While I am not a racing purist, I enjoy the playing most racing games on the Xbox and PS2 and, as of just over a week after this product launched, I am 87% of the way through this game (I've completed the game, but have yet to "perfect" every race).
This game features a beautiful new remake of the graphics engine specifically for the Xbox 360 and 10 more crash junctions than Burnout Revenge for the original Xbox console, but a graphics handful of additional single-player levels is not the reason to buy this game. EA has added some serious "Next Gen" features to this version of Burnout Revenge, including "Live Revenge" and "Save and Share." The former keeps track of all of the players that take you out online. When you meet up with one of these rivals again, they'll be highlighted just before you begin a race with them. Likewise, if you've taken out someone who is in the current race, you'll see that they're "gunning for you." This significantly ups the ante for playing online and creates an incredible adrenaline rush as you must either dodge an attempt for payback or seek out your arch enemies for revenge. Likewise, the Save and Share feature allows you to record up to 30 seconds of your single-player races and forward them to the people on your Xbox Live friends list. These friends can download and watch the clips while they have the Burnout Revenge disc in their 360.
But when it comes right down to it, Burnout Revenge is all about destruction. EA has improved all of the facets of what makes the "Burnout" series so exciting, and pumped it into a great title for the Xbox 360. This isn't just a "better" version of Burnout Revenge for the original Xbox, this is a title designed for the best gaming platform currently available. If you already own the original Xbox title, you might buy this version if you really enjoy playing online (because of the new "Live Revenge" feature), or want to send clips of your biggest and baddest crashes to other 360 users.
The average racer will spend about 25 hours just completing all of the races. But to earn all of the achievements, you'll be playing much longer. You must earn a 5-star rating on each and every race to obtain 100% completion, and a number of achievements require that you perfect each category of race. Also, there are almost a dozen achievements (245 of the 1000 gamerscore) that can only be earned online.
Finally, there are 79 cars to unlock, which can be earned by obtaining a medal in certain races, performing "signature" takedowns in different parts of each map, and completing the challenge sheet of each level.
In short, this game will keep you busy! The variety of racing, crashes and traffic attack modes provide much more entertainment value than a normal racing title and the incredible work put into the 360-exclusive features make Burnout Revenge an excellent game to add to your "Next Gen" collection.