At its core, this is Burnout at its finest: it’s the best-looking, it’s got the widest range of cars, traffic-checking’s been toned down so you can’t just plough into anything that moves without fear. Each individual road has its own Time Trial and Stunt modes… and it’s got an immense soundtrack - Jane’s Addiction? Guns ‘N’ Roses? (Guess which song.) Faith No More? Yes, please. Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend? Erm, if you insist. Oh, and there’s the online game, with its promise to let you invite friends into your world via a couple of simple D-pad taps with no break in play.
It’s not perfect and it might not last some players long, but this latest Burnout oozes confidence. It sucks you in, distracts you from its faults and, for a while, takes over your world. Paradise? Not quite, but it’s not far away.
Jan 18, 2008