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. 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?)
  2. I can't remember the last time I had this much fun with a racing game. [Dec 2002, p.202]
  3. 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]
  4. Overall the game seems more complete than the first. [Nov 2002, p.124]
  5. 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.
  6. 90
    Blazing graphics and excellent controls, as well as a variety of play modes for a repeatedly enjoyable experience.
  7. 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.
  8. Fast, furious, not to mention loads of fun.
  9. The most pulsating, nut-chafing, wind-in-the-hair experiences that can be prised from a game console. [GamesMaster]
  10. Like the visuals, the sounds rock the house. Besides the incredibly great soundtrack, the sound effects are some of the best around.
  11. The inclusion of the well-done championship and multiplayer modes make it a must-own for fans of arcade racing.
  12. 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.
  13. It's still longer than the first game, and is better and more exciting than most of the other racers out there.
  14. Quick fun whenever you want it, regardless of skill or time investment.
  15. A much-improved version over its predecessor.
  16. An aggressive driving simulator that defies the rules of physics. Includes a dedicated crash mode for aspiring demolition-derby stars. [Feb 2003, p.92]
  17. 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.
  18. If you don’t like Burnout 2 there is seriously something wrong with you.
  19. This game has the best crashes ever done in anything, and I think that even includes movies.
  20. 81
    It is fairly shallow as a racing game.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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]
  24. 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]
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. The improved Burnout system really adds some much needed depth to the gameplay, whilst those graphics are going to astound you.
  28. 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.
  29. A really, really solid, gorgeous, blisteringly fast racing game that just wants you to have fun.
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. KyleK.
    Nov 15, 2003
    One of the best racing games i've played yet. Great graphics, great cars, could have been more. Also one excellent feature in the game One of the best racing games i've played yet. Great graphics, great cars, could have been more. Also one excellent feature in the game is crashing. WICKED Full Review »
  2. DanielA.
    Oct 9, 2003
    Best ever.
  3. PeterA.
    Jun 5, 2003
    This is the best arcade racer ever, bar none. I eagerly await Burnout3.