• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Feb 6, 2013
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Feb 16, 2013
    45
    Sometimes, a couple of slight tweaks to a long-standing formula results in something great. Sometimes, like in the case of Special Forces: Team X, that experimentation can cause an otherwise okay third-person shooter to fall flat on its face.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    60
    If you’re looking for cheap multiplayer, buy an older Call of Duty or Gears game. As is, there’s really no reason for Special Forces: Team X to be a must-have for any shooter fan.
  3. Apr 10, 2013
    64
    A tough shooter to recommend for the price. [May 2013, p.77]
  4. Feb 21, 2013
    55
    It's not a bad game, but there's nothing new here or worth highlighting. There are some good ideas, but it's probably recommended for those who want to take a break from the 'big' shooters.
  5. 65
    We enjoyed Special Forces’ team-focused tweaks, even with the game’s dull maps and balance inconsistencies, but this multiplayer-only shooter doesn’t make a very strong impression. It’s a couple of ranks below the genre's best — and that’s something a $15 price can’t fix.
  6. Feb 13, 2013
    65
    There’s a healthy player base right now, but without an active community over the long term, this game is really nothing. There’s enough here to keep players busy for a good long while, and with a few patches here and there, the bugs may be remedied. As of right now, for $15, you get a decent shooter with a solid package and a few problems here and there. Just make sure you have some decent teammates.
  7. Feb 18, 2013
    58
    A classic third person shooter with a fairly good and simple progression system. The problem? It has got critical bugs.
  8. Feb 15, 2013
    80
    Overall, I find that this game is enjoyable for what it is, and it’s fair to say that it doesn’t try to be anything else than what it is: essentially only a multiplayer game. It’s a fun one at that, so I do indeed recommend you play it if you’re into this type of gaming.
  9. Mar 1, 2013
    35
    About what you'd expect from a budget shooter, maybe less.
  10. Mar 11, 2013
    50
    If none of this sounds particularly interesting, it’s because it isn’t. There’s nothing inherently wrong with STX, but that everything it does has been done better before. Its slapdash blending of styles reinforces its image as a generic title trying to catch up to the first Gears of War while jumping on the military shooter bandwagon and being cartoony at the same time.
  11. Feb 20, 2013
    70
    Special Forces Team X can whet the curiosity of fans, thanks to a well-balanced gameplay, but for a couple of reasons (lack in style and innovation) is not the revelation many expected.
  12. Feb 26, 2013
    70
    Behind the boring and average title, there is actually a surprisingly deep shooter. The new way of voting on a map and the different ways the game encourages you to work together with your team are refreshing and smart. There is a lot to unlock, but Special Forces: Team X is bad at showing what you just unlocked, which makes it hard to find new gear.
  13. Feb 11, 2013
    30
    Not so much a poor man’s Gears Of War as a tramp’s, which is perhaps why one of the few distinguishing features is playing it with a loyal canine by your side.
  14. Feb 20, 2013
    60
    For someone looking for a new shooter, Special Forces Team X fits that description. For 15 dollars, the price point is a low enough point of entry that you should feel you’ve gotten what its worth out of it by the time its lack of character becomes all emcompasing. As sad as it is to say, the liberal application of glitter might have gone a long way. Or tanks. Nothing wrong with some tanks.
  15. 50
    Not as special as it thinks it is. [Apr 2013, p.89]
  16. Feb 26, 2013
    70
    Special Forces: Team X is an unexpected treat, and on paper, it should have been a lot worse. There are some technical problems, but at the core is a solid game. Whilst it is probably not enough to lure in the hardcore COD or MW fans, it looks like there could be a fan base developing.
  17. Mar 11, 2013
    70
    While Special Forces cannot contend with the expansiveness and nuance of Call of Duty or Halo, it does have an innate “pick up and play” quality.
  18. Feb 20, 2013
    61
    A typical run-of-the-mill online shooter that doesn’t offer anything special with the exception of the fresh map voting.
  19. Feb 25, 2013
    50
    In the end Special Forces: Team X presents us with a shallow multiplayer-only experience that falls short in areas that should be business as usual, and with all the other shooters available for consoles, it’s hard to recommend.
  20. 70
    It’s no match for the likes of Gears of War or Call of Duty, but if you can ignore the technical issues, Special Forces: Team X still has a lot going for it.
  21. Feb 13, 2013
    50
    I'm not usually one to judge a game by its title, but in case of this game, there's really not too much behind its generic denomination. It's a standard multiplayer shooter with some nice ideas which lack quality in their execution. Skip this one, this genre has loads of better alternatives that will entertain you better and longer.
  22. Feb 22, 2013
    50
    Offers plenty of exciting ideas that could have resulted in a great game, but unfortunately these ideas get lost among the many problems the game has. Zombie Studios should return to the drawing board, adjust the game’s controls and learn how to design good levels. If they do that, Team X 2 might be the game this one fails to be.
  23. Mar 1, 2013
    60
    A generic shooter that doesn't do enough to justify its price.
  24. Feb 19, 2013
    60
    My most concerning issue with Special Forces: Team X, though, is how lost it seems. It lacks personality even though its title and pre-launch trailers exude it; it seems to exist as just another multiplayer shooter with no innovation aside from its map system.
  25. Feb 20, 2013
    60
    The audio department works okay but at the end of the day, Special Forces Team X feels like a budget game gone bad. Maybe some more testing would have created a more playable game.
  26. Mar 20, 2013
    70
    A good attempt to bring competitive multiplayer to Xbox LIVE Arcade. With qualities like weapon customization or the possibility to modify every aspect of your character, this game falls short of becoming one prominent example of its genre. Maybe in the future the developers will include more weapons and new maps, but in the mean time this game is fun but doesn't offer anything new.
  27. Feb 25, 2013
    70
    The levelling system is fair and rapid, allowing you to get your well-muscled paws on some serious boom sticks fast. The game modes are tried and tested but that doesn't make them any less fun.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 12, 2013
    10
    I can't believe how critics give this game a 30/100 or even a 50/100, the game is EPIC, for me it's the next TF2, im sure it will, it's simple but sweet. Full Review »
  2. Apr 7, 2013
    8
    For those of you yearning for a Rainbow Six Vegas-ish experience, look no further than this $10 gem.

    Is this game perfect? Of course not.
    Are the graphics ultra-realistic? No. BUT Does this game deserve the low-ball scores that the critics have given it? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

    There is something exceedingly likable about STX. The cell-shaded graphics do not make it feel like any less of a military cover shooter, and the camouflage/gear options are nice. Multiplayer matches are easy to find (at least on the west coast) and the variety of customization options and unlocks add a good amount to the entertaining team-based firefights. The game finds an enjoyable balance between the realism of tactical cover-shooters and more casual game types. Generally I lean towards the more realistic games (Operation Flashpoint, etc) but something about this one has really hooked me.

    You will not see 100,000 players on in any given afternoon, but don't expect this game to disappear any time soon. The community of players is team-oriented and consistent. At a minimum give the demo a shot whether it is your type of game or not, you will have a good time.
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