Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
Buy On
  1. Edge Magazine
    70
    Crimson Skies really comes to life online. Up to 16 players can duke it out in the skies and the dogfights are terrific. This is better than you'd ever have expected. [Christmas 2003, p.123]
  2. Our only concern with the game is that we can see it beginning to grate after only a few weeks; sure the Xbox Live! functions add some replay value, however given the very nature of the title and its pick-up dynamics we can't see ourselves playing this for months to come let alone even till Christmas.
  3. Crimson Skies does so much to propel itself above mediocrity that it seems strange that, though it succeeds, it doesn't capture the robust energy of its larger-than-life story in its gameplay.
  4. games(TM)
    60
    While the accessible arcade action delivers thrill-a-minute multiplayer dogfights, over time the game's inherent lack of substance becomes increasingly evident. [Dec 2003, p.121]

Awards & Rankings

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#15 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#41 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 50
  2. Negative: 2 out of 50
  1. May 21, 2011
    10
    The planes in this game are a joy to fly, the characters are badass and the story is a blast! The graphics are amazing for an original XBOXThe planes in this game are a joy to fly, the characters are badass and the story is a blast! The graphics are amazing for an original XBOX too. Everything has a surprising amount of detail, the worlds are aesthetically pleasing and the water especially is stunning. It looks even better on the XBOX 360, where it runs in HD with a smooth framerate.

    Simply put, the best game you can get for the original XBOX, even though XBOX Live is no longer supported for it. Pick it up. It's well worth the $10 it'll cost you.
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  2. Jul 3, 2017
    8
    This game was way ahead of it's time. Featuring excellent flight and dogfight controls, solid graphics, and a competent length, not to mentionThis game was way ahead of it's time. Featuring excellent flight and dogfight controls, solid graphics, and a competent length, not to mention the amazing Xbox Live multiplayer that was booming back in the day. Make an effort to play this game, whether it be in the upcoming Xbox One port, or on the original Xbox. Full Review »
  3. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    Sure 100% fast and artistically punched action ! Epic game ;O , Even arcade version has FAST MOVING aggressive seatSure 100% fast and artistically punched action ! Epic game ;O , Even arcade version has FAST MOVING aggressive seat
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