• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2003
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
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  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It's filled with cool ideas and a control system to die for. You're not really sneaking around, but you are hiding a lot - and it's the mechanics behind the hiding that makes the game so damn satisfying. [Dec 2003, p.164]
  2. The game runs flawlessly and is extremely fast-paced. It may not be "Quake," but for PS2 to be able to handle speeds of this caliber is just amazing.
  3. A mindless shooter indeed but when all you want to do is kick the asses of enemies without much thinking, it doesn't get much better than Kill Switch. If you loved the idea of Contra then you likely will enjoy this romp through carnage.
  4. I love this game, and I hate this game. It needs to be a lot longer, and cared for with a great deal more polish. As it stands, though, it’s still a great rental, and with its easy play style, I think you’ll like it as much as I did.
  5. A good shooter, perched on the boundary between realistic and cinematic. It's got a great story, too.
  6. With a wide range of weapons, excellent detail, and some innovative qualities, this game should not be pushed aside. Rent it first, as the mission selection is.. 'small', but it still provides a lot of fun that can't be experienced anywhere else.
  7. My only complaint is that I have beaten it, and now I'm done. It was a bit short for me.
  8. Play Magazine
    Other games have tried to slow the pace down a bit, forcing you to strategize with a more real-world instinct, but none have ever been able to do so with this level of intensity and keen sense of design. [Nov 2003, p.64]
  9. Although limited in its length, kill.switch manages to fit in innovative gameplay backed by intuitive, streamlined controls that are some of the best on the Playstation 2.
  10. 80
    Easy to pick-up, difficult in all the right places, and oozes Hollywood atmosphere without sacrificing too many gameplay convictions. While we can't say that we approve of its particularly short-sided length and occasional camera problems, it's still one hell of a fun ride while it lasts.
  11. Namco has taken your typical run and gun action game and stretched it a bit further with a well written story, and innovative mechanics that, while sometime less than perfect at times, still mange to do more than just get the job done.
  12. "Metal Gear Solid" fans will dig this one, but don't forget that kill.switch is primarily a shooter. It's all about the thrill of the kill, not the peak of the sneak.
  13. These battles, they feel real. More important, they seem dangerous.
  14. 80
    We're certain a veteran shoot-'em-up enthusiast can blow through it in just two days. But you shouldn't write it off, either. For immediate thrills, not many rivals can match its sheer staying power and intensity.
  15. 75
    There's no multiplayer, no online play, and only a couple of difficulty modes. But it does its work extremely well, and it's safe to say you won't play a similar game this year.
  16. A good game that suffers from being just a bit too rough around the edges and too short overall to be a must-buy. It is however a definite rental and for anyone looking for a nice, short but visceral experience.
  17. Playboy
    Finally, a shooter for cowards! Kill.Switch is the first game to let you hide behind objects and blindly fire around corners. [Oct 2003, p.37]
  18. What it does well (firing from cover, recoil, aiming) is destroyed by its short length, average graphics, bad storyline and easy difficulty.
  19. Game Informer
    Won't blow your doors off, but it will hide behind said doors, peek around, and blast you with a relatively good time for a few hours. [Dec 2003, p.146]
  20. 70
    While seemingly similar to previously released action titles at first glance, Kill.switch quickly proves to impart its own unique types of spin on the strat-shooter genre, not merely in mechanics and "hooks," but also in the game's very dramatic approach.
  21. Not essential by any means then, and it's probably not worth much more than a weekend's rental, but Kill.switch definitely proves that even a depressing list of rent-a-mechanic gaming clichés can keep us happy when administered in the right amounts.
  22. If you're after a game where the rules are almost as basic as shoot anything that moves then Kill.Switch will appeal to you, but for a more in depth storyline and military experience, its best to look elsewhere.
  23. TotalGames.net
    So you're looking at what, three nights of fun for £69. There are ladies here who don't cost much more than that, and ladies, as we know, have boobs.
  24. Cheat Code Central
    A game that has incorporated some of the best elements from action adventure and RTS games and has delivered a concentrated strain of shooting action in the distillation process. It may lack depth but I don't think you'll hear too many complaints.
  25. This otherwise ordinary-to-a-fault action game is given a shot in the arm by its relatively cool gameplay techniques, which--at least--make the game's short ride interesting.
  26. It's hardly original (not to mention short and sometimes ugly), but Namco's got both the control and the difficulty level just right. [Dec 2003, p.184]
  27. Makes a terrific rental title, because it's great fun in the short term. Unfortunately, its disjointed story telling, lack of multiplayer modes and limited longevity make it hard to recommend as a full priced purchase.
  28. Those looking for existential ponderings, heavy characterization, or even minimal variety in gameplay should leave it alone, but people who want lighter fare might appreciate kill.switch as a small, zesty snack. After all, we all need a bit of comfort food once in a while.
  29. It’s difficult to avoid recommending the game, when I honestly had fun, but £30 to £40 is too much to pay for such a short game.
  30. A commendably brazen and unfussy shooter, featuring one continuous dialogue of throwaway gunfire and nothing else. [Feb 2004, p.106]
  31. PSM Magazine
    Graphics are fairly nice, but the weapons themselves are typical. Even worse, enemies clip and shoot through walls, and being killed from an unavoidable RPG to the face gets old, fast. [Dec 2003, p.49]
  32. games(TM)
    In a perfect world all budget games would be of kill.switch's quality - that's where it would soar, that's where it would be ideal. As it is, it's almost exactly six hours of gung-ho entertainment from the moment you switch on your machine. But that's still just six hours. [Feb 2004, p.104]
  33. Fun to play but it's best in small doses. Running around, diving behind things and performing the no look with an M4 5.56mm is a lot of fun, until I realized that was all I was doing for two hours.

Awards & Rankings

#89 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#63 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Dec 15, 2020
    This game have got a very delicious action
    Scenario is a very sweet main chacter is a very charismatic
  2. Jul 30, 2020
    You feel like the Terminator playing this game but what kills it it's the how short it is I was like that's it! But to kill some boredom attYou feel like the Terminator playing this game but what kills it it's the how short it is I was like that's it! But to kill some boredom att the time as a kid I had a blast so this game was amazing for me. Full Review »
  3. TyC.
    Feb 22, 2004
    This game was way too short, it wasn't challenging enough, and I think that the game makers could have at least put in a mulitplayer of This game was way too short, it wasn't challenging enough, and I think that the game makers could have at least put in a mulitplayer of some sort. I rented this game, and It took me less than two hours to beat it. However, the graphics are good, and sound is Ok. If you're the type of person who doesn't sit down for hours at a time, then this game would be ok for you. Full Review »