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Burnout 2: Point of Impact

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
86
3.6
PlayStation 2
88
3.9
Xbox
87
2.4

Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    Race through six U.S. locations and 30 stages with 14 all-new vehicles, including modified Japanese cars, pickups, SUVs plus unlockable rides such as police cruisers, classic '50s hot rods, and stockcars. "Learn to burn" at the Burnout Driving School in Offensive Driving 101, and post your top scores online!

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (12858) on Sep 06, 2010.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    Returning to the streets in what promises to be the most adrenaline-filled arcade driving game of the year.

    The sequel to Burnout, which was originally launched in November 2001 to universal acclaim from media and consumers alike, Burnout 2: Point of Impact delivers an incredibly fast and high-action driving experience, with vastly improved gameplay, new game options and bigger, better and more insane crash carnage. Burnout 2: Point of Impact boasts larger tracks, fully tuned-up custom motors and all-new thrilling crashes. Reckless driving is rewarded with an improved Burnout meter: take to the air, slide through corners or swerve to avoid a near head-on collision to fill the meter before unleashing an adrenalin fuelled speed boost. A new points system allows you to unlock challenges and modes throughout the game.

    Developed by Criterion Games, Burnout 2: Point of Impact includes modes such as ‘Pursuit’, which allows drivers to race a police car in hot pursuit of opponents whilst attempting to ram them off the road. The brand new “Crash” mode allows drivers to perform the most insane crashes and incredible pile-ups ever seen in a video game.

    Gamecube fans can leave their sanity at the starting grid and prepare for the white-knuckle ride of their life. The Gamecube version of Burnout 2: Point of Impact boasts major improvements and is all set to take pole position, taking the genre to a new level, with stunning graphics, white-knuckle foot-to-the-floor gameplay and improved crash-scene carnage.


    PRODUCT FEATURES:

    Offensive Driving 101, where you can "Learn to Burn" from the Burnout Driving School.
    All-new Pursuit races allow players to race a police car and ram opponents off the road.
    Crashes are bigger, badder, and more heart-stopping than any seen before: Vehicles deform and car parts fly across the highway!
    Gamecube version includes 15 more crash junctions than PlayStation 2 version. This mode is now twice the size as the PS2 game mode.
    Advanced lighting effects such as Bloom Lighting: highlights reflect off of windshields and metal exactly as in real-life.
    New Custom Series Mode that allows you to race modified vehicles complete with body kits and decals.
    Progressive scan and Dolby Pro-Logic II support. Six new United States locations, including Miami, Los Angeles, The Rocky Mountains, New Mexico and a busy international airport.
    Thirty new stages to drive with fourteen all-new vehicles.
    Seven secret vehicles to unlock including police cars, 1950's hotrods and stock cars.
    Realistic weather effects, such as snow, rain and fog.
    All-new points-based championship gameplay structure.
    Vehicles can get air and earn boosts by jumping. Intelligent traffic system, featuring three distinct types of driver behaviours.
    Upgraded graphics engine.


    TECHNICAL FEATURES:

    Significant increases in polygon count and texture size.
    True specular reflections with specular mapping.
    True specular lighting with specular mapping on all surfaces.
    Dynamic weather effects including rain and snow.
    Anti-aliasing and flicker filtering.
    Progressive scan TV support for NTSC version.
    Dolby ProLogic II support.
    Specular bloom effects for ultra-realistic specular lighting and halos.
    More "Hollywood" style crashes.
    Enhanced traffic system supporting complex intelligent behaviours.
    State-of-the-art CPU opponent AI with advanced humanistic spatial awareness.
    Enhanced engine audio model including real-time distortion processing.
    Dynamically mixed context-sensitive audio streaming.
    Reflective surfaces.
    Enhanced instance rendering.
    Enhanced streaming technology.
    Non interrupt-driven texture upload system for higher performance.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53674) on Oct 02, 2005.

www.nintendo.com:
    Nintendo GameCube offers twice the crash junctions of other versions for even more points of impact!

    More cars, bigger crashes, and better graphics: What more could you ask for from this adrenaline-infused sequel to 2002's crash-'n'-burn epic?

    Toast the Competition

    The list of improvements includes 14 highly tuned vehicles and 30 new stages full of congested intersections and treacherous traffic. Driving locations include Miami, Los Angeles, the Rocky Mountains, New Mexico and a busy airport. The fictional vehicles range from puny compacts to massive muscle cars.

    A mandatory tutorial, Offensive Driving 101, puts you behind the wheel of a somewhat humiliating compact car with the words "Student Driver" emblazoned on every side. Here you learn the intricacies of the Boost Meter.

    To fill the Boost Meter, you must perform daring feats, including driving against the flow of traffic, swerving close to other cars, drifting through turns, and catching air off jumps. Once you have maxed out your Boost Meter, squeeze the R Button for an extra dose of speed.

    Game Modes

    The original Burnout was terrific, but new modes in the sequel shift the action into overdrive. Championship mode provides an extensive racing challenge for a single player. A good performance will unlock many of the game's bonuses.

    Pursuit races give you a chance to play cops and robbers as you take the wheel of a police cruiser and try to chase down opponents. Try to force the lead-footing lawbreaker to ram oncoming traffic and skid out of control.

    The thrilling Crash mode lets you become a car wreck artist, with the street as your canvas, Picasso. You are placed in the middle of a course with a full Boost Meter. The object is to plow your way through a congested area, usually an intersection or traffic jam, trying to cause as much damage as possible.

    Plenty of unlockable extras await a persistent player. Playing through the various modes earns you secret cars such as retro hot-rods and stock cars. You can also earn decals and other enhancements for your vehicles.

    Graphics and Sound

    Even though its predecessor was no slouch, Burnout 2 raises the bar with a new level of graphical prowess. This time around, publisher Acclaim has crammed the garage with more, and more realistic, vehicles. The environments are packed with lifelike details, including road wear and street signs.

    Crashes are improved thanks to an even deeper damage model. A disastrous wreck will strip your once pristine car down to its chassis and ignite the whole thing in a ball of flames. Lighting effects and real-time reflections make crunched fenders and shattered windows glitter like a Tiffany's storefront.

    Burnout 2: Point of Impact overcomes the demolition-derby gimmick to become a top notch racing game. The extensive multiplayer support should make it a hit at parties, and many unlockables extend the replay value for a single player.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on May 08, 2005.

Acclaim US website - Press Section - PS2/Xbox/GC:
    Press Reviews:

    "Dangerous driving never felt so good. A worthwhile purchase for any racing fan." - Daily Game (http://www.dailygame.net/Articles/Reviews/burnout2.html)

    "Very, very fast and very, very fun. The gameplay simply shines." - Mad Gamers (http://www.madgamers.net/news2078.html)

    "One of the most fun-filled Xbox games out there." - Gaming Target (http://xbox.gamingtarget.com/reviews/xbox.cgi?id=142)

    "Not too many titles make my Directors Choice Award, but this one is so deserving that it cannot be ignored. ...This is one game that should be in every gamers library, hands down." - Console Gold (http://www.consolegold.com/reviews/xbox/burnout2/burnout2.shtml)

    "...This is one of the best racing games I have played in a while." - Gaming Horizon (http://reviews.gaminghorizon.com/media/0,100,28,313,1,800.html)

    "Bottom line is that I see myself playing this game for a long time to come. I can almost guarantee it for you too." - NL Gaming - 95/100 (http://www.nlgaming.com/reviewDisp.asp?id=603)

    "This game came out of left field, but it smacked a grand slam right out of the ballpark!" - Console Gold - 91% (http://www.consolegold.com/reviews/gamecube/burnout2/burnout2.shtml)

    "...This game just may be the best "real racing" game the GameCube might ever have..." - Game 2Xtreme - 9.1/10 (http://www.game2extreme.com/reviews/review.cfm?language=3&reviewid=311&CFID=897396&CFTOKEN=90823994)

    "Clearly one of the best high-speed racing games of all-time, and definitely one of the top games of the year..." - MG Network - 9.1/10 (http://ent-hq.com/gaming/article2.php?id=101&type=reviews)

    "GameCube fans have needed an arcade racer of this type for a long time." - GameShark - 10/10 (http://www.gameshark.com/gamecube/articles/401496p1.html)

    "What Burnout 2: Point of Impact comes down to is that it's a solid and entertaining racing game, which has the potential to draw in non-racing fans - not something many racing games can claim..." - Armchair Empire - 9.1/10 (http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/25399.asp)

    6th highest ranked Xbox title - GameRankings - avg: 91% (http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/25399.asp)

    "You simply cannot go wrong with this title!" - GameShark - 10/10 (http://www.gameshark.com/xbox/articles/410091p1.html)

    "Burnout 2 is a title that you won't be able to put down until everything is unlocked. And after that, you'll have hours of fun with your buddies. It rocks!" - GameZone.com - 9.3/10 (http://xbox.gamezone.com/gzreviews/r20496.htm)

    "The Championship modes will keep you glued to the TV, and all of the Multiplayer modes will keep you coming back for more." - WorthPlaying - 9.3/10 (http://www.worthplaying.com/article.php?sid=10726)

    "...an intense, one-of-a-kind experience. Go buy this game today." - XBN

    "...Our choice to name Burnout 2 our Best Driving Game on PlayStation 2 really wasn't so difficult, since this was one of those games we found ourselves coming back to time and time again." - Best Driving Game on PlayStation 2 - Gamespot (http://gamespot.com/gamespot/features/all/bestof2002/ps217.html)

    IGN:
    "Simply the best racer on GameCube."
    "This is the racer that GCN owners need to own."
    "It has all the trimmings and is very playable for any racing fan."
    "so go out there and buy yourself a copy, because we guarantee you'll love it..."

    "Burnout 2 is pure arcade racing at its best." - 91% Silicon Magazine

    "For those of you that were fans of the first Burnout, you are going to be blown away by the improvements in the sequel." - 98% Platinum Award - PSE2

    "Burnout 2 saved my life." - Joanie Carlyle Click here (http://www.acclaim.com/games/burnout2/b2sml/index.html) to see Joanie and others talk about how Burnout 2 helped save their lives...

    "For arcade racing fans, it just doesn't get any better than this."- 98% Platinum Award - PSE2

    "...absolutely should not be missed." - 98% Platinum Award - PSE2

    "2002 Racing Game of the Year." - IGN.com

    "...standout quality that screams at you from the shelf - now you have another one to keep you up late nights, Burnout 2." - 9/10 Editors' Choice Award - IGN.com

    "Arcade racing bliss! The fastest, highest-risk racing experience on the PS2." - 9/10 Editors' Choice Award - IGN.com

    "Burnout 2 is a sparkling example of pure, refined arcade racing done right. It's the fastest looking racer on PlayStation 2, and most of all it offers the best car crashes on the planet." - 9/10 Editors' Choice Award - IGN.com

    "Burnout 2 is an excellent sequel in every way. It's better looking, longer, faster, deeper, and it's got little flourishes and extra modes of play that truly impress." 9/10 Editors' Choice Award - IGN.com

    "It stands right up there with the best PS2 racers in its own unique, destructive, high-octane way." - 9/10 Editors' Choice Award - IGN.com

    "Burnout 2 should have huge appeal. It's a straightforward bullet of a racer. If you want the sheer thrill of speed and the intensity of the best car crashes on the planet, go get yourself a copy." - 9/10 Editors' Choice Award - IGN.com

    "One of the most thrilling, visually amazing, and downright fun arcade racers ever." - 9/10 Must-Buy Silver Award - PSM

    "Screams of expert design and polish." - 9/10 Must-Buy Silver Award - PSM

    "One of the best sequels the racing genre has seen in a long time." - 9/10 Must-Buy Silver Award - PSM

    "Burnout 2 offers an amazing sense of speed and some of the most dramatic crashes seen in a racing game to date. It's a must-own for fans of arcade racing." - GameSpot

    "The racing game for crazy people is as fast and furious as ever this year." - 4/5 Play

    "Some of the best arcade racing available." - GamePro
    "Bigger, longer, and more intense smash-ups" - GamePro
    "Burnout 2 surpasses its predecessor in almost every department." - GamePro

    IGN
    "Burnout 2 really is a recipe for success: Its mix of blazingly fast cars, gorgeous environments, dangerous tracks and extra goodies make it the arcade racer to contend with this fall."
    (http://ps2.ign.com/articles/366/366378p1.html)

    GameSpot
    "You'd be hard-pressed to find a faster-feeling game for the PlayStation 2."
    (http://gamespot.com/gamespot/stories/news/0,10870,2880005,00.html)

    Acclaim Press Releases:

    Acclaim Ships Burnout 2: Point of Impact - Developers Cut for Microsoft Xbox(tm)
    Featuring exclusive content and bonus features, Burnout 2: Point of Impact - Developer's Cut(TM) includes 21 additional custom car skins, 15 additional crash junctions, a customizable soundtrack option, true 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound support and an online worldwide leaderboard functionality via XBOX(TM) Live.
    (http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/Burnout2XBoxShips.html)

    Acclaim Ships Burnout 2: Point of Impact for Nintendo GameCube(tm)
    Quenching the thirst of speed junkies with pedal-to-the-metal arcade racing action, Acclaim announced that it has shipped Burnout 2: Point of Impact(TM) for the Nintendo GameCube(TM).
    (http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/Burnout2GameCubeShips.html)

    Acclaim Announces Burnout 2: Point of Impact for Microsoft Xbox(tm) and Nintendo GameCube(tm)
    Driving into retail outlets nationwide this spring with the hottest racing game of the year, Acclaim announced that its award-winning title, Burnout 2: Point of Impact, will be available for both the Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(tm).
    (http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/Burnout2XBXAndGC.html)

    Acclaim Ships Burnout 2: Point of Impact
    Returning to the streets with the most adrenaline-filled, high-performance arcade-style driving game of the season, Acclaim announced that it has shipped Burnout(tm) 2: Point of Impact for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.
    (http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/Burnout2Ships.html)

    Acclaim Announces Burnout 2: Point of Impact
    Returning to the streets in what promises to be the most adrenaline-filled arcade driving game of the forthcoming holiday season, Acclaim Entertainment announced that it will release Burnout(tm) 2: Point of Impact this fall.
    (http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/Burnout2PointOfImpact.html)

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on Sep 02, 2004.

Acclaim US website - Xbox:
    FEATURES

    Burnout 2: Point of Impact is the follow-up to the original smash hit with improved graphics, faster gameplay, and bigger, more spectacular crashes.

    Microsoft Xbox(tm) gamers are advised to leave their sanity at the starting grid as they prepare for the most mental adrenaline-pumping ride of their life! Burnout 2 is geared up to take pole position for best driving game on the console, taking the genre to new heights, with stunning graphics, white-knuckle foot-to-the-floor gameplay and heart-stopping auto-carnage!

    New and exclusive content for Xbox(tm) version:
  • 15 additional Crash mode junctions - the world's favourite Burnout mode just got bigger. The 'Crash for Cash' mode is now bigger and better, with 15 brand new dangerous Crash junctions. Double the madness. Double the carnage. Double the insurance premiums.
  • Extra decal sets available for all Custom Series cars - Four additional custom decal sets are selectable for all CS vehicles e.g. 'Red Dragon' and 'Union Jack' decal sets only available in Xbox version.
  • Increased polygon count on ALL player cars - utilizing the extra graphical power available on the Xbox - vehicles have more than twice the detail than in the PS2 version.
  • Real-time cubic environment mapping - all vehicles reflect the game world making the vehicles look much more realistic.
  • Custom soundtracks option - this allows you to create your own Burnout 2 soundtrack, choosing the specially composed original music for Burnout 2 - or any of your own music you've stored on the Xbox hard disk.
  • In-game real-time Dolby Digital 5.1 audio - experience Burnout 2 like never before. Dolby Digital 5.1 provides the ultimate Burnout 2 experience. Feel the roar of the traffic as 5.1 discrete channels of surround sound give the most exciting and entertaining racing experience yet.

    Xbox(tm) Live(tm) features:
  • Xbox Live hi-score table support - Compare your Burnout 2 skills with the best Burnout players in the world and your friends.
  • Over sixty online leader boards including best time on each track, highest scores in Crash Mode and other Burnout 2 statistics.

    Game Features - Technical Features
  • Offensive Driving 101, where you can "Learn to Burn" from the Burnout Driving School.
  • All-new Pursuit races allow players to race a police car and ram opponents off the road.
  • Crashes are bigger, badder, and more heart-stopping than any seen before: Vehicles deform and car parts fly across the highway!
  • New Custom Series Mode that allows you to race modified vehicles complete with body kits and decals.
  • Progressive scan and Dolby Pro-Logic II support.
  • Six new United States locations, including Miami, Los Angeles, The Rocky Mountains, New Mexico and a busy international airport.
  • Thirty new stages to drive with fourteen all-new vehicles - over 600 miles of challenges and courses to complete the game.
  • Secret vehicles to unlock including police cars, 1950's hotrods and stock cars.
  • Realistic weather effects, such as snow, rain and fog.
  • All-new points-based championship gameplay structure.
  • All new boost system - vehicles can now get air and earn boosts by jumping.
  • Intelligent traffic system, featuring three distinct types of driver behaviors.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on Sep 02, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    "Nastier, more painful, wincingly wild crashes"

    - IGN

    Progressive Scan TV support

    Learn to burn in Offensive Driving School

    Heart-stopping chases in police pursuit mode

    30 all-new levels with weather effects

    "Racing through traffic was never this fun"

    - PSM

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69578) on May 04, 2003.