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7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 67
  2. Negative: 10 out of 67
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  1. Jul 26, 2013
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    This game is unplayable mess from every point of view.
    I strongly suggest you never launch this "game" even if you got it for free.
    Plot is non-existant, main character makes me want to kill him every time he opens his mouth. Worst of all are awful gameplay mechanics and fact that this is unplayable without a strategy guide, because game NEVER explain what needs to be done next so
    This game is unplayable mess from every point of view.
    I strongly suggest you never launch this "game" even if you got it for free.

    Plot is non-existant, main character makes me want to kill him every time he opens his mouth.

    Worst of all are awful gameplay mechanics and fact that this is unplayable without a strategy guide, because game NEVER explain what needs to be done next so its up to you to decide which of 5 already finished levels you must visit for 5th time to get another "password" to progress further.
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  2. Oct 9, 2019
    1
    Even for its time, this game is woefully disappointing. Sure, it looks great and has fabulous mech designs. But the story and characters are awful and shrill. The gameplay is garbage, and unbelievably repetitive. Possibly the worst factor is that this game is devoid of any type of level design: each map is essentially just an arena with enemies peppered throughout. A game this shortEven for its time, this game is woefully disappointing. Sure, it looks great and has fabulous mech designs. But the story and characters are awful and shrill. The gameplay is garbage, and unbelievably repetitive. Possibly the worst factor is that this game is devoid of any type of level design: each map is essentially just an arena with enemies peppered throughout. A game this short (don't expect to be here more than 5 hours) which forces this much back-tracking should be legally required to have a minimum amount of effort put into environmental design. A novelty at best, you're better off looking up concept art online. Expand

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#37 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#30 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Short and to the point, Zone of the Enders is a beautifully presented and entertaining, if shallow, action game.
  2. 80
    An enjoyable action title that's easy to pick up and play. If you can get past the preachy narrative and dialogue, you'll be immersed in intense combat and cool weapons.
  3. The fighting was fun but only to a point. After the endless battles with little variation even the fighting became tedious. Once that happened it was merely a matter of waiting for the game to end. Fortunately it was not a long wait. The game is ridiculously short.