Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
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  1. It takes strong foundations from both the genre and the source material, then layers things on top that make the entire game a solid, intense experience throughout. It’s amazingly fun, amazingly wrong in that Rockstar kinda way, and amazingly right in every fundamental design choice. In short, Rockstar has made a modern classic with The Warriors.
  2. 95
    The game's free-flowing scuffles are akin to your toilet experience after a night of over-beering: In other words, both are shockingly big, messy, chaotic, scary, surprising, and usually a little bloody.
  3. The audio, however, really shines above all else, with a replicated soundtrack and absolutely superb voice acting by many of the original actors who starred in the film.
  4. Crucial to the succes of the game is the fact that the combat system works.
  5. The Warriors may be the best example of a movie being transferred to a game, ever. You can tell by the entire production including the audio, graphics, controls and gameplay that Rockstar cared about the film’s origins.
  6. 90
    While it would have been very easy for the developers at Rockstar Toronto to simply recreate the events seen in the movie, they've managed to craft a tale that actually enhances the film.
  7. Play Magazine
    Warriors succeeds because it wholly engrosses players. [Nov p.82]
  8. 90
    As fun as these excursions into petty theft and extortion might be, the essence of The Warriors is combat, and it's the first game in ages to truly nail it.
  9. The end result is the best movie to computer game transition in a long time, if not the most enjoyable ever created. Grab the popcorn, watch the film and then play the game, and if you do, we really can’t envisage a better gaming weekend for your troubles.
  10. 90
    Some of the best brawling seen in this console generation, as well as slick presentation, varied gameplay, and an unbeatable depiction of gang life pre-gangsta rap.
  11. It offers lots of gameplay variety and a down and dirty story that gives us a fair representation of thug life in the 70s. Not to be missed.
  12. AceGamez
    The Warriors is near perfection. It offers a compelling single player action adventure game that can become a two-player affair at the push of a button.
  13. Where The Warriors excels is in its accessibility. There’s so much stuff to do in the game, and the manner in which you do it is very intuitive.
  14. If you think beat-em-ups are dead, you need to play this game. If you don't, you need to play this game. If you just don't care, you need to play this game.
  15. A great game that would excel even if it didn’t make excellent use of it’s license, which it most certainly does.
  16. The Warriors is brutal, and part of what it gets right when it comes to brutal is in accurately showing and depicting large scale gang wars.
  17. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Perhaps the best licensed game on PS2, and one of the best brawlers in years. [Jan 2006, p.74]
  18. Rockstar Toronto demonstrated tons of attention to detail, bridging the game and film together. The action is fierce.
  19. It combines a lot of typically dissonant elements into a smooth, polished package, and despite a few small problems, it's well worth your time.
  20. 87
    The gameplay is varied, the combat is deep, and the presentational and multiplayer extras really push it forward. The biggest issue for many may ultimately turn out to be the game's extreme level of violence.
  21. It doesn't really matter if you're familiar with the film it's based on; The Warriors delivers as a completely stand-alone work, and any fan of beat-'em-up games is certain to enjoy it on some level. But if you have seen the film, all the better.
  22. As a movie tie-in, we can say with no authority whatsoever that it’s totally authentic and sure to please fans (in all seriousness, the production values and treatment are extremely respectable).
  23. 85
    It may not be that complex and it might feel a bit weary towards the end. However, this combination of Rockstar experience and a fantastic license has given the gaming community one of the best 3-D beat'em ups ever made.
  24. It succeeds mostly because instead of merely aping the movie, it instead designs a world that the familiar characters blend right into, and adds a ton of backstory to what could be paper-thin 'heroes.'
  25. The missions are plentiful, and thankfully they never become repetitive.
  26. netjak
    Breaking away from the stigma associated with the genre of movie-based games, The Warriors serves to set an example for what games based on films should be. The Warriors is a true homage to the original movie and a game that director Walter Hill, and any fan of the film should be proud of.
  27. Game Informer
    Although it's certainly not a masterpiece, The Warriors gets by on style, flair, variety, and simple fun. [Nov 2005, p.144]
  28. CPU controlled teammates are more than capable of handling themselves.
  29. One of the best licensed games of this generation and one of the best brawlers since the days of Billy and Jimmy Lee.
  30. A game that equals the movie's cultish charm and, in some ways, surpasses it. If you don't believe us, come out and play.
  31. It’s not often that well made games based on movies come along; this is one of them.
  32. 80
    As fanservice, The Warriors is a treat for anyone who loves the movie, and as a beat-em-up, it outclasses recent efforts from competitors. Yet as a complete package, it's somewhat inconsistent.
  33. It isn't as diverse as "Grand Theft Auto," but you should be able to squeeze an ample degree of catharsis out of mugging people, laying down graffiti, breaking into stores, and pummeling rival gang members. I highly recommend that you watch the movie first, though.
  34. A mediocre game with an excellent story and audio design, based on a classic suspense film of the late seventies.
  35. From the opening sequence to the synth-popping soundtrack, there's more style in five minutes of this modern-day "Double Dragon" than five stacks of "Street Fighter" compilations.
  36. The Warriors can be a very fun jaunt, but it can also be extremely repetitive and frustrating. It definitely explores some new territory in console gaming, but comes up a bit short in the execution.
  37. It might not be the deepest experience, but for a shot of pure action, you can't go wrong. And yes, apparently Rockstar can revive two fallen genres with an almighty kiss of life and in doing so prove once again that they have the Midas touch.
  38. 80
    Nowhere to run baby, nowhere to hide. The Warriors are going to march straight through your set and there's not a damn thing you can do about it.
  39. More importantly, they also nailed all the aspects that made the film so great, and the much larger adventure their tinkering yielded is certainly appreciated.
  40. PSM Magazine
    gameplay that steps boldly forward, but remembers what was cool about the old school. [Holiday 2005, p.73]
  41. Rockstar have done exactly what you’d expect them do: break down the movie into it’s core elements, expand upon the origin story, add a range of side-missions that add an extra incentive to progress through the narrative, get the visual and audio ambience of the film, and throw in that special Rockstar polish.
  42. With a little extra polish it could have been an absolute masterpiece, but instead Rockstar have brought us a solid, if a tad unspectacular title, which totals up to far more than the sum of its parts.
  43. Retro in style and content, nevertheless this feels remarkably fresh.
  44. 80
    In their attempt to dress up a solid brawler, Rockstar actually hurt the experience a bit by adding endless, tedious minigames that pretty much overpower the game in the early levels.
  45. 80
    All in all there's an absolute ton of stuff to get through for the 100% completion fans. Couple this with a brilliant two-player co-op mode for the main game, and you have a super-violent, aurally pleasing, long-lasting piece of software. A labour of love and a splendid homage to a well-loved film.
  46. A B-movie-based street fighting game with a lot of variation, mini missions and little problems.
    The Warriors doesn't do anything particularly wrong - it's a perfectly acceptable game - but at the same time it doesn't do anything spectacular.
  48. games(TM)
    For every awful moment in The Warriors, there are two great ones. The mix of story, nostalgia and out-and-out combat is a heady concoction and when it all clicks, it's thoroughly enjoyable. [Dec 2005, p.120]
  49. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    An enjoyable beat-'em-up that does the movie justice. But there's little more than a basic scrolling brawler under all the great ideas. [Nov 2005, p.84]
  50. 68
    It is worth a glance, but if you bore easily you may find this doesn't have the 'wow' gameplay factor to hold your interest for long, and would probably be better off looking elsewhere ultimately.
  51. Sadly, The Warriors is never more than running about smashing people's heads in to cool 1970s music and listening to clichéd gang speak. We demand more these days. [PSW]
  52. Edge Magazine
    It's when the game is at its most GTA-like that it comes alive, conjuring up scenarios that take in whole city boroughs and throwing at you groups of adversaries and challenges you have to juggle on the fly… and then you get to a tediously engineered boss encounter and it all begins to get tiresome again. [Christmas 2005, p.109]

Awards & Rankings

#28 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#7 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 105
  2. Negative: 8 out of 105
  1. Aug 26, 2018
    Rockstar's adaption of the 1979 cult film is a fun brawler that delves into GTA territory. While gameplay mainly consists of combo-basedRockstar's adaption of the 1979 cult film is a fun brawler that delves into GTA territory. While gameplay mainly consists of combo-based fighting, you can still participate in petty crimes like stealing car radios and vandalism. In addition, there are some "Manhunt"-style stealth segments that appear in the game. You can also use squad commands to create havoc with your fellow gang members. The game mainly serves as a prequel to the movie. It takes place hours before the events of "The Warriors". But it eventually becomes a recreation of the film in the final levels. Overall, this is a fun fighting game that can be compared to "Def Jam: Fight for NY". I would rate it with an 8.6 out of 10. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2021
    This game is really cool, all teenagers will like games about gangs, and this game is very successful in all aspects, i need remake of this
  3. Aug 25, 2021
    Fresh gameplay hopefully will be remastered or remake in this era. One of the best Fist game