Judge Dredd: Dredd VS Death Xbox

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
Buy On
  1. 70
    This hard work, however, is denigrated by the repetition of character models throughout the entire game.
  2. Arrests are fun for about two levels, and then you notice the same few sayings keep repeating when you slap the cuffs on perps.
  3. Judge Dredd scores a minor victory in its ability to let its roots show through amid the usual indistinguishable mess of guns and guts. [May 2004, p.93]
  4. As with the gameplay, the weapons of Dredd vs Death also manage to walk the fine line between licensed glory and gaming mediocrity.
  5. Xbox Nation Magazine
    60
    Gets the gunplay and gruff attitude right, but beneath the badge, it's simply, well, not unlike most first-person shooters. [May 2004, p.81]
  6. Awkward gameplay mechanics, sub par graphics, and bland audio keep this game from reaching any sort of potential.
  7. netjak
    60
    It oozes character from every pore, yet bends rather than breaks the steadfast conventions of the FPS. For this reason, a partiality towards the Dredd franchise is not just a recommendation, but a practical requirement when playing the game.
  8. 60
    There's a very limited, repetitive number of enemy types (whose quickly depleted voiceovers get annoying), and the core combat is solid, but uninspired (circle-strafe, reload, repeat).
  9. It's merely a very standard game that's all about mindless blasting and consuming copious amounts of Red Bull, to which I say, rock on!
  10. It's a short, simplistic shooter that's not worth even its budget price.
  11. The truth here is this: the game should have been released two years ago as it was meant to. Hardcore comic fans might love the game, but for a casual gamer, it's an average offering in an already overcrowded genre.
  12. Edge Magazine
    50
    Your main objective is the bane of the modern FPS: follow a little blue arrow while shooting things, with the odd escort or protect responsibility thrown in to make you turn around occasionally. It's average justice dished out to the licence, but nothing more. [Christmas 2003, p.121]
  13. 50
    For those starved action gamers in need of an immediately accessible fix, there is still some strange sense of joy to be found in pointlessly gunning down the minions of evil in colorful environments.
  14. Rebellion has taken a sci-fi world tailor-made for an FPS game and created a title that feels like it could have been made six years ago.

Awards & Rankings

96
#96 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
17
#17 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 19, 2012
    8
    A great shooter with sharp graphics, cool environments, and fun gameplay but not a lot of polish. I have no prior history with the Judge DreddA great shooter with sharp graphics, cool environments, and fun gameplay but not a lot of polish. I have no prior history with the Judge Dredd comics or movies, and really just decided to pick this up on a whim. I had a lot of fun with it, yes it's flawed but manages to have enough charm and it's self aware humor to make me forgive it. The main problem with the game is that it's glitchy, mostly during the boss fights which will cause you to have to reload the checkpoint because either you or the boss got stuck in the environment. It's also pretty short. Outside of the campaign (which can be played with a friend) there is local multiplayer and a arcade mode which you can play to unlock cheat codes. If your looking for a shooter that does something new you might want to check this out. Full Review »
  2. TheChampRocky
    Jun 16, 2005
    3
    Yo Adrian! Help! I'm all beat up in this blocky mess. Yo Adrian! Hey Paulie! I can't get up in this drivel...
  3. RichardS.
    Mar 30, 2005
    6
    Overall - disappointing. What could have been exceptional is undone by too many sloppy elements that fail to take advantage of the Overall - disappointing. What could have been exceptional is undone by too many sloppy elements that fail to take advantage of the Xbox's capabilities. Problems: the gameplay is way too repetitive; the arrest sequence is dreadful - way too fast, you can't read the arrest details which waste's the point and ruins the armosphere; for a megacity with millions of people, it is incredibly empty, too many scenes have no-one in them - I wanted a realistic, over-run city, particularly the mall scenes; the characters who are in the game are ALL the same - the same fat guy, the same afro guy, the same knee pad guy, the same scrawler girl. It's appalling - no variety at all. Again, ruins the atmosphere. The rag doll AI is annoying. And why do so many games resort to horror elements? V annoying - Dredd comics rarely resort to horror. The lawenforcer gun is a great idea - the different settings etc - yet they NEVER all get used. The ricochet bullet is NEVER used throughout. The environment is also repetitive and not interactive - the posters and signs are the same throughout - BORING! The good - the cityscape backgrounds look exceptional. It's a poor man's Halo/Doom, but it's still entertaining and challenging enough to be worth a play. Full Review »