Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. AceGamez
    Quite arguably one of the best Dance Dance titles to be released on the PS2.
  2. The hardcore may gravitate toward more advanced games like "In the Groove," but this is an excellent dance title for the rest of us. [Nov 2005, p.94]
  3. If you're currently, or ever have been a fan of Konami’s Dance Dance line of games, DDR Extreme 2 is a must have title that will keep you dancing for many nights to come.
  4. Quite possibly the best US release DDR has ever seen. Yes, seriously. The addition of online play and Dance Master mode do more to invigorate the series than you'd think, and flailing around like a dumbass is still damn fun.
  5. New songs, new dancers, new videos- basically more of what makes us treat each new DDR game like a badly needed heroin fix.
  6. The best console version released in North America. It's got everything that you love plus more challenges, a dance editor and a number of extras that DDR enthusiasts will go crazy for. Unlockables are plentiful and are not easily opened.
  7. As with most of these dancing games you either “get” it or you don’t. For those that do, you won’t find a more comprehensive or fun dancing game out there.
  8. Although the actual gameplay doesn’t vary all that much from previous installments, and it can take a while to unlock all the songs, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 delivers an incredibly entertaining party experience.
  9. Unlike "Pump It Up," the game is very accessible to beginners, teaching you the basics and then slowly ramping up in difficulty.
  10. PSM Magazine
    It's not as varied as, say, "Pump it Up's" soundtrack, but this is nonetheless the franchise that owns the floor. [Nov 2005, p.88]
  11. Play Magazine
    Unlocking songs gets a bit tedious after a while. [Oct 2005, p.67]
  12. 80
    Online play is something that PlayStation 2 owners have been requesting ever since it debuted on the Xbox and it has finally arrived. Offering both head-to-head play as well as a ranking mode, it's a nice way to find an opponent in the wee hours of the night.
  13. I am not going to say they have done anything revolutionary with this title, but Konami still has the formula right for dance games, others have tried but I still think the DDR series is the best out there.
  14. Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 doesn’t do anything new or “revolutionary”. It’s still a solid game that diehards of the series will eat up, but for those looking for some added spice will be left wanting until Konami ships out the next one.
  15. 75
    The addition of an online component comes as a welcome twist to the series, even if the current state of the "virtual" arcade is somewhat sparse.
  16. Game Informer
    A two-player online option is new for the PS2, but otherwise, this is business as usual for the tecno dancers. [Nov 2005, p.151]
  17. DDR Extreme 2 makes some great strides to attract new players to the same old franchise.
  18. This latest iteration is mainly recommended for hardcore DDR fans who want online PS2 play (Xbox already had online play in 2003's DDR Ultramix) and a new song roster. The gameplay is still addictive and fun, but more notable additions need to be made to keep the series fresh.
  19. While there is not much new to offer to the genre, it is something to pick up if you enjoy the rest of the series.
  20. 75
    The old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” fits this game well.
  21. A good addition to the series, but it's not different enough to appeal to anyone other than the biggest of DDR fans.
  22. 70
    The backgrounds are bright, but often make it tough to see the arrows. I prefer the music video levels, where some decent-quality FMV accompanies the song. There aren't enough of them, though.
  23. If your old DDR game needs a song update along with some new features, give it a shot.
  24. The latest in the DDR franchise debuts an online mode, and loads of the songs to get your groove on. Solid dancer, but perhaps not a must-have title.
  25. Though I'm not particularly thrilled with the accomplishment-based method of unlocking songs, it's more of a minor annoyance than something that breaks the game.
  26. 60
    Save for a handful of relatively current songs, most of which are unlockable, the music is purely recycled from earlier games. Some of the new gameplay modes are interesting, like playing online, but a "workout mode" hardly seems innovative.
  27. 60
    Nothing terribly new and exciting, just another solid entry into Konami's dancing series.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Justin
    Jul 26, 2006
    The songs stay in my head for weeks after playing. I play this game everyday. Every minute I play is pure music fun. And even better, I have The songs stay in my head for weeks after playing. I play this game everyday. Every minute I play is pure music fun. And even better, I have a DDR drum pad to play the game with, which puts an entirely new and fun spin on the game. Without quiestion, the best DDR game out there today! Buy now or forever live in shame! Full Review »
  2. JaiA.
    Oct 24, 2005
    I love the new DDR Extreme 2. To me its better that Pump It Up. It has great songs, in my opinion. I love the new Workout Mode where you have I love the new DDR Extreme 2. To me its better that Pump It Up. It has great songs, in my opinion. I love the new Workout Mode where you have separate game play as opposed to DDR Extreme , which calculated your total calories during regular game play. Full Review »
  3. ChrisL.
    Oct 4, 2005
    Significant improvement over DDRX, but the arcane unlocking system and subpar workout mode keeps it from being great.