The Final Say!
Review Date: October 2004
It's official, Electronic Arts is now
the definitive company for the best car games available on the XBox
gaming console and what better way to ensure that this gaming giant
remains on top than by releasing Burnout 3.
Originally Burnout was an exclusive PlayStation 2 game but since
then, it has come a long way in the gaming world and simply said...
Burnout 3 is a phenomenal game!
Burnout 3 isn't your
stock standard driving game but rather one of the most entertaining
car games on the market that combines Too Fast Too Furious with the
World's Most Dangerous Drivers. The game also features a variety of
gameplay modes that includes single-race, career mode and of course
my personal favourite, the crash-mode that allows you be involved in
some of the world's most horrendous pileups. The title even supports
XBox Live that allows you to have some high speed crashes with some
of the best XBox drivers from around the world.
Unlike most arcade driving
games, Burnout 3 awards the player for driving dangerously and the
more "close calls" that the gamer experiences, the more boosts they
receive to allow them to engage in turbo which is quite a
breathtaking experience in the game. Although you can get award
points for narrowly missing oncoming traffic or missing inanimate
objects by a hair, you are also awarded boosts for takedowns.
Unlike the previous
games in the series, Burnout 3 has a new addition to the legend
called takedown that basically allows you to knock your
opponents out of the race for a little while. For instance, when you
cause your opponent to crash by either cutting them off or nudging
them in the wrong direction, it causes them to crash and sometimes they
crash into more of your opponents so you can receive multiple
takedowns. As with all good things, there is also a cost at
receiving boosts, if you find yourself in a crash by another
opponent, your boost dramatically drops.
What really makes
Burnout 3 stand above the other games in the market is the
beautifully designed crash physics that are littered throughout the
title. This game also probably features some of the world's most
realistic crashes without actually being in a crash yourself. When a
crash occurs, the game basically slows down so you can get a
matrix-style effect of the crash which is one of the most amazing
things that I have seen on the XBox. All I can say is that this has
to be seen to be believed... wow!
feature of the crash dynamics is the "crashbreaker" that can only be
used in the crash-mode and basically allows the gamer to explode
their car on command but in order to achieve this option, you must
cause a few cars to crash on their own without being involved. This
is a really awesome feature that looks spectacular in the
Graphically, Burnout 3
is easily the most impressive looking driving game on the XBox that
also contains a variety of special effects from the beautiful
dynamic lightings in the game, reflective surfaces and some of the
most enjoyable game physics that have ever graced a car game, thanks to
the particle effects system that allows everything from the car to
be torn asunder. The developers have also included motion blur to
help the gamer get that true sense of speed. For gamers with the
right television setup, the title also supports progressive scan and
16:9 displays for that true arcade experience. It should also be
noted that the framerate of the title remains silky smooth, even
when the traffic is banked up.
Burnout 3 also features
a pumping soundtrack that suits the game perfectly and match that
with some realistic car sounds from engines, tyres and cars
impacting other cars at over 150 kilometres an hour and you have a
game that almost appears to have been directly taken from a Hollywood
action movie. The only downside to the audio of Burnout 3 is the
tacky radio announcer that sounds like a reject from the Ridge Racer
series on the Playstation. Speaking of the Playstation, the XBox is
the only version of the market that supports Dolby Digital 5.1.
In conclusion... well...
it's a bit hard to sum up this game because it must be played to be
experienced with this being the only advice I can give gamers... go
out and buy this game NOW!
- Andrew B Copyright ©2004 www.impulsegamer.com