Metascore
48

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    72
    Success in Michael Phelps – Push the Limit really depends on proper pacing like it would in real sports – brilliant! Unfortunately, nothing else in the game is anywhere near as brilliant. Various shortcomings really hamper the overall impression, but for swimming fans, it's worth a look thanks to the well-done pacing feature alone.
  2. Jan 10, 2012
    61
    A potentially decent swimming game, but it has some lag related issues and bad design decisions, like the fact that you can't retry races on earlier seasons, which means you can easily get stuck at the start of the third season. [Jan 2012]
  3. Dec 28, 2011
    60
    The gameplay is what really matters, I suppose, but although the swimming motions are pretty intuitive, the ramp-up in difficulty and lack of true leveling-up render the game a bit tedious after a while. That, combined with the nagging issues above, make it hard for me to recommend Michael Phelps: Push the Limit even for the biggest of Michael Phelps fans.
  4. Jan 3, 2012
    58
    The sloppy gameplay and missing long-term replayability leave it being stuck in the "Kinect gimmick game" pile, rather than standing out.
  5. Nov 7, 2011
    54
    This game is the model definition of the word "rental". You can play it for maybe an hour and get the gist of it, never to pick it up again.
  6. 50
    The game features split-screen and online multiplayer, but two people flailing their arms next to each other is a disaster waiting to happen. The real killer, though, is that Phelps isn't a good pick-up-and-play game. It's initially confusing, and ultimately, it's not nearly as fun as it should be.
  7. 40
    More a case of sink than swim. [Feb 2012, p.91]
  8. Nov 17, 2011
    33
    As it stands, if you want to get a swimming workout, take my advice and go sign up at a local YMCA instead.
  9. Nov 27, 2011
    20
    An irritating and awful game: boring, repetitive and with serious problems like the nerve-racking soundtrack and bad movements recognition.
  10. Nov 11, 2011
    20
    An atrocious game, with broken controls, extreme difficulty, minimal duration and little to no variety.
User Score
2.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Mar 6, 2012
    3
    A terrible idea, I know that Michael Phelps is a fantastic athlete, but do a game? really?, the biggest problem is the gameplay, imitate that you swimming, but the water? this is a terrible idea for 505 Games, Michael Phelps: Push the Limit is a bad game, the problems? Gameplay, camera, sound, modes of game, the only good are the graphics, but be all. This title need be in the ocean deep... of all the kinect videogames. Full Review »
  2. Oct 18, 2011
    6
    Not a great game by any means but its much better then I thought it was going to be. The controls work decently and it is fun for a little while but after a couple hours it will start to get real boring. If you can find it cheap (about 15-20 bucks) and you are a fan of swimming then I recommend picking it up. Full Review »