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Jaws: Unleashed

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
57
3.5
Windows
60
3.4
Xbox
48
3.0

User Reviews

"You're gonna need a bigger boat." PlayStation 2 Big John WV (25282)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 8 3.5
Windows 2 3.4
Xbox 2 3.0
Combined MobyScore 12 3.4


The Press Says

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80
WindowsAceGamez
Jaws Unleashed is full of great moments. It's not one of those games you'll play forever, but I suspect that for many it will be one of those games that sits on the shelf so that any time you're feeling particularly evil or you've just had a bad day, you'll load it up and go eat some people. Some of the missions will frustrate you, but for the most part they're good fun and sport enough variety for it not to get old too quickly. The environments you find yourself in are full of character and life; the game has a great ability to create lots of drama out of nothing, much like the films.
74
XboxIGN
There are two ways you can look at Majesco's oft-delayed underwater actioner, JAWS Unleashed... You can either (A) Swim away in disappointment from a project that had more than two years of production time (with an experienced developer) and yet still finds itself full of problems and bugs, or (B) stop being such a pretentious conch and enjoy the open-ended "Grand Shark Auto" for what it is -- mindless fun.
74
PlayStation 2IGN
There are two ways you can look at Majesco's oft-delayed underwater actioner, JAWS Unleashed... You can either (A) Swim away in disappointment from a project that had more than two years of production time (with an experienced developer) and yet still finds itself full of problems and bugs, or (B) stop being such a pretentious conch and enjoy the open-ended "Grand Shark Auto" for what it is -- mindless fun.
70
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Jaws: Unleashed features some cool little presentational touches with surprisingly quick loading times and movie facts scrolling across the bottom of the screen during interstitial screens. You can also unlock some extras like clips from the film and profiles of all the fish/animals in the game (of which there are quite a few). It still doesn't excuse the fact that it's been in development for some time. It's a reasonable amount of fun at a budget price, but as Martin Brody might say, "I think we're gonna need a better game."
70
PlayStation 2GameDaily
Majesco's latest title, JAWS Unleashed has finally been released and it's actually pretty decent. Having grown tired of boring crime simulators, I find playing as a killer shark to be a refreshing change of pace, and the game's various bells and whistles, such as the JAWS theme and the sound of hapless divers screaming underwater are joys to listen to. There's plenty of blood and gore, and the action is non stop, but the game is hampered by some nagging flaws, most notably the spastic camera and having to reboot after getting JAWS stuck someplace. But Unleashed is still good, harmless fun, the type that involves turning thousands of annoying people into chum nuggets.
69
XboxLawrence
Jaws is a game that doesn't deserve a purchase, but it also isn't bad enough to be completely ignored. It may have some terrible technical issues, but I can't deny that I had fun during certain parts. The main story doesn't last long at all, but the sidequests and random fun can keep you playing for a while. Fans of the hidden packages in the GTA series will be in heaven here, as there are countless hidden license plates, body bags, treasure chests and more to be found around Amity Island. Worth a rental at least for fans of the film or senseless destruction.
69
PlayStation 2Lawrence
Jaws is a game that doesn't deserve a purchase, but it also isn't bad enough to be completely ignored. It may have some terrible technical issues, but I can't deny that I had fun during certain parts. The main story doesn't last long at all, but the sidequests and random fun can keep you playing for a while. Fans of the hidden packages in the GTA series will be in heaven here, as there are countless hidden license plates, body bags, treasure chests and more to be found around Amity Island. Worth a rental at least for fans of the film or senseless destruction.
69
WindowsFileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
If you are looking for some pointless destruction and the opportunity to eat some divers and terrorize the locals, then this is the game for you. If you’re looking for a solid plot with well developed characters then go rent the movie.
69
PlayStation 2GameZone
JAWS Unleashed takes the player to Amity, the infamous town plagued by a great white in the original JAWS. The town has changed quite a bit in 30 years, converting from a tourist-driven summer town to an industrial area run by a huge, polluting corporation. Needless to say, the pollution ends up disturbing the local marine life, and attracts the attention of another great white shark. As the shark, you must make your way around the island, eating everything that moves (or rather, swims) and dispersing vigilante-shark justice against polluters.
66
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich fand den Hai schon immer cooler als die doofen Fischer, die ihn zu fangen versuchen. Im Test hatte ich durch den schwarzen Humor jedenfalls einen HAIdenspaß, die anfängliche Abwechslung weicht aber bald den eintönigen Friss-alles-Missionen. Da hilft dann auch das Bonusmaterial nicht. Zimperliche Naturen sollten einen großen Bogen um den Hai machen, denn auch in der deutschen Version fließt immer noch jede Menge Blut.
63
PlayStation 2play THE PLAYSTATION
Die Filme rund um den weißen Hai sind schon lange Kult. Kann das PS2-Abenteuer denselben Status erreichen? Wir wollen euch die Frage gleich beantworten: Nein! Für den Preis von 20 Euro kann man sich den Hai aber mal auf den Zahn legen. Dreh- und Angelpunkt ist die Insel Amity Island. Neben zahlreichen Urlaubern tummelt sich dort seit Neuestem auch ein hungriger Dauerschwimmer: der Weiße Hai!
61
WindowsIGN
JAWS Unleashed is one of those difficult kinds of games to pigeonhole because it has such strong plusses and minuses. What it really boils down to is "What kind of experience are you're looking for?" Are you a "My ocean is half-full" kind of a guy or a "my ocean is half-empty" sort of person? On the consoles, we leaned in a more positive direction because the destruction and people-eating was just so dang fun despite all the technical problems. On the PC, however, the additional troubles with the camera make it a lot more frustrating to play -- and the lack of joystick support is just baffling. That's sad stuff considering that with a little more fine-tuning, it could have been a one heck of a cool game.
61
XboxTeamXbox
Just like the nasty oceanic beast picking a seal dry, JAWS Unleashed is a straight bare bones title. So exactly what do you get for your budget title entry fee of thirty bucks? Well, there’s an offline story mode in which most of us will be treading. Mirroring objectives in the story mode is a side challenge arena, which is a one player affair only. Side challenges are basically only for practice or to acquire additional upgrade points (more on that below).
60
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Lors de son annonce officielle, nous nous étions dit : "encore une licence de film culte qui va être massacrée en grands coups de marketing bien lourd" et finalement c'est tout le contraire. Loin d'être un jeu qui marquera son temps, les quelques idées intégrées sont intéressantes comme le simple fait d'incarner le prédateur plutôt que la proie s'échapppant par tous les moyens. Néanmoins, le titre est très loin d'être parfait dans les graphismes, le son ou le gameplay. Un soft qui plaira aux personnes fans de requins et voulant se venger sur le traumatisme vécu par le visionnage de trop d'aventures de dauphins à la télé.
60
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Lors de son annonce officielle, nous nous étions dit : "encore une licence de film culte qui va être massacrée en grands coups de marketing bien lourd" et finalement c'est tout le contraire. Loin d'être un jeu qui marquera son temps, les quelques idées intégrées sont intéressantes comme le simple fait d'incarner le prédateur plutôt que la proie s'échapppant par tous les moyens. Néanmoins, le titre est très loin d'être parfait dans les graphismes, le son ou le gameplay. Un soft qui plaira aux personnes fans de requins et voulant se venger sur le traumatisme vécu par le visionnage de trop d'aventures de dauphins à la télé.
60
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Jaws spelen en mensen opeten mag dan wel superleuk lijken, de gameplay is een ronduit stresserende ervaring. Gemiste kans!
60
WindowsYahoo! Games
To be fair, Appaloosa's shark project does embrace its good and bad points rather symbiotically (much like barberfish and hammerheads do in real life). Though it's correct that JAWS suffers from a number of bothersome bugs, numerous camera issues, and sometimes-infuriating lock-ups, it also benefits from a number of gruesomely satisfying missions, a large environment to play around with, and unique combat maneuvers that you just can't do in any other game.
60
PlayStation 2GamerDad
Jaws: Unleashed is the highly anticipated game from Majesco and Appaloosa where you finally get to play the shark! You take control of your own twenty-five foot shark and go on a killing spree. Enter an underwater world teeming with life, and lunch. You have to eat constantly to keep your energy full. Dinner can be anything from simple lobsters, up to blue whales, but the main course of your diet is humans.
58
PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central
Jaws Unleashed lets you experience the action from the perspective of the shark. It’s not a bad idea but if you smell something fishy don’t be surprised if the source of the odor is emanating from your game console.
55
XboxGamernode
It's difficult to review a game like JAWS Unleashed without feeling a bit frustrated, because the idea shows so much promise, yet the execution is just plain terrible. You can't expect a faithful adaptation nor can you hope for a few good hours of mindless entertainment. It's not a bargain at a retail price of $30. It just seems like everyone loses here - even Appaloosa, who've spent two years developing this game.
55
PlayStation 2Gamernode
It's difficult to review a game like JAWS Unleashed without feeling a bit frustrated, because the idea shows so much promise, yet the execution is just plain terrible. You can't expect a faithful adaptation nor can you hope for a few good hours of mindless entertainment. It's not a bargain at a retail price of $30. It just seems like everyone loses here - even Appaloosa, who've spent two years developing this game.
55
XboxGamePro (US)
In the end, the final version of Jaws: Unleashed is less fun than the previewable version we got in several months ago. It's an enjoyable experience for a few minutes, but the game loses its merits when you finally get the hang of the controls because of all the inadequacies of the game. Still, the game is worth a try; just don't plan on this title keeping your attention for more than a weekend's worth of gameplay.
55
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
The concept of a sand box non-linear game, based on the classic Jaws films, where the player assumes control of the most deadly predator on the face of our planet seems like it would be a no-brainer. Who wouldn't want to play as a Great White Shark and roam around capsizing boats, fighting giant squid, and mauling random ocean lovers? However, Jaws: Unleashed is a perfect example on how a great concept can go horribly wrong.
50
WindowsGames Radar
The good part of all this is, the game is very rarely boring. What’s happening onscreen is always dumb, sometimes infuriating and often crap, but there’s always something happening. You’re always being distracted, whether it’s by your hunger, a collectable number plate or a cage diver who’s totally asking for it. It’s safe, but you won’t want to go back into the water.
50
XboxWorth Playing
The music consists of mediocre remixes and revisits of the famous "Jaws" theme. It's like the Goldeneye 64 soundtrack, only far more boring. However, one thing that is satisfying is the sound effects. Hearing the screams of the people Jaws terrifies never gets old, nor does the satisfying crunch of wooden boats and structures when Jaws chomps them to bits.
40
XboxG4 TV: X-Play
Just on principle alone, any free-roaming game where you play a massive killer shark, sinking boats and chomping on unsuspecting surfers should be at least somewhat fun. But no. Jaws Unleashed fails on every single level on which it is possible for a game to fail. Between fighting with the camera, fiddling with the controls, gaping at the awful graphics, and struggling with senseless level objectives, you'll wish you could throw Jaws back.
40
XboxGameSpy
The best part is that none of those questions matter. The developers must have known the idea of turning Jaws into a videogame was so over-the-top, there was no other way to approach the idea than to simply run with it without looking back. It's obvious they really did follow that philosophy from design to execution, but it's unfortunate that they ultimately weren't able to turn their success with Sega's Ecco the Dolphin series during the Dreamcast era into a sterling success with the most powerful underwater predator ever to grace the silver screen. Jaws Unleashed remains a great idea that never manages to rise above its potential.
40
PlayStation 2GameSpy
The best part is that none of those questions matter. The developers must have known the idea of turning Jaws into a videogame was so over-the-top, there was no other way to approach the idea than to simply run with it without looking back. It's obvious they really did follow that philosophy from design to execution, but it's unfortunate that they ultimately weren't able to turn their success with Sega's Ecco the Dolphin series during the Dreamcast era into a sterling success with the most powerful underwater predator ever to grace the silver screen. Jaws Unleashed remains a great idea that never manages to rise above its potential.
38
WindowsGameSpot
There's certainly a measure of morbid thrill that can be derived from some of the more open-ended components of Jaws Unleashed. A novel level of enjoyment exists in the notion of swimming up to an unsuspecting oceangoer and sinking your teeth into them, dragging them screaming beneath the waves and turning them into a midday snack. However, the novelty of said action wears off about 15 minutes into Jaws Unleashed, and without it, all you're left with is a really lousy action game that's cumbersome to play, contains not a single interesting mission over the course of its roughly 10-hour structure, and looks and sounds terribly mediocre. The $20 price tag might seem enticing, but $20 for a bad game is no deal at all.
38
XboxGameSpot
There's certainly a measure of morbid thrill that can be derived from some of the more open-ended components of Jaws Unleashed. A novel level of enjoyment exists in the notion of swimming up to an unsuspecting oceangoer and sinking your teeth into them, dragging them screaming beneath the waves and turning them into a midday snack. However, the novelty of said action wears off about 15 minutes into Jaws Unleashed, and without it, all you're left with is a really lousy action game that's cumbersome to play, contains not a single interesting mission over the course of its roughly 10-hour structure, and looks and sounds terribly mediocre. The $30 price tag might seem enticing, but $30 for a bad game is no deal at all.
38
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Jaws Unleashed takes place 30 years after the events of the first film. The days of the malcontent shark have all but been forgotten, and Amity Island has returned to its days as a thriving township. But when a major corporation comes to town to do something entirely corporate and anonymously evil, the local marine population is disturbed, and along comes yet another gigantic shark (or is it the same one, 30 years later?) to lay waste to the populace and wreak havoc on the island. The setup for the shark-biting action is flimsy at best; but then again, this isn't really a game you'd ever play for its story, and the developers had to find some way to tie the Jaws license into this whole thing.
30
XboxDigital Press - Classic Video Games
Even with a total lack of original story, abysmal camera, and hilariously funny (until you have to do them) missions, it is fun to be shark. There are a number of gruesome ways to dismember people, from shredding them, to chomping on them, down to tail whipping them to death. Blood is completely over-the-top, while the repetitive screams add to the drama. That's the only the highlight, and even this becomes an aggravating test of your endurance for awful games. Jaws Unleashed is on par with its classic and memorably terrible 1987 NES counterpart. The only thing going for Unleashed as opposed to the 8-bit rendition is that you finally control the shark.
30
XboxEurogamer.net (UK)
Surely, all anyone wants from a Jaws game is lots of blood and eating people and smashing things to bits. When that's what you're doing, Unleashed is fun despite its enormous flaws in execution. Had that been its focus, instead of a botched attempt at open-world exploration loosely structured by a bizarre, unengaging and often nonsensical plot, Jaws Unleashed would have been a much better game. Instead it's a mess of conflicting design elements, glitches and outdated film trivia, casually entertaining for about five minutes and tear-inducingly frustrating from there on out. It tries, clearly, but it fails on almost every count.
16
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Bears might prefer bipolars and tigers may have a taste for magicians, but Great White sharks will pretty much eat anything. Though there has been plenty of research indicating that the mammoth predators don’t attack indiscriminately, such science isn’t taking into account the fact that science is meaningless when faced with a 20 foot-long eating machine. And I don’t mean this.
0
XboxThe Video Game Critic
Does Jaws Unleashed offer any redeeming qualities? Well, the little factoids about the original movie that scroll by during the load screens are interesting. Also, the audio is quite good, especially when it comes to recreating those muffled, underwater effects. But nothing can possibly redeem this despicable mess. ET for the Atari 2600 may have been bad, but I'd prefer it to Jaws Unleashed any day. This may well be the worst video game of all time.