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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.5
Overall User Score (15 votes) 3.5


Critic Reviews

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4Players.de (Feb 18, 2002)
Im Prinzip hat Appaloosa Ecco bis auf minimale Veränderungen 1:1 auf die PS2 portiert. Wer also das Dreamcast-Original zu Hause im Schrank stehen hat, kann sich die Neuauflage getrost sparen. Die stimmungsvolle Optik kann zwar auch heute noch begeistern, wirkt allerdings trotz verlustfreier Umsetzung nicht mehr ganz so spektakulär wie damals. Die idyllische Soundkulisse ist hingegen zeitlos und sorgt mit der übrigen Präsentation für eine immer noch einzigartige Atmosphäre. Spielerisch ist es Appaloosa allerdings nicht gelungen, neue Akzente zu setzen oder die Kritikpunkte der Urfassung auszumerzen. Nach wie vor wirkt die Steuerung in vielen Situationen trotz relativ intuitivem Gameplay überladen und die verschleierten Aufgabenstellungen und der gehobene Schwierigkeitsgrad lassen das Unterwasser-Geschehen oft unnötig hektisch und kompliziert werden.
80
Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 06, 2002)
Un titre subjuguant de beauté et d'esthétisme, qui procure des sensations réellement bluffantes. Cette version PS2 est meilleure que l'originale, non seulement au niveau de sa réalisation mais aussi au niveau de son gameplay, mais on aurait souhaité quelque chose d'un peu plus novateur. Quoi qu'il en soit, si vous ne connaissez pas encore ce titre, allez-y les yeux fermés.
80
GamePro (US) (Apr 10, 2002)
No matter what system you play it on, Ecco is a rewarding, rich adventure brimming with beauty and creativity, capped in the dorsal fin by absurdly unclear mission objectives, frustrating Groundhog Day gameplay, and an insane difficulty level. Oh, how you want to love the dolphin. But dolphin love?she?s a cold, hard love.
78
IGN (Feb 13, 2002)
Although initially Ecco looks to be a pushover, in reality thanks to the additional features and tweaks, it is actually quite a challenge, though it must be said that it can be frustratingly difficult in some levels. Overall, Ecco just doesn't come up to speed. There are still far too many issues with regard to poorly defined navigation to recommend this game to buy. The whole thing is really quite slow and is almost boring at times. A game for people with staying power.
74
GameSpot (Mar 04, 2002)
It's safe to say that Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future is an altogether unique game and one that was executed quite magnificently. The few gameplay quirks it has--specifically, its odd level design and occasionally spazzy camera--are more than made up for by its positive aspects, which are quite numerous. It's a game that's almost more fun to "play around" with than it is to actually play, and that says quite a bit. If you missed it on the Dreamcast and can deal with something that has a more laid-back pace, then you should definitely check it out.
73
videospiele.com (Feb 07, 2002)
Scheinbar kennen sich die Entwickler mit der PlayStation 2-Hardware nicht so gut aus wie mit dem Dreamcast. Die grafischen Schwächen sind nicht zu übersehen und nehmen dem Spiel einiges von seinem Glanz. Aber wenigstens wurden die vielen undurchschaubaren Rätsel durch die größere Anzahl an Tipps und Demonstrationen deutlich entschärft. Dieser Vorteil wird allerdings durch die unnötig verschlechterte Steuerung wieder etwas relativiert. So bleibt am Ende eine etwas leichtere Version mit grafischen Mängeln, aber trotzdem noch toller Atmosphäre. Eine echte Topwertung wird jedoch durch die vielen unvermeidbaren Frustmomente weiterhin verhindert.
70
Peliplaneetta.net (Mar 18, 2002)
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future on tunnelmaltaan uskomaton pelikokemus. Eccon esimerkillisen sulavat liikkeet ja koko ympäristön virheetön toteutus saavat kenet tahansa kumartamaan Segan pelitalon suuntaan. Valitettavasti vain ärsyttävät tehtävät ja hölmöt haasteet tekevät Eccosta tuskastuttavan pelikokemuksen ennätysmäisessä ajassa. Mitään motivaatiota ei maailman pelastamiselle enää muutaman itseään toistavan tehtävän jälkeen ole, eikä pienen, kauniin ja suloisen suomusankarin perkaamista estä mikään. Ecco on valloittava ja mielenkiintoinen pelikokemus ensimmäisen vartin ajaksi, mutta sen jälkeen Ecco ei pyrähdä eteenpäin enää millään. Jokainen päättäköön itse ostaako tonnikalapurkkinsa kanssa vai ilman delfiinejä.
70
Gameplanet (Feb 25, 2002)
Well - at first it was tempting for this reviewer to pan Ecco for it's frustrating difficulty level, which definitely threatens to overwhelm it's finer points - but that wouldn't be fair. It's to be imagined that a certain breed of gamer will rejoice at a title like this - a game that will continue to tease and wrack the brain for a very long time ... the likes of which you really don't get to see too often these days. There's an awful lot of levels here, a huge number of bonus items to search for... all in all - it's a substantial package which just oozes with well-designed quality. However... others, used to the prevailing standards of fast-paced action and intuitive gameplay - may only find this game to be a new-age nuisance: a bit dull, and no fun at all.
65
PlayFrance (Apr 08, 2003)
Ecco the Dolphin : Defender of the Future propose une longue et passionnante aventure des plus dépaysantes. La conversion Dreamcast / PlayStation 2 est un modèle du genre avec même l'intégration d'un mode secondaire inédit. Hélas, les lacunes d'origines n'ont pas été rectifiées et les soucis d'orientation et de difficulté élevée sont encore d'actualité. Amateurs de plongée sous-marine, ce jeu est donc fait pour vous, à condition bien sûr que vous soyez persévérants et que votre sens de l'orientation soit extraordinairement développé.
61
Futuregamez.net (Feb 26, 2002)
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future is such a hard game to give a score to. Technically it's stunning to look at and just swimming around the levels is a joy, but it's perhaps a little too unconventional for many people. The AI of the enemies also needs a little work. I dare any of the developers to think they can swim directly under a real shark without being noticed. Fans of the original game will likely enjoy this quite a bit more then I did but if you're really wanting to support Sega in the coming weeks you will probably be better off with Rez, Headhunter or Space Channel 5 next month. Ecco the Dolphin is a disappointment.
52
GameCola.net (May, 2003)
This game is good fun for those of you who like to just play around with your games for short amounts of time without really feeling a need to complete them; if you are that type of person, then this might just be the game for you. If you are looking for a strong game that will keep you enthralled for hours and hours on end, try an RPG. I bought this game for 20 bucks at an EBGames, and for such a low price I'd say the game was worth it. If it was 50, I'd say buy .hack instead.


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