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Burnout Platinum  (PS2)

by Acclaim
PlayStation2
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • High-risk, arcade-style street racing
  • Rewards dangerous driving
  • 14 traffic-filled courses through cities and the countryside
  • Over 300 vehicles
  • Advanced traffic AI


Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 3
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00008AV4H
  • Release Date: 7 Mar 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,552 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Amazon.co.uk 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 on the PlayStation 2. 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 aim simply being 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 it to say, though, to get through the game you're going to have to take your chances.

Contrary to the serious approach of 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 this 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 multimedia power of the PlayStation 2 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 yet another PS2 four wheel treat. --Simon Brew --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By D. J. Burton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Video Game
Whilst in some respects the Gran Turismo series is amazingly realistic, what it lacks are spectacular crashes, high paced action and a less serious attitude to racing. Burnout delivers these three in abundance yet it is still a fantastic game for the more serious racer.
The sense of speed the game produces is incredible - you really need split second reactions to survive. Even though it's an arcade game, if you crash you'll lose vital seconds (and because the opponents are always on your tail - the only real flaw in the game) and you'll drop places.
This is a must buy for all driving enthusiasts. You'll be left awestruck at the speed and pace of this game. It's certainly a challenge, but this broadens the gameplay. You can play this game whether you want to mess about with your mates or be ultra serious.
Burnout simulates every aspect of driving that other games have always missed out. It looks and sounds fantastic, and offers hours of entertainment. I don't think this game will ever become dull or worn out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fastest racing so far 19 Dec 2001
By Paul
Format:Video Game
This is a great game, a real blast that makes a change from some of the more cerebral driving games:
Graphics
The graphics and sound are fantastic, especially the lighting. In GT3 the scenery is all lit depending on the time of day, but the cars are always lit from directly above, making them glow brightly when they go through dark tunnels, for example. Not so in Burnout. The lighting is all ambient and cars cast realistic shadows. In fact the lighting can be too realistic since you don't seem to have any headlamps at all on these cars.
The colour pallette is a bit dull on some tracks, which makes things more realistic than the cartoon-bright scenery in GT3 but it does make finding your turn-in point a bit tricky.
Gameplay
The computer controlled cars stay too close to your tail sometimes - you can be powering away in the lead for ages and the one crash lets them all come flying past at the last minute.
When you run out of time before a checkpoint your car stops too quickly. Too many times my car has pulled up suddenly, just yards from the next checkpoint when it would easily have rolled through if the game didn't slam the brakes on.
The replays lose a lot of the peripheral action. the funniest bits are when you've crashed and your opponents come barelling round the corner only to plough into your pile-up. The highlights lose most of this, however, as they only really show your crash for a couple of seconds.
The range of cars is limited. I've completed all but two of the championships and I have not been given any extra cars other than the five that you start with.
Overall
The racing is easily the fastest I've seen on any platform, 60Hz or not. It makes your heart pound and the adrenalin keeps you playing for ages. The game might be too difficult thanks to the computer cars being so close all the time, but it makes a change from GT3 where you just bolt on a bigger turbo and leave everyone else standing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shouldn't be compared with GT3 15 Jan 2002
Format:Video Game
The first ten minutes I played this I was disappointed. This is because I was thinking about it relative to GT3. If you play this for longer than 10 minutes you will realise it's a great game in it's own right, and has a very different style to GT3. To really enjoy this true arcade-style, seat-of-pants racer you would be advised to have the following:
1) A big 'ol TV so you can see what's going on, especially important for 2 player action
2) A bunch of mates to play against so you can enjoy the carnage together.
The game is a scream in 2 player mode, and perfect for when you've got a few people round and you've just come in from the pub. I like the funky choones too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars need for speed 11 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Initially seems abit samey,but after a while you begin to realise this game puts forth a considerable challenge.The speed of the game is phenomenal,split second reactions are essential.It's a game that sharpens the senses,it's fast and furious,take your eyes off the screen for a second and you will probably find yourself becoming one with an oncoming bus.Graphics are adequate but considering there is so much going on i.e so many polygons being thrown around at lightening speed,it's not surprising the graphics took abit of a hit!!The only thing that might annoy some people is when you crash and you will, a simultaneous replay is shown of that crash and the clock continues to countdown so by the time you have rejoined the race you have lost valuable seconds which could make the difference in you completing the race.All in all a great game,stick with it and you will be rewarded.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burnout 27 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
An instantly enjoyable 'pick-up and play' game that's great fun from the off. In a breath of fresh air for the tired driving game genre Burnout lets you blast round city streets, weaving in and out of traffic as you race. It's incredibly fast considering the amount of cars, buses and trucks on screen at one time and the inevitable smashes deserve a special mention too. All in all, Burnout is a truly enjoyable game that unlike so many others doesn't take itself too seriously - excellent fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Arcade Smash 15 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Having gone on a few recommendations I must say that Burnout has been one of the best buys for the PS2. Its full of fast furious action, heart racing near misses and great crashes. Best if you have a few mates around and a big TV, but still great if you are going alone. Worth every penny.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
Brilliant game so I'm told by recipient, well he thought so anyway. This game was a great price and unexpected fast delivery - so very happy. Thank you.
Published 9 months ago by Lesley
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This is a great game to play and I've always loved playing Burnout, however there are nly about 3 tracks to play on. It's an old game, so what do you expect? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Elz Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars brill!!!
can i just say that this game is the ultimate... who ever said that dangerous driving is not fun... it is fantastic... its old but its worth it
well worth the money
Published on 22 Dec 2004 by Aaron Cornell
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Irritating!?!
A race through rush-hour traffic is a great idea...
But the graphics lack anti-aliasing, which sometimes makes it difficult to see what you're about to crash into(! Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars What???
How on EARTH can anyone complain so much about this game?
OK, it might not have hundreds of cars to race with, or loads of tracks to race on, but it's *FUN*!!!
Published on 11 May 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and FUN!
Burnout is a great game, fun and easy to use.
I played it on a friends PS2 in 2001 and enjoyed it immensely, I hadn't seen anything like it before, and there still isn't... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2003 by MR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game!!
Burnout is without a doubt the best racing game I've ever played for *any* console! The pure adrenaline rush you get from tearing down streets, avoiding oncoming traffic and... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2003 by "tisiphone_83"
5.0 out of 5 stars High speed - high adrenalin racing
This is a must have game for race fans. The graphics are smooth as silk and the feel of speed is brilliant. Leaves games like GT3 in the dust. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2002 by Netlagged
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a brilliant game
I was left a little confused by Burnout, as to what exactly it wanted me to do. The big crashes are clearly meant to be the selling point, yet they are exactly what you need to... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2002 by "solid1"
5.0 out of 5 stars the fast and the furious
i'll only say this:
if you have a PS2 and loved the film 'the fast and the furious' get this now!!!!! Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2002 by ultraviolet
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