to what you could be having. Even for someone who didn’t get into the G.I. Joe fad, I didn’t expect to find a plain vanilla G.I. Joe.
  23. The campaign mode is really short, the graphics are ugly, and the sound is passable. The only reason to play this game is to pad your gamer scores or if you are an extremely die-hard G.I. Joe fan.
  24. With annoying camera, repetitive gameplay, and brain-dead AI team mates, this is the perfect Christmas gift for someone you dislike.
  25. 50
    While I wasn't expecting too much from G.I. Joe as a whole, I walked away with the impression that, while it wasn't absolutely horrible, it really didn't leave much of a lasting impression either.
  26. 50
    Unfortunately the game has not become the game it could have been. The only thing that earns a satisfactory is the sound and that's all. Maybe, if the game ever makes it's way to 30 euro's and you're looking for a fun co-op, this one is recommended.
  27. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Fleetingly daft fun but this is too expansive, too charmless and too hard. [Nov 2009, p.91]
  28. Very simplistic gameplay mainly aimed at kids and casual gamers, mediocre graphics and several problems in controls and camera management ruin a game that maintains as its only bright spot the co-op mode, unfortunately only offline. Forgettable.
  29. An awful game based on a mediocre action-movie. Gets dull very soon and has too many glitches.
  30. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is full of things that make you go "hmm." Why do midlevel checkpoints update your score but not save your game, forcing you to restart from the beginning if both characters die? If you're going to steal from Gears of War, why steal the slow-walking, earpiece-cradling mission updates?
  31. It’s messy, it’s stale, and traces of it will linger with you for days. And the worst part of it all? You paid for this garbage.
  32. At the end of the day this is just another lacklustre movie tie in really, it had some good ideas badly executed, but if you are a fan of the movie you may get a few hours enjoyment out of it.
  33. Official Xbox Magazine
    Definitely inspired by old co-op coin-ups like Ikari Warriors, minus any ambition. [Oct 2009, p.75]
  34. The problem is that the entire game feels cobbled together and misses the target on a lot of very important things, like fun.
  35. The most enjoyable part of the game would have to be the unlockable Public Service Announcements from the old cartoon show. But chances are, you could save the cash and look them up online. And, trust us, you would be very well served by saving that cash.
  36. Overall, this game is a very basic shoot-‘em-up that lacks any sort of cerebral engagement, and hence feels very lightweight and far too easy to play.
  37. There's nothing redeeming about this game other than some decent surround-sound effects and the closing credits.
  38. G.I.Joe: Rise of the Cobra is one of the worst games ever seen during this generation, with ugly graphic and sound and an insubstantial gameplay.
  39. G.I. Joe: la nascita dei Cobra is embarrassing. It's totally unplayable and technically shameful, an atrocious action-game. There is nothing to save, so keep distance from this game. One of the worst experiences of this generation.
  40. Those patient enough to suffer through the initial gameplay inadequacies are rewarded with horrible, low-quality cutscenes, a “special” Accelerator Suit ability that often drains during said cutscenes, unreachable power-ups that hover just out of grasp, the worst vehicle controls I’ve used in years, and voice overacting that makes the guy who says “killing spree” in Unreal Tournament sound understated.
  41. This game is an abomination that has absolutely no business being sold at a price point approaching full retail. Like so many other movie adaptations before it, The Rise of Cobra feels like it was meant to capitalize on gullible fans. Lucky for you, we’re here to warn you to steer clear.
  42. 33
    The Rise of Cobra's biggest problems aren't in the way it uses the license -- the problems are that, on anything but the lowest difficulty setting, the game is unnecessarily unforgiving and uses a completely counter-intuitive health regeneration system.
  43. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra The Video Game is just plain awful. Whatever you do, though, don't let me stop you from seeing the movie. You'll love it.
  44. 30
    A pointed lesson to other designers that including co-op, especially local co-op, is a great value-add to even an otherwise totally worthless game.
  45. A lazy and predictable slog through 20-year-old game design, stultifying 'action' and glaring, ridiculous omissions. There's no defending it on the grounds of being a kids' game, since most astute children will likely find this turgid, unengaging blast every bit as tedious and repetitive as their adult counterparts.
  46. Unbalanced, not working camera, anonymous level design and technically far from next-gen. Have we to go on or you need something else to go out for a pizza with your friends using your dirty 60 Euros?
  47. 25
    Showing a complete lack of faith in either their own control system or their intended audience's ability, Double Helix have seen fit to implement a far too effective automated targeting system which does its best to remove every last element of skill from proceedings.
  48. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    A boring, brain-dead waste of time. [Oct 2009, p.82]
  49. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Has no redeemable features, is almost devoid of quality and should be avoided at all costs. [Issue#50, p.95]
  50. A shamefully poor tie-in, even by normal standards, that totally ignores the potential of the license.
  51. Every little thing about it, from the bland presentation to the dead-simple gameplay, conspires to make the final product incredibly lame. It has the depth of a bad downloadable game with the price tag of a full-on retail release. It's the worst of both worlds. And now you know.
  52. Who am I kidding? I’ve tried, but this game is just rubbish. Utter crap. Another steaming pile of movie-based compost to throw on the pile. Avoid this game like your brain depended on it.
  53. Movie licensed game have a long and not so rosy reputation of being less that stellar, at best, with a fem major exceptions. The videogame adaptation of the movie G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra is no such exception. The visuals looks like a poor remnant from the previous generations of consoles, the controls are shoddy, the camera is appalling and the list goes on. Even the cooperative mode manages to be a total dud. Avoid at all costs.
  54. Edge Magazine
    If there's a benefit to the game's focus on local co-op multiplayer, it's that players can stand suicide watch over each other for when the awfulness of it all finally overwhelms them. [Oct 2009, p.97]
  55. Between the camera and targeting woes, generally clunky gameplay, and a complete inability to capture the essence of what makes the G.I. Joe franchise fun and exciting in the first place—the game is a complete failure.
  56. The shooty stuff is okay, the cover is fine, the difficulty is all but nonexistent given your inability to die, but the worst part of all of this, the real slap in the face, is that it costs FIFTY !@#$ING DOLLARS
  57. Even as the credits roll, it’s tough to shake the nagging feeling that this experience should have been a $10 downloadable game, or should be the game you unlock as a bonus after finishing the real game.
  58. There's no reason to buy G.I. Joe as long as there is at least one other game on the store shelf.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. EborF
    Sep 21, 2009
    I read the reviews online and thought to myself, I really want to see how bad it is... so I started playing. (Please bear in mind that I read the reviews online and thought to myself, I really want to see how bad it is... so I started playing. (Please bear in mind that I'm not a G.I. Joe fan, so I cannot speak for that.) I was actually pleasantly surprised, granted it was a bit too easy in the beginning. As some reviewers said "You can't die", well that only holds for the easy mode, in both the intermediate and hardcore mode you can die. As you play through hardcore it becomes fairly challenging to get all points in a level (which is required for all achievements), but not challenging in a nearly impossible way like for example Call of Duty 4 the airplane mission on Expert. So what about the gameplay itself? Well yes the camera system is sometimes pretty bad and even infuriating. No the game does not have the same amount of unlockables that something like Lego Star Wars the complete saga has. But overal it's a fair amount of variation with about 12 G.I. Joe characters to unlock, 4 Cobra characters, 12 Vehicles (unfortunately you can't operate all of them.) 3 bonus levels, 3 secret fights, 4 end bosses and lots of file cards and intel scattered around. Overall I played for a total game play time of about 20-25 hours. Honestly I think 20-30 hours for a game is decent, that averages to 2-3 dollar per hour (which is cheaper than almost any form of entertainment, including movies.) Some games just take too much time, so for me 20-30 hours is perfect, because you get a sense of completion and you can move on with your life. I played the game in 2 runs through. The first run was pretty much in co-op with a friend on the easiest setting, which was a lot of "mindless" fun, not completely unlike the type of fun you'd have from playing one of the Lego series games. It's ideal for co-op as the other player can join and leave at any time he/she wants. The second run I played single player on hardcore to get all achievements and I found that there's actually some skill to it. Not the best game out there, but certainly a lot of fun to play. Full Review »
  2. BCW
    Aug 25, 2009
    Very fun old school shooter. It doesn't deserve all the hate it seems to be getting from review sites. It's not a complicatedVery fun old school shooter. It doesn't deserve all the hate it seems to be getting from review sites. It's not a complicated game, but harkens back to the arcade style shooters like Contra mixed in with GI Joe characters. Lots of shoots, and 16 different characters each with their own weapons and special attacks make it a pretty enjoyable blastfest. Full Review »
  3. UlissesBarbosa
    Aug 13, 2009
    Amazing how a game like this was released. Even on older platforms like the PS2 this would be considered a very lame effort. A SNES game canAmazing how a game like this was released. Even on older platforms like the PS2 this would be considered a very lame effort. A SNES game can provide you more fun. Bad design, bad levels, bad sound, bad controling and first of all bad mote. It´s not worthy your money, your time or even a peek. A waste of the franchising. Thumbs down. Full Review »