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  • Summary: In kill.switch, you will take on the role of a highly skilled military operative with orders to start a war. Travel to global 'hotspots' such as the Middle East, the Caspian Sea region, and North Korea. Hide behind objects in your environment and lay down suppressing fire without evenIn kill.switch, you will take on the role of a highly skilled military operative with orders to start a war. Travel to global 'hotspots' such as the Middle East, the Caspian Sea region, and North Korea. Hide behind objects in your environment and lay down suppressing fire without even looking. Fight through 15 action-packed scenarios featuring diverse missions and objectives that span the globe. As the story unfolds, you'll begin to discover what's behind your dark agenda. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. This game sparkles because of the Offensive Cover System and animations, otherwise it is a straightforward shooter that sets up with some pretty simple and standard missions.
  2. Even though the gameplay is a bit lacking in length and diversity you can’t help but admit the game is just plain fun to play, and the level of difficulty will provide a challenge for jaded veterans of the genre.
  3. Xbox Nation Magazine
    80
    Serves up round after round of smart, strategic firefights, challening both mind and reflex. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.99]
  4. Playboy
    75
    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]
  5. An intense and fun shooter that will sadly be overlooked by most gamers. The main negative aspect of kill.switch is the longevity; basically there is none. The game can be completed in 5 hours or less even in the hard difficulty level and there are no real extras or multiplayer elements to give it legs.
  6. 70
    A perfect length for a game of this quality.
  7. games(TM)
    50
    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. MikeG.
    Oct 14, 2003
    10
    It is by far the best war game ever created.
  2. iridescence
    Oct 16, 2003
    10
    total arcade style action... brilliant! not the best but definately the most fun shooter i've played in a long while... pick it up and total arcade style action... brilliant! not the best but definately the most fun shooter i've played in a long while... pick it up and play for instant fun and gratification... Expand
  3. Dec 15, 2020
    10
    This game have got a very delicious action
    Scenario is a very sweet main chacter is a very charismatic
  4. AlexB.
    Nov 12, 2003
    9
    Definitely rent it and give it a try. I'd say that a high percentage of gamers, especially the occasional ones, will love it. This game, Definitely rent it and give it a try. I'd say that a high percentage of gamers, especially the occasional ones, will love it. This game, while not having all gizmos of an expensive game, has extremely solid bare bones action, and plus a few very cool tricks that are properly used throughout the game. It has an intuitive control scheme (read-Halo), and does provide instant gratification. All internal logic and sensitivity is more solid than with 95% of other games, resulting in no frustration and pure fun - like a pinball machine. Expand
  5. ModMyxbox
    Oct 22, 2003
    8
    This game is fast action packed and the use of blindfire is absolute ingenious. The level of difficulty is about an 8,graphichs a solid 8,BGM This game is fast action packed and the use of blindfire is absolute ingenious. The level of difficulty is about an 8,graphichs a solid 8,BGM 7.5, and replayablity 8. Only if metal gear solid 2 had this blind fire technology. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2020
    6
    I found this game overrated but fun nonetheless. More specifically the game design is sloppy and lazy but still provides decent entertainment.I found this game overrated but fun nonetheless. More specifically the game design is sloppy and lazy but still provides decent entertainment. The cover system is not technically sound and when hugging walls ect you encounter a ton of screen tearing and on top of that your aiming reticle can be active (red) but still not hit enemies. The detection system is terrible. Really terrible. For a game that relies on cover all the angles for hit detection are not worked out. What happens in game does not match the screen nor the reticle. Enemy AI is also pretty bad and spazzing around or standing still. The game is lazy rather than having decent strategy it relies on many borderline cheap tactics. Some levels it's volume of enemies, some spawning new enemies behind you out of nowhere, even in blocked corridors and other levels you can exactly guess where you will be mobbed or waited for behind terrible corners. Some areas are just plain cheap. In some areas enemies can hit you through walls too. Not to mention the enemy noises are not always matched to their actions or whereabouts fooling you. Sound also has two levels one while you play and one for loading the next mission where it is much more faint. I've had more problems in this game related to accuracy more than any other game. Besides missing you can also hit enemies while the reticle guide indicates you can't. Its that bad. So I think that is enough justification that this game is highly over rated. I will say though that despite all these technical aspects being subpar the game does keep one immersed in action making the game worth your time. For a 6/10 game this game provides a high degree of fun factor. I think back in the day people were fanatic about the new cover mechanics; personally I've always found they ruin games unless the AI is very smart, which in this game they clearly are not. The only aspect of the AI I found decent was that if you run ahead of the gameplay they will come follow and catch up. This made for some good moments but overall I found most aspects of this game on the bad side. Thankfully sometimes enough enemies does work and despite the quality I enjoyed a decent part of this game while dreading a few select other areas. Quality aside, I'd still recommend a try - It's still worth your time. Expand
  7. Uter
    May 21, 2004
    4
    Bad graphics and ill-conceived level design combine in a mediocre game. With the shooter genera so crowded on xbox, kill switch isn't Bad graphics and ill-conceived level design combine in a mediocre game. With the shooter genera so crowded on xbox, kill switch isn't really worth playing. At least 10 other shooters are better options. Expand

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#75 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003