Freekstyle PlayStation 2

Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. Play Magazine
    100
    With so much to do and unlock, great characters, killer music, and truly sick graphics, it's hard to find fault in freekstyle. [July 2002, p.78]
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    With a great two-player head-to-head mode and 100 over-the-top stunts to perform, this makes regular motocross games look downright dull by comparison. [26 July 2002, p.71]
  3. 90
    The game motocross wannabes have been craving for years—and it’s just what you’d expect from EA’s Big series.
  4. 90
    You’ll be given the pleasure of tricking and tearing your way through some of the most crazy and freakish settings that the sick minds at EA Sports BIG could conjure up in their conspicuously concealed laboratories.
  5. Game Informer
    85
    The unholy cursing that took place wasn't directed at Freekstyle's design or gameplay, but rather, how dreadfully challenging the game manages to be. [July 2002, p.82]
  6. This game suffers from a terrible case of rubber-band AI and forces you to finish first to move on. Had this not been the case it could have been another instant classic.
  7. Essentially "SSX" on dirt with a couple of obvious and notable gameplay differences, plus more adrenaline and attitude.
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    82
    There hasn't been a more thrilling motocross game since Nintendo's "Excitebike 64." [August 2002, p.124]
  9. 82
    It's got tight control, serious speed and a cool tattoo and leather feel.
  10. netjak
    82
    Those that and can deal with the challenge and have the skill are still going to get a wide ride out of it that definitely worth the trip.
  11. 80
    Splendid gameplay topped by highly-involving action and some nice comedy touches.
  12. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    More challenge than "Sled Storm," but more frustrating too...I still had a blast. [August 2002, p.108]
  13. 80
    Crashing through flaming glass hoops while pulling off death-defying aerial stunts at 98 mph makes it a hard game to turn off once you've perfected it, and a thoroughly addictive two-player mode will help you get there.
  14. It offers great tracks, real-world bikers, encouraging music, and a huge satisfaction factor.
  15. Points off for the annoying sound package and the use of cheap ‘rubber band’ CPU A.I. to keep the races competitive... A rewarding experience. Best EA Big title to date, hands down.
  16. This title feels as good as it looks thanks to its tight and responsive handling.
  17. Extreme games keep getting extremer, but it would be tough to top this hellish twist on motocross racing.
  18. Sporting an excellent sense of speed and tight controls, Freekstyle is undeniably fun. But its awkward learning curve and sinister AI will test the mettle of even the most ardent players.
  19. A fun, difficult racer deeply entrenched in the SSX vein. It does what it does well, though it's not much of a departure.

Awards & Rankings

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#82 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
69
#69 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Mar 26, 2015
    5
    Don't expect to be playing the reincarnation of SSX Tricky here folks, this one is hard. Extremely hard. To the point of insanity hard. ForDon't expect to be playing the reincarnation of SSX Tricky here folks, this one is hard. Extremely hard. To the point of insanity hard. For example, level one alone is quite a challenge to make it through. The AI is downright ruthless and it took me nearly five hours to make it past this track, and that's saying something as I'm usually the type who can fly through any game out there. The track design, and speed is amazing. The motion blur is very very cool, and the jumps pack quite a punch but most of them are near impossible to land with the precision needed to do so. Crash once, and you may as well forget it and start all over unless you are the master of hidden areas then maybe you have a shot if the opponent doesn't boost it past you at the last second of the Main Event. And yes, you must place 1st on the third race of each track to make it to the next level. ARRRGH! SSX Tricky was so easy, but come on now EA, did you really think that boosting the difficulty to insane level would make this that much better?! And no, you cannot change the difficulty here. FRUSTRATING. I just hope to master this one at some point before I throw the game out the window. Full Review »
  2. Feb 23, 2015
    4
    Not really a fun game, the only thing that I found fun was crashing the bike into obstacles. The tricks were really hard to do and not reallyNot really a fun game, the only thing that I found fun was crashing the bike into obstacles. The tricks were really hard to do and not really that impressive. Full Review »
  3. JoshC.
    Aug 7, 2004
    10
    This game rules. Most people dont like it cuz its not as easy as ssx. This one is for the best video gamers who want to be tested to thier This game rules. Most people dont like it cuz its not as easy as ssx. This one is for the best video gamers who want to be tested to thier full. This game is so great if you get good enough. I love the tricks and way of unlocking characters. Tied for best ea game with NBA street vol. 2. I want a freekstyle 2. Full Review »