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9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 32

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Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

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  1. Positive: 51 out of 54
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  1. Every aspect of the game feels polished and ready to go, whether it's the single-player story, the online multiplayer, the numerous unlockables, or the custom mapmaker. This is one of those rare Jack-of-all-trades that has actually mastered them all.
  2. Its Story mode is distinctly improved, brought together by a plot which is well acted out and never ceases to amuse. The Arcade component returns with more refinements and online play, cleverly engineered to reduce undue frustration.
  3. As forgettable as the story mode is, this is a game that should be judged by the pleasure it can bring to a room full of gamers eager for furious arena combat and a splendid variety of team games. And judged by those criteria, it has few peers. [Apr 2005, p.94]