The Club got positive reviews. Eurogamers Tom Bramwell lauded it as a shooter that turns tired characterization shows CLUB388 around with a shot to the shoulder”, anyway communicated that it would be “inconvenient” as a result of the game’s run and gun outlook, which clashed with the contemporary example towards vital shooters. Bramwell raised that The Club “achieves for the third-singular shooter what no one else has even taken a stab at endeavoring to do: attracting it closer to the 2D shoot-them ups of old such that offers anew”.
Andrew Reiner, forming for Game Informer, referred to Bizarre Creations’ experience and its impact on The Club: “The speed-first disposition of the hustling sort is cleverly pervaded into the design of a run-and-weapon shooter…And to truly get the dapper environment, a bit of the levels have players running laps in unequivocal environments…It may sound odd, yet the swank shooter condition works splendidly”. Reiner called The Club “a good distinction in pace, and in a perfect world the beginning of another genre”.
GamePro pundit Cameron Lewis communicated: “What might be by and large extraordinary about The Club is that disregarding the various special parts that it sift through from orders as varying as running, skating, and first-singular shooters, the whole never bears the disengaged feel of a Frankenstein creation”.
IGN reporter Alec Meer communicated that the scoring system “will show a snappy mind-set executioner for a couple” and continued to blame the “really troubling” representations for putting potential players off, saying that “it’s about how it plays, not what it resembles. However, if it looked better, more people would have to play it”. He recognized the continuous communication as “it accomplishes the work it chooses to do well generally”, yet said the game just had “master appeal”.
The lead fashioner of the game was Matt Cavanagh who portrayed the title as “a dapper game with guns”. From the start the game was from a genuine perspective a shooting presentation with confined AI. Following a half year of progress another model was made with a highlight on scoring instead of record. The intuitiveness was arranged before any setting and back story was made. Various distributers declined to take on the title before Sega chose to back it.