Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Aquila has an intuitive interface that keeps you heading toward the enemy, blazing away. With four different craft configurations and a variety of weapons with which to fight the enemy, there’s plenty to blaze away with.
  2. The most notable feature of Battle Engine Aquila is the outstanding computer AI.
  3. An excellent game that successfully combines a unique blend of vehicular combat and stunning graphics to create one of the most exciting FPS Xbox experiences thus far.
  4. The control scheme can be a bit difficult to get used to at first, but thanks to Battle Engine Aquila's instructive tutorial, the whole becomes extremely easy, extremely fast.
  5. Speaking of action, there's a metric ton of it. You're constantly thrown into massive battles that look straight out of an RTS. [Feb 2003, p.72]
  6. Like the Wicked Witch of the West, the battle engine dissolves (i.e. explodes) when immersed in water.
  7. And while the game isn’t completely innovative--in fact, you’ll feel as if you played this game before--this is one of the most solid and entertaining mech games out there.
  8. The freeform nature of many missions means that they can be replayed over and over again in search of higher rankings without becoming dull. Fans of action games will love it immediately.
  9. 80
    An addicting game... But while the battles got bigger and tougher in Aquila, I never really felt like my gameplay or tactics mattered as much as they were supposed to.
  10. Sure, you may probably have played other first-person shoot-'em-ups of this kind before, but this one has a razor sharp edge. Definitely one to get if you're looking to crush armies and blow stuff up. [XGamer]
  11. The introduction of a new type of weapon to a military organization really hit home with me and probably added to the allure of this game.
  12. 80
    Aquila isn’t a must-play game, and many gamers can probably get their fix with a rental. But if your trigger finger’s itching for some challenging combat, it’s worth a tour of duty.
  13. Those last few major battles will only take five years from your life from battlefield stress syndrome. Six, tops.
  14. Mech, FPS and RTS fans must check this game out.
  15. Everything about the game's gameplay is entertaining.
  16. 79
    An inventive and intense war game that offers unique aesthetics and compelling gameplay.
  17. Ultimately this isn't quite polished, inspired, or exciting enough to appear in the top echelon of Xbox titles. Mech-fans are unlikely to be disappointed, however.
  18. The action is hectic, and more importantly, every unit on the battlefield enacts its role very effectively, from the largest artillery carrier to the lowliest ground troop. [Feb 2003, p.147]
  19. In a genre full of stinkers and throwaways, the care the developers put into making this game special is notable. While it won't change your life, it's a suitable distraction.
  20. 75
    It's all about the weapons... And they're all pretty rad. [Feb 2003, p.48]
  21. A nice balance of action and strategy, as well as a remarkable technical achievement. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.78]
  22. It is hectic fun that's packed with (largely mindless) violence... It soon gets repetitive though with most missions involving similar enemies and following a similar structure. It is a good blast however.
  23. To say that I was bored while playing this game would be accurate... The quintessential throw-away game. [Feb 2003, p.102]
  24. It does give fans of the genre something new to try, though many will surely feel as though they've played this game before.
  25. There are plenty of objectives to complete and items to unlock, but ultimately the action can get a little repetitive and stale.
  26. What it lacks in substance, it makes up for in brilliance, and while we're averse to rewarding style over substance, in this case, we can't really deny the game's addictive appeal. [Feb 2003, p.73]
  27. While the overall idea is innovative, the gameplay itself isn’t. However, there are a lot of missions to get through - 26 standard missions and 16 branching ones - so you won’t be finishing this in a weekend.
  28. 60
    Just misses a top-shelf rating due to some nitpicky decision-making routines.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. JugsterJam
    Feb 12, 2003
    Nice graphics, nice cutscenes. The gameplay is similar to Gunmetal. The battles are big, feels like you are playing c & c generals in first Nice graphics, nice cutscenes. The gameplay is similar to Gunmetal. The battles are big, feels like you are playing c & c generals in first person flight shooter. There are plenty of levels to staisfy. There are some racing level etc to unlock in goodies menu. The codes for god mode are there. Plenty of combat vehichles and soldiers take the fight in the battle. You feel that there was strong effort made by the development team. Full Review »