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Game Chronicles (Nov 18, 2005)
I’d probably bring down some serious heat if I were to say Total Overdose is a better game than San Andreas, so I will just say that I had “more fun” playing Total Overdose. There is so much to do that I never felt trapped in the story or in some scripted sequence of events. I was free to explore and hunt down items, perfect my fighting skills and accumulate massive combo strings. But the biggest achievements in Total Overdose is the designers’ ability to fuse what has become a very stereotypical genre with some authentic Mexican flavor, both visual and audio, that on more than one occasion had me convinced I was actually south of the border. It was like going on vacation…only with lots of guns...gun and cars.
Worth Playing (Dec 10, 2005)
Get your luggage together, file a healthy bribe to get your guns through customs, and go bang with the gang. Total Overdose doesn't do much that's new or innovative, but what it does drips with so much style that you can't stay away. I said Mercenaries was the kind of thing Jerry Bruckheimer would produce. If that's the case, then Total Overdose is something out of Robert Rodriguez's studio lots. If you like shooting things and you're sick to death of realism (or GTA, for that matter), come down Mexico way, and get lost in Los Toros. Maybe you'll find that shaker of salt ....
83 (Sep 30, 2005)
Total Overdose macht anfangs wirklich Spaß, dermaßen viel Action in den Missionen bietet sonst kaum ein Spiel. Speziell die Hauptmissionen sind wirklich absolut cool gescriptet und auch das Highlight des Spieles, wenn der Held mit wilden Kombos oder Loco-Moves die Gegnermassen stilvoll zu Boden zwingt. Die optionalen Herausforderungseinsätze fallen dagegen weit ab, bieten aber immerhin noch genügend Abwechslung. Der Langzeitspielspaß ist dank vieler Boni und der Highscorejagd okay, doch leider verspielt Total Overdose viel Potenzial bei der Technik. Vor allem das Fahrverhalten der Autos ist katastrophal schlecht und auch die Steuerung zu Fuß ist mehr als ungenau. Zudem wird grafisch mit Ausnahme der Explosionen nichts Großartiges geboten, die PS2-Version ruckelt dann auch noch zuweilen sehr stark.
XBox Front (Sep 28, 2005)
Total Overdose ist ein pures Actionspiel. Missionen sind nicht erst lange zu suchen, es geht gleich los und mitten rein. Für all diejenigen, denen GTA an Stellen nicht Actionlastig genug war, deshalb der Tipp, Total Overdose unbedingt zu testen. Die Atmosphäre, gepaart mit der einfach zu bedienenden Action, sorgt für viele Stunden Spielspaß ohne Kompromisse.
IGN (Sep 26, 2005)
Total Overdose is a very fun, albeit short, action title. There's a whole lot to like within the game's control scheme and the gun battles that it'll allow you to carry out. A plethora of bullets, explosions, bloodied bodies and the like are the norm for the game's fight scenes, almost in a choreographed manner.
GameDaily (Oct 03, 2005)
But at least it's a clone that has a purpose and, not to mention, a fun quotient. Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale In Mexico is very entertaining while it lasts, and has enough style and new moves to learn to keep you playing through time after time. Hell, you may even find yourself just digging around for Day of the Dead and Mexican Wrestler missions all day, just to keep things kooky. Get yourself some fajitas and have a ball.
AceGamez (Oct, 2005)
Total Overdose is a tequila-fuelled, high octane, explosive game that combines frantic gunplay and stylish combo moves with a distinctive and perfectly realised Mexican theme to produce a very entertaining and funny experience. There are plenty of side missions and bonuses to prolong the action, although while it's all tremendous fun, the gameplay is a little shallow and when the novelty wears off, which it will sooner for some than for others, the appeal might fade. This makes Total Overdose perfect for playing in short blasts; it's a game to be prolonged and savoured, rather than rushed through all at once. Do it Mexican style, with plenty of siestas in between, senor!
Cheat Code Central (Oct, 2005)
Total Overdose is a darn good adventure and one that should be taken by every serious gamer. It may not take the place of any Grand Theft Auto game but it could certainly hold its own against Max Payne.
TeamXbox (Sep 30, 2005)
If you are looking for simple gaming fun, then Total Overdose is a pretty good selection to make. You won’t find any online functionality, multiplayer modes, or high-budget voice acting, but you will have fun figuring out how to kill with style. If Cheech and Chong meet El Mariachi sounds good to you, then pick up Total Overdose stat. If you can’t stand the notion of a Mexican shooting range scored on accuracy and presentation, then you may want to hold onto those pesos.
Lawrence (Oct 24, 2005)
Total Overdose delivers a somewhat solid action experience, but it's truly the definition of a 'rental game'. Under no circumstances should it be purchased for the full $39.99 MSRP, but it might be worth the Blockbuster rental price for action fans. It may be short (around nine hours), but it delivers enough explosions and shootouts to satisfy hardcore action fans.
74 (Oct 08, 2005)
So if you're in the mood for an action-filled ride, or want a good weekend rental, Total Overdose: A Gunslinger’s Tale in Mexico is the perfect fit for you. Underneath the flaws there is a great game here just begging to come out. Here's hoping there is a sequel with more development time put into it.
GamingExcellence (May 21, 2006)
I’m going to be perfectly honest about Total Overdose. My beefs are not just with this game alone but with many video games on the market. Almost all the things I don’t like about this game are things I don’t like about a lot of games. It’s actually a pretty fun and addictive game to play. Chances are if you liked playing games like Grand Theft Auto Vice City or San Andreas, then you’ll enjoy this game. But as a gamer I find my expectations for a game are going up. I don’t just want to play another shooter that can compete with the pack. I want to play a shooter that goes above and beyond that pack by making innovations and improvements to the norm. In my opinion this game meets the current standards in some ways and exceeds them in others, but in many ways it’s just an average shooter.
70 (Sep 22, 2005)
Total Overdose came as quite a surprise. Don't buy it expecting the depth of a GTA title or the stunning presentation of an established franchise, and you'll have a great time. Gunplay has rarely been as much fun as it is in Total Overdose, and its over-the-top action from start to finish won me over. If you want a little no-holds-barred, non-stop, exhilarating action, give Total Overdose a try.
Total Overdose doesn't take itself too seriously; and you shouldn't either. It's a fairly solid action game that puts the emphasis on style.
70 (Sep 16, 2005)
Petite surprise, Total Overdose se pose comme un titre assez convaincant, offrant son lot de sensations et parvenant à susciter un intérêt immédiat. Néanmoins son plus gros problème vient de son manque de caractère et de son aspect répétitif. Empruntant peut-être trop à de nombreux titres éminemment connus, le jeu d'Eidos se perd dans ses inspirations et ne parvient pas à se montrer comme un chef de file. Cela dit, si vous désirez poursuivre l'expérience GTA SA, Total Overdose sera à n'en pas douter un choix astucieux.
GameSpot (Oct 04, 2005)
Total Overdose is one of those games that presents a conundrum. Most people shouldn't buy it, as it's far too short, too patently ridiculous, and too weak outside of its combat to be worth the money. Conversely, the game's utterly ludicrous nature makes for a fairly entertaining ride at times, and the shooting can be quite fun. Shooter fans on the hunt for something brainless and easy, but with lots of stylish gunplay, should certainly rent Total Overdose just to see how bananas the whole thing is. Those with slightly more-discerning tastes ought to just leave well enough alone and look elsewhere for their needs.
1UP (Oct 12, 2005)
When it works, Total Overdose is a surreal blur of bullets keeping time to the merengue. But for each of those moments there are an equal number that run together into an indistinguishable mush of gunning down guys in sombreros to Latino rap. And no matter how well done mechanically, no quantity of these can not give this Tin Man the heart it so desperately needs. Without that glue to bring it together as a cohesive new experience of its own, Total Overdose lacks the identity of the games it seeks to emulate. The individual parts are every bit as enjoyable as they were in their own original games, but nothing more.
As much as I would like to recommend that people see the insanity that unfolds, the shoddy play will likely drive most gamers into a mental institution.
X-Power (Oct 16, 2005)
Originaliteit staat hoog op mijn lijstje wanneer ik op zoek ben naar een nieuw spel. Na het spelen van drie GTA’s viel Total Overdose mij wat tegen. Zelfs het vechtsysteem met al zijn Loco Moves zorgde maar even voor plezier. Steeds had ik zoiets van ‘Been There, Done That’. Mensen die niet bekend zijn met Rockstar’s juweeltje of die er simpelweg niet genoeg van kunnen krijgen, zullen zich met dit spel zeker kunnen amuseren. Total Overdose zit boordevol actie en leuke accenten –en dan heb ik het niet over de stemmen- en geeft je de mogelijkheid om eens lekker te ontspannen, maar het mist een portie originaliteit en dat is een grote rotte plek op deze hete peper.
GameSpy (Nov 03, 2005)
Total Overdose is GTA: Mexico with B-level developer talent: The game Robert Rodriguez would have designed if his brain had been replaced by a satsuma: This is Smash TV in sombreros. It provides no-brain thrills but can't hold a candle to "el hombre grande theft auto."
Gaming Age (Oct 27, 2005)
All in all, Total Overdose is a game that has quite a bit of unrealized potential. The style aspect of the game is fun, and the simple run and gun missions are enjoyable. However, some technical glitches, horrible enemy AI, a weak plot, and some under whelming gameplay features manage to keep it far from great. On top of all that the game is pretty easy, and won't last the average player more than 3 to 4 days. It's worth a rental, but a far cry from a purchase.
In the end, Total Overdose lived up to its name I guess. It was simply too much. If you are looking for mindless killing and don’t mind a wealth of other flaws then this game might keep you interested for a while, but do yourself a favor and don’t pay too much for it.