Genre Sport -> Racing
Today's Rank 0
Date 2006-06-15
Publisher Electronic Arts
Date 2003-03-07
Publisher Acclaim
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtLike your racing games fast, furious, and full of spectacular smashes? You're in luck. With Burnout, Acclaim remove all pretence of going for a serious simulation and instead serve up a delicious dish of pure arcade fun on the PlayStation 2. There are two key selling points to the game--the speed the action runs at, and the spectacular crashes. To facilitate these, the set-up couldn't be more straightforward, with the aim simply being to be first past the post. You can increase your chances of this by driving more dangerously, although that comes with obvious pitfalls in the shape of those aforementioned smashes. Suffice it to say, though, to get through the game you're going to have to take your chances. Contrary to the serious approach of Gran Turismo 3, this is foot-to-the-pedal stuff, and tremendously good fun to play. And when you do put your proverbial foot down, get ready to move, for this is a blisteringly fast title that deceptively requires more concentration than it would first appear. The downside is that this won't appeal to those who like their racing games nice and serious, nor to those looking for anything particularly innovative. For Burnout has few qualms about marrying the multimedia power of the PlayStation 2 to a game engine that forsakes bells and whistles for speed, destruction and sheer good fun. Fortunately, in this case, it's all the better for it, making it yet another PS2 four wheel treat. --Simon Brew

- Drive more than 70 cars from 12 different classes -- from European exotics to American muscle cars, mid-size sports sedans, sports cars, compacts, buses, even semi trucks
- Experience new racing conditions and environments, as you race on 40 different tracks across 3 continents
- Spectacular crash technology recreates high speed crashes with extreme detail -- you'll even be rewarded for creating the most massive pileups
- Use your car as a weapon and take out rivals, controlling the car even after crashing
- Online action in seven different modes, with up to 6 participants -- racing through oncoming traffic in Crash Mode, Single Race, Road Rage and more
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