Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Taking things into consideration, in an industry where videogames based on film licenses generally fail to match the level of quality, King Arthur does surprisingly well in conveying much of the film’s storytelling and cinematic features.
  2. In the end, it does a decent job of bringing the massive battle formula to the King Arthur license. [Feb 2005, p.9]
  3. Numerous playable characters are a big plus, but the repetitive enemies and environments are not. However, I'm always a fan of good cooperative play, which this title successfully incorporates. [Nov 2004, p.149]
  4. Like the motion picture, this is no "LOTR." But if you're in the mood for some mindless medieval hacking and slashing (or just the chance to fill the shoes of the gorgeous Keira Knightley), give this game a shot. [Dec 2004, p.82]
  5. 69
    The repetitive nature of this hack-and-slash title will eventually get the best of those who pursue it, and if it doesn't the unfair difficulty of some later levels probably will.
  6. One thing that I was kind of disappointed about with King Arthur is the fact that it goes by too damn quick. You basically hack and slash your enemies until the end, and that is pretty much what the game comes down too; hacking and slashing .
  7. Despite the fact that Krome Studios was able to translate the story, look, and feel of the film well enough into its offering, the gameplay is simply too lifeless and frustrating to hold your attention the entire way through.
  8. 60
    Most importantly, the gameplay feels just a bit looser and less controlled. That's not to say it fails -- it just could have been better.
  9. Although there's good ideas under the surface, King Arthur is boring, unpleasant, and just no fun.
  10. While the game can't really hold a candle to the "Dynasty Warriors" games in terms of quality and exploration, it really isn't all that bad.
  11. It can be fun for a while, but in the end the sheer tedium of the whole affair will turn gamers’ attention elsewhere.
  12. A general sense of hack-and-slash ennui making Arthur just as nonstirring as the film was to a post-"Rings" audience. [Dec 2004, p.93]
  13. 50
    While the uninspiring movie didn't help matters, it's the lethargic gameplay that winds up making King Arthur an equally disappointing game. Repetitive and frustrating, it fails to live up to the potential of its cinematic presentation.
  14. Game play can be summed up in one word…repetitive.
  15. For anyone who likes their games to be more than a desperately frustrating chore we recommend steering clear of this one like the Black Death.

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