Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 88
    It's arguable that the speed you get with the Elite class cars is comparable or even a cut above the breakneck speeds offered by the top of the line vehicles in any of the "Wipeout" titles on PlayStation.
  2. Looks good, moves fast, and is a blast to play, either by yourself or with a friend.
  3. 100
    Excellent A.I, sharp graphics, and addictive gameplay combine for an unabashed good time. Sim freaks need not apply—Rumble Racing is pure, unapologetic arcade goodness.
  4. The best arcade racer we’ve played so far and EA certainly seems to be developing quite a respectable name for its ‘Big’ games.
  5. It's the trick system that makes all the difference. [June 2001, p.98]
  6. In the long run, I'd suggest that you pass this game by and save your money for one of the hotter releases later this season.
  7. Besides the abundance of car wrecking weapons, the most entertaining aspect of Rumble Racing is that the vehicles, including the trucks, can do mid-air tricks. Every time you perform a barrel roll or misty flip its impossible not to raise a cheeky smile.
  8. The car sounds are just a bit bland with hardly any exciting over the top effects. The announcer is quite a smartass but not really in a funny way.
  9. A highly enjoyable game. The learning curve is tough without becoming impossible, and races never seem out of reach to win even if you keep coming up just short.
  10. Rumble Racing really is all about pin-your-noggin-to-the-headrest-and-flatten-your-cheeks speed.
  11. It’s like playing with Hot Wheels when you’ve grown up with Matchbox racers. Variety aside, there’s not much in the way of style.
  12. There aren’t many games more extreme than this crazed, balls-to-the wall stock-car racer.
  13. The true star of the game is its speed. Never before in a racing game has the feeling of cruising at over 100 MPH been so perfectly conveyed.
  14. Inventive and exciting with its flaws safely buried in the adrenaline rush.
  15. Rumble Racing is one fast game — redrawing the graphics on the screen at roughly 60 frames-per-second (twice that of television) — so those with a need for speed should strap in for a ride.
  16. It is a kick, though, and has an easy learning curve for beginners while delivering challange and depth for more experienced gamers.
  17. 85
    Indeed, the cheesy southern rock 'n' redneck country tunes can get annoying after a while, and the smart-ass remarks made by the play-by-play commentator tend to repeat more often than not, but it hardly detracts from the overall, seat-of-your-pants racing.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Andyman
    Aug 13, 2006
    A very underappreciated PS2 classic. This is the game that the entire Hot Wheels series is trying (but failing) to be. Tight arcade-style controls + ridiculously fun stunts + an amazing sense of speed = one incredibly fun game. Full Review »
  2. BlueFalcon
    Dec 16, 2004
    The elastic band ai here somewhat ruins a decent game. It doesn't seem to matter how fast you move, the ai cars will be right behind you. It leads to a lot of controller throwing if you don't race smooth right before the finish line. I'd probably rate this an 8 if the ai didn't cheat so bad. Full Review »
  3. Dant
    Jun 15, 2004
    Help...i can't stop playing.