Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. This is one of the fastest, most intense racing games we’ve played on any system and makes rival games look absolutely sedate by comparison.
  2. The most pulsating, nut-chafing, wind-in-the-hair experiences that can be prised from a game console. [GamesMaster]
  3. 93
    If "Gran Turismo 3" is Dom Perignon, Burnout 2 is Jack Daniels. While Dom may be a great guy, personally I'd rather hang out with Jack.
  4. No matter how you choose to play Burnout 2 – Championship, Chase, or Crash -- the ultra-responsive gameplay will shine through as the pinnacle of arcade-racing perfection.
  5. 90
    An excellent sequel in every way. It's better looking, longer, faster, deeper, and it's got little flourishes and extra modes of play that truly impress.
  6. Like the visuals, the sounds rock the house. Besides the incredibly great soundtrack, the sound effects are some of the best around.
  7. If you don’t like Burnout 2 there is seriously something wrong with you.
  8. The inclusion of the well-done championship and multiplayer modes make it a must-own for fans of arcade racing.
  9. 90
    Blazing graphics and excellent controls, as well as a variety of play modes for a repeatedly enjoyable experience.
  10. 8 / 7 / 8 / 7 - 30 silver [Vol 799; 9 Apr 2004]
  11. You won't find a faster racer on PS2, and the control is simply some of the best we've ever encountered. [Dec 2002, p.43]
  12. An aggressive driving simulator that defies the rules of physics. Includes a dedicated crash mode for aspiring demolition-derby stars. [Feb 2003, p.92]
  13. A really, really solid, gorgeous, blisteringly fast racing game that just wants you to have fun.
  14. The improved Burnout system really adds some much needed depth to the gameplay, whilst those graphics are going to astound you.
  15. A sequel so polished and far-improved over the year-old Burnout that the former looks like a PSOne engine compared to the latter. The music is crap though.
  16. Destruction can be a beautiful thing; Burnout 2 does life endangering with more verve, elan and panache than you'll find anywhere else right now.
  17. This game has the best crashes ever done in anything, and I think that even includes movies.
  18. A much-improved version over its predecessor.
  19. With slick graphics, fantastic crashes, and strong replayability, Burnout 2 is more then worth a look and strong consideration for 2002’s "Sleeper" of the Year.
  20. One of my favorite features is the tutorial called "Offensive Driving 101" where you are taken through a list of all of the best techniques for getting ahead. (Where else can you drive like a maniac in a Student Driver car?)
  21. It's still longer than the first game, and is better and more exciting than most of the other racers out there.
  22. Fast, furious, not to mention loads of fun.
  23. If the game had more depth or difficulty it would perhaps be the top arcade racer on the PS2--instead it's just a very good, though not great, game.
  24. I can't remember the last time I had this much fun with a racing game. [Dec 2002, p.202]
  25. 81
    It is fairly shallow as a racing game.
  26. Overall the game seems more complete than the first. [Nov 2002, p.124]
  27. If you like idea of racing but don't want to make the commitment to something like GT3, B2 will satiate your need for speed.
  28. The amount of depth, given the unlockable nature of the cars and missions, make this as meaty as it is intense. [Nov 2002, p.92]
  29. There's no story line, but Burnout 2 is one of those games that's actually better for the lack of it. [28 July 2003, p.82]
  30. Quick fun whenever you want it, regardless of skill or time investment.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Feb 24, 2011
    This game is pretty good. The graphics were amazing for a 2002 release and the game play was pretty exciting as well. One of my personal favorites was the police mode; this kept me wanting to play this game for hours on end while not getting bored with it. There are some issues I have with it however. One thing is the lack of a story line, I know that its not a big part of the burnout series, but it would have been nice to see one. Another is the lack of cars; it would have been good to add just a little more to the lineup. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2010
    Burnout 2: Point of Impact is a very slick arcade racing game. This installment of the Burnout series is bigger and better than the previous Burnout game. There are more cars to race and crash with like the Custom Sports Coupe and the Supercar. The game play is similar to the last one: Race against 4 cars through a variety of events, race through checkpoints in a set time limit and try to come first. The game gives you a generous amount of time to race from checkpoint to checkpoint so basically, you don't have to worry about reaching the next checkpoint in time and getting a "Time up" screen and then ending your race (if you crashed too much in the first game, you would find it difficult make it to the next checkpoint). You have a boost bar and you fill it by dangerous driving like near missing traffic or catching some air. When you fill the boost bar and use it in one go (you can only use it in one go anyway), you'll get a "Burnout" in which either you'll continue boosting (depends if you ranked up enough dangerous driving maneuvers while your boosting) or gain a boost bonus towards filling up the boost bar again. The graphics have slightly improved with new environments to race around like an Airport terminal or the snowy mountains. A new mode added in Burnout 2 called "Crash" has you choosing from a selection of Crash Junctions then crashing your selected car into another vehicle and trying to cause a big pile up. The more cars at the junction crash, the more points (or Dollars) you earn. The crashes like the first one are very meaty but unlike the first game, you can't save your crashes which is a shame. The game also features a pursuit mode in which you pursue someone and try to ram them off the road within a set road distance. To win cars, you either have to win them in some tournaments or "Face off" events in the game. There is a good championship mode with races to win and tournaments to compete in and returning from the previous game, there are also "Face Offs" in which you race against one car and if you win, you'll unlock the car you have just beaten. The music is kick-ass like the last game and while your boosting, the music becomes more intense which is nice and because this is the last Burnout game published by Acclaim and the next ones are published by EA, this is the last Burnout game with no licenced soundtracks. The game has a fantastic sense of speed when your boosting along at such speed and with that pumping soundtrack blasting out of your speakers, Burnout 2 is an ideal arcade racer which should appeal to people seeking some arcade racing action.â Full Review »