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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Extreme car monkeys may find fault with various details of BURNOUT: PLAYER’S CHOICE EDITION. They may find certain details don’t quite mesh or that a given readout is a bit off. Far my part, I had hoped the game would incorporate the real-life hassles of a career and/or financing. I mean, constructing a ferocious funny car should be more difficult than slapping together a low-grade hot rod. Then again, since the game is otherwise complete, I barely missed it.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
There are really three groups of people that may be interested in Burnout: people who love drag racing and drag racing sims; people who like auto sim games and would like to try a drag racing game; and people who occasionally play (or never play) auto sims, but are intrigued by the idea. I think there’s some real potential for all of these people to find something to enjoy in Burnout. Auto junkies and gearheads will enjoy the ability to customize the car and tinker with manifolds, transmissions, and the like. Gamers who enjoy auto sims and want to make the leap to a different type of racing will appreciate the ability to make the game as simple or complex as they wish, and change the game as they move along the learning curve. Newbies might have a tough time understanding the game’s basics, especially with the rather disjointed manual, but you can have a lot of fun with this game without being an auto aficionado.
While this game has high polish and detail, I would recommend it to only the most avid drag-racing fans or someone who loves to tinker with cars. Most of its enjoyment, like any simulation, comes from already being interested in and familiar with the simulated craft. The actual racing isn't that fun. Buy Burnout only if you love cars or drag racing.
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
Despite my harsh critique, I'm not trying to totally downplay Burnout because it will appeal to some, but I really have a hard time trying to actually recommend this title. The game is original and can be fun if you're a serious drag racing nut, but most people, including the casual drag racing fans, won't be pleased with it. Strange incosistencies as far as the level of realism goes mixed with some ho-hum graphics kill most of this game's appeal. The safest thing to do here is wait until this game hits the bargain bin, at which point you can begin considering whether or not to purchase it.
So if you're looking to re-create the intricate details of drag racing on your PC, this one's for you. However, if you're just a casual fan wanting to burn some rubber, stick to the abandoned country roads. It might be dangerous -- but it's a lot more fun.
PC Games (Germany)
Bethesda Softworks ist für inhaltlich brillante, technisch aber eher mangelhafte Spiele bekannt. Mit Burnout wird der umgekehrte Weg eingeschlagen: Während Grafik und Handling der Drag-Racing-Simulation ansprechend gelöst wurden, kommt der Spielspaß etwas kurz.
PC Player (Germany)
Schon nach zehn Sekunden Geradeausfahren ist man ausgebrannt: Dragster-Rennen sind die Quickies der Motorsport-Welt. Wer auch immer die Idee hatte, diese dämlichste aller Rennsport-Varianten auf dem PC zu simulieren, sollte über einen geistigen Ölwechsel nachdenken.