Blade II Xbox

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
Buy On
  1. Vampires are cool. If you're reading this right now, there's a good chance you probably think games are cool. Therefore, a game about vampires should automatically be cool just by default, right?
  2. 64
    By the fifth level, you'll already be saying, "Been there. Done that."
  3. Walking into the club for the first time and slicing through dozens of vampires with your sword is definitely a cool moment. However the rest of the game is so bland and monotonous that you’d have to have been lobotomised to enjoy it.
  4. It isn’t going to win any prizes in any departments – that’s one thing that can be sure. However, there’s a certain amount of fun to be had with this in a no-brainer hack and slash-type way.
  5. Game Informer
    60
    Simply lacks refinement in a number of areas, with the level desing being the foremost culprit. [Nov 2002, p.141]
  6. Official Xbox Magazine
    60
    The camera isn't the smartest tool in the box. [Dec 2002, p.118]
  7. Play Magazine
    60
    Blade II's got enough meat flyin', head choppin', body-disintegrating action to fill any daywalker's dance card along with some cool beats and beautiful interiors. [Nov 2002, p.94]
  8. This game could've been far more exciting for hardcore Blade 2 movie fans if it weren't for the game's remarkable shortness.
  9. Not all that amazing in both storyline and excitement.
  10. 52
    It's pretty much all bad. To put it quite succinctly -- the game bites. It's not a horrible game. In fact, it's pretty average.
  11. Touches the very fine line between god awful and decent action game.
  12. Repetitive action, awful controls and so-so graphics keep the game from being a fun action game based on a really great movie and action hero.
  13. Suffers from drab graphics, boring and simplistic level design, repetitiveness, underwhelming sound effects, and poor enemy AI.
  14. 50
    Blade II has a lot of good raw materials, but the end product doesn’t congeal into a bloody good time.
  15. Poor AI, dull design, and lackluster presentation all add up to make Blade II a game that you should definitely skip.
  16. Entertainment Weekly
    42
    Horrendous artificial intelligence makes the hordes of enemies act more like automatons on the fritz than menacing bloodsuckers. [13 Sept 2002, p.159]
  17. The animation is equally as weak, and this is especially noticeable when you see Blade's rigid front and back flips. The XBox does a noticeably better job than the PS2 though.
  18. Xbox Nation Magazine
    40
    Playing the game simply feels too much like work. [Winter 2002, p.104]
  19. netjak
    33
    The characters were atrocious. Did the makers only use 100 polygons to build these people? Even Blade looked a bit haggard and blocky. These guys should be on a Playstation One because I can not believe the Xbox can produce only this much power.

Awards & Rankings

96
#96 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
User Score
4.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Apr 1, 2011
    3
    The controls are absolutely horrible. It feels like crap. Fighting feels redundant. Graphics are not good. Sounds are terrible. I triedThe controls are absolutely horrible. It feels like crap. Fighting feels redundant. Graphics are not good. Sounds are terrible. I tried playing it. I really did. Full Review »