Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror Reviews (PlayStation 2)
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Worth Playing (Nov 19, 2003)
I don't really care about that, though. Fugitive Hunter is a throwback of a game, to the days when shooting people, and shooting more people, with minigames that involve shooting people were really all you needed. The decision to throw in what's essentially a lousy boxing minigame is pretty questionable, and I'm not really down with the idea of living vicariously through Seaver as he throat-kicks Osama bin Laden for justice. Its excesses aside, Fugitive Hunter's a good cheap shooter, made for action fans.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Jan 04, 2004)
Music and sound effects are a bit too basic for my tastes though. Seaver gets off a few snappy one-liners from time to time, but they tend to repeat, and most of the music sounds a bit too 80’s themed, but strangely, it fits the game. The rap song that shows up late in the game is pretty hysterical though- if someone makes a movie from this game, they definitely should snap up the rights for the title theme. Overall, I sort of wish that the game had more and longer levels, and that the action was a bit more varied. If you’re a skilled player, it’ll take a few hours to blow through the game thanks to the continue system. Some sort of multiplayer co-op mode would have been welcome, but that’s what sequels are for- hopeful improvements. I can see some folks getting a bit heated at the timing of the game what with the current situation overseas, but there’s a definite visceral pleasure to be had with Fugitive Hunter, and that’s part of what makes it so much fun.
GameSpy (Nov 12, 2003)
The budget-priced Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror tries to distance itself from the rest of the action game crowd, but it isn't entirely successful. The FPS's non-stop arcade-style shooting is a fun break from a wave of "press yourself flat against the wall and look around the corner" sneak-around titles, but the clunky third-person fighting you have to do to take down the level bosses is goofy. Some of the game's attempts at levity also miss the mark considering the subject matter. While the concept of hunting down Osama Bin Laden is bound to sell a few copies, there are better things to be aiming your shotguns, flamethrowers, and grenade launchers at.
GameZone (Nov 14, 2003)
This is a game to avoid. While it is slightly below average graphically, the targets of the hunt are rather silly and having to work through a host of enemies with arcade power-ups only to duke it out for the capture is not the best outcome for a level. If you have just climbed up a mountain path, through scores of soldiers using rocket launchers and other weapons to try to kill you, and then come face-to-face with Osama Bin Laden, do you think you are going to drop your weapon and start a martial arts tourney with him?
Jeuxvideo.com (Jan 31, 2005)
Qu'on adhère ou pas à l'ambiance limite propagandiste qui se dégage d'un tel titre, on ne peut qu'être d'accord sur le fait qu'il soit mal réalisé et que son gameplay soit totalement creux.
GameSpot (Nov 21, 2003)
There's just not much you can say in Fugitive Hunter's defense. It's a short game with bland mechanics, repetitive levels, and almost zero replay value, and that's not even taking into account the total absurdity of getting into a fistfight with Osama Bin Laden. This one might be good for a rental if you want to see what a goofy spectacle it is, but if you're looking for a good first-person shooter on the PlayStation 2, stay far away.
IGN (Nov 11, 2003)
Fugitive Hunter is not the worst first-person shooter out there by a long shot, but it dives pretty low. With low-budget quality in every different aspect of the game, it's only the appeal of going after Osama bin Laden that drives this title. With bin Laden out of the news ever since the Iraqi war started, even this distinction has faded a bit. I could only recommend it if someone were to have a deep down urge to kill a lot of people wearing turbans.
Game Over Online (Apr 20, 2004)
All in all, I wouldn’t say Fugitive Hunter is my favorite shooter, nor would I presume to say that it would be yours either. I mean, the game’s claim to fame is Osama Bin Laden, for craps sake.
DreamStation.cc (Jan 03, 2004)
What does Fugitive Hunter got going for it? Not really anything. Gameplay is less then mediocre. Fighting is laughable yet at the same time painful. Online or multiplayer modes are non-existent. Graphics are bad as are sound effects. In fact the only way Black Ops could show more lack of effort is if all the terrorists wore a sign above their head reading “Turn off your console now.” It feels like an arcade game but worse. Put this game down as a must-avoid.
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) (Aug, 2006)
Fugitive Hunter is proof positive that the terrorists are winning. A bottom-feeding cash-in on post-9/11 mania, Hunter is the only game that lets you beat up Osama bin Laden in a fistfight. Yes, that's right. And between such (sloppy, repetitive) fistfights, you get to mow down hundreds of generic beturbaned racial stereotypes. FDA stamp: "Not fit for human consumption"
G4 TV: X-Play (Apr 10, 2006)
"Fugitive Hunter" is pitched as a cathartic release to the real-life fears and frustrations surrounding terrorism. While understandable, this mix of reality and fantasy doesn't work. The videogame conventions (absurdly powerful weapons, temporary invulnerability powerups, extra lives) clash with the inclusion of real-world subjects. "Fugitive Hunter" fails on its own with boring level design and sloppy, unsatisfying gameplay. The vulgarity of the setting just makes it worse. Gamers looking for catharsis will find that the bin Laden-in-a-blender cartoon is both more playable and more satisfying.