Riding Spirits PlayStation 2

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
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  1. The gameplay is more than a little unforgiving, there are a handful of speed-decreasing roadblocks in the game’s physics, and Riding Spirits won’t be winning any awards in the graphics department either.
  2. Certainly a decent enough addition to the genre and less demanding race fans should find plenty to smile about.
  3. The problem with speed perception is probably the most noticeable deficiency that can be easily defined, although the lack of innovation and close design of gameplay aspects to earlier releases can't be dismissed out of hand.
  4. 70
    A hard game to recommend, but just as hard to universally bash.
  5. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    I'd prefer both the look and feel of "Moto GP 2." [Oct 2002, p.150]
  6. Fairly reasonable motorbike jaunt that purists will love, but may cause frustration that could lead to unplanned DualShock damage. [PSM2]
  7. Spike tried way too hard in making this like "Gran Turismo" that they forgot the fact that they had to actually develop the game themselves.
  8. 61
    When you break it down to its essence however, Spike's motorcycle racing game is little more than a clone of a fantastic driving game ["GT3"] that we've been playing for almost two years now.
  9. PSM Magazine
    60
    Graphically inferior to glitzy modern day racers, and nowhere near as fast as it should be. [Oct 2002, p.40]
  10. After only a few minutes with it, you'll quickly notice that it not only has poor control, repetitive sounds, and bland graphics, but also blatantly rips off the overall structure and visual stylings of "Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec."
  11. 50
    It’s a driving sim devoid of personality.
  12. Just doesn’t have the visual gloss or sounds to compare to "GT3: A-Spec," Namco’s "Moto GP 2" and a dozen other top-notch PS2 racers.
  13. The graphics are devoid of polish and personality, and the sound will make you fall in love with your mute button all over again.
  14. Although, I wish I couldn’t go “ooh”. I wish I went “Bloody hell! Everything’s a God Damn blur!” instead.

Awards & Rankings

60
#60 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. PatrickI.
    Apr 29, 2005
    10
    I've been playing this game for almost 2 years now and just yesterday I beat the last of the duels. that only leaves the time trials and I've been playing this game for almost 2 years now and just yesterday I beat the last of the duels. that only leaves the time trials and training. This game is definately not for people that like easy, shallow games. it is really hard to get used to the realism but once you do, you cant turn it off. this game is always dogged down because I always crash type fellows. Guess what, you can't turn hairpins at 90 MPH, you cant go from 200-20 in 2 seconds and if you are going 140MPH you cant make a quick turn. Full Review »
  2. TonyL.
    Jul 18, 2004
    9
    Everything changes after a visit to the tune shop!
  3. GPracer
    Dec 7, 2003
    10
    Anyone who thinks this game is too hard obviously doesn't understand how much of a challenge riding really is. Kudos to BAM for being Anyone who thinks this game is too hard obviously doesn't understand how much of a challenge riding really is. Kudos to BAM for being able to achieve what they have. Sure MotoGp looks and plays great. But I know it wont seperate the Drivers from the Riders like Riding Spirits does. I'd really like to see it developed more! Full Review »