• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2005
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
Buy On
  1. Cheat Code Central
    80
    It will take some time to reach a level of Zen with the control system. It takes plenty of mindfulness to reach a state of mindlessness. Once the controls become second nature Iron Phoenix comes to life.
  2. The concept of Iron Phoenix is very intriguing and it has been pulled off nicely. A sixteen player online fighter is innovative, but Iron Phoenix's execution holds it back just slightly.
  3. A solid fighting game that had the potential to be something truly brilliant. There isn't much in the gaming world more satisfying than beating others online and it comes to you here in bucketloads.
  4. Good game + bad players = a wee bit too much stress for folks like me, but perhaps we'll see what happens with the game again in a few months.
  5. 66
    Without a story mode, the game is essentially only an online brawler that offers very little to people who don't play on Live. The online mode has its share of problems mostly concerning the quagmire that is deathmatch.
  6. The combat options are refreshing, and the ability to pummel up to 15 other people in a deathmatch is awesome, but the graphics aren't as smooth as they could be, and there's not that much more to do, due to the lack of a comprehensive story mode.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    55
    While the character models may leave something to be desired, the environments in Iron Phoenix impress with detail and variety. [June 2005, p.85]
  8. In the end analysis the game just does not hold up. The broken frame rate makes it difficult to control and it just can't deliver on its promise of a massive online fighting game.
  9. 50
    It's a curiosity worth a rental -- before the Xbox Live population drops to zero, as it quickly does for so many second-tier games. You just might be able to overlook its flaws and find the button-mashing fun.
  10. With its surprisingly awful fighting mechanics, busted-up frame rate, and bare-bones gameplay, Iron Phoenix is just a colossal waste of time.
  11. Game Informer
    40
    This bird will need a true miracle to rise again from this disaster. [June 2005, p.130]
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. JennyS.
    Apr 26, 2007
    8
    I love this game. Live on xbox is so much fun and it doesn't even have a story mode! Great job! I love fighting games this is at the top I love this game. Live on xbox is so much fun and it doesn't even have a story mode! Great job! I love fighting games this is at the top of my favorites! Full Review »
  2. DamonC.
    Apr 11, 2005
    9
    OK i rated this game on a basis of online play only since it is basically just online. Anyone who has live and likes non stop killing than OK i rated this game on a basis of online play only since it is basically just online. Anyone who has live and likes non stop killing than you will love this game. To give you a feeling of what it is like if you have ever played dynasty warriors that is what it is but against other people. Full Review »