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Burnout (GameCube)

by Acclaim
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • 14 exciting courses split between Europe and the USA
  • More than 300 vehicles on each course to interact with
  • Intelligent traffic system
  • Stunning real-time vehicle crashes
  • Amazing slow motion replays
  • Multiplayer split-screen action
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Game Information

  • Platform:   GameCube
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 11
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000062VSJ
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm ; 141 g
  • Release Date: 3 May 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,630 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Burnout is a high-risk, high-energy arcade-style street racer. No learning curve is required; just pick up and play. The game monitors your driver's heart rate, as you're rewarded for near misses. Civilians steer clear! There's only one way to drive in Burnout: dangerously. Force traffic into your opponents' paths and risk a head-on collision to secure a win. Slide, cut close and drive into oncoming traffic and you'll be rewarded for your risk taking. Crashes are based on actual crash and damage physics for extra realism.

Instant replays allow you to relive your handiwork from multiple angles in all its cringe-inducing, metal-bashing glory. The advanced traffic AI means civilians try to avoid and warn you while opponents try to slam you off the road. Cruise the US and Europe on 14 awesome, traffic-filled courses through cities and into the countryside. More than 300 vehicles fill the streets and highways, making reckless racing and wild demolition a certainty. Dolby Digital surround sound brings the roar of screeching tires and twisting metal to life, and the analogue controls mean you can feel every turn, skid and crash. Review

Like your racing games fast, furious and full of spectacular smashes? You're in luck. With Burnout, Acclaim remove all pretence of going for a serious simulation and instead serve up a delicious dish of pure arcade fun. There are two key selling points to the game--the speed the action runs at and the spectacular crashes. To facilitate these, the set-up couldn't be more straightforward, with the simple aim to be first past the post. You can increase your chances of this by driving more dangerously, although that comes with obvious pitfalls in the shape of those aforementioned smashes. Suffice to say, though, to get through the game you're going to have to take your chances.

Contrary to the serious approach of racing simulators like the PS2's Gran Turismo 3, this is foot-to-the-pedal stuff, and tremendously good fun to play. And when you do put your proverbial foot down, get ready to move, for this is a blisteringly fast title that deceptively requires more concentration than it would first appear. The downside is that it won't appeal to those who like their racing games nice and serious, nor to those looking for anything particularly innovative. For Burnout has few qualms about marrying the power of the GameCube to a game engine that forsakes bells and whistles for speed, destruction and sheer good fun. Fortunately, in this case, it's all the better for it, making it a real four-wheel treat. --Simon Brew

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning visuals with great gameplay! 22 Dec. 2003
Wow, this game is intense!
Burnout is one of my favourite games to date. If you like realistic racers, that dive into reality, then Burnout is a must. Better than todays latest titles like need for speed and other racers, due to the fact that it is based on speed, and crashes.
Hit a car and watch the stunning replay show your crash. Many people do complain about the time it takes, but it holds you up for a little, but so it should if you have just crashed, then you restart a bit further along the course. I think the punishment for crashing is great. You usually get restarted just infront of the second place driver, but they just overtake you as you restart. Trying to defend your position by looking in your rear-view mirror, trying to block their path, while petrol tankers storm towards you is one of the best experiences I get!
It is the speed and realism that hits me most. I can never turn down a race on Burnout, with the 'front of car' camera angle that gives you the best sensation of speed and 'on-the-limits' driving. Admittedly the cars are in the same places every time you race, but you only remember a few key ones, and even then you have to work magic to avoid them whilst skidding round a blind corner hairpin.
there is also the small matter of "burnout". This is where the name quite obviously originates from. You obtain it by driving on the wrong side of the road, getting 'near misses' which is where you just avoid a crash, and for pulling off massive power slides. The meter gradually builds up, and once you get the meter full you can hit the burnout button and you speed up (the screen blurs abit to add to the effect).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did that car come from? 10 May 2002
By A Customer
Burnout is a must! There is no way else to say it!.. If you like speed, you are sure to get it it Burnout, because that's what Burnout is all about!.. And unlike the most other racing games, this game has easy control, and holding the car on the road is the last of you concerns. Racing down the freeway in high speed, and avoiding other traffic, needs all the attention it can get. 1 sec. not focusing on the game, and your car is sky born!.. The crashes in this game are very cool and VERY realistic, and viewed from multiple camera angels. They can be at bit annoying though, course you just can't wait to get behind the wheels, and reach the next checkpoint before times up..
The graphics is awesome, and very fast. And the music is great to.. If you have time to notice it..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars twice as good on Gamecube 21 Feb. 2003
Burnout on Gamecube dominates the driving genre. It has excellent Graphics and the courses layouts are all truly excellent. It has an amazing sense of speed and all runs smoothly, even if you are travelling at 150mph throgh a motorway full of cars, all as impressive as each other. Every car around you reflects it's surroundings realistically, but moving at such speeds often means that you do not have time to admire the awsome graphics.
Many people complained that the crash replays were just annoying, but a good crash looks incredible as you flip through the air at high speed, causing huge pileups as you go. At the end of the race, the game adds up the damage cost, and puts you on the 'worst drivers list' if yours is the highest.
So what is the point of burnout? Contrary to popular belief it is not just about crashing. It is a real racing game, with options for Championship, single race, head to head, time trial and Special. In Championship, you race a varying ammount of courses(usually 3) against 3 other cars, where you must finish in a set position. If you complete all three in under 4 attempts then you open up new courses and new modes of play. Single race is very similar yet it is just made for racing, not for opening up new courses etc. head to head is the multiplayer option and in time trial you race on your own to try to get the fastest time. As for special, you can open up 2 new modes of play from championship for it. Face off, where you race another, usualy faster car, and if you beat it you get it, and Survivor, where you must try to complete a race without crashing.
So, this just about sums Burnout up. It is an amazing game that is quite challenging for begginers, but experts will find it tough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burmout 8 May 2002
By A Customer
Nintendos new platform is obviously capable of some stunning graphics and the ghosts of Luigis Mansion only leaving you wanting more. Burnout certainly delivers stunning graphics and beautiful scenery. You can pick it up and play it quite quickly and play it well soon. Limited tracks are quite a bore and you need to unlock extra in the Championship mode to get the maximum of 14 courses, many of which are the same just going backwards.
The sound won't disappoint either with tone and pitch changes as you go through a tunnel etc, my only gripe here being that you can barely hear the horn when you use it.
The car selection is weird the cars being organised into three catagories of difficulty (Easy, Medium, and Hard), my problem is there just is not enough between them. Sure top end and handling are different - but not that different so that you would notice. Also the gameplay difficulty setting appear to shorten the time you have to get between checkpoints, a much better option would have been to increase the traffic on the roads (please on burnout 2!).
The beautifully thought out Nintendo controller is a bit wasted, the default controller setting use the digital buttons for acceleration and brakes. And that really all you need the alternative controller setup allows the use of the analogue shoulder buttons for the same but really its not necessary as you are flat out or sliding around a corner. As a single player game it is a bit limited, buy it to race against your mates and when they have crashed get them to make you a cup of tea - while you finish the game.
This game might be a case of style over substance, and I doubt 'longevity' is a word that will often be used in the same sentence as 'Burnout'. Yet it is an enjoyable title and a fine addition to the list of releases for virgin console.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a brilliant game if u can play it as I bought ...
It's a brilliant game if u can play it as I bought it for my sons wii nd he can't play it as you didn't state that a different control pad was needed sorry only 2 stars from me :)
Published 10 months ago by charlotte painter
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun for 5 mins
The novelty of the game going into an automatic slow motion when you crash to show the realistic damage wears off very quickly when you actually make an effort to try and progress... Read more
Published on 2 Mar. 2012 by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Burnout - original an best
I am the proud owner of a nintendo gamecube. the first game i purchased was burnout, and because of how good it was i went out and bought burnout 2. Read more
Published on 25 Feb. 2004 by "alexio201"
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fun, fun ...
What a FUN game this is. It's totally engrosing. All my family love playing it (even the wife!).
Really, there's no problem with the crash replays! Read more
Published on 19 Nov. 2003 by A. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Burnout
The first time you powerslide round a corner, adjust the oversteer and squeeze between a bus and an 18 wheeler truck, you know that this is a good game. Read more
Published on 18 Mar. 2003 by "macka2"
5.0 out of 5 stars Brake the traffic laws...and don't pay the fines!!!
This is my online review for the Gamecube's version of Burnout, by Acclaim.
When I first read about this game, it seemed like just another racing game. Read more
Published on 21 Feb. 2003 by Simon Marston
2.0 out of 5 stars Why did they do it?
There's nothing more annoying than feeling like you're not in control when your playing a video game (especially a racing game) and unfortunately that's exactly the feeling I got... Read more
Published on 5 Nov. 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Burn baby burn
Burnout is an excellent game with great graphics. The game play is smooth and the music and sound effects are wicked. Read more
Published on 20 Aug. 2002 by "luke261"
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the most non-descript and derivative games ever
This game is very poor, and in my opinion shows a lack of care and concern for the needs of the modern gamer on the part of the programmers. Read more
Published on 19 Aug. 2002 by Gary Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, but maybe some things are missing?
This is a great game, and I certainly enjoy playing it. I would certainly recommend it to anybody looking for a racing game. Read more
Published on 25 Jun. 2002
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