Burnout 2
Genre Sport -> Racing
Today's Rank 0
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Date 2002-10-11
Publisher Acclaim
United Kingdom Retail Box ArtBurnout 2, like its acclaimed predecessor, puts fun right at the top of the agenda, dispenses with niggling irritants like realism and delivers top-class gaming entertainment. So what's new? There are additional locations, including a twisty road round the Rocky Mountains and an inspired airport-based level. There is also a greater choice of vehicles. Naturally enough you have to balance your need for speed against the need for good handling and take into account the weather and the kind of level you're racing across. Yet the core of Burnout 2 is still arcade-style racing and there's little else that does it better. It's incredibly accessible and an absolute blast to play. It doesn't matter whether you're competing in the enhanced single-player modes or hooking up with friends--it's completely irresistible. Visually, the game looks great and moves very, very quickly. The action is interspersed with elaborate crashes, and when you do hit something you shouldn't, you're rewarded with an action replay for your trouble. There are genuinely very few negatives here. Those who prefer their driving games flavoured with a bit more realism are going to be happier with a Gran Turismo game. Also, despite some good improvements and additions, there aren't enormous differences between this and the original Burnout. However, Burnout 2 is an exemplary piece of gaming entertainment, and a welcome antidote to the growing band of games that just take themselves far too seriously. Treat yourself. You'll be glad you did. --Simon Brew

- Get behind the wheel of 14 all-new vehicles, as you race in 30 new stages from Miami to the Rockies
- Unlock secret racers like 1950's hot rods, police cars and stock cars as you race in all-new game modes
- Check out the new point-to-point races, and Pursuit races where you ram other cars off the road
- Go to Burnout Driving School, where you'll learn Offensive Driving 101
- The new points-based gameplay structure challenges to get ahead by getting points -- that means pulling off crazy stunts and jumps
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