Reservoir Dogs Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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Softpedia (Oct 19, 2006)
You MUST see the ads for this game. I mean it. Those are the funniest clips made for a console game ever. I won't spoil the fun by telling you that they're reenactments of Reservoir Dog's (the film) final scene. I think I'll play this game again, especially the first driving episode for fun only, because Mister Orange's and Mister White's comments worth all the effort and the music is some fine piece of work. Even camera was good, considering it's a console game. The producers did well; they must have had Tarantino up their sleeve giving the needed indications and suggestions.
80 (Sep 18, 2006)
Nach rund 8 Stunden hat man auch dieses Game durchgespielt, welches übrigens für PS2 teurer ist als für die Xbox und den PC, ein Preis-Vergleich auf Geizhals zahlt sich also aus, zumal schließlich die Grafik wie üblich auf letzteren zwei genannten Plattformen in etwas besserem Licht erstrahlt. Reservoir Dogs ist nicht gerade das, was man als innovativen Actiontitel bezeichnen kann und auch die Nähe zum Filmvorbild vermisst man weitgehend. Dennoch ist die Story samt seiner Zwischensequenzen größtenteils nicht minder hollywoodreif inszeniert worden, womit man sich diesen Titel durchaus in ein paar freien Stunden zu Gemüte ziehen darf und das nicht nur als Reservoir Dogs- oder Quentin Tarantino-Fan.
60 (UK) (Aug 31, 2006)
Although the overall atmosphere is far removed from the tense, dialogue-heavy trappings of the film, this is a consistently enjoyable action game that will keep you entertained for the few hours it lasts. But, and let's not beat around the bush here, Reservoir Dogs' refusal to break the leash of modern gaming conventions means it will never create impact of its cinematic big brother. Tarantino's movie showed audiences just what could be achieved with no money but stacks of talent, while the game merely demonstrates what can be pulled off with current generation hardware and enough spare cash to snap up the rights to a cult movie. It's not that clever and, crucially, it's not that cool. They might not need to be put down but these Reservoir Dogs lack any real bite.
Reservoir Dogs is one of those timelessly enjoyable movies. With that in mind, Blitz Games probably should have taken a little more time with this license. The sad thing is that this game does have some good ideas, like the ability to threaten people into submission with hostages, and a rating system that ranks you somewhere between psychopath and professional depending on how you perform in the level. Unfortunately, the cartoony graphics, stilted shooter gameplay, and completely rancid car missions fail what could otherwise be a passing game.
"Reservoir Dogs". Mehr muss man eigentlich nicht saagen, um sofort hitzige Diskussionen und leidenschaftliche Lobeshymnen unter Kino-Geeks jenseitig der 20 anzuregen, gilt Quentin Tarantinos Erstlingswerk aus dem Jahr 1992 doch als einer der wichtigsten und einflussreichsten Streifen der 90er Jahre. Eine schwere Bürde also, die sich das Studio SCi mit der offiziellen Versoftung des Kultfilms auferlegt hat. Konnte ja eigentlich nur schief gehen.
PSX Extreme (Jan 10, 2007)
We'd like to be able to at least recommend this game to ardent fans of the film, but there may be too many glaring problems. Scarface: The World Is Yours, while not a great game by any stretch of the imagination, is still something that most any fan of the movie would enjoy. Reservoir Dogs has more major flaws regarding the core gameplay, and because it takes a more direct and linear approach, can't cover up the minor problems with open-ended adventure. This title has its moments, but unfortunately, they're usually highlighted by the fairly well-conceived cut-scenes, and in the end, the game is barely better than average.
1UP (Nov 28, 2006)
Reservoir Dogs won't appeal to hardcore aficionados of the film; the almost-total omission of the original cast and likenesses will probably cause fans to attempt a bullet festival of their own. However, the peculiar mechanics do make the game worth a rental to the curious, if just to see how novel it can be at times. Like the infamous ear-cutting scene, it's humorous -- but a bloody mess.
Lawrence (Oct 30, 2006)
I’m convinced that the people who greenlight crap like this are the same people that greenlight crap like White Chicks. Reservoir Dogs feels less like an actual videogame and more like an early project by a DigiPen student. Reservoir Dogs, the film, is obviously fantastic. Filled with extraordinary dialogue and harsh bursts of violence, it inspired countless Tarantino wannabes in the years to follow. Reservoir Dogs, the game, is the definition of a generic shooter. If you loved the film, stay the hell away from this game. If you hated the film, stay the hell away from this game. If you’ve never even heard of the film, stay the hell away from this game.
GameSpy (Nov 06, 2006)
If you haven't guessed yet, Reservoir Dogs is not a fitting tribute to the classic film, or a good game in its own right. It's playable, mostly, but so uninteresting and bland that it's nearly impossible to think of a reason to.
If you like third person shooters that only take a few hours to beat then pick up Reservoir Dogs. If you also like games where random enemies pop out of no where then get Reservoir Dogs because that happens too often in this game. I did enjoy this game for a little bit, but once I got to the second car driving stage I was getting pissed off, for the most part these stages made this game bad. Oh yeah and all the swearing didn't help either, it gets old too fast.
Video Game Talk (Nov 19, 2006)
In short, Reservoir Dogs comes off as a poorly executed attempt to make an easy buck through a mediocre version of a highly esteemed movie. If you're a die-hard fan of the film and feel like you absolutely must play the game, do yourself a favor and settle for renting it. For anyone else, skip it entirely and spend your gaming time on a more deserving title.
35 (Sep 01, 2006)
Avoir conçu un système de gestion de la foule, c'est bien, mais dans n'importe quel autre jeu cela n'aurait constitué qu'une possibilité du gameplay, ici, on essaie de nous vendre ça comme son coeur. L'autre solution consistant en un run'n gun non seulement squelettique dans sa structure, mais bourré de défauts qu'on digère mal. Ultra répétitif, Reservoir Dogs n'a aucun intérêt sur le plan ludique et n'apportera rien aux fans de Tarantino.
IGN (Oct 24, 2006)
Movie licensed games have often gotten a bad rap unfortunately Reservoir Dogs is the latest one that can be added to the list. Repetitive gameplay and limited replayability and difficulty settings are just the tip of the iceberg of a game that could've explored so much more of the characters from the movie, but just barely scratched the surface of the film. In fact, if you're a fan of the film, you'll probably have more fun watching it over again than playing this version of the story.