• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Apr 24, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 34
  2. Negative: 13 out of 34
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  1. netjak
    Besides the occasional inability to actually grab things as a monster, I can't really find anything detrimental in Rampage: Total Destruction. The true party game, it's that simple dose of pure fun that we really shouldn't move too far away from too often.
  2. Play Magazine
    Midway didn't over-think Rampage TD, rather, they made it look amazing while retaining and improving on the game's simplistic yet addictive gameplay. [May 2006, p.54]
  3. No matter what speed they’re at or what font is used, the thrill of destroying cities remains intact, and that’s something this series does better than any other.
  4. If you haven’t picked up one of the Godzilla games, or War of the Monsters then pick those titles up first. They can be found for the same price if not less, and have much of the basics that this title does.
  5. Game Informer
    In the end, I don't see this title connecting with an audience beyond the most hardcore Rampage fans. [May 2006, p.97]
  6. PSM Magazine
    Ultimately, it's a short lived blast at best, overshadowed by the much better "War of the Monsters". [Jun 2006, p.84]
  7. 65
    The problem is that the core game tries to be something it was never meant to be and that really drags the overall fun factor well below where it should be.
  8. I seriously question the longevity of this title, even with multiplayer and a ton of unlockable stuff. I think this is a weekend rental for the most part.
  9. 60
    The series' simplified gameplay takes a step backwards with Total Destruction, and the overall experience is decidedly mediocre. But sometimes, after a hard day of work, you just want to knock over a skyscraper.
  10. Once the novelty of the new graphics wears off, we're stuck with a 20-year old arcade game that I'm not so sure I would label a classic in the first place.
  11. If the control wasn't so sloppy and loose, Total Destruction could easily have been a much better game. As it stands, this is just like every previous entry.
  12. The biggest problem with Total Destruction is the lack of things to do, besides building-bashing and car- tossing.
  13. Tried-and-true fans of the original will be ecstatic with Total Destruction, but the younger hardcore gamers will probably be wishing they were playing their Greatest Hits version of "Devil May Cry 3" or "God of War" for the umpteenth time.
  14. After an hour or two of Total Destruction button-mashing, you'll be ready to move on to "Q-Bert."
  15. It provides a great old school time, with plenty of levels and things to destroy in them that you can enjoy I short bursts. Any fan of the series will be more than ecstatic with this rendition.
  16. Total Destruction is a glossy coat of paint on an ancient gameplay formula that simply doesn't hold water in 2006.
  17. Fleeting moments of fun are not enough to make Rampage: Total Destruction a must play for anybody.
  18. Games Master UK
    There's a reasonable amount of potential for some multi-player monster fun, but all that impromptu city demolishing action all gets old real quick. [June 2006, p.79]
  19. In the end, you’ll probably make it through Las Vegas, San Francisco, and London, but after that, if you’re still playing, you’re either immensely bored or far more enamored with the game than I was.
  20. 50
    The muddy controls make it difficult to judge where your creature is standing in proportion to the buildings.
  21. 50
    The gameplay is simply sub par, and the production value is that of any generic budget title.
  22. PSM2 Magazine UK
    It's fun for a while, but the lame objectives and lack of power-ups soon make this a chore. It's about time this franchise was buried under some rubble. [May 2006, p.68]
  23. The formula was never that good to begin with, and shiny new graphics, tons of new monsters, and a host of unlockable moves simply cannot hide the fact that Rampage, no matter the generation, is a bore.
  24. 40
    Midway's got a decade to think about what they want the 30th anniversary Rampage remake to look like. Here's hoping they get it right then.
  25. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Repetitive and dull retread of a once okay game. [May 2006, p.89]
  26. 40
    Sadly there’s no traditional one-on-one mode, so players aren’t given the chance to inflict heaps of damage on one another.
  27. Many lackluster games have spectacular ideas but poor execution. Rampage: Total Destruction, on the other hand, has the same gameplay it's had 20 years ago, offering only negligible upgrades.
  28. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Still, even at a budget price, it's hard to recommend this game to anyone but the most hardcore of Rampage fans...if they even exist. [July 2006, p.78]
  29. 30
    You would think that they could have done a better job than this. A free roaming 3D affair – think GTA but with a giant – wouldn’t have taken a whole lot more effort, and could actually have been an amusing little distraction. Instead, the developers have opted for half-assed 3D, and it doesn’t do the game any good at all.
  30. 30
    The core gameplay in all its monotonous glory is, unfortunately, entirely preserved, and while no one can deny the appeal of trashing pricey downtown real estate while noshing picture-snapping tourists and tossing trains, if you play one level you've played them all.
  31. It's just not fun yet. Sure, playing against people is a mild diversion, and it has a small amount of nostalgic appeal, but if they want to come up with something that's sold entirely on the basis of the fun of destruction, destruction has to be more fun than this.
  32. Those with a sadistic streak will enjoy hurling cars, gobbling victims and belching. But players will quickly tire of the repetitive button bashing required to raze buildings and swat hapless enemies.
  33. 20
    Even a budget price point can’t counteract the tedium that quickly sets in from the limited gameplay.
  34. The game’s best feature is its inclusion of the twenty year-old version of Rampage, which is actually smarter, deeper, and just plain better than Total Destruction. That's sad. Flee in terror.

Awards & Rankings

#96 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. JohnM.
    Apr 26, 2006
    if you like war of the monsters and godzilla save the earth. plus multi player mode. rampage is a great edition for that type of gameplay.
  2. Feb 13, 2022
    quite difficult and boring.................................................
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jul 24, 2006
    This game is for those who want to get into all the parts in Grand Theft Auto and Simpsons Hit And Run where you can just run off destroying This game is for those who want to get into all the parts in Grand Theft Auto and Simpsons Hit And Run where you can just run off destroying buildings, and it's for those who are just so mad and frustrated and want to tear things up...this game is decent and the graphics are nice. There are tons of more characters and not just 3. But I must admit, this game would not be worth $40 so they put a good price on it. And the fun gets more fun if you use the cheats which you can figure out on www.gamefaqs.com. The game will have you playing for a long time or a short time. It all depends on how you play it. Full Review »