Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 11 out of 29
  1. It's acceptably action-packed, but if it hadn't been patterned after Quentin Tarantino's signature film, you'd probably have forgotten it exists by now.
  2. The tactical elements are actually quite clever – grabbing enemies will bait the police into cowering submission – but it soon transpires that this is the game's one good idea. [Nov 2006, p.87]
  3. Fans of the movie are going to be put off by an extended story and characters that don't live up to the original.
  4. All-in-all Reservoir Dogs does have its moments, I just am not sure I feel comfortable recommending full-price (even at the budget level) purchase to experienced gamers.
  5. The tie-in with the movie makes this average game good but let's not forget that at the core this is just an average game. If anything it makes me want to see the movie again.
  6. With bland graphics, bad voice acting, uninspired missions, and the ability to finish it within four hours Reservoir Dogs is little more than a rental at best.
  7. A great license and great idea scuppered by the 'seen it all before' feel of the gameplay. Big shame. [Nov 2006, p.72]
  8. Unfortunately, the cartoony graphics, stilted shooter gameplay, and completely rancid car missions fail what could otherwise be a passing game.
  9. There are some redeemable moments in Reservoir Dogs, including the bullet festivals and signature moves that each of the characters possess. The rest of the experience can feel a little clunky and undercooked, with plenty of weird little mishaps that blemish the game beyond the point of salvation.
  10. 50
    Reservoir Dogs won't appeal to hardcore aficionados of the film; the almost-total omission of the original cast and likenesses will probably cause fans to attempt a bullet festival of their own.
  11. Neither a good action game on its own merits, nor quality fan service, Reservoir Dogs is an out and out failure.
  12. 30
    Repetitive gameplay and limited replayability and difficulty settings are just the tip of the iceberg of a game that could've explored so much more of the characters from the movie, but just barely scratched the surface of the film.
  13. In attempting to capture the essence of Tarantino's first masterwork, the developers mutilate it. By not bringing the rest of the original cast into the game, they leave all the heavy lifting to Michael Madsen, with predictable results.
  14. 40
    Perhaps the biggest disappointment is the way Reservoir Dogs mangles the movie's complex story.
  15. 40
    It's playable, mostly, but so uninteresting and bland that it's nearly impossible to think of a reason to.
  16. Who are the real con artists here -- the people stealing diamonds in the game, or the development team at Volatile that expects the gaming public to believe that Reservoir Dogs is a tolerable game?
  17. 50
    Reservoir Dogs should be a game that puts you right in the middle of a gang of thugs. But instead, arguments about the meaning of Madonna lyrics and trading stories about near misses with police make it a disjointed game of multiple perspectives and confusing timeframes.
  18. A really enjoyable game - if you're a fan of the film and of violent games, then you should really enjoy yourself. It's got style, class and lots and lots of violence, as well as a kick ass soundtrack.
  19. It's too easy to get comfortable in the routines Reservoir Dogs offers and as such it feels like going through the motions. [Nov 2006, p.125]
  20. Reservoir Dogs is a decent action game although fans of the movie will probably be disappointed that it is merely average.
  21. Perhaps most importantly, it's fun. Repetitive and glitchy in places maybe, but that hook will keep you reeling out those sweary one liners at hostages and putting security guards' faces through vending machines until the conclusion.
  22. A game whose defining gameplay mechanic is terribly broken, and whose remaining gameplay mechanics fail to make for a worthwhile game. Probably worth checking out if you're a fan of the film, but otherwise, don't bother.
  23. An admirable attempt, but it's much too short and lacks balance. Entertaining, though. [Nov 2006, p.76]
  24. Mr. Pink is especially bad. He looks like a 70s porn star rather than Steve Buscemi, and occasionally he sounds like Jerry Lewis.
  25. Curious why you haven't heard Quentin Tarantino promoting Reservoir Dogs, considering it's the first game adapted from one of his movies? Easy: It's junk. [Holiday 2006, p.74]
  26. All dogs go to heaven? Not hardly. This one rots somewhere else. [Dec. 2006, p.86]
  27. Blurry characters and environments, rigid animation, and overdone physics all add up to a package that comes off as rushed and uncared for.
  28. Just another average licensed game that decided to disrespect the wrong film.

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