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Burnout Revenge review

Who can possibly dethrone the king of the road?

Pros

  • Pours sugar in the tanks of other racers
  • Rewards for risks
  • successful or not
  • You never feel like you're stuck

Cons

  • Online should be as thrilling as solo play
  • Corporate sponsored cars and billboards
  • Will we even need another Burnout?

What could be better than Burnout 3: Takedown? For arcade speed fiends, almost nothing - except maybe Burnout Revenge, the easy-to-play, adrenaline-soaked sequel that puts the "car" in "carnage."

The Burnout series has always been about two things: speed and risk. Drive against traffic and invite near misses with oncoming cars and you'll be rewarded with boost, which helps you taunt death even faster. The more aggressively you drive, the greater the reward. Slow-motion crash replays make your inevitable mistakes wincingly enjoyable - so much so that the game includes a Crash mode, where the sole goal is to fill an intersection with twisted metal.

Whereas Burnout 3 brought the formula to a boil, Burnout Revenge's recipe practically explodes. Fantasy exotic racers slice through industrial back alleys, rip around sunny highways and plow through snowy mountain trails, deftly dodging other cars - or smashing right into them. The new Traffic Check mode finally gives you the chance to scream "Out of my way!" and do something about it, as you rear-end the vehicles in front of you, only to then dump them into the path of your pursuers. That joins events like Road Rage, where the only goal is to take down as many other racers as possible, and a revised Crash mode featuring trick shots, jumps and a new golf-swing style ignition method. It's all highly accessible and immensely satisfying, whether played alone, via split screen or online.

More Info

GenreRacing
DescriptionThe power of the Xbox 360 is put to brilliant, vicious use in Burnout Revenge, and it's one of the most thrilling racing games we've played.
Franchise nameBurnout
UK franchise nameBurnout
PlatformXbox 360, PS2, Xbox
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
Release date7 March 2006 (US), 1 March 2006 (UK)