Burnout 2: Point of Impact (GameCube)

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Racing a car is one thing, but racing into traffic at high speeds, where you are rewarded for the style of your crash, is another. This is the idea behind Burnout 2, which brings new modes and higher speeds compared to the original title. As usual, the aim is to speed around real life roadways, through the traffic ahead, while keeping all 4 wheels on the ground.

Burnout is a street racing game focused around speed and crashing. Unlike many games which focus on closed course driving, you get to drive through cities with real traffic and city infrastructure. Designers have built an entire city and surrounding areas, and implement the race courses throughput the countie's streets. As a result, many times certain parts of race-courses interlace with other parts of other races. As well, instead of encouraging strategic driving and safe driving, Burnout strongly encourages offensive driving. Driving on the wrong side of the road, barely missing passing traffic, drifting, and jumps all add to your boost "burnout" meter. Speed boosts and jumps aid your attempt to dive past buses, trucks and anything else that gets in the way. The more offensive and dangerous your driving is, the more boost you get!

Burnout 2 contains a full campaign and custom car campaign. While you can unlock regular cars and tracks, later in the campaign you unlock more raceways like reverse tracks and one-way sprints. You can unlock over 20 cars like a Nascar, a 1920's gangster car, a Japanese muscle, and many customized vehicles with custom paint jobs and upgraded stats.

Along with the same sense of speed and highly detailed crash animations as before, Point of Impact packages new modes of play. Pursuit mode has you playing the cop as you chase down the speeding motorists, and to win you must crash them out of the race. Or you can reverse that with a friend. You can flee from a friend while he attempts to chase you. Crash mode, as the name suggests, forces you to glide into crowded intersections to get the most cars involved in a pile-up as possible. The bigger the crash, the better. Up to 4 players can compete for the best score.

Training and 2 player racing modes are also included.


Burnout 2: Point of Impact GameCube Wrecks are still pretty spectacular
Burnout 2: Point of Impact GameCube Some of the unlockable cars are interesting.
Burnout 2: Point of Impact GameCube Car Selection
Burnout 2: Point of Impact GameCube Into oncoming traffic

Alternate Titles

  • "横冲直撞2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Burnout 2: Point of Impact - Developer's Cut" -- Xbox title

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User Reviews

A fantastic intense racing game bogged down by terribly cheap AI tricks. kbmb (399) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Intense, Rewarding and Fast Gameplay. BigJKO (68) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Armchair Empire, The May 10, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 26, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) May 02, 2003 4.5 out of 5 90
Meristation May 16, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
N-Zone Jul 07, 2003 89 out of 100 89
GameSpy Apr 24, 2003 88 out of 100 88
Game Informer Magazine May, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamekult May 20, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com May 22, 2003 16 out of 20 80
The Next Level Apr 08, 2003 C 50


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1001 Video Games

Burnout 2: Point of Impact appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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