Review by MisterPanda
"You know you wanted me to say this... Burn Baby Burn!"
Not many racing games are currently available on the GCN yet. As one of the few racing games for GCN, as of the time of this writing, Burnout proves to be a hit.
Gameplay: The action itself is extremely fast-paced. The tracks you race on are actually streets and highways. And where there's streets and highways, there's traffic. So it's a racing game that takes place with other cars on the road. Anything else, you ask? Well, unlike most racing games, Burnout rewards risks. For example, if you are about to crash into an car, but swerve at the last minute to miss crashing into it, then your turbo meter will increase. Of course, when you do crash, precious time is wasted but you are also treated to a very neat crash sequence. There are 3 laps on every track and there are about 3 tracks in every championship. Also, you do not start with many cars, but you can always unlock more cars and tracks. The modes available are championship mode, (where you race against the computer to unlock things) time attack, (race against the clock), and head to head. (which is basically 2-player racing) The modes are fun, but the tracks may get repetitive sometimes. They are very long, and the addition of 3 laps makes it last a while.
Controls: Even though, each car has an easy, medium, or hard rating, each handles very well. The only difference is their speed. The cars with hard ratings are still easy to control but may be too fast to give you a quick enough reaction to incoming cars. The A button accelerates the car and the B button brakes it. They use the usual controls for racing games. Also, by pressing the R+A button, you activate a turbo boost. That is, you activate one if you can have filled it somewhat by having near-crash experiences.
Graphics: The graphics are very nice and realistic. Additionally, whenever you crash, you are treated to a very realistic crash-sequence. Additionally, you can watch replays of it after every race. These crashes aren't for the light-hearted, they actually play out like how real crashes would play out. If you enjoy watching crashes, then this game is for you.
Sound: You can hear the motors and other various sound effects that cars would usually make. Also, the crashes have superb sound effects that include glass breaking and other such crash sounds.
Music: The little music available isn't very catchy, but it isn't annoying either. The music is just in there to give the track some mood.
Replayability: After completing all tracks, there isn't much to do. There are face-offs, which I'll leave for you to figure out. Of course, when you're done, you can always keep on playing to watch the crash and crash replays. For those racing fans, you can find plenty of fun trying to unlock everything and racing against friends. Too bad that this game only supports up to two players.
Rent or Buy? This game probably would only last a few rental periods for many people. For the true, hardcore racing fans however, there is plenty to do. Others should just rent this game.
Final Rating: 7/10
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5 - Good
Originally Posted: 08/07/02, Updated 08/07/02
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