Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. Not only is this game true to the classic cult film from 1979, it conjures the same sinister themes and underlying social tension in a way that's pretty darned smart for something called a game.
  2. It takes strong foundations from both the genre and the source material, then layers things on top that make the entire game a solid, intense experience throughout. It's amazingly fun, amazingly wrong in that Rockstar kinda way, and amazingly right in every fundamental design choice. In short, Rockstar has made a modern classic with The Warriors.
  3. 95
    The game's free-flowing scuffles are akin to your toilet experience after a night of over-beering: In other words, both are shockingly big, messy, chaotic, scary, surprising, and usually a little bloody.
  4. The fighting system is remarkable with a number of combo potentials and variety of moves that keep the combat from getting old.
  5. The Warriors may be the best example of a movie being transferred to a game, ever. You can tell by the entire production including the audio, graphics, controls and gameplay that Rockstar cared about the film's origins.
  6. Play Magazine
    Warriors succeeds because it wholly engrosses players. [Nov p.82]
  7. The enemy is full of piss and vinegar and ready to smash you and your mates into the concrete given half a chance. They will swarm, flank and surround you if you're not careful.
  8. When you hit a chain link fence it sounds so authentic, the same can be said when crashing crates and breaking bottles. It's little things like this that can make or break a title, and audio that is this well done will really grab your attention.
  9. The amount of missions, hidden missions, and secret unlockables (including a kick-butt homage to "Double Dragon" that's unearthed once you finish the game!) makes this more than worth the price of admission.
  10. 90
    It's amazingly fun, amazingly wrong in that Rockstar kinda way we all know (and love), and amazingly right in every fundamental design choice. In short, Rockstar has pulled off a great feat by recreating a landmark movie into a modern classic video-game.
  11. The end result is the best movie to computer game transition in a long time, if not the most enjoyable ever created. Grab the popcorn, watch the film and then play the game, and if you do, we really can't envisage a better gaming weekend for your troubles.
  12. 90
    As fun as these excursions into petty theft and extortion might be, the essence of The Warriors is combat, and it's the first game in ages to truly nail it.
  13. 90
    While it would have been very easy for the developers at Rockstar Toronto to simply recreate the events seen in the movie, they've managed to craft a tale that actually enhances the film.
  14. Absolutely staggering. Its gameplay is precise and wide-spread, its presentation is truthful to the film, and its extras are plentiful. Indeed, I can dig it!
  15. AceGamez
    The Warriors is near perfection. It offers a compelling single player action adventure game that can become a two-player affair at the push of a button.
  16. A true fighting game that is destined to become an instant classic. Much like the film it's packed with a great story, moody atmosphere and lots of action.
  17. Rockstar Toronto demonstrated tons of attention to detail, bridging the game and film together. The action is fierce.
  18. A surprising game, not just because it's one of the best games based on a movie, but because it manages to raise the bar on a genre that has been stuck in mud for over a decade.
  19. A great story that fleshes out some beloved characters, a simplistic but amazing fighting engine and perfectly captured atmosphere makes The Warriors a great addition to any action fan's Xbox library.
  20. 87
    In this game, causing destruction and raising hell is very much the order of the day, but it's done in a way that never feels as repetitive or as familiar as you might think.
  21. It doesn't really matter if you're familiar with the film it's based on; The Warriors delivers as a completely stand-alone work, and any fan of beat-'em-up games is certain to enjoy it on some level. But if you have seen the film, all the better.
  22. The Warriors could have easily become just another repetitious street brawling title, but with a strong and original storyline that merges with the film plot, great combat action, and authentic 70's style and flavor, this is one game that will keep you knocking heads for months to come.
  23. It has a deep story and a solid fighting engine.
  24. It's a beat-'em-up with a real story and not just mindless button mashing. If you're of age and want to see where brawlers of the future should be headed, you should definitely check out TheWarriors.
  25. It's a well crafted, story-based experience that goes beyond anything we've seen from Rockstar in terms of storytelling. It sheds some very important light on the events that transpired before the time of the film while still staying true to the original for the sake of the fans.
  26. Official Xbox Magazine
    If you can get past the unfamiliar (though movie-faithful) look, you'll find an incredibly well-crafted game full of bonus levels, variety, and emergent gameplay that's as entertaining as it is brutally violent. . [Holiday 2005, p.72]
  27. While the basic premise of The Warriors on the silver screen remains intact in its videogame adaptation, it is confronted with a gritty sense of realism, which gives the original artistic vision of Hill a whole new angle. And that, dear Mr. Ebert, is art indeed.
  28. The single-player is a great experience that expands on the original storyline and allows a pain-free transition to the game's multiplayer.
  29. The missions are plentiful, and thankfully they never become repetitive.
  30. Too varied to be comfortably squeezed into the beat-'em-up genre, The Warriors will have you laughing in pleasure and wincing in mock sympathy for your on-screen victims.
  31. The new Toronto team has given us something special that fans of the movie will like along with gamers.
  32. As a movie tie-in, we can say with no authority whatsoever that it's totally authentic and sure to please fans (in all seriousness, the production values and treatment are extremely respectable).
  33. You're not going to find a better beat 'em up, action game leading up to Christmas than The Warriors. The language is a little salty, but it has so much going for it – especially the fact it doesn't descend into repetitiveness and has an interesting story to tell – that it would be shame if you missed it.
  34. Game Informer
    Although it's certainly not a masterpiece, The Warriors gets by on style, flair, variety, and simple fun. [Nov 2005, p.144]
  35. One of the best licensed games of this generation and one of the best brawlers since the days of Billy and Jimmy Lee.
  36. CPU controlled teammates are more than capable of handling themselves.
  37. A game that equals the movie's cultish charm and, in some ways, surpasses it. If you don't believe us, come out and play.
  38. If you're expecting a new GTA from the people who made it, you'll be sorely disappointed but The Warriors nonetheless provides an entertaining and very playable tale bearing the usual high production values and intense violence we've always lovingly associated with Rockstar. [Xbox World 360]
  39. Rockstar have done exactly what you'd expect them do: break down the movie into it's core elements, expand upon the origin story, add a range of side-missions that add an extra incentive to progress through the narrative, get the visual and audio ambience of the film, and throw in that special Rockstar polish.
  40. A mediocre game with an excellent story and audio design, based on a classic suspense film of the late seventies.
  41. 80
    As fanservice, The Warriors is a treat for anyone who loves the movie, and as a beat-em-up, it outclasses recent efforts from competitors. Yet as a complete package, it's somewhat inconsistent.
  42. It's really faithful to the film too, but you don't have to be a fan to appreciate it - this is basically Rockstar's take on "Streets of Rage," a jolly ghetto romp where the streets are paved with smashed-in faces. And it really works too! [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  43. A solid game that although is simple remains good yet dirty fun at the same time.
  44. A brawler with a deep storyline, based on a cult classic from the '70s? You heard right, suckers. The Warriors is hands down one of the coolest action games of the year.
  45. Pelit (Finland)
    Transforms a rather stupid movie into a fun beat 'em up adventure with ugly graphics. [Jan 2006]
  46. From the opening sequence to the synth-popping soundtrack, there's more style in five minutes of this modern-day "Double Dragon" than five stacks of "Street Fighter" compilations.
  47. I had a great 15 hours playing this game, and to get the coveted 100% finish I look forward to the next five or so.
  48. 80
    In their attempt to dress up a solid brawler, Rockstar actually hurt the experience a bit by adding endless, tedious minigames that pretty much overpower the game in the early levels.
  49. Retro in style and content, nevertheless this feels remarkably fresh.
  50. Visually, The Warriors does not impress. But as a film tie-in, as a classic brawler, as a game that offers excellent multiplayer modes, quality bonus content and a unique style all of its own, it excels.
  51. Rockstar takes the classic 80's movie and turns it into the most bone-crunching brawler on then console. Controversial at times, but a solid choice for fans.
  52. A B-movie-based street fighting game with a lot of variation, mini missions and little problems.

Awards & Rankings

#48 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
#50 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. cleonandajaxruleblakaka
    Jul 17, 2007
    Wow, greatest game i have ever played in my whole entire gamming life, I love the warriors i have the movie (which makes the game seem even Wow, greatest game i have ever played in my whole entire gamming life, I love the warriors i have the movie (which makes the game seem even better once you play it after you watch the movie) the soundtrack in the game is exelent, the gameplay is unbeliveably awesome, you can use everyhting as a weopon. greatest game of all time. wow. Full Review »
  2. JK
    Mar 16, 2007
    Extremely fun if you watched the movie the game almost serves as a prequel and play through the movie bit as well fights are brutal graphics Extremely fun if you watched the movie the game almost serves as a prequel and play through the movie bit as well fights are brutal graphics aren't the best but they represent gritty environments good and co-op is very fun game isn't shortend or different you just play as a fellow gang member fighting is fun recommended this anyone who loved the movie or people looking for a good fighting game and team A.I is good for big brawls definitely recommend this game. Full Review »
  3. Rick
    Feb 10, 2006
    From Rockstar but not as large scale as their GTA series however just as enjoyable. So much fun beat em up which does justice to fleshing out From Rockstar but not as large scale as their GTA series however just as enjoyable. So much fun beat em up which does justice to fleshing out the gangs from the movie. Done to a scale only Rockstar seem to produce it includes original cast members voices (those that are still alive). Played it straight through in 2 days but I was putting in long days as it was just so enjoyable. Anyone not scoring above an 8.5 wouldnt have a gaming clue let alone any real taste. Fans of the movie - what are you waiting for? Those who havent seen it should rent the movie NOW and buy the game immediately. Like the movie the game has fantastic pace. Sure its simple but it just does everything so well. Bravo Rockstar another classic. Full Review »