• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Jan 22, 2002
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 78
    It feels like an add-on pack rather than a sequel, and I guess the only way I would seriously consider buying this is if I were a diehard motorcycle fan who absolutely adored the first.
  2. Features more changes and enhancements to the original game than most annual sports games from EA or Sega do, and the bottom line is that MotoGP 2 is a great addition for racing fans who missed the original MotoGP.
  3. The game is definitely a blast to play, but despite the five additional tracks it still gets boring too quickly.
  4. The ironic thing is that Namco has removed the pictures of the riders during the races - that's a feature I used to like! [Feb 2002, p.82]
  5. 84
    The real key to MotoGP2 enjoyment comes from the bike physics.
  6. 80
    The animation is startlingly fluid—game replays are absolutely uncanny—and you’ll spot nice details like tires getting dirty when you leave the track.
  7. The stop-and-go gameplay is an acquired taste but is worth it if you have patience.
  8. A game of precision. It's all about early braking and apex kissing, which is great, but not for those looking for obvious thrills. [Feb 2002, p.54]
  9. If you can stay on your bike long enough to appreciate it, MGP2’s excellent weather effects and pervasive sense of speed will immerse you in its cutthroat reality. [Mar 2002, p.138]
  10. Merely another bike sim that does not quite make the grade. Lacking intrinsic excitement, its appeal will not last beyond the time it takes to complete.
  11. We had hoped that Namco was going to take this chance to fix the many obvious problems with the game – sadly no, they’ve just churned out a virtually identically sequel, warts ’n’ all. Avoid!
  12. In terms of options, GP2 has them in droves. [Feb 2002, p.108]
  13. As a sequel it does not offer that much more than the original, but it polishes it up and is no doubt a better game, and what more could you ask for from a sequel of this nature?
  14. On the one hand, you have these lightning-fast bikes to ride; on the other, you spend most of the time making them slow down. [Mar 2002, p.30]
  15. In the right frame of mind and with enough patience, "MGP2" is an absolute blast for players who want their racing semi-realistic, hard and with a convincing sense of virtual speed hitting their windshield (i.e. the TV screen).
  16. Using elements of "Ridge Racer," "Gran Turismo," and even Sega's "Super Hang On," Namco has come up with one of the best motorcycle racing games ever.
  17. The simulated gameplay is well created, the depth is more than appropriate, and the graphics are quite good, but the repetitive soundtrack and somewhat frustrating races and opponents take away from the fun factor.
  18. Its gameplay is superb, the visuals excellent and the whole experience leaves you on the edge of your seat.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JaniF.
    May 26, 2002
    10
    The best SIMULATION on PS2 so far. Very addictive and perfect playability.
  2. Muffin
    Apr 18, 2002
    9
    Excellent game let down by a number of flaws. Lack of avaialability of lap times- one blink and they're gone. In two player mode, the Excellent game let down by a number of flaws. Lack of avaialability of lap times- one blink and they're gone. In two player mode, the replay focuses on the bike which finishes first - no good if you finish second. Full Review »
  3. BarryC.
    Mar 28, 2002
    10
    If you're a Motorcycle fan you will absolutely love this game.