Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. If you're looking for a mech title that isn't quite like most others out there - or just a fun action title, perhaps - do not pass this up.
  2. Ruthlessly hunting down other mechs in Stealth mode becomes the favored approach in the heat of battle, and makes for amazingly fun, intense gameplay. [Winter 2002, p.96]
  3. PhC really grows on you, the level of customisation really shines through and gives this game a level of replaybility that’s rarely seen.
  4. One very addictive and most enjoyable game to play for both the battles and the huge number of possibilities for your mechs.
  5. It's easily worthy of a spot alongside the best giant-robot games ever. [Nov 2002, p.300]
  6. 80
    The fighting part of the game itself is good and quite fun to do, as it’s not to difficult to learn how to play, but will take a while before you’re up and fighting with the area rankers.
  7. 80
    With a slick visual style and fast-paced, finger-banging combat, it’s an impressive display of power and polish.
  8. When you get down to the nitty gritty it seems that the chit-chat is what makes the game and the whole “mech aspect” was more of an afterthought.
  9. 75
    Offers a nice range of accessible and hardcore mech battling but comes up a notch below what we were expecting.
  10. The game could've benefited from a greater number of arenas, a more diverse variety of scoobees, and more gameplay modes.
  11. It's a cool idea and it looks fantastic, but it's just not that much fun to play. [Jan 2003, p.112]
  12. If you're looking for solid, addictive gameplay, lots of customizing, good graphics and interesting audio, this underdog might surprise you.
  13. Phantom Crash isn't a game you can simply pick up and play, but for mech fans and those gamers always up for a singular adventure and a time consuming (but fun) weirdness - this is definitely your ticket. [Nov 2002, p.144]
  14. The combat in Phantom Crash is mostly excellent.
  15. Aggressive, forward thinking and fun, but repetition soon dulls those virtues.
  16. As engaging as the game can be, the action has a tendency to seemingly last forever at times, forcing you retire early just for the sake of a breather.
  17. A great fast paced mech game for *one person*. *sigh*
  18. It features some nicely executed gameplay concepts, but all this is too shallow and repetitive to warrant a higher score.
  19. Although the Japanese influenced gameplay is engaging at first, countless deathmatch battles and only three arenas hurt the overall appeal.
  20. 60
    An undeniably solid game... [but t]he lack of variety and the limited number of arenas make the premise wear prematurely thin.
  21. A cyber-punk mech battler's dream come true. [Dec 2002, p.82]
  22. Hardcore item-management fetishists might find some joy here, there’s simply not enough balance or content for Phantom Crash to stand on its own, much less measure up to the competition (I’m looking at you, "Armored Core 3").
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    Not the best of all games, but I like the feeling that you are kind of on-a-journey and are contantly improving ven though it is not an RPG. Probably one of the longest games for me to ever have finished which can be both a good and bad thing. The music was strange. There was no real story, but it was still quite a fun game. It wouldn't cost much to get this game off E-bay, but I suggest anyone who like trying different games just to have a look at this one Full Review »
  2. StephenC.
    Jan 10, 2003
    Phantom Crash could be a perfect game if it offered more (and larger) levels, more SV manufacturers to choose from, multiplayer co-op and syslink and online play. Lets hope there's a sequel with all that in it! As it is the game is very addictive and a LOT of fun, once you get past the mostly senseless dialogue between battles. Full Review »
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    My experience with this game was positive. Just enough challenge to keep me compelled, and while it was very straightforward and simplistic, I feel that's where it really shined. It's simply a mech deathmatch game. That's it, no confusing plot twists. If you don't play it for an extended period of time, you can still pick right up where you left off without any problems. There's enough customization options to keep you goal oriented as you smash up opponents. When my arsenal of XBOX games felt overplayed and tired, I could always pop in Phantom Crash for some mindless fun! Full Review »