Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 20
  2. Negative: 14 out of 20
  1. 31
    The single player is boring, arrestingly conventional and entirely forgettable. The multiplayer is slightly better, though mostly because of its options and not because of its gameplay.
  2. 30
    Pandering to every college student and aspiring rap artist's deep-seated "Scarface" fantasies, 25 to Life is a 3D action-shooter that not only fails to innovate on any level, but rolls back design and technological advancements to the early PSone era.
  3. If there's one thing that 25 To Life gets to do right, let it bring an end to this destructive preoccupation with the cross-media lure of gritty, crime-flavoured urban violence, and the unacceptably low standards it so often brings with it. [Mar 2006, p.89]
  4. The online portion of 25 To Life isn't bad; it's not deep by any stretch nor does it look particularly wonderful, but you and your pals can run around the city and shoot each other online and I bet some of you will really like it.
  5. It's not completely without merit, especially if you are able to find a few friends online to play with.
  6. 64
    If you have Live, this can be an incredibly enjoyable game once you get used to the profane and immature nature of players that frequent the lobbies.
  7. You know the drill: extremely linear level designs that stitch together corridors, open areas, and dull objectives with all the refinement and subltlety of a drunken quilting circle. [Mar 2006, p.100]
  8. 25 to Life is a lifelessly generic shooter that, at times, feels like "Max Payne" without the fun.
  9. The linear gameplay and the poor shooting mechanics prevent it from getting anywhere close to being fun or interesting.
  10. Sadly, besides the online portion 25 to Life is a dated effort that seems too generic, and overall dull.
  11. The boring graphics, the (mostly) garbage sound, and the obscenely boring story will leave you in a non-marijuana induced daze.
  12. 25 to Life is the kind of hideous trash that damages gaming's reputation, resulting in the genesis of the Jack Thompsons of the world. I need to go play Pokemon or something, to get this awful taste out of my mouth.
  13. 25 to Life just doesn't have anything going for it that warrants a look at the game unless you're gangsta obsessed or bored out of your mind after playing every other available Xbox game out there. Save yourself the frustration and spend your gaming dollars elsewhere.
  14. It's not that 25 to Life is bad, it's actually just awful. Terrible in fact. There is not a single aspect of the game, less the soundtrack and Xbox Live play, which should be copied by another game.
  15. The only slightly redeeming qualities of 25 to Life are the soundtrack and game play over Xbox Live.
  16. 25
    The controls are busted, the AI is pathetic, and even with online play you will grow tired of it within an hour of game time.
  17. At least there's an online-enabled multiplayer mode, but it sure isn't worth suffering through the dismal single-player campaign for. [Mar 2006, p.82]
  18. Boring, boring, boring. It's like a life sentence unto itself...only you can control when it ends by hitting the power button.
  19. 30
    25 to Life is almost like a dirty joke -- You're laughing at how bad it is and feeling guilty at the same time. Don't waste your time or money on this game, it'll make your think-bone hurt.
  20. You have to struggle with touchy controls and flaws in the game logic. For example, if you hang onto a human shield for too long, the cops will just shoot your hostage to get him out of the way. How is that fair to anybody?
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Colby
    Apr 15, 2006
    many people are very critical about this game but I dont know why.25 to life is very fun with ok grapics too. there are many weapons to choose from and is especially fun on xbox live. The one downside of it is it's too short. ratings would be better if it was longer. it's reccomendable to any shooting players who like to play live. Full Review »
  2. JosephZ.
    Mar 2, 2006
    There is really nothing wrong with this game. I don't know why people hate it. The only flaws I see in this game is that the single player is short, sometimes it takes too long to start a multiplayer match, and there is some lag. Thats all I see wromg with this game. The soundtrack is good,the game has a lot of weapons, I think it is cool that you can play as a cop or a gangster, and its pretty cool that it comes with a bonus disc that is a soundtrack with the music from the game on it. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes shooting games. Full Review »