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IGN (Sep 10, 2002)
The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian is yet another tragic victim of the hurried movie license. With too much emphasis on the names behind the production and not enough balance to make the mechanics worthwhile, gamers who want more than just a digital rehash of a movie that they've experienced in a hundred forms before have no reason to pick it up. Recommended perhaps as a quick weekend rental for your pre-pubescent little brother, Rise of the Akkadian doesn't "stand alone" as the theme song proclaims it to -- it just stands.
61 (Dec 23, 2002)
Die Grafik ist zwar einen Tick besser als beim GameCube-Bruder, doch ansonsten bleibt das der Aufstieg des Akkadiers genau wie auf dem Würfel ein eher abschreckendes Beispiel für eine Lizenz-Umsetzung. Simples Leveldesign und ein eintöniges Spielprinzip werden von einer an der Schwelle zur Unterdurchschnittlichkeit stehenden Grafik umrahmt und dürften nicht einmal Hardcore-Fans des Filmes länger als eine Stunde Vergnügen bringen. Und dass die akustische Seite des Spieles inklusive der Sprachsamples von Dwayne "The Rock" johnson noch das herausragendste Merkmal ist, spricht auch nicht gerade für lang anhaltenden Spielspaß.
GameZone (Sep 20, 2002)
Sadly, The Scorpion King fails to bring gamers anything unique or innovative enough to be as entertaining as the movie itself. Unless you are a big fan of The Rock, I suggest gamers keep away from this one.
GamePro (US) (Oct 09, 2002)
Fans of The Rock will probably enjoy puppeteering their fave wrasslin' hero in and out of various sandy jams, and listening to his occasional voiceover comment. Other gamers should opt for something with a bit more substance and variety.
I'm trying to figure out what kind of audience chooses to spend $50 on a game like this over something like Metal Gear Solid 2. Someone who doesn't enjoy stealth in their gameplay? A meathead who lives and dies with every one of the People's Champ's Rock Bottoms? Regardless, it's certainly not sensible gamers with free time, and it's certainly not me.
GameSpot (Sep 24, 2002)
When you get down to it, there just isn't a whole lot to The Scorpion King. The great bulk of the gameplay consists of combat, and since the combat is flawed, repetitious, and ultimately unsatisfying, the game ends up sharing these traits. There is some decent window dressing in Rise of the Akkadian--for one, The Rock himself lends his voice acting, which is surprisingly passable, as do a couple of other names like Mark Hamill and Earl Boen. Alas, celebrity talent and a big-name movie license aren't enough to save The Scorpion King from the long-running curse of movie-game mediocrity.