Every now and then you will be in
your local video game store and notice a title of a game that you know little about.
Purchasing that game is a dilemma. Will it be good or will it be bad? You just never know.
Burnout for the PS2 might just be one of those titles, but thats what were
here for. This one is definitely good. Racing fans out there take heed, and play this game
as soon as possible. Burnout is fun arcade racing that adds some twists that need to be
experienced first hand to fully appreciate.
Burnout is no Gran Turismo; it's
street racing with some exciting characteristics that you will not find in any other
racer. The object is to race against three other drivers in particular locations
throughout Europe and the USA. The difference is the traffic. Each location is filled with
a variety of vehicles ranging from small Geo models to big trucks and buses. The AI of the
cars reacts to you and the other drives by either swerving to avoid a collision or slowing
down if there is a wreck ahead. Whenever you get close to a car in traffic but dont
hit them, you will fill up a meter in the lower left corner on your screen. Once that
meter is full you have some Turbo to burn.
need nerves of steel to succeed in this game; things can be running smoothly but getting
close to wrecking throws off timing and everything falls apart, making it a challenge not
running into something. Using the traffic to its full potential adds some interesting
strategy. In order to seal off victories there will be times that you will push your
competitors into the traffic in order to score the victory. If you do wreck you will
notice a monetary value pop up on the screen. This number is the insurance coverage of the
wreck. Depending on the number of vehicles involved, the number can increase rapidly.
Wreck too much and you will find your name on their worst drivers list. Combining the need
for razor sharp reflexes and craftiness to your racing makes Burnout a racing game that
stands out of the pack.
Five cars are
available in the beginning of the game and more are available after completing a
head-to-head race against the car you are trying to unlock. In order to be able to compete
in the head-to-head race, you must finish a championship series, which consists of three
races. You are given a limited number of credits in order to finish the series. In order
to beat the championship mode you have to finish the race and place.
has some of the most intense two-player action found in a long time. Using spilt screen,
you and a friend go against two other computer cars. There is little slowdown when running
two-player racing. With everything happening so fast on the screen, you may find yourself
looking back to see if your partner has crashed yet. As you progress in the single player
mode, it will unlock more for two players.
be an extremely fun game, but it is not perfect. Take the graphics for instance. The cars
look nice and have smooth edges and have a surface that is nice and shiny. The cars that
make up the traffic also look good, but with noticeably less definition. The environments,
however, lack that same quality. Textures seem grainy especially when compared to smooth
surfaces of the vehicles. While this is extremely noticeable it can be overlooked because
of the gameplay. I can overlook graphics like this because the speed is excellent.
bound to happen no matter how well you play the game. When this happens your vehicle will
mangle and show signs of destruction that will make you cringe in fear. Unfortunately the
damage miraculously repairs once you are allowed into the race. There is a function to
save your most spectacular crashes onto a memory card to show to your friends later.
As with many
other racing or even driving games out on the market there is little need for a complex
control system. The only thing that is needed is responsive controls that work when they
should. Fortunately, they do for Burnout. The digital pad works a little better than the
analog for steering the cars. The analog controls seem a little loose, making it easier to
overcorrect if used. Burnout also supports the GT wheel for all you die-hards out there.
the PS2 is an innovative game that will appeal to a wider audience than a normal racing
game. This game is not a Gran Turismo wannabe; it is pure arcade action. For those wanting
the most out of their games, Burnout offers a challenge that should last a while. Even you
Sunday drivers out there, Burnout is a good rental.