Rumble Racing PlayStation 2

Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  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. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    It's the trick system that makes all the difference. [June 2001, p.98]
  6. Games Radar
    88
    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.
  7. Rumble Racing really is all about pin-your-noggin-to-the-headrest-and-flatten-your-cheeks speed.
  8. 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.
  9. There aren’t many games more extreme than this crazed, balls-to-the wall stock-car racer.
  10. 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.
  11. Daily Radar
    88
    Inventive and exciting with its flaws safely buried in the adrenaline rush.
  12. 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.
  13. It is a kick, though, and has an easy learning curve for beginners while delivering challange and depth for more experienced gamers.
  14. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#77 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#14 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
8.2

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
    10
    A very underappreciated PS2 classic. This is the game that the entire Hot Wheels series is trying (but failing) to be. Tight arcade-style 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
    6
    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 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
    10
    Help...i can't stop playing.