Metascore
45

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 16 out of 25
  1. A pretty-looking but utterly mediocre gaming experience that's little more than space invaders with terrorists. The concept is sound, the storyline is okay, but the implementation just doesn't work.
  2. Offering a plot from different perspective seems like a grand idea, but the lazy execution, boring characters and slow pacing makes this one an absolute mess.
  3. By any standards that have existed during the last ten, Without Warning is a work of stultifying incompetence that seems to hate its own players. [Dec 2005, p.108]
  4. The story and voice acting offered me several unintentional laughs, but inexcusably stupid elements, such as unskippable cut-scenes and the inability to pick up fallen enemies' weapons, pair with rotten gameplay to make this one of the worst games I've played all year.
  5. Each of the game's unique attempts at originality fall flat, and the most important aspect of a shooter - the combat - is bland and boring.
  6. 40
    Doomed to be a bargain bin special, Without Warning is strictly middle-of-the-road from top to bottom. There are a few shining moments in the game, but heed our warning and leave this one to rest in peace.
  7. Plays more like a kind of arcade light-gun shooter with legs, and feels like it needed a better script and about six more months of development time.
  8. This could have been so much more, but the shoddy engine and woeful AI let down some fairly solid and slightly confusing concepts. [Nov 2005, p.125]
  9. Most of the time it's just a frustrating mess that you wish you weren't experiencing.
  10. This hackneyed terrorist shooter is without story, without characters, without originality, and most importantly, without fun.
  11. Completely flawed in almost every aspect.
  12. A simple, one dimensional story, horrible voice acting and frustratingly boring and inconsistent gameplay make Without Warning an easy game to skip this holiday. Fair graphics keep it from being a complete waste of time.
  13. 40
    Its shooting is tame, forward progress is tedious, most enemies are foolish, the environment is dreary, and the unprofessionally delivered storyline is predictable and quite unentertaining.
  14. A virtual mess of epic proportions. [Dec 2005, p.115]
  15. Quotation forthcoming. [Nov 2005]
  16. Poor controls, shonky camera, lacklustre presentation and a whole bunch of glaring bugs and glitches spoil what is at times a pretty good fun action shooter.

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