Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. It's one of the few games where the hype is well deserved, and I'm really curious to see what the ACE team does for the next endeavor.
  2. 91
    Zeno Clash remains the same gorgeous, grotesque, unique experience it was on PC, and a game well worth its $15 price tag on Live. If you've already played the thing on PC, well, you could probably skip this edition, but anyone new to this strange new world is in for a treat.
  3. Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition isn't a terribly long game, and gamers shouldn't have a problem getting through the main campaign in under seven hours. However, regardless of length, the strange, brutal, and somehow beautiful world that ACE Team has created here is one that you won't want to miss out on.
  4. While the added content may not be enough to entice gamers who have already bashed their way through the PC version, Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition is a near essential title for any 360 owner looking to unleash their freakier side and experience the finest that indie gaming has to offer.
  5. While it won’t be to everyone’s taste, for those with whom it does click, there’s every chance it will become something of a defining experience and the source of many nightmares to come – rousing stuff indeed, and for 1200 MS points it really shouldn’t be missed.
  6. It's not the best looking game and the extras are a little shallow but there's really very little wrong with it. If you like to punch, kick, and explore gorgeous worlds, this is the game for you.
  7. 85
    If you're looking for something with an edge that's able to say "look at me, I'm different" and pull it off, look no further. Zeno clash is a winner and comes with a shiny NZGamer.com recommendation.
  8. Zeno Clash Ultimate Edition is an addictive first person fighting game that also happens to have one of the weirdest stories and worlds ever conceived for a video game. It takes the right combination of open mind and FPS/fighting game fan to get into, but once you've been immersed into the world of Zenozoik it's a strangely difficult place to leave.
  9. The game's appeal stretches well beyond its absurdities. [Aug 2010, p.99]
  10. You'll need a hot bath and some strange dreams to get over this one, but then the same is true of Peggle.
  11. Despite the lack of exhilaration, it's a haunting, beautiful journey. The music is perfect. The water is inviting. Lulls in the action are filled with fascinating dialogue and plot development.
  12. Zeno Clash is incredibly hard to explain; it's so off-the-wall that it demands to be experienced first-hand.
  13. Even if the story is a little unrefined, though, Chilean developer Ace Team has crafted a world brimming with potential and worth checking out.
  14. Zeno Clash remains the same gorgeous, grotesque, and unique experience it was on PC, and it's nice to actually see a game worth its 1200 point price tag for once.
  15. Several hours of unforgettable oddness. This is no Hollywood blockbuster, but we like it for that. [Aug 2010, p.120]
  16. Worth the investment to both appreciate its unique graphical style and just plain have fun beating the ever-loving snot out of pitied fools, made all the more visceral from first-person.
  17. In an age when design risks are often squashed by budget concerns, Zeno Clash is a runaway success. There is literally nothing else like it.
  18. 80
    Zeno Clash features a world with exponential promise, great melee combat, and a completely unique setting; for players unfamiliar with Zenozoik's outlandish scenery, it's an easy recommendation.
  19. Zeno Clash gives off an aura of being bigger than it actually is, and its less-refined spots really stick out. Constantly bizarre, if you can overlook its blemishes, you'll find an experience like nothing else out there.
  20. Zeno Clash offers some very otherworldly character designs along with a good overall story and a fun first person fighting system, but, even with the extra challenge modes there is really not much to do once the game is completed
  21. 75
    As a whole, Zeno Clash is a decent game. There are some hitches here and there, and sometimes the game can get frustrating and downright boring. But, if you stick with it you will find a unique experience that was well crafted by the developers.
  22. Despite the combat being flawed, and the "story" failing to live up to its potential, it's still remarkably fun to play.
  23. If you get a chance to buy it after the inevitable price drop sale in the future, you can't go wrong with Zeno Clash, but at fifteen bucks (and one huge 1.5 GB download), it might be worth holding on to that red pill for later.
  24. Trippy plot. [Issue#60, p.107]
  25. 70
    At the very least, Zeno Clash provides an experience that most gamers probably haven't experienced before. It is provocative, violent, and definitely interesting, and sporadically fun.
  26. When you look at it, Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition is a pretty good package. You have a slightly flawed, yet still enjoyable seven hour campaign, and a couple of bonus modes that can be tackled with a friend on Xbox Live.
  27. Though Zeno Clash ends like an episode of Lost, with questions outweighing answers, one of the last lines in the game is "there are...things bigger even, than Zenozoik." In a capsule, this is the allure of the game.
  28. For 1200 MS Points, the asking price seems too high for what it is. It's definitely more of an intriguing look rather than an instant classic.
  29. At 1200 MS Points ($15), it's a tough one to completely recommend given its faults but in its favor it is probably the best looking game in Xbox Live Arcade and there really isn't anything else quite like it as a whole.
  30. Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition adds a new multiplayer mode to this strange action game, but it's still an average beat-'em-up at best.
  31. Beat'em up lovers won't feel disappointed, but the rest of gamers should think twice the purchase.
  32. Zeno Clash is an ambitious title that ultimately fails due to an underdeveloped story and weak combat mechanics.
  33. Neat ideas, but lacking longevity. [July 2010, p.104]
  34. Putting looks before substance doesn't seem so bad in this superbly surreal first person fighter.
  35. The game's story is so confusing, we didn't understand why things were happening. [July 2010, p.84]
  36. It's not a must-have title, but may provide a refreshing alternative to bald space marines and army recruitment programs.
  37. Combat issues can make it frustrating and repetitive, but 15 dollars is a paltry sum for experiencing the intense mind-blowing world of Zenozoik. Zeno Clash deserves to be played for its unequaled experience, but probably just not for too long.
  38. The brawling gets old fast and the game's design isn't conducive to using guns, making for some boring, linear gameplay, The lackluster narrative doesn't help.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 8, 2010
    10
    THIS GAME BIGTIME REAL GOOD. ALL PUNCH THEM CHICKEN MAN, HIS DOG THE CHICKEN MAN DOG IT REAL FUN MAKE GO BOOM. ALL THAT I AINT NEVER PLAY GAMES LIKE THESE MAD GAMES RIGHT HERE MAN, BIGTIME BEST GAME I EVA PLAY IT REAL GOOD SOME FUN. LIKE DIS SO MAD GOOD YOU AINT SLEEP NONE GOOD FO DAYS. KNOW WHAT I IS SAYIN BROTHa. Full Review »
  2. Mar 29, 2012
    9
    Great and original game right here. Story line was interesting enough to keep me entertained but it could have been a bit deeper and envolved. The art style is great and vany, Zeno clash also has a great soundtrack that really just adds to the world. The gameplay is solid and is pretty fun overall if not a bit repetitive and i found the campain a bit too liniear but its not a big deal. I would definitley check this one out if you have never heard of it. Full Review »