Blood Wake Xbox


Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. Greater variety in terms of gameplay, the freedom to configure boats with weapons of your choice, deformable terrain and an improved damage system would have seen this as one of the top games on the Xbox, but as it is, it remains one of the also-rans.
  2. Relies on good looks over gameplay to grab your attention, and that breaks one of the first rules of gaming.
  3. Unfortunately the controls take a turn for the worse when an enemy's missile, rocket, or whatever hits you. For some reason, no matter how heavy or light your boat may be, no matter how heavily equipped it may be with weaponry and armor, your boat will unrealistically catapult into the air.
  4. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Blood Wake versus donuts. Point goes to donuts. Duh. [Spring 2002, p.93]
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    Unfortunately, the game and story wrapped around this wondrous engine aren’t worthy of the visual splendor. [Mar 2002, p.72]
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Repetitive mission-based gameplay risks players preemptively abandoning ship. [Mar 2002, p.142]
  7. Game Informer
    I’m all for blowing things up, but after tooling around for a while, I was more interested in turning the guns on myself instead. [Feb 2002, p.91]
  8. 60
    The single-player mode will probably bore most people with its repetitiveness and tough gameplay. Multiplayer is excellent.
  9. 60
    Another its incredibly jumpy sense of physics...It's far too easy for your boat to get battered around in the waves.
  10. Play Magazine
    Things also tend to get a bit redundant, with the later levels feeling like larger or more populated versions of earlier missions. [Mar 2002, p.50]
  11. 50
    This is one of those “look at what we can do with water physics” games, and in that regard, it’s cool—but the standard mission-based gameplay isn’t nearly as deep as the ocean it takes place on.
  12. A majority of time is spent going slowly to eliminate the threats before they close in on you. Spread this out over a few hours and your fingers won’t be the only things numb from the experience.
  13. People with ADD will drop out first, followed by those looking for instant graphic gratification, then the casual gamers, and lastly the diehards.

Awards & Rankings

#12 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. ArmandilloD.
    Sep 7, 2005
    S.U.C.K.S I cannot understand how this sucky game has got so high score?? This game dont have anything good in it.
  2. BobM.
    Feb 1, 2005
    Graphics are a bit better than ps2 capabilities but i dont like the story if you can even call it a story. The gameplay is good but you can Graphics are a bit better than ps2 capabilities but i dont like the story if you can even call it a story. The gameplay is good but you can only use turbo and your guns. Replay value is very low. Rent this game first. Full Review »
  3. BlueFalcon
    Nov 10, 2004
    I liked this game more than I thought I would. It plays like twisted metal black, but being on water makes it feel unique.