Gunvalkyrie Xbox

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 18, 2002
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. AceGamez
    70
    It all looks lush and the gameplay is surprisingly enjoyable despite the frustration, but it's not one for the casual gamer.
  2. If you can adjust to the tricky controls and the shockingly hard difficulty setting, then you'll find a fun, original title that mixes current 3D game design with the style and atmosphere of a retro classic.
  3. I've never seen a shooter that I could really consider a linear game before, but rather than let you destroy monsters your way, GUNVALKYRIE has too many movement puzzles that can only be solved one way that the designers anticipated.
  4. It's a niche title that takes time, open arms, and very, very fast hands.
  5. While it all could have worked out nicely and been a solid action game, the game's touchy and occasionally awkward control pushes the game past the "nice, firm challenge" stage and up into the "frustrating trial-and-error" difficulty level.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    62
    No amount of graphical frosting can save GV from its terrible, overly complex controls...GV will frustrate the hell out of you. [Apr 2002, p.143]
  7. Xbox Nation Magazine
    60
    Valkyrie's controls are so klunky...it feels worse than just awkward, it literally hurts to play Valkyrie for more than a couple hours at a time. [Spring 2002, p.82]
  8. It's just too unnecessarily frustrating. Gunvalkyrie simply should have had a little more polishing.
  9. 60
    The most baffling part of the game's design [is] the horribly inept control scheme. Instead of fully taking advantage of the Xbox controller's functions, everything is crammed and clumped together.
  10. Gets high marks for its animé style, engaging boss encounters, and interesting control system. But similar games like "Jet Force Gemini" or "Body Harvest" offered more in the way of story and role-playing elements to help break up the monotony of blasting bugs and jumping platforms.
  11. This is about the hardest game I've ever played. Rarely do I get frustrated at a game, but I found myself constantly pausing this game and walking away to blow off steam.
  12. Game Informer
    53
    The sad thing is, blasting these hostile extraterrestrial invaders is a thrill-less and somewhat aggravating endeavor...The world would definitely be a better place without it. [Mar 2002, p.85]

Awards & Rankings

#79 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 25, 2014
    9
    Its difficulty leads to an enormous amount of fun and it really drives you to keep going. It's action packed, rewarding and satisfying.Its difficulty leads to an enormous amount of fun and it really drives you to keep going. It's action packed, rewarding and satisfying. Interesting story and good graphics for its time. The only thing keeping it from a 10 is a lack of polish. Full Review »
  2. Uter
    Jul 31, 2004
    7
    I can understand why this game has had such polar reivews. It's got a great introspective story, in a stylish and original universe. But I can understand why this game has had such polar reivews. It's got a great introspective story, in a stylish and original universe. But it does lack a certain polish in spots, and of course the control is poor. Mostly just the camera control is unintuitive. Overall I think it's a respectable game, but nothing too special. Full Review »
  3. PatrickM.
    Mar 20, 2002
    8
    This game gives you an amazing amount of control over your character. While the learning curve is steep, the rewards are great once you This game gives you an amazing amount of control over your character. While the learning curve is steep, the rewards are great once you master them. Sprint across the ground then thrust up into the air, whip around 180 degrees and rain death upon aliens below -- thrilling! You have to get past thinking about what button to press and just think about what you want to do, and have your hands be trained to do it for you. Very satisfying if you're willing to put in the effort. Full Review »