• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 14, 2001
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 80
    It's a very fast and fun racing game, as well as a very challenging one.
  2. The interesting character design and unique stunt system set it apart from the pack, but the fluctuating frame rate, track design issues, and poor sensation of speed hold it back from being a really good futuristic racing game.
  3. Not only is it superior to the competition in every graphical aspect, it's superior in every gameplay aspect, too. Heck, it practically annihilates "Extreme G3" and the last two "F-Zero" games released.
  4. A graphically impressive, inventive racing title that is somewhat diminished by slightly erratic control and lack of depth. [Nov 2001, p.108]
  5. 85
    It’s a fast-paced, adrenaline rush kind of game, and it’s really quite difficult, but that should just mean it’ll keep you busy for a while.
  6. 70
    Despite its setbacks, Kinetica is a decent racer that’s worth trying—it offers a phenomenal visual rush into new age racing.
  7. A cool game that's been suspended from greatness due to its less-than-stellar track design, lame weapons and stunts that are often not as cool as they should be.
  8. A little "Tony Hawk," a little "SF Rush 2049," and a lot of "Wipeout" mixed together perfectly to form one of the best racers in a while.
  9. The changes Kinetica introduces into the formula are so miniscule, for the most part, that only a true connoisseur would notice or care.
  10. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire way through. It's an amazing rush. [Nov 2001, p.155]
  11. The unique racing experience offered here stands out from the pack of futuristic titles with high-speed action and gorgeous graphics.
  12. A unique trick system combined with beautiful graphic design are enough to give it a whirl. Difficult is the key word.
  13. Kinetica has done bold new things with track design and playability, as well as giving gamers the sugar rush of speed that racing game fans crave.
  14. With a limited number of tracks and hidden riders to expand the game, you may find that it’s biggest challenge will be keeping you interested past the rental return date.
  15. It’s the perfect game for men who like speed and men who like thongs (and you know who you are). We can only imagine that Kinetica 2 will feature racing car women who secrete beer.
  16. While the core of the game is pretty bland, the trick system is excellent.
  17. Takes an established genre and gives it an SSX-style touch. Wipeout fans everywhere should give this game a try.
  18. The 2-player aspect of the game is limited by the poor field of view (which would have been better handled with an i-link and two TVs), but the single player mode is serious futuristic racing at it's best.
  19. 70
    No matter how you stack it, Kinetica plays like "F-Zero" and "SSX"’s evil offspring. Taking the best of both games, Sony has made a great genre slightly better.
  20. The slammin' soundtrack and an engaging trick system overcome a somewhat inconsistent framerate to make Kinetica more interesting than most its competitors.
  21. There are fleeting moments when you’ll have absolutely no idea where you are or what just happened before eventually realizing that it’s impossible to really wipe out or "come off" the track. [Dec 2001, p.105]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Jul 23, 2011
    7
    Basically is weird, weird dudes with racing suits was a new idea for the racing genre. The pace is regular, and it gets a little repetitive, because there isn't any adrenaline or addiction to it. Santa Monica Studio really could get a new chance to introduce us, a new sequel or a remake. Kinetica has potential to be a new way of racing set with cool ideas. Full Review »