Patience pays off. The graphics are stupendous. You'll perhaps see more beautiful vistas in Need For Speed or Gran Turismo, but when it comes to speed nothing comes close. The amount of detail Burnout is able to crank out is stunning. No matter how fast you're going -- and the blurred, shaky screen effects make it seem very fast indeed -- the game doesn't hitch. And when the cars explode, the aftermath will leave some players weak.
With play that extends online, Takedown is the closest thing we've seen to a perfect crash simulator. The physics and controls are so tight and responsive that it's also as close as we're likely to get to an unbeatable arcade racer, period. We'll be playing this one into the next decade.