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Burnout - GameCube

by Electronic Arts
GameCube
 Everyone
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   GameCube
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone Everyone
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Description

Gamespot Product Review

Like your racing games fast, furious, and full of spectacular smashes? You're in luck. With Burnout, Acclaim removes all pretense of providing a serious simulation and instead serves up a delicious dish of pure arcade fun. The title features two key selling points--the speed of the action and the spectacular crashes. To facilitate these, the setup couldn't be more straightforward, as the aim is simply to be first past the post. You can increase your chances by driving more dangerously, although that comes with obvious pitfalls in the shape of those aforementioned smashes. Let's just say that to get through the game you're going to have to take your chances.

Contrary to the serious approach of racing simulators like Gran Turismo 3 for the PlayStation2, this is foot-to-the-pedal stuff, and it's 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 at first appears. 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. Burnout has few qualms about marrying the multimedia power of next-generation game systems 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 four-wheel treat. Highly recommended. --Simon Brew

Note: This review refers to the PlayStation2 version of this game.

Product Description

Like your racing games fast, furious, and full of spectacular smashes? You're in luck. With Burnout, Acclaim removes all pretense of providing a serious simulation and instead serves up a delicious dish of pure arcade fun. The title features two key selling points--the speed of the action and the spectacular crashes. To facilitate these, the setup couldn't be more straightforward, as the aim is simply to be first past the post. You can increase your chances by driving more dangerously, although that comes with obvious pitfalls in the shape of those aforementioned smashes. Let's just say that to get through the game you're going to have to take your chances.

Contrary to the serious approach of racing simulators like Gran Turismo 3 for the PlayStation2, this is foot-to-the-pedal stuff, and it's 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 at first appears. 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. Burnout has few qualms about marrying the multimedia power of next-generation game systems 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 four-wheel treat. Highly recommended. --Simon Brew

Note: This review refers to the PlayStation2 version of this game.


Customer Reviews

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Game with one major flaw July 10 2004
By A Customer
The controls are good and the crash scenes are superb. The flaw is what almost all racing games have you have to earn money to unlock extremely good cars or radical race tracks. Get this game if you plan on just racing and HAVING FUN!
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4.0 out of 5 stars PLAY IT FOR A SHORT TIME Jan. 25 2004
By A Customer
IT`S a good game if your going to play a short period of time.
It would be better if you did not stop every time you crash!
plus it takes 15 blocks on your memory card. And it takes forever
for your burnout bar to fill, and when you crash it goes back down! BUY burnout two much better game.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Burned Out Jan. 18 2004
Sometimes, racing games always seems to be exactly all alike from each other every single time. That comes within the feel of the race and thensome. For Burnout, the game actually seems to falter a bit through the lines. Largely because the game is one of the most lackluster video racing games ever. Not only that, the game also has its replays in crashes more likely than the game itself. Although they are nice, the feel of getting first place is really not there in this game at all. Instead, you're mostly draging around in the mud. The object of the game is for you to race and not only capture first, but also fill your boost meter to the max, by closely missing each of the ongoing cars. It does seem to falter a bit, and also the game is not the best in control. I strongly suggest you pass up this game, and instead get Mario Kart: Double Dash instead. You'll have a much better time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jaded - Get Burnout 2 Instead Oct. 9 2003
I have to admit that I am probably jaded. I got Burnout 2 (B2) before getting Burnout 1 (B1) and there is a world of difference. Now, if I had gotten B1 when it first came out, I might have been impressed. But, now, there is no way I would trade them. B2 has much better graphics, better sound, slightly better control. B1 takes too long for many races. It forces you to see crashes way more often than you want to. I did not find B1 any "harder" than B2, just more annoying. The jaggies on B1 make it hard to see detail, so that makes B2 so much more impressive (it runs on the same hardware). Only get B1 if you want the "full" Burnout experience and/or are trying to be records (the latter is my perspective, obsessive-compulsive person that I am).
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's "ok"... June 13 2003
This game is good and fun and everything like that... but "Burnout 2: Point of Impact" is way, WAY better!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why this one June 2 2003
I don't get why people would still buy this game (burnout) for 49.99, when burnout 2 is out and selling at 39.99. Burnout2 has more cars, has a crash mode were u try to crash into things for cash, it has many vehicles to choose from and has a wide selection of modes. Burnout2 has much better graphics.
GET BURNOUT 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite racing games. May 9 2003
By Richard
Burnout is the type of game that I really wanted for quite a while; an arcade type racing game with huge detailed crashes. Burnout delivered most everything I was expecting.
Some people have complained about the fact that none of the cars are licensed reproductions of real cars. This doesn't bother me at all. The cars do lack detail but that still doesn't bother me. The tracks are pretty long (especially the Marathon tracks) but that just gives you more time to put the pedal down and smash into oncoming traffic.
The opposition drivers are pretty smart. They'll try to run you into cars and they don't crash very often. You don't really want to crash into other cars, but the amazing crash visuals make you want to make a huge wreck.
There are several different cars available, and then two special cars (a city bus and a big-rig tow truck). All of them handle differently and have different speeds. For racing I like the roadster. For causing huge wrecks I like the bus.
A big plus is the large number of tracks you can race on. Granted, several are just reversed version of other tracks, but there are different traffic patterns, weather changes, and some tracks are at night (really neat).
You can save your best replays, but each one takes up 15 blocks on a Gamecube memory card.
I was kind of sad that the dents and things don't stay on your car after a wreck. They somehow get fixed when you start to race again. I was also wishing it had a "demolition derby" mode where you had to try to smash up as many opponents as you could. No such luck. These little things don't really make me that upset though.
Last Word: Burnout is a very fun racing game that is an excellent time-killer. If you want to see some of the best crash visuals ever, do check out Burnout.
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2.0 out of 5 stars there are no 300 cars May 5 2003
By A Customer
This game ist the great big deal there are saying. The game only has 10 levls and 5 are the other-way-aroun version of the last five. The cars are not cool they suc and the graphics are ok not wow. they dont rewrd bad drivng they just give u a turbo if u pass clos to a car at a hgh speed. if u crash it takes away turb. You get like 20 secs per checkpoints and if u crash u loose like 3 seconds. if u dont like checkpoints it isnt ur game. there are only like 7 cars u can drive. its not a good game at all. Its too expensive for what it is.
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