Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
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  1. Computer Games Magazine
    It isn't always easy and there are moments where players want to throw down their headsets in disgust. But somehow this makes the game all the more charming and all the more interesting to finish. [Apr 2004, p.8]
  2. It's well made, and the technology really makes you feel like you and Rio are in this together. It actually makes you care about the adventure at hand, which is the true mark of a great game. [Mar 2004, p.102]
  3. PSM Magazine
    A wonderfully innovative game that provides a completely unique experience. Bring a Thesaurus and ennunciate clearly, and you'll love this new gameplay sensation. [Apr 2004, p.30]
  4. I had a hard time trying to get Rio to do exactly what I wanted. Aside from that, the battle system was pretty solid, mixing up timing requirements and hitting the enemy at the right spots. I also love the fact that there is no ammo.
  5. 80
    The technology isn’t quite up to snuff, leaving you to issue commands that make the experience far less personal in nature, and there are times where you will simply be frustrated due to the fact that you simply can’t communicate your needs, but the product really manages to be a pleasant experience overall.
  6. We couldn't help being drawn in by the plot, and enjoyed finding enemy weak-spots and shouting them out for Rio to shoot. And while you feel like a dork shouting stuff at the TV, the action is so engrossing that you stop caring.

Awards & Rankings

#82 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. MeiB.
    Jun 16, 2007
    Don't let the reviews about the voice recognition being broken fool you. I've played this game most the way through and not had Don't let the reviews about the voice recognition being broken fool you. I've played this game most the way through and not had more than a small handful of times that the voice recognition couldn't understand me. The main problem comes during battles. The thing is, then your voice commands are being given for something that's in action, so you might not press the button quickly enough or let it go to early admist your command giving. Some people also don't seem to realize the fact that you have to go to areas of the rooms that are MARKED ON THE MAP to look at items that are in that area. I get fed up with the voice tech being so trashed when it's most often the fault of the player that the recognition isn't happening. Full Review »
  2. TulkasA.
    Apr 26, 2004
    This game is Moses! it isn't quite good enough to rate a Jesus(10) but its still awesome.
  3. TysonB.
    Mar 14, 2004
    This is the only game voice activated game, and even though it's a new idea you'll get bored of it after about forty-five minutes.