Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. It's a shame more levels weren't built around these activities or the mazes, since the platform action gets tedious.
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    The only noticeable difference between this and the PS2 version of PMW2 is that the load time has been reduced significantly. [May 2002, p.113]
  3. Game Informer
    55
    The developers failed to develop a camera system capable of dealing with the 3D action. [Apr 2002, p.79]
  4. I am not one to look a gift-horse in the mouth, what is there is fun -- and fun is fun.
  5. 80
    A nostalgia trip worth taking.
  6. Essentially a good game hampered by some careless oversights. Some levels will force players to endure countless deaths (falling into bottomless pits), the camera system is archaic and some bosses are cheap as hell.
  7. The only hitch the game has is a major pet peeve of mine. When you die, regardless of when you die in a level, you have to start it all over again, from scratch.
  8. Quite a fun game, and anyone who's the least bit excited by the history of gaming and the sights and sounds that started it all should enjoy it.
  9. Definitely one of the best games I have played on Gamecube. Even the occasional camera problem didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this one.
  10. One of the best action-platformers ever. Not since the 2D Super Mario titles has a title captured technical jumps, tight balances, and split second timing so well.
  11. The camera angle problems are not show-stoppers - Pac-Man is still fun to play and easy to pick up for the most part.
  12. 70
    It executes on the control and design elements of the experience much better than other, more recent platformers have.
  13. It doesn't have the graphics of say, Luigi's Mansion, but what it does it does well. If not for the camera problems it would seem that Namco has almost perfected it's own platformer formula.
  14. Nintendo Power
    80
    The challenges are dutifully difficult [Apr 2002, p.147]
  15. While Pac-Man World 2 uses generally the same formula as most other platform games available today, it still manages to stay above the rest with brilliant use of Namco’s mascot and wonderfully produced sound.
  16. The camera hampers the experience considerably, but the fun of the main game itself is still there.
  17. Play Magazine
    60
    While lacking energetic personality and clever presentation, Pac-Man World 2 does just enough to entertain on its traditional platforming mechanics alone. [Apr 2002, p.56]
  18. While it doesn’t do anything new, it’s nice enough if you’re desperate for something in the colourful platform adventure genre. Sadly, it’s difficult for all the wrong reasons.

Awards & Rankings

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#44 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002
10
#10 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2002
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Jul 29, 2016
    10
    Pac Man World 2 is one of the best games of all time. The critic reviews were mixed? Well it does need 75 to be a good score and it was 74 butPac Man World 2 is one of the best games of all time. The critic reviews were mixed? Well it does need 75 to be a good score and it was 74 but still I was expecting this game to get a 93 or something. Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2017
    9
    This is a very charming platformer with good and fair controls (Ok camera) is the best of the pac-man world games. But the main reason to getThis is a very charming platformer with good and fair controls (Ok camera) is the best of the pac-man world games. But the main reason to get this game is for its stunning and whimsical soundtrack. Full Review »
  3. Jan 6, 2016
    8
    Pac Man World 2 is a game full of vibrant settings, intriguing enemies, a great story and a unique and engaging control scheme. The game worksPac Man World 2 is a game full of vibrant settings, intriguing enemies, a great story and a unique and engaging control scheme. The game works as a brilliant third person platformer, and whilst it does get challenging at times and the camera could be improved, it is simply a whole lot of fun. Full Review »