Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 29
  2. Negative: 14 out of 29
  1. After this miserable showing, the only waters that Jaws will be patrolling are those of the great video game toilet. [Aug 2006, p.84]
  2. With the exceptions of deplorably bad cutscenes and haphazard signposting, there are few significant flaws here that a steadier gestation couldn't have resolved. [Aug 2006, p.90]
  3. 40
    If Jaws Unleashed was a mini game within the confines of an Ecco game, I would have said to myself, "hey this is pretty fun". But as a stand alone title driven by forgettable missions, slippery control and an overall willingness to be mediocre, it's nothing but a blueprint on what not to do when making a game.
  4. One of those "maybe worth a rental" kind of things. But with the frustration this game gives you in pursuit of that simple guilty pleasure, it may not even be worth it for those just looking to wreak a little bloody carnage.
  5. In the spirit of generosity, we'll offer that there's about 30 minutes of entertainment to be had.
  6. 40
    Either way, Jaws Unleashed is best thrown to the sharks. Having your actual torso bitten off by an actual great white might actually be preferable to this.
  7. 40
    Spending 30 minutes aimlessly wondering around because you can't figure out what random part of the environment you're supposed to manipulate or sequence of moves to string together to topple a structure is unforgivable.
  8. Playing Appaloosa's ultraviolent and ultrastupid take on the titular killer shark is about as much fun as having your legs chewed off.
  9. The aforementioned camera and perspective problems are the worst, but the "hunger meter" seems to fill up and dissipate so arbitrarily that you never know what your stomach needs.
  10. 30
    Could've been fun, but ends up being more annoying than Mario Van Peebles. At least in the original version of that particularly sad little movie, he gave us the pleasure of having the good grace to die.
  11. It's a mess of conflicting design elements, glitches and outdated film trivia, casually entertaining for about five minutes and tear-inducingly frustrating from there on out. It tries, clearly, but it fails on almost every count.
  12. What they've actually done is take that terrible idea, and throw it into a game engine that just isn't capable of performing the task that they've asked it to. The result? Jaws Unleashed is – in a word - appalling.
  13. 30
    Just add impenetrably obtuse missions, ugly models, low visibility, a sluggish camera, and a fish that steers like a truck full of fat kids. Congratulations, Jaws Unleashed, you just killed our (sadistic) inner child.
  14. It provides roughly fifteen minutes of absolutely gruesome, chaotic pleasure, then promptly nosedives into the Mariana Trench of bad design, bad graphics and bad control.
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. IamNlCK
    Jun 25, 2006
    6
    Kind of a half-assed game you expect from companies who acquire movie licenses. I remember playing the original on NES when I was a kid, where you have to shoot the stupid shark 5,000 times to kill it. This is a little more fun than that. Probably worth a rental....or if you find it in the $10 bin at any point. Full Review »
  2. AshleyM.
    Jun 11, 2006
    10
    this game is top really fun and bloody everything u want in a game all those critics out there your all idiots.
  3. AlexG.
    Jun 2, 2006
    10
    Jaws unleashed is a title that makes fans cry for joy and 1st time jaws people a good 10 hours of eating people ,seals ,killer whales, and tiny fish.Yes the action may be repetative but it is worth the awesome $30 price. I mean how many games let you slice and dice people in 25 different ways? Full Review »