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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.3
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
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Overall User Score (9 votes) 2.6

Critic Reviews

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PGNx Media (Nov 04, 2003)
Celebrity Deathmatch is a difficult game to judge. It’s not a very good wrestling game nor is it an excellent fighting game. But it is functional and fans of the series will love it. Best of all, it is only $20.
Random Access (Nov 27, 2016)
Who knew the beautiful people could get this ugly? I admire the gall and madness on show here — Celebrity Deathmatch is a stupid game for stupid people, but it wears it like a badge. It knows.
Worth Playing (Nov 25, 2003)
Overall, this game requires a lot of work in order to become a really popular game. As I mentioned before, the characters lack moves and the ability to leave the ring, and the game may be more enjoyable with these added components. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and does it ever apply here. If the game developers were to release another version, I truly hope that they actually watch episodes of Celebrity Deathmatch and make it so that the matches can be almost identical to those episodes. Amazingly, simple controls aren't the only requirement for a successful game. Check out Winning Eleven, which has insane button combinations but is an extremely intense and enjoyable game. As far as this game goes, however, I would definitely stay away.
GameSpot UK (Oct 27, 2003)
MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch is a mess from top to bottom. The jokes are rarely ever funny, the gameplay is a veritable smorgasbord of repetitive and boring action, and the underwhelming graphics and sound don't help matters. If you're a fan of the TV program, you may find Celebrity Deathmatch amusing for the 20 minutes it takes to see every single gag in the game once, and even that might be a bit of a stretch. As for anyone else, stay as far away from Celebrity Deathmatch as is humanly possible.
GameZone (Oct 24, 2003)
It's fun for brief intervals, and might make a half-decent party game for gore-loving button-mashers. But in time the simple, juvenile gameplay will grow old. This is the kind of stuff that teen and adult gamers picked up when they were kids. Because this game is rated M, you can't use the kid excuse here. Kids aren't supposed to be playing it. The target audience is adults, and adults are not going want it.
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 12, 2003)
Celebrity Deathmatch isn't a game you will be playing for hours, days and weeks on end, but instead one of those you'll pull out along with the dance mat for drunken parties. The sarcastic and dirty humour will last long into the night and your mates will be fighting over a chance to slaughter Jerry Springer and Justin Timberlake. Treat as party fodder; one that will be dipped into now and then.
VGNZ (Jan 28, 2004)
MTV Celebrity Deathmatch is a poor game by all accounts. Even if you like the TV series and find over-the-top violence and gore amusing, I still can’t promise that you would like this game. In an era with the various WWE titles for the PS2, MTV Celebrity Deathmatch is laughable. Pathetic even. Unless you’re looking for a quick laugh, avoid this game.
IGN (Oct 30, 2003)
We can only imagine what Celebrity Deathmatch could have been if it was done with a larger budget and a more refined gameplay engine. But not only did it skip over the elements that make the TV show so memorable in terms of its presentation, but it wasn't much fun to play either. In short, CDM isn't worth your time in the least -- leave it in the bargain bins where you'll find it.
Game Chronicles (Oct 30, 2003)
Celebrity Deathmatch is by no means a stellar game, I’d be hard pressed to even call it average. It reeks of “shovel-ware,” a game that was stripped of both function and price then sent to retailers in the hopes of turning a quick buck. The gameplay is shallow and often needlessly frustrating, with few attacks really being entertaining, but most lacking any sort of humorous overtone. The sound effects and voiceovers are good, but the presentation of the program is what is truly remarkable. The graphics perfectly capture the feel of the show. The show however, was entertaining, often hilarious, and didn’t require any sort of controller or console to fully enjoy it.
Gamezilla (Nov 12, 2003)
For some reason the game doesn’t use the claymation style of the show and instead went with a bland cartoon look that manages to suck what little soul this game might have had right out of the box. Playing MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch is like watching a bad episode of the show and owning it is like watching that same episode over and over and over and over again. I think I’ll pass.
TotalPlayStation (Nov 02, 2003)
So by now, you're probably asking yourself, "Should I still buy a copy of Celebrity Deathmatch?" If you're looking for a game with tons of depth, then no. If you're looking for a game with replayability, then no. If you're looking for a game with jaw-dropping visuals and topic-notch audio, then no. But if you're looking for a poorly-assembled gimmick of a game that serves as a friendly reminder of the good ol' Celebrity Deathmatch days on MTV, all for a discounted price of $19.99, then CD just might be for you. If you're not looking for authenticity, though, stay far, far away from this one.
30 (Nov 05, 2003)
Si l’humour de MTV Celebrity Deathmatch est bien là, on voit bien que le jeu est uniquement là pour rapporter un peu plus de fric à la chaîne. En gros, si vous aimez le show et bien regardez-le et si vous aimez jouer et bien achetez-vous un vrai jeu de baston (ce n’est pas ce qui manque sur PS2), c’est aussi simple que ça.
Lawrence (Oct 16, 2003)
Gotham Games went over its budget and delayed the release to fix many "bugs." They foresaw disappointment in the lack of characters so they stuck it with a $19.99 price tag. Unfortunately that would still be ripping you off.
29 (Nov 19, 2003)
Die Grafik schafft es weder, das aus den TV-Shows bekannte Knetfiguren-Feeling zu replizieren noch nutzt sie die Technikmöglichkeiten der Xbox oder PS2 auch nur ansatzweise aus. Akustisch kurz vor dem Bereich seelischer Grausamkeit angesiedelt, kann nur die Sprachausgabe einigermaßen überzeugen. Und spielerisch? Tja, in diesem Bereich ist Celebrity Deathmatch ein schlechter Witz. Als ob es nicht reicht, dass man das Spiel nach ca. eineinhalb Stunden beendet hat und in den Mülleimer werfen kann, ist die Steuerung auf das nötigste beschränkt und gibt euch rudimentäre Bewegungsmöglichkeiten in die Hand, um die Gegner fertig zu machen. Der Witz und Gewaltgehalt der Serie haben zwar Einzug gehalten, können Celebrity Deathmatch aber auch nicht mehr vor dem absoluten Absturz retten. Haltet euch bloß von diesem üblen Machwerk fern, das nicht mehr und nicht weniger als grottenschlechter Lizenzmüll ist.
GameSpot (Oct 27, 2003)
MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch is a mess from top to bottom. The jokes are rarely ever funny, the gameplay is a veritable smorgasbord of repetitive and boring action, and the underwhelming graphics and sound don't help matters. If you're a fan of the TV program, you may find Celebrity Deathmatch amusing for the 20 minutes it takes to see every single gag in the game once, and even that might be a bit of a stretch. As for anyone else, stay as far away from Celebrity Deathmatch as is humanly possible.
There’s a lot to get excited over here. You can create your own…oh wait, that sucks. You unlock…monsters? That’s lame. Well, at least the special moves…blow? Sarcasm aside, I wouldn’t burn this game for warmth if a vat of dry ice got dumped on my head. It’s better than Simpsons Wrestling and features lots of gore and lowbrow humor, but that’s about it. If there’s ever a Developer Deathmatch game, I volunteer the people who made this crap.
Meristation (Dec 01, 2003)
El mundo del famoseo está que arde. Las celebridades más importantes de los EEUU dejan los programas de debate previo pago y se lanzan al ring para resolver sus diferencias a tortazo limpio. Basada en la popular serie de la MTV llega este título cuyo principal aliciente es el no haberlo comprado.
Unless you are a rabid MTV Celebrity Deathmatch “fan”, you would be doing a great disservice to your wallet for buying this game. The $20 price point offers Celebrity Deathmatch no excuse for the slapdash piece of software that it is. The game is insultingly easy, offers little play value (forget about replay), and ultimately is simply not entertaining. If you are really that curious, or highly intoxicated, do not do anything else but rent it. Even better, watch reruns of the show. You will have a lot more fun for a fraction of the cost.
Celebrity Deathmatch is inadequate in every department. Graphically it's poor, in terms of gameplay it's poor and in terms of longevity it's abysmal. The game desperately needs better gameplay mechanics. The fact that the game doesn't provide any challenge and can be finished in under 2 hours is horrid, especially when you pay almost £30 for the priviledge. If you are interested then make sure you rent it first. It's not always easy to say which is the best game of the year but it's cinch as to what is the worst game of 2003 and that award has to go to Celebrity Deathmatch.
GameSpy (Nov 01, 2003)
I would say "there's little to recommend here" if there was anything at all to recommend. It's rare to find a title that is so inadequately presented and so fundamentally flawed. I'm sure the goal here was to create a piece of pop culture fluff, and in that, it succeeds too well. It brings to mind other inadvertent Celebrity Deathmatch situations, like Gigli. And the response gamers should have to this title is the same that moviegoers have already said about the whole Affleck-Lopez mess: Avoid, avoid, avoid!
Game Revolution (Nov, 2003)
Besides the two seconds of fatality joy, the only other redeeming quality of this game is its price. Major retail outlets tag it at about $20. That's still about $19 overpriced, but at least they're not trying to pretend this decorative coaster is anything else. According to an actual line from the game, "There's nothing you can do to stop it, except turn it off." I couldn't agree more.
1UP (2003)
While Soul Calibur II-style move sets and an expansive career mode wasn't on the list of expectations upon booting Celebrity Deathmatch, it is still surprising to me how little gameplay has been compressed onto a single DVD. Lacking the excitement, humor, and creativity of the infamous TV show, Celebrity Deathmatch isn't even recommendable as a rental to fans.