If you've already played the destructive racer Burnout Revenge on Xbox, allow us to read your mind: "It's just the same game with better graphics, right?" Well, mostly, yes - the Xbox 360 remix or racing and wrecking does taste deliciously like a second helping of the game that arcade driving fans ate up last year. However, there area few extra side dishes that make this game even tastier.
Unlike other games that jumped from Xbox to Xbox 360 (Gun, we love you, but...) you'll quickly be able to tell the difference between the old and new versions of Burnout Revenge. The programmers went nuts with the bloom lighting effects, giving the whole game a nearly nuclear glow; the resulting, unsettling glare makes you want sunglasses. But the speed remains the game's most blinding element: traffic and buildings smear into a terrifying haze as your tailpipes belch blue boost fire. When the super-light exotic racers top 200 miles per hour, you won't doubt the feeling of speed. At all.
The cars themselves get a graphical update, too. While the vehicles were always mega-destructible, cars now explode into even more parts than before, and you'll find you can strip away that showroom shine in mere minutes. The more you scrape your car against barriers and opponents, the more of your fancy finish strips away, exposing a scarred shell underneath. Obviously, major car companies don't want to see their latest models crushed and charred, so don't expect to smash up your favorite real-world coupe. But since the cars don't have any licenses, you can drive like you don't have one, either.