New Burnout title takes a cartoony turn

Burnout Crash may not be EA's best kept secret, but the publisher is still insisting on keeping quiet on the game. That's okay, because ratings boards around the world seem to be doing decent job of offering information on it, regardless.

The latest details come from the ESRB, which describes the secret title as a game “in which players earn points for creating traffic pileups.” The rest of the description makes it sounds like the next Burnout will break away from the more realistic visuals the series is remembered for:

“From a top-down perspective, players initiate crashes by driving 'cartoony' vehicles (e.g., cars, trucks, vans, buses) into busy intersections; multiple crashes trigger score multipliers and rack up large 'bills' of property damage. Each level is accompanied by crashing sounds, small explosions, and vocal encouragement (e.g., 'Cool,' 'Maximum Carnage!'). In some levels, players are instructed to crash into police cars (e.g., 'Crash them before they bust you!'); in other sequences, oversized airplanes, tornadoes, lobster monsters, and UFOs slide across the screen, destroying any vehicles in their path.”

Above: A screenshot from Burnout Paradise. It sounds like Burnout Crash will take on a much sillier visual style while holding on to the crash crazy nature of the series

Top down perspective, cartoony graphics, UFOs and lobster monsters? This doesn’t sound like your typical Burnout game.

May 9, 2011


  • Spybreak8 - May 11, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    If it was a XBLA game I think it would be perfect, retail pass.
  • usmovers_02 - May 11, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    @InFeRnOg Burnout 2 does have a crash mode similar to 3 and 4. What I like about Burnout 2's crashes is that the car count and AI drivers ability to break make it so when you get a huge pile up, you really earned it. As much as I love crash mode in "Takedown" it's just way to easy to cause massive pile ups.
  • HardlyBirdman - May 10, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    @NeelEvil YES YES YES!! Burnout2 Crash mode is spectacular, and while burnout 3 is a better game, I feel that the addition of the x4 multiplier took something away from the open playground aspect of crash mode. I still play both Burnout 2 and 3 with friends; they are great 'party' games because of the ease of understanding and controls ("press x to go. smash stuff to get points."). The semi-randomness of the point-tabulation and traffic fluctuations also allows for newbies to score accidental homeruns that stay on the scoreboards for a long time (probably not necessary to say, since this new game should be online, but make sure there is a high score board for each crash junction. Even better make a local and friends-only and global board). The further sequels never drew me back in as layer upon layer was added, and then crash mode jettisoned entirely. Also, I'm all for moving away from realism into stylized visuals; make it look as fun as it (hopefully) plays. As for UFOs and top-down view, I will remain cautiously optimistic and look forward to more info.
  • King-Of-Dogs - May 10, 2011 2:48 p.m.

    Paradise HAS a crash mode, You enter it by pressing (PS3) R3 and L3 together. And I've Owned and played every Burnout (including the tragedy that was Burnout dominator)and I adore Burnout Paradise. It completely belonged in the series. This seems like some shitty Iphone game though...
  • NeelEvil - May 10, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    @Infernog- Yes Burnout 2 had crash mode, to me it was when it was at its best. It was all about where you decided to crash rather than just following the pre-determined route with the most multipliers. It actually encouraged creative thinking & experimentation which is probably why they changed it.
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - May 10, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    I dislike top down driving. I really can't stand driving something like that. Cartoony stuff is an interesting idea, I hope it is download only and not a triple A title.
  • dunc12 - May 10, 2011 5:30 a.m.

    NOOOOO This doesn't sound like anything I want to play. I had such high hopes for a bigger, crazier paradise-type game...I guess time will tell.
  • InvasivePlague - May 10, 2011 3:50 a.m.

    you guys realize it's a downloadable title right. Captcha Detail Coalica
  • santaclouse37 - May 10, 2011 3:08 a.m.

    I guarantee this is going to be a downloadable spin-off similar to Red Faction: Battlegrounds.
  • AdditionalGenericChrisAntistaReference - May 10, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    just based on the description alone, it doesnt sound that great but i think we should all just wait to see the actual game before we make assumptions about its quality
  • TheBearJewski - May 10, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    i do not approve. burnout needs to return to what made it great and make more games like the first 3 in the series.
  • yetanotherCid304 - May 10, 2011 12:09 a.m.'s also possible that its an ipod game
  • yetanotherCid304 - May 10, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    15 bucks says that it is a PSN/XBL game...15 bucks i can use to buy said game.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 10, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    Top down? Ehhh... no thanks.
  • cragnogoo - May 9, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    top-down is the only worrying part about it for me. The rest seems like an interesting idea and i'd like to see that work. As for the people who are implying that EA ruin established franchises: I imagine they could just give the game another name but more people are likely to buy it if they put the need for speed or burnout name on it. Anyways, like a lot of good bands change and evolve with each album, some games need to do the same. I wouldn't be surprised if they made a similar game and then people started bitching about how they just made the same game. Idk, i guess it would be nice to see a fresh burnout that sticks to the formula but i didnt even look at paradise so i cant say it has an effect on me either way.
  • InFeRnOg - May 9, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    @usmovers_02 Did Burnout 2 have Crash mode? I thought it was Burnout 3 that had that first...or maybe it was just the one that really refined it? In any case, I like Paradise but Burnout 3 and 4 (Revenge) are better simply because of Crash mode. The perfect party / drinking game.
  • usmovers_02 - May 9, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    No way! You mean EA has taken ANOTHER awesome series and completely alienated the fans of the original formula? EA NEVER does that!! Wait... Burnout 2 through Burnout Revenge all used the same basic formula just with additional features and better graphics in each new game. Burnout Paradise is a perfectly fine game, but it doesn't belong in the Burnout series. It should have been a new IP. But EA loves to over use already established brand names to make COMPLETELY different games (Just look at all the variations of Need for Speed). If these reports are accurate, this is just ridiculous. I remember back when I though Revenge wasn't really that great. But damn! It's better than the proper sequel drought we've been dealing with for nearly 6 years.
  • Psylockerules - May 9, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    As long as it doesnt have the world elments of paradise ill be a happy bunny prehaps with its new cartoony artstyle we may actually get the dri er launching out the windscreen
  • InFeRnOg - May 9, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    This doesn't sound appealing at all to me. Burnout Paradise had amazing crashes - imagine that on a biblical scale. With explosions. And aftertouch. THAT is what I want, personally.
  • nadrewod - May 9, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    This sounds like "Burnout meets Cel Damage" (read: "crazy wrecks meets crazy attacks", which will be awesome!)

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