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Burnout 3: Takedown (PlayStation 2)

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Burnout 3: Takedown is a racing game which encourages aggressive driving and lets you use your vehicle to smash your way to the finish line by taking out your rivals and causing massive multi-car pileups. The more cars you take out, damage you inflict, the more events and cars you can unlock. Burnout 3 also has a "crash" mode which puts your vehicle at a variety of traffic junctions jam-packed with moving vehicles and pickups to see just how much monetary damage you can inflict.

Burnout 3: Takedown continues the racing series with more cars, more tracks, a more detailed crash engine, and a multitude of new gameplay modes for single players, multiple players on one system, and online play.

Some features include:

Crash Mode: In addition to this gameplay element introduced in Burnout 2, Pick-ups have been added. They are scattered throughout the intersections. Some pick-ups will halve, double or quadruple your score, cause massive explosions to cause even more damage, or increase your damage with monetary bonuses.

Sophisticated crash technology allows for high-speed crashes with extreme detail. Use your vehicle as a weapon and takedown rivals, using the new Aftertouch feature to control your vehicle after the moment of impact.

9 Race Modes including Single Race, Tournament, Lap Eliminator, Burning Lap and Road Rage.

Multiplayer Modes include Quick Line, Battle Race, Road Rage, and Party Crash, where 2-16 players participate in a pass-the-controller match-up.

7 Online Modes allow you to race online with up to 6 players. Battle through oncoming traffic in Crash Mode, Single Race, Road Rage, and more.

Over 70 Vehicles in 12 different classes including European exotics, American muscle cars, mid-size sedans, sports cars, compacts, buses and semi trucks.

Over 40 Tracks spanning 3 continents. Take on opponents across a broad range of environments, and experience dozens of traffic-filled crash junctions.


Burnout 3: Takedown PlayStation 2 Many unlockable cars: Dominator Type
Burnout 3: Takedown PlayStation 2 Bus crash shown during a crash event where the objective is to create the most property damage possible.  This time the bus crashes a little early and doesn't make the ramp for a big crash location.
Burnout 3: Takedown PlayStation 2 Many unlockable cars: US Circuit Racer
Burnout 3: Takedown PlayStation 2 End of Intro Movie after a big crash transition to Title Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "横冲直撞3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

One of the best games on the PS2 - TOTALLY WILD AND WICKED! pottyboy (67) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Sep 07, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
UOL Jogos Sep 20, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Freaks 365 2004 9.7 out of 10 97
IGN Sep 02, 2004 9.4 out of 10 94
Edge Sep 30, 2004 9 out of 10 90
videogamer.com Oct 12, 2004 9 out of 10 90
JeuxActu Sep 10, 2004 18 out of 20 90
1UP Sep 08, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Sep 22, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central 2004 4.5 out of 5 90


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Winter City

Winter City was very obviously modeled after the capital of Austria, Vienna. Even a model of the Stephansdom was used in the game.


  • 4Players
    • 2004 – Best Console Racing Game of the Year
  • EGM
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) – #162 out of 200 on the "Greatest Games of Their Time" list
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #8 Game of the Year
    • 2004 – #4 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2004 – #5 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2004 – Xbox Racing Game of the Year
    • 2004 – PS2 Racing Game of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2004 - PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2004 - Runner-up in the Online Game of the Year category
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