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Burnout is an arcade style racing game in the mold of the Test Drive or Need For Speed series. In this game, you are racing on realistic streets with real traffic to contend with.

There are 6 courses on which to race, 3 of which are reminiscent of Europe, and 3 from the USA. There are several vehicles to choose from, ranging from compact cars to pickups. However, they are not based on real makes and models.

One notable feature of Burnout is the "Burn Meter." The Burn Meter is a gauge that is filled by performing reckless stunts, like racing into oncoming traffic, or power-drifting through corners. Once the Burn Meter is filled, your car gets a super speed boost. If you crash, however the Burn Meter is reset and must be filled again to achieve boost.


Burnout Xbox The motion blur on the replay is put to good use here
Burnout Xbox And there off!
Burnout GameCube Suburban Streets
Burnout GameCube Head on into traffic.

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Alternate Titles

  • "横冲直撞" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Shiny Red Car " -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Xbox Aug 02, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
Meristation PlayStation 2 Nov 12, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gameplanet GameCube Jun 17, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Jan, 2002 7.75 out of 10 78
IGN Xbox Apr 30, 2002 7.6 out of 10 76
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Nov 08, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Game Critics Xbox Aug 28, 2002 6.5 out of 10 65
Gamestyle PlayStation 2 2001 6 out of 10 60
Gamekult GameCube May 06, 2002 6 out of 10 60 GameCube Nov 14, 2003 6 out of 10 60


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