Rambo: The Video Game received universally negative criticism on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. Reviews criticized the game for its outdated graphics, generic rail-shooter gameplay and copious use of quick-time events. Reviews also criticized the game for its frequent crashing/freezing, poor enemy A.I and very short length (the main story can be completed in 3 1/2 hours).
IGN said that its on-the-rails game mechanic "feels like an unmitigated waste of time for everybody involved.".Destructoid said the game was "an unpolished, uninspired on-rails lightgun game", and that "even the act of shooting doesn't feel impactful or fun."GameSpot said the Xbox 360 version was a "a rail shooter that leads you through its levels by the nose, letting you instead focus on hovering your targeting reticle over the bad guys and gunning them down.".