Very few race games have ever offered such an encredible
experience that Burnout offers. The game is with no doubt
one of the best racing games to ever appear on a Nintendo
system. But with big-time competition like Grand Turismo
Burnout is easily overlooked, and is not given credit for
what a great game it really is.
Burnout takes the concept of quick arcade gameplay, and
fast paced action packed driving and throws it into a game.
If the game lacked anything it could have been the lack
of interesting levels, but on the other side each level
works well with the type of game Burnout is. But some of
the levels in the game are still he best you can find in
racing games today. We can't offer a persice opinion too
you, though. I haver yet to finish playing the game completely
so this would only be considered my first impression of
what was offered too me in my first couple go-arounds. Expect
an update later on.
Controls and Graphics
Controls in the game are very simple. The "A"
button is used to go. The "R" button may have
been more natrual for the GameCube's controller, but nonetheless
The "A" button is more than satisfying for the
game. The "B" button is your break button. This
was expecting, and is natrual since most race games use
the same button to break as well. The "Z" button
is your back up mirror view. The next controlling function
is something that is a little new to race games, and is
something that worked fairly well, and could become more
popular some day, but thanks to it's more complicated feel
it may not be. You can use the "C" stick to go
forward (gas) by pushing forward with the analog. Break
with the "C" stick by pushing down on it. As you
can see... this is something a little knew to most gamers.
Now onto how the game actually controls. I have to say
that Burnout has probably the BEST controls for any racer
I have ever played. The turning is percise, and very quick
and comfortable. Most racers are difficult to control, and
turning is agony, but with Burnout turning is easy, and
is very comfortable.
Graphics in the game are top of the line. The textures
could have been a little bit better. The graphics can't
compete with those of Grand Turismo 3, though, but are better
then most racer's that you see these days. What makes the
graphics so awesome are the crash physics. These crash's
are the most realalistic that are out there, and watching
the movies of you crashing are almost worth losing first
place to the jerk tailgating you from beghind. The downside
to these splendid videos are having to watch them when in
heated competition. It would have been nice to be able to
skip them buy pressing "A", or something. But
this may take away from the realness of each crash. It makes
you want to avoid such collisions so you can win the race.
As you race you can gain boost points that help fill up
your boost meter. You gain these points by performing special
stunts such as, drifting, slidding, and perforiming near
misses, by missing cars as close as an inch as you pass
them up. Once you fill up your boost meter you can press
"R" too start your boost. Most the time a boost
throws you into at least 120 MPH. You hold "R"
until your boost meter runs out, and if done correctly you
will perform a "Burnout", and half of your boost
meter will be filled up again. This strategy will become
a common goal as you race around cars, and dodging on comming
traffic, but make sure you don't crash because when you
crash you lose some of your boost points. Depending on how
bad your crash is, is how much points you lose.
It all sounds simple, eh? Well it can be. There are three
different types of cars. 'Easy', 'Medium', and 'Hard'. 'Easy'
cars are what most beginers should start out with. They
come with easy controls, and do not drift as much. 'Medium'
are the nezt step up and are cars that are faster than 'easy'
cars, but are a little harder to drive. Last but not least
are 'Hard' cars. The 'Hard' cars are the fastest, and are
sometimes difficult to drive. You will defintely spin out,
and slide a lot more when driving these puppies, but it
might just be worth it for the extra speed these things
go compared to 'Easy', and 'Medium' difficulty cars.
There are several modes in the game. You can race in different
Championships, or verse off in heated races with your buddy's
in multiplayer modes. Unfortunetly there is only a two player
mode. Hopefully by the time the second Burnout roll's around
Aclaim will have improved and added a third, and fourth.
You unlock levels by racing in championships, and unlock
secret cars in challenge mode (tenative name). Once we unlock
all the cars we'll tell you all about them.
Music in the game is nothing overwhelming, though. The
music is good enough to keep your adrenline going. Fast
paced music keeps the heart going, and that helps set the
mood for Burnout. Sound is good as well in the game. Hearing
the engine roar is fun, and the sound of on-coming traffic
This is a great Racing game and is a must own for any racing
fans. You'll spend hours playing this game with friends,
enjoying watching you flip out in insane crashes. This game
is overlooked, I must say, but don't pass this game. You
should definetly try it out. It has earned best arcade racing
game definetly. I can definetly say I'm looking forward
to Burnout 2 for sure.
fun game to play with friends, but lacks some things
to add to the single player mode. Very fun to race
around oncoming traffic.
game has great sound, but the music could have been
can get a little bit repetitive. Thats the one thing
that really hurts the game. Great Multiplayer, though
the best controlling in any racer Iv'e ever seen.
Crash Physics. Textures could have been betterm,
but the crashs are worth watching slightly blurry
graphics. Not too blurry, just a bit.
(not an average)
favorite Racer ever. Best controlling ever. I love
the crashs a lot. the game gets an A on my list.