Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. The graphics are the game’s strong point, with fluid character development and crisp backgrounds.
  2. Very addicting--I couldn't put the controls down.
  3. The great thing about MX 2002 is that it combines both of these kinds of gameplay--competitive racing and freestyle tricks--and does them both well.
  4. 85
    One part racing, one part freestyle and all parts addictive.
  5. Very solid overall and the bottom line is that it is extremely fun to play.
  6. 83
    The best motocross game I have ever played... It fuses realism with arcade styles beautifully and it opens up the once stodgy motocross sub-genre into a world of stunts, tricks and freestyle racing like no game ever has before it.
  7. Because of its wealth of game modes and many tricks, "MX 2002" has a long life span, so players who invest in the game will likely get a lot of bang for their buck.
  8. 76
    As an arcade racer, it's very easy to play, but doesn't have the shortcuts and environment interaction that makes it a blast to play.
  9. Takes a little longer to get used to than your average motocross game, but the result is a deeper game that still has all the fun of a more arcadelike offering.
  10. A pretty, well-designed, stylish, and captivating piece of work that unfortunately suffers a bit with some distant and muted sound effects and less-than-engaging races.
  11. Invisible barriers also pepper the apparently open areas which grace certain courses – call us new-fashioned, but PLAY doesn't expect to be dismounted for no other reason than touching a piece of earth that the coders have deemed "out of bounds". Put a tangible obstacle there or let us the hell through!
  12. The bikes in this game perform much like real motocross bikes, something that isn’t too spectacular if you’re a fan of more fantastical racing games.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    On the up side we have an excellent create-a-biker mode, some wonderful tutorials, and some surprisingly good control. [Aug 2001, p.109]
  14. Although not shallow-enough to be deemed brain-dead, the antics of MX 2002 aren't going to make "GT3" gearheads sit up and take notice.
  15. A decent game that makes you crave more. More AI riders, more options, more depth. If it had these things it would be a must-buy title.
  16. MX 2002 is on the good side of average, but it still doesn't stand out from the crowd.
  17. 60
    Kinda accessible, sorta deep, and relatively enjoyable, MX2002 may find its true niche with big motocross fans, but casual gamers will likely be left in the dust.

Awards & Rankings

#87 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. SAMF.
    Aug 2, 2005
    Everything about this game Rocks! The Music , Graphics and the Tricks you can pull off. A very Addictive title that will have you hooked. The Everything about this game Rocks! The Music , Graphics and the Tricks you can pull off. A very Addictive title that will have you hooked. The Camera angle is always Steady with a clear view of your bike during all the action. Amazing Game. Full Review »
  2. JonathanL.
    May 12, 2002
  3. StephenS.
    Jan 16, 2002
    FANTASTIC!! Best game I've played in years, never gets boring. Anyone know if I can buy the soundtrack?