Generally favorable reviews - based on 67 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. Full Spectrum Warrior contains more polish than your average shoe store. Top notch stuff, and for once, I can't think of any way to improve things.
  2. 100
    The game has incredible graphics and sound, as well as clever AI that doesn't require you to baby-sit each squad member.
  3. 100
    Without a doubt, this game shows that originality in gaming is very much alive and kicking, even if it is wrapped inside a sensitive subject. If you want a true military experience without going through boot camp, Full Spectrum Warrior is it.
  4. Watching one of your GIs fall to a single bullet provides a harrowing exclamation point to FSW's immersive thrills. [18 June 2004, p.L2T 20]
  5. Issuing orders and planning strategy for a day in the life of a solider highly trained in Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), is what Full Spectrum Warrior is all about.
  6. 96
    One of the greatest aspects is learning how important cover is for your units.
  7. The sense of joy when you accomplish such tactics successfully will leave you begging for more, but the most intuitive thing is that you will start playing in such a fashion out of second nature after a short amount of play.
  8. The combat is 100% original. You issue commands using an innovative cursor that makes the game feel like an RTS. It's brilliant.
  9. The game is extensively authentic and requires a lot of thought to successfully complete it.
  10. If you love a good strategy game or have the slightest interest in authentic military tactics then Full Spectrum Warrior is not only fun, it’s even a bit educational, and a must-own game.
  11. One of the best tactical action games ever released and also one of the most accessible.
  12. 92
    A rich, Oh-My-God experience thanks to its innovative game design, its beautiful graphics and excellent technology, and because it's one of those genre-bending games that does something few have imagined before.
  13. My only real complaint is that the game is somewhat short... However, Full Spectrum Warrior is still a must for any hardcore gamer.
  14. What's so captivating is FSW's constant assault on your senses - whether shaken by explosions or hanging on live-or-die decisions, you are always in the thick of it.
  15. Full Spectrum Warrior ultimately delivers the most realistic console experience of war.
  16. If you’ve been searching for a strategy game that really puts you in the line of fire and in which you always feel the consequences of your actions, look no further than this.
  17. As you get to the later levels of the game the strategy becomes even more complex and the game starts going at its full potential.
  18. One of the smartest and most informed ways we have seen in creating a realistic setting/atmosphere in a game and this offers so much more than you can possibly imagine.
  19. This is certainly one of the most innovative games on the Xbox and one that even non-military buffs should check out. I have a feeling this is just the start of an exceptional series.
  20. 90
    The game is actually ten times more deliberate and strategic than even the most realistic squad-based shooters, and if you try to approach it like one of those, you're going to die a dog's death ... ten times over.
  21. The gameplay is varied and engaging, and coupled with the storyline and character development you'll find that you can't put the game down until you finish it.
  22. 90
    The most innovative and unique title to be released in quite some time. There are many out there, like myself, who will find just what they were looking for: A thinking man’s game.
  23. Playing Full Spectrum Warrior over Xbox Live can become a dangerously addictive hobby, but even without it, the game is an absolute blast. The only thing that I could have asked for is more – more tactics, more weapons, more grenades, more missions, more everything.
  24. The satisfaction of using one team to distract an enemy while the other team sneaks to take them out is unmatched, and truly makes Full Spectrum Warrior one of the best games of 2004.
  25. An awful lot of fun. It's not a fast paced game at all; very methodical in nature. But the strategies you get to employ really give Full Spectrum Warrior it's depth.
  26. Ingenious, but a little gameplay short of "must have."
  27. What's fundamentally so appealing and refreshing is how Full Spectrum Warrior is a breath of fresh air nor not one but two genres, with the unique gameplay, stellar presentation, and sweet two-player Xbox Live co-op play adding up to make this a winner. [Aug 2004, p.74]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 23, 2011
    You move, you die... repeat. A game that makes you think about what you do before each and every step and is therefore tense as all hell. ThisYou move, you die... repeat. A game that makes you think about what you do before each and every step and is therefore tense as all hell. This is not a fun game, and is better for that. Full Review »
  2. Jason
    Aug 5, 2005
    The Game Play had a huge learning curve, i had to do about fifteen different things to get my guys to move 15 yards, The Realism is great, The Game Play had a huge learning curve, i had to do about fifteen different things to get my guys to move 15 yards, The Realism is great, and if you like a game where you just command and dont really do any of the fighting this one is for you. but if you like to hold the gun, then wait for something like Tom Clancy or Medal of Honor. Full Review »
  3. JacobC.
    Jun 5, 2005
    It is alright it is not the best game but it is my favorite game right now!