G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout

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G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is ranked in the 11th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 25 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

55

Top Critic Average

12%

Critics Recommend

Based on 25 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

NoesPaisparaFrikis
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2020

G.I. JOE is the typical game in which two measuring sticks have to be used by force. If you are a millennial who does not know the difference between "Bic Naranja and Bic Cristal" in G.I.JOE Operation Blackout, you will find a third-person shooter that is quite successful but that does not contribute anything to what has been seen before in the genre. However, if you are one of those who when hearing the expression "catch-all" immediately reminds Miriam Díaz Aorca, this game automatically wins many integers, it is not just another shooter, it is an opportunity to relive the adventures of some of the favorite heroes of Our childhood, of becoming Snake Eyes or Storm Shadow for a few hours, is an opportunity to remember when Saturday mornings were really special and that, my friends, cannot be explained with a numerical note at the bottom of a text .

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2020

If you're a sentimental fan of G.I. Joe, then you are the most likely to truly enjoy this game. G.I. Joe fans will enjoy the characters, the things to collect, the Saturday morning cartoon-ish visuals, as well as the campy cartoony storyline. For all others, this will just come across as a run-of-the-mill third-person shooter game that will require some patience to find a control scheme setting you can work with.

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But Why Tho?
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2020

Overall, GI Joe: Operation Blackout is neither revolutionary nor complex. Instead, it’s wonderfully nostalgic with plenty of loveable characters to play through typical Joe hijinks… So if you’re a long-time fan of GI Joe, looking for a relatively easy-going game, or searching for something you can play with your kids, GI Joe: Operation Blackout won’t fail to be entertaining.

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Gamerheadquarters
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is a surprisingly solid experience providing a decently lengthy campaign and some quality local splitscreen multiplayer options.

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Critical Hit
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2020

There's a decent game at the very core of G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout , but it's buried underneath annoying controls, a bizarre focus on co-op play instead of multiplayer, and missions that feel like an endlessly repetitive grind. Still, it's dedicated to its source material and it has its moments, but it doesn't do much else to stand out from the pack. And now you know, because knowing is half the battle.

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Digital Chumps
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2018

The sum of the parts makes for a game that’s very much aimed at GI Joe fans, and that’s great. There are a lot of fan service games out there, most of which have no interest from me, but this one did. Between that nostalgia and innate interest, and recognizing very early on that this game is by far best played with a couch co-op buddy, GI Joe Operation Blackout is fun in spurts. I enjoyed the different feel to the characters and the story was entertaining as well. There’s a lot of pretty good elements to the game, but repetitive level design and gameplay, blah AI, and aiming woes taint the experience considerably — not necessarily to deal-breaker territory, but just proceed with caution.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 26, 2020

There is some fun to be had in G.I. Joe Operation Blackout. The story is great but there is an over reliance on making you defend a position while wave upon wave on enemies attack. It's lower priced than most new releases but even taking that into account I can only really recommend this to die hard Joe fans.

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SelectButton
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 26, 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout serves up nostalgia for G.I. Joe fans, with a narrative that feels right at home for the series. The colorful and stylized cel-shaded visuals are perfect for the franchise, making you feel like you are playing inside a comic book. It's a real shame that the overall gameplay falls flat thanks to poor aiming mechanics. The AI that joins you when playing solo is utterly useless, and enemies can backtrack faster than you can advance towards them. There are optional side objectives to complete, and collectibles to find, which unlock alternative looks for characters, weapon skins, and comic cover art.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Oct 17, 2020

No one can argue that G.

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Pure Nintendo
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2020

Overall I think G.I. Joe Operation Blackout is decent but will quickly fall into obscurity with the abundance of better quality third-person shooters on modern consoles. In my opinion, the diehard genre fans won't give much thought to this without online gameplay. In truth, this game will mostly appeal to a limited niche, mainly GI-Joe fans.

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Gamefa
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is a fun game but not a good choice if you haven't played previous games or not familiar with its heroes. Story and graphic are satisfying but gameplay mechanism are not implemented as well as they should.

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FingerGuns
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 19, 2020

A raft of classic characters and cel shaded visuals aren’t enough to save G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout from mediocrity.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is a perfectly serviceable shooter, even if it is not a complex one. The story, the lack of rpg / progression elements and not having a cover system make this more of an arcade-y shooter while you work through the different missions. The characters themselves are the star of the show, and they did a great job in stirring up my nostalgia for the series, even if the rest of the game is solid while doing very little to stand out.

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ZTGD
5.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

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5.5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2020

Operation Blackout nails the nostalgia. Everything about this package is incredible for fans of G.I. Joe. The problem is the game play itself. The shooting is not fun and for a game that revolves around that, it is hard to ignore. I kept playing wanting to love this game and simply could not. I hope the developers tweak and fix these issues as this game is begging me to love it. As it stands though it is a disappointing trip down memory lane. Now if you will excuse me I am going to go back to playing it in hopes that I can find enjoyment in nostalgia.

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Cultured Vultures
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout takes the iconic franchise and slaps it onto a mediocre at-best third-person shooter.

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Destructoid
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2020

There's a nugget of an excellent game located deep within G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, but this outmoded third-person shooter doesn't have the resources, scope, or variety to expand upon its unmistakable potential. With repetitive objectives, frustrating controls, and a lack of online multiplayer, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout isn't fun enough to stand out in a crowded shooter marketplace, despite the obvious and heartfelt passion showcased for the '80s franchise.

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Nintendo Life
5 / 10
5 / 10
Oct 24, 2020

If we've made this game sound thoroughly generic, that's because it is. But it's not a disaster - Operation Blackout has plenty to do, with unlockable skins and modifiers to mess around with if you get into it, and there's love for the G.I Joe property here, so fans of the toys may get a kick out of it. For everyone else, though, it's a very difficult game to recommend. If you want a third-person shooter on Switch, Rebellion's Rogue Trooper or Zombie Army Trilogy are both better buys. And now you know. And knowing is half the- actually, no, forget it. We're not even going to finish the thought. We're better than that.

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GamingBolt
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2020

Outside of nostalgia, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout does not stand apart from the generic third-person shooter, and its inconsistent gameplay and repetitive missions further mute its impact.

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WayTooManyGames
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2020

As much as the team at GameMill Entertainment hit, they also missed. Overall, G.I. JOE Operation Blackout feels like a Fortnite game without any of the hook. Even with the love behind the game, there is no mistaking that this is a licensed product and plays like a licensed product. But at $40, it isn’t entirely not worth it. It just isn’t entirely worth it either.

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Screen Rant
Dec 18, 2020

The tone is here, but the rest is mediocre.

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Worth Playing
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is messy. The presentation is inconsistent, while the story is serviceable at best. The addition of local multiplayer outweighs the lack of online play, and the game is lengthy enough. However, the poor combat mechanics drag down the experience heavily, and on a platform that's absolutely bursting with more competent third-person shooters, this is one that you can easily pass on.

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GameBlast
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is nothing more than a generic shooting title that has gained a visual identity based on an established franchise. Its gameplay is inaccurate, its content is scarce and it is not exciting, abusing of repetition. Unfortunately, this is yet another defeat for both Joes and Cobras

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Geeks Under Grace
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout's beautiful animated cutscenes can't make up for the poor gameplay and lack of online multiplayer.

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GameSpew
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2020

Ultimately, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is a team-based third-person shooter with poor aiming, atrocious enemy A.I., and no online multiplayer options. That should tell you all you need to know, basically. It’s not the worst game you can buy right now, so if you’re a huge G.I. Joe fan and pick it up on a whim you might have some fun with it. Anyone with more self-control, however, should either wait for it to be deeply discounted, or simply forget it exists. You won’t be missing out on anything worthwhile if you never play it.

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Rapid Reviews UK
Nov 6, 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is an exciting premise; you play as both the Joes and Cobra, helping to restore order and conquer the world at the same time. It’s a team-based game, where you can solo/co-op play through the campaign and duke it out with your buddy, split-screen locally of course, (not an option for this Covid era, however).

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