Burnout Legends (Nintendo DS)

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Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
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Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.2

Critic Reviews

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Next Level Gaming (Dec 19, 2005)
I can honestly say that Burnout Legends is the best “real” racing game that I’ve played on the DS. Now, before the flame posts start, I want to point out that when I say “real” racing games, that excludes Mario Kart. Of course, if this game had Wi Fi multiplayer, it might give ol’ mushroom-breath a run for his money. Don’t get me wrong- there’s nothing exceptionally groundbreaking here. All this game is, essentially, is the same Burnout game we’ve come to expect, formatted for portability.
4Players.de (Dec 14, 2005)
Die DS-Version: Ääähm. Burnout Legends ist auf letzterer Plattform kein Totalabsturz wie NFS: Most Wanted , aber auch nicht der Überflieger, der es auf den ersten Blick zu sein scheint. Dafür fehlen fast alle Eigenschaften, die aus einem Burnout ein Burnout machen: der unglaubliche Speed, die fetten Crashes, die punktgenaue Steuerung. Es gibt nicht so wahnsinnig viele Rennspiele für den DS, und denen fährt Mario Kart DS bislang unerreichbar voraus. Aber selbst unter den wenigen ist Burnout Legends gerade mal Mittelmaß.
PGNx Media (Dec 07, 2005)
Burnout Legends fundamentally fails for two reasons. The first is that the series is very much suited to technology. Even on the PSP, there were concerns that that system wouldn’t be able to handle the high-speed, crash-intensive gameplay of the Burnout series. The second is that the developers didn’t develop around the limitations of the Nintendo DS. Part of this is unavoidable since I’m not sure that the Nintendo DS can handle better crashes. But some of the tracks are out in the open, providing no sense of speed at all. Burnout Legends is at its best when it places you in a constrained track where you’re able to run for a few seconds and get speed and really get a sense of that speed. Of course, then a mediocre crash happens, you lose all the speed, and are thrown out in the open. That ruins it.
Nintendo Vision (Jul 28, 2006)
Porter une légendaire saga comme Burnout sur DS était un pari risqué pour EA Games. Pourtant, le géant américain du jeu-vidéo ne s’en est pas aussi mal sorti que ce que l’on pouvait s’imaginer… Burnout Legends est un jeu beau, fun mais terriblement court et à la jouabilité incertaine. Si il est certain que Burnout n’est pas une daube, il faut reconnaître qu’on est très loin de la perfection atteinte sur consoles de salon et PSP… Le tir sera-t-il rectifié dans une éventuelle suite ?
FOK!games (Dec 23, 2005)
Burnout Legends had een erg leuke racegame kunnen zijn voor de DS. Op racegebied is er enorme concurrentie (Mario Kart) maar goede racegames met echte wagens heeft de DS nog niet echt. Jammer genoeg slaagt Burnout Legends er niet in dat gat op te vullen. Zolang je alleen aan het racen bent en het geluid uit hebt staan valt het allemaal best te pruimen en is het ook nog best leuk. Zodra echter het element van het crashen erbij komt kijken (en in Burnout is dat zacht gezegd nogal een belangrijk element) schiet de game op alle vlakken tekort. En dat is jammer, want met een beetje meer werk had dit best een leuke game kunnen zijn, nu blijft het een typisch gevalletje 'net niet'.
Nintendo-Online.de (Apr 15, 2007)
Burnout Legends ist der lebende Beweis, dass ein bekannter Name nicht automatisch ein gutes Produkt beinhaltet. Gerade die schlechte Steuerung und die miese Grafik lassen kaum Spielspaß aufkommen. Geschieht dies dann doch, machen die eklatanten Clippingfehler das Spiel vollends kaputt. So fahren die Gegner oft durch die Betonabsperrung oder rasen im Verfolgungsmodus einfach durch Autos durch um zu entkommen. Wer dringend neuen Saft für seinen DS braucht, kann sich Burnout Legends antun, wer einen Racer auf diesem Grafikniveau sucht, sollte es lieber bei Ebay versuchen: SNES Racer gibt’s dort schon für unter 10 Euro!
Gamekult (Dec 08, 2005)
Ajouté à cela quelques gros bugs de collisions et une plastique pas franchement réussie, et on obtient un Burnout Legends bien fade, à des kilomètres de ce que l'on pouvait espérer de ce portage. Le mode multijoueur tentera bien de relever un peu le tout grâce à son mode deux joueurs avec une seule cartouche et ses parties jusqu'à cinq en réseau local sans fil, mais il arrive un peu trop tard pour sauver totalement le titre du crash. La DS n'a décidément pas de chance avec les jeux de course arcade.
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 07, 2005)
On tombe de haut ! Très inférieur aux autres versions de Burnout, cet opus DS pèche surtout au niveau de sa jouabilité sans intérêt et de son contenu limité. Certes, la réalisation graphique et sonore ne s'en sort pas trop mal, mais c'est insuffisant pour relever le niveau.
With some tweaks, this engine has some potential to be a fun arcade racer for the DS. The controls are the best out of the few games in the genre for the console, at least if you don't take your cars seriously. As an entry in the Burnout series though, and with only a few modes that work like they should, it's a frustrating disappointment.
GameSpot (Dec 07, 2005)
Burnout Legends for the DS is not a failure because it's a port of a game that appeared on a more powerful system. It's a failure because it just isn't an enjoyable racer, regardless of platform and regardless of name. The fact that this languid excuse for a racer bears the Burnout name does make it all the more egregious. But even apart from the sullying of that series' reputation, every single thing this game tries to do comes off as half-baked and worthless. If you want a Burnout game, buy any other Burnout game ever made, and leave Burnout Legends for the DS very much alone.
JeuxActu (Dec 07, 2005)
Etait-il franchement indispensable d’adapter Burnout Legends sur DS ? Connaissant les capacités assez faiblardes de la console en matière de 3D, il aurait été plus judicieux de s’abstenir afin d’éviter de se retrouver avec un produit aussi défectueux, pouvant nuire ainsi à la réputation - pourtant bien solide - de la licence Burnout. Parfois, il faut savoir faire l'impasse sur certaines choses.
IGN (Dec 01, 2005)
Sometimes you just have to know when to cut your losses. And Burnout on the DS? This should have been on the cutting block the moment the development team realized that the experience couldn’t even come close. The only positive that can be said about this game: at least it runs at 60 frames per second. We’ve played some bad racing games, but Burnout Legends takes the cake. Really.
NintendoWorldReport (Dec 16, 2005)
Burnout Legends DS is a terrible game. It's in 3D, and the Burnout tracks are scaled down well, but nothing else about the game is worth sitting through. It's slow, boring, and poorly put together, three things that the Burnout series is definitely not known for. Stay away from this piece of crap unless you really want to see what a good racing franchise looks like when it's been stripped of everything that made it fun.
GameSpy (Dec 20, 2005)
So let's see - we've got a poor driving engine, broken crash mechanics, stripped down modes (due to a lack of cars), bugs and some below average audio. Sound like a winner? No. If you want to see a quality portable racer, check this title out on the PSP. If you want to see a quality portable racer on the DS, check out Mario Kart DS.
Press Start Online (Dec 15, 2005)
In all honesty, it pains me to say anything positive about Burnout Legends because it’s quite frankly one of the most horrifically misguided, shockingly coded and downright unplayable abortions I’ve ever encountered in all my time playing videogames. It’s shovelware of the very lowest order, and it can’t possibly be recommended to anyone other than the terminally sadomasochistic. A better way to spend £30 would be to buy a 6-pack of Special Brew and a piece of iron piping for the local tramp, then ask him to drink the former before beating you to within an inch of your life with the latter. If it stops you playing Burnout Legends DS then it’s a sacrifice worth making, and money well spent.