• Publisher: Acclaim
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2002
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  • Summary: Features six new United States locations, including Miami, Los Angeles, The Rocky Mountains, New Mexico and a busy international airport; thirty new stages and fourteen all-new vehicles; seven secret vehicles to unlock including police cars, 1950's hotrods and stock cars; point-to-pointFeatures six new United States locations, including Miami, Los Angeles, The Rocky Mountains, New Mexico and a busy international airport; thirty new stages and fourteen all-new vehicles; seven secret vehicles to unlock including police cars, 1950's hotrods and stock cars; point-to-point races; all-new points-based championship gameplay structure; new Custom Series Mode that allows you to race modified vehicles complete with body kits and decals; and an intelligent traffic system, featuring three distinct types of driver behaviors. [Acclaim] Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    There's no story line, but Burnout 2 is one of those games that's actually better for the lack of it. [28 July 2003, p.82]
  2. 93
    If "Gran Turismo 3" is Dom Perignon, Burnout 2 is Jack Daniels. While Dom may be a great guy, personally I'd rather hang out with Jack.
  3. The improved Burnout system really adds some much needed depth to the gameplay, whilst those graphics are going to astound you.
  4. One of my favorite features is the tutorial called "Offensive Driving 101" where you are taken through a list of all of the best techniques for getting ahead. (Where else can you drive like a maniac in a Student Driver car?)
  5. If you don’t like Burnout 2 there is seriously something wrong with you.
  6. If the game had more depth or difficulty it would perhaps be the top arcade racer on the PS2--instead it's just a very good, though not great, game.
  7. Quick fun whenever you want it, regardless of skill or time investment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Oct 16, 2017
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the best arcade racers known to man, this game will always hold a special place in my heart. The racing is fun and keeps it's pace, the graphics are less on the realistic side and almost feel cartoony, and with a newly developed crash mode, this game is practically what kicked off the entire Burnout trilogy. When you begin your career you are required to complete a list of driving "tests" that act as a tutorial for the game. It doesn't take long to complete, and afterwards, you'll need to compete in various championships. There are certain face-off events that, if won, unlocks a new car. These face off events are unlocked by completing certain specifications in the championships. Crash mode events aren't as crucial to complete as they are in Burnout 3. They aren't tied to the main career in any way, though if one completes all of them, they will earn a special vehicle. This is to be understood, as this was crash modes early days. Boost works in a similar way as it did in Burnout 1. You are required to fill the boost meter up to full if you want to use it, by doing stunts such as near misses, jumps, or drifting. You can also achieve chained burnouts by completing these stunts whilst using the boost. Overall, I highly recommend this game. It's definitely one for the arcade racing enthusiast. Expand
  2. DuncanM.
    Nov 5, 2002
    10
    The most intense racing game i have ever played.when your on your 4th burnout boost in a row your eyes will be bleeding from the speed. AThe most intense racing game i have ever played.when your on your 4th burnout boost in a row your eyes will be bleeding from the speed. A complete head f**k of a game!!!! Expand
  3. PeterA.
    Jun 5, 2003
    10
    This is the best arcade racer ever, bar none. I eagerly await Burnout3.
  4. D.J.
    Oct 4, 2002
    9
    This game is FUN. This is the kind of white knuckle racing action that I expected from Stuntman but didn't get. If you liked the first This game is FUN. This is the kind of white knuckle racing action that I expected from Stuntman but didn't get. If you liked the first Burnout or are looking for a great racing title then check this out! Expand
  5. JavierA.
    Jun 24, 2003
    9
    Very good graphics, maybe the cars would have been a little more costumables but very enjoyable!
  6. MetalInc.
    Oct 25, 2002
    9
    This game is above and beyond my wildest expectations. I own the first one and thought it was fun but there just wasn't anything to it. This game is above and beyond my wildest expectations. I own the first one and thought it was fun but there just wasn't anything to it. With Burnout 2 there is so much more involved, more tracks, better graphics, and a better feel for the speed. Some time was put into the level creations which is evident with the multiple avenues to take. If you want a simulation you have came to the wrong place, but if you want high speed, blood pumpin racin then this is for you. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 28, 2007
    0
    It is so much more than the first, at least its an actual game, but logically why would you enjoy a sequel when the first is terrible. It is so much more than the first, at least its an actual game, but logically why would you enjoy a sequel when the first is terrible. Logically it makes sense why not to badly critisize and not respet Burnout 2. Expand

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#21 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002