Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Everything we could have hoped for – great new levels (with just a touch of the old levels left in), vastly improved graphics, and another great soundtrack.
  2. The perfect alternative to those wussy slow skateboarding games, where wrecks only break your bones in two places instead of four.
  3. By far the most fun game I have played on the PS2.
  4. A textbook example of how to make a sequel.
  5. Bizarre, energetic, and vibrant.
  6. One of the best action-sports titles available, rivaling the great Tony Hawk series. Granted, the audio-visual presentation could have been better, and many bugs and glitches were left intact.
  7. DM2 has got to be the fastest-moving sports game on the planet. [Nov 2001, p.206]
  8. 80
    The game feels solid and responsive, the controls are relatively tight and the bikes are fast, unlike in the previous games.
  9. What impresses is the structural coherency of the game world: anything you see and think ‘I ought to be able to stick a bike on that’ will indeed be solid and available for tricks duty, from moving cars to power cables, scaffolding and tree branches.
  10. 80
    A refreshing surprise—it puts back the “miracle” into the Miracle Boy’s reputation by being a top-notch freestylin’ cyclist for the PS2.
  11. Looks infinitely better than its ancestors, but plays pretty much the same.
  12. There are over 1500 different tricks possible in this game, and it never gets boring trying to find every one. [Dec 2001, p.100]
  13. Unfortunately, the controls have some major issues, which is one of the major downfalls of the game. To say the least, they aren't very responsive or accurate.
  14. 75
    While Dave Mirra 2 shouldn't be branded with such terms as "unpleasant" or "ridiculous," it is safe to say that the title repeats the same type of quality as its PSOne ancestor, "unfinished" and "hurried" would be more like it.
  15. A fine game, provided you don't mind a few patches of controller-hurling frustration.
  16. Isn’t quite as fresh as the original was a year ago, but Z-Axis has really stepped up for the PS2 sequel in all areas, and we eagerly anticipate what they’ll have ready for the third installment.
  17. Does not suffer from any single huge, crippling flaw; rather, a handful of smaller problems plague the game and keep it from achieving BMX greatness.
  18. It’s not a masterpiece, but Z-Axis’ BMX combo-fest is a blast and a half.
  19. Simply not sufficiently distinguishable from its clan to make it an essential purchase.
  20. The control issues I've been griping about since the original came out have been remedied. [Nov 2001, p.153]
  21. A suitable challenger to "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3" for best extreme sports game on the PlayStation 2.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. GeoffB.
    Nov 1, 2001
    10
    This was my first game, and I've had it since the release of the PS2. Still I find myself coming back for more 7 days a week. An overall This was my first game, and I've had it since the release of the PS2. Still I find myself coming back for more 7 days a week. An overall great game. Full Review »
  2. SnellyAcE
    Jun 1, 2003
    7
    Quite a fun game to play. Bringing down the score is the frustrating faults that the game has. The levels are nice tho, a good game that will last.
  3. JasonL.
    Sep 16, 2002
    9
    Just a great overall game. Modifiers are expanded in this sequel which expands the gameplay for us BMXers eponentially. There are some minor Just a great overall game. Modifiers are expanded in this sequel which expands the gameplay for us BMXers eponentially. There are some minor flaws, but are nothing to get your panties in a knot about. Full Review »