• 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. Its gameplay is superb, the visuals excellent and the whole experience leaves you on the edge of your seat.
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 84
    The real key to MotoGP2 enjoyment comes from the bike physics.
  8. The game is definitely a blast to play, but despite the five additional tracks it still gets boring too quickly.
  9. The stop-and-go gameplay is an acquired taste but is worth it if you have patience.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. In terms of options, GP2 has them in droves. [Feb 2002, p.108]
  13. 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]
  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. 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?
  17. 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!
  18. 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.

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