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Burnout 3: Takedown (PlayStation 2)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall MobyScore (49 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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Level
Mi-ar plăcea să îți spun chiar mai multe despre acest joc genial, însă singurul mod în care îl vei aprecia cu adevărat este să-l încerci pe propria piele. Este cel mai bun arcade cu mașini din câte mi-a fost dat să văd pe console (și pe PC), iar la capitolul FUN stă mai bine decât orice am încercat în ultimii ani.
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UOL Jogos
"Burnout 3" pode não ser o mais realista jogo de corrida, mas é um dos mais viciantes dos últimos tempos. Suas missões relativamente curtas e desafiadoras trazem grande satisfação em suas cenas de destruição em câmera lenta. Talvez não seja o game mais educativo do gênero, mas seu charme é irresistível.
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GamerDad
Burnout 3: Takedown by EA Games is a revolutionary game for the arcade racing genre. The action is intense! What makes Burnout 3 so special is not the racing really, but rather the crashing. After watching the opening movie from start to finish, I was amazed by the incredible crashes. The graphics and sound are top-notch and obviously done by devoted professionals. EA describes Burnout 3 as a "pure arcade adrenaline rush." They weren't kidding.
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GameSpy
As much as I'm hesitant to make statements as conclusive as the following, it must be said: Burnout 3: Takedown is the new king of arcade racers. Think about everything that was brilliant about its predecessors -- the whimsical take on the laws of physics, the gorgeous graphics, and the completely insane emphasis on crashing -- and multiply it by ten thousand. You now have an inkling as to how much Burnout 3 has added to the series' already-solid formula.
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Game Freaks 365
If you're a casual racer, or hardcore, Burnout 3 is a racing game that no one should pass up. The sheer amount of time dedicated to this game, that the gamer will enjoy, is unbelievable. You'll never grow tired of the crashes, adrenaline-filled speed boosts, or insane traffic junctions. To close this review though, Burnout 3 is a game to remember, possibly the best arcade racer ever created.
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DreamStation.cc
With 70 cars to choose from and online and multiplayer modes on top of single player race and crash modes, Burnout 3: Takedown has a lot to offer. I don’t think I have ever played a faster racing game that had me not wanting to blink nor turn my PS2 off. The game looks great, sounds great, and plays great and I can’t recommend it enough. Burnout 3: Takedown is a must buy for every racing game fan and probably should be purchased or at least rented by every PlayStation 2 owner on the planet, since it is that good.
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VGcore
Burnout 3: Takedown is by far the game that you will have the most fun with since Halo came out. Seriously, even if you are not into racing type games, this game is definitely worth purchasing. The gameplay is always filled with action and the entire game has a real sense of speed. Both the racing and crashing aspect of the game are extremely fun and if you get board of racing, you can always try out some of the crash events. The graphics are well done as well.
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Game Over Online
Regardless of the system or slight differences (soundtracks and online specifically), PS2 and Xbox owners both have outstanding racing awaiting them in Burnout 3: Takedown. The pictures accompanying this article just doesn’t do the game’s motion justice, and the sheer amount of racing options, tight controls, and satisfaction of crashes easily vaults this title into one of the best games of the year. If you own any of these consoles, go out, buy this game and get your crash on.
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Futuregamez.net
Burnout 3 is the ultimate arcade based racing game. This not only exceeds expectations, but also smashes them. This is one game to show off to your friends. Get it now, you won't be disappointed.
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GameSpot
Unless your only idea of driving-game enjoyment involves playing the strictest of simulations, Burnout 3: Takedown is the driving game for you. It's instantly accessible, yet it has more than enough challenge to it to keep you busy for a very long time, even if you don't intend to play the game online. Furthermore, it's simply one of the most exciting, action-packed games to come along in a long time, regardless of genre. So even if driving games aren't normally your thing, if you're a thrill-seeker (at least in game terms), this offering has them in spades. Burnout 3: Takedown is an amazing achievement that anyone with a pulse will probably love.
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PSX Extreme
Having spent another three menacing hours in between writing about the game's audio and writing this conclusion, I can wholeheartedly say that Burnout 3 may very well go down in the books as the finest arcade racing game of all time, and one of the best titles the racing genre has ever seen. Criterion has upped the ante by creating a game that doesn't just exceed the previous two, rather it completely eclipses them and most other racers out there.
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IGN
You have never played a racer like Burnout 3: Takedown, and it would be an absolute crime if you went on living that way. Criterion's relentless ambitions for its arcade-inspired franchise, combined with Electronic Arts' steadfast production values, have paved the way for a true breakthrough in the amped-up racing genre. Burnout 3 offers up insane speed, unequaled crash sequences, and a truly new style of gameplay. It has reinvented the wheel, so to speak.
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Game Informer Magazine
Deep down inside, even the most humble of personalities have pondered the question "What would happen if I slammed the pedal to the metal and launched my car into that fuel tanker?" Of course, that little thing called a "conscience" flares into effect and you find yourself re-adjusting your seatbelt and feathering the brakes rather than speeding forth into an explosive inferno of smoldering death. As it turns out, Burnout 3 is a celebration of these reckless driving dreams. It rewards players for swerving through oncoming traffic, applauds knocking opponents off of cliffs, and ultimately begs the question, "Just how much damage can one vehicle inflict upon a crowded highway or a busy city street?"
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Game Captain
Flottere Grafik, größerer Umfang und endlich auch online spielbar - Burnout 3 übertrumpft seine Vorgänger in allen Belangen!
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GameZone
When one usually thinks of Cabela and hunting games, one thinks of protracted hunts in lush environments tracking a prey that can often be elusive. This makes sense. If you were an animal in the wilds and you heard someone stomping through your home and had bullets splintering trees near you or whizzing over your head, would you stick around to see what the fuss was about?
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4Players.de
Von Anfang bis Ende durchgestylt, mit famoser Grafik und Geschwindigkeit ausgestattet und spektakuläreren Crashs als je zuvor, übernimmt der Highspeed-Racer nahezu die Spitzenposition im Arcade-Genre. Zwar hat man alle grundlegenden Rennmodi im Einzelspielermodus schon nach sehr kurzer Zeit gesehen, doch die nach und nach freigeschalteten Fahrzeugklassen sorgen schnell wieder für neue Motivation. Und über die Qualitäten des mit mittlerweile über 100 Kreuzungen stark aufgestockten Crash-Modus braucht man seit dem Vorgänger nicht mehr diskutieren. Und selbst der auf Dauer die Nerven penetrierende Radiosprecher kann den wohlverdienten Award nicht in Gefahr bringen. Die Lernkurve ist nahezu optimal und die Steuerung schnell und direkt, so dass sowohl Hardcore-Fans als auch Rennspiel-Neueinsteiger angesprochen werden. Wenn es einen Racer gibt, den man auch Auto-Hassern empfehlen kann, dann ist es Burnout 3!
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Edge
Until you’ve blasted along the gently curved outline of its European motorways via a delicate balance of brake and steering input (the accelerator never anything other than flat to the pad), nitrous flowing, gaze fixed firmly on the distance through burning eyes you daren’t shut while carving your way through traffic and trading paint with the competition at 200mph or more, you won’t have delved deep into Takedown’s core. It still possesses the series’ trademark ability to deliver Tempest-like ‘in the zone’ moments of remarkable intensity unlike any of its contemporaries, but now comes with a confidently revised dynamic, marking this as Criterion Games’ finest hour. Crucially, it’s everything a racing videogame should be: a relentless, unwavering and phenomenal assault on the senses.
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JeuxActu
Le tableau est parfait ! Il aura fallu attendre qu’Electronic Arts prenne en charge le bébé de Criterion pour l’amener à maturité ! Speed, magnifique, long, on ne décroche pas facilement de Burnout 3 : Takedown. Qu’on se la joue solo ou collectif, notre soif de tôle froissée est assouvie. Un chef d’œuvre IN-CON-TOUR-NA-BLE!
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Game Informer Magazine
The physics are rock solid, and the only place that I'd like to see some change is in the cars (I'm a car dork, and real rides would be a nice addition). Still, I haven't played for about two hours, and the time away has been a worse withdrawal than any game in recent memory.
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Super Play
Burnout 3: Takedown bränner lätt ifrån alla konkurrenter. Gran Turismo 4 får motorstopp och kommer inte ens iväg. Det rykande, demolerade vraket som är kvar av Out Run 2 ligger sorgligt på högkant i ett dike. Och racet har inte ens börjat.
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Cheat Code Central
Burnout 3 manages to take racing to another level. It may not be a higher level but it's a different level. That's definitely good enough for me.
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Club Skill
With a rating of 3+ I can highly recommend this title to anyone of any age, the fact is everything about this game is fun, the World Tour will take a hefty period of time to fully complete with 173 gold medals to claim and 100 crash courses to conquer and all the smaller extras, like finding all the signature takedown points keeping you busy for a long time to come. Even after the single player is completed this is something that can be picked up by anyone and enjoyed in the various multiplayer modes to choose from. So not surprisingly this comes highly recommended.
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Christ Centered Game Reviews
In conclusion, there is no reason for anyone not to buy Burnout 3 unless that person HATES racing games. This is one of the most unapologetically fun games out there, and if you aren''t burning already, you should be!
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videogamer.com
Burnout 3 is a fantastic game. Its works because it appeals on many levels; have great multiplayer sessions or just play for hours on the superb single player mode. The game mechanics and graphics are amongst the best ever seen in the racing genre too. There are cracks though, such as the need to unlock all the Crash junctions, which can frustrate at times. The online mode is the biggest disappointment; a real missed opportunity. If Criterion had managed to successfully implement all of these modes, this game would have been one of the most complete gaming packages ever. As it stands, it's a game that nearly everyone will enjoy and it certainly is a true evolution of the racing genre.
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1UP
It's difficult to talk about Burnout 3 using words. My initial plan was to compose this review entirely out of emoticons, using a lot of :D and XD and ^______^ -- that would be the most efficient (also the most annoying) way to get across how much fun this game is to play. Even not playing Burnout 3 is more fun than playing most games; I'm sitting here trying to write while my coworker is alternating between Road Rage and Crash Mode, and let me tell you, you ought to consider the mere existence of this writeup as me doing you a favor. Such is the hypnotic power of Burnout 3.
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Thunderbolt Games
Traffic laws are overrated. Nobody ever follows them anymore; people are too caught up in their own agendas to even realize they’re breaking the law. They’ll be yammering away on their cell phones, completely oblivious to the fact that they forgot to signal, thus nearly sideswiping you as they change lanes. The speed limit is nothing more than a big number painted on a bunch of signs by the side of the road. Of course, people wouldn’t be able to read such signs anyway; they’re going too fast to notice.
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Gamesmania
Um es mal ein wenig hipp auszudrücken: "Burnout rockt gewaltig!" Es gibt einfach nichts "geileres" als mit knappen 300 Sachen in den Gegenverkehr einzulenken, um mit blitzschnellen Reflexen und einigen Stoßgebeten seinen Turbo am laufen zu halten. Glückwunsch an Criterion und EA, bei Burnout 3 wurde wirklich alles richtig gemacht. Eine absolut stylishe Aufmachung, der gewaltiger Umfang, Abwechslung ohne Ende und vor allem Speed machen den Titel zum Muss. Dazu kommt noch eine Optik nicht von dieser Welt und ein vorbildlicher Online-Support. Da fallen kleine Fehler, wie der berüchtigte "Gummiband-Effekt", der hohe Glücksfaktor oder das realitätsferne Handling mancher Karren kaum ins Gewicht - das Teil macht einfach süchtig! So erwartet den Spieler ein knüppelharter Arcaderacer, der den Adrenalinspiegel mit jedem Druck auf den Turboknopf bis zum Anschlag treibt. Absolute Kaufempfehlung!
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Netjak
A couple Thanksgivings ago, I had probably my most enjoyable "impulse rental" ever. What I initially expected would be a game I'd pop in as an afterthought, and get a review out of ended up being a game my friends and I were clamoring for control over for the next 5 hours. Burnout 2: Point of Impact was one of my surprise picks of the year, and ever since playing the demo, I've been waiting to get behind the wheel of the full Burnout 3: Takedown experience. So, with no further ado, (I think we could all do with a little less "ado") let's step on the gas, and see what this baby's got.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Avec Burnout, les épisodes se suivent mais ne se ressemblent pas. Ce troisième opus atteint enfin l'équilibre idéal entre les sensations offertes par une conduite ultra risquée et le plaisir de piloter de façon agressive pour éjecter ses concurrents. Le résultat est donc une réussite et le jeu mérite amplement sa place dans votre ludothèque.
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Game Revolution
Like any racing fan worth his weight in oil, I have a sweet tooth for crashes, pile-ups and mangled steel. Realism is all well and good, but not when it comes at the expense of action. All the car-tuning and customizing in the world can’t save a crashless racer from being a few insurance quotes shy of a worthy spot in my collection.
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Gamekult
Burnout 3 : Takedown est un titre véritablement explosif. Plus nerveux que jamais, le bébé de Criterion Studios passe avec succès le crash test délicat qui consistait à s'imposer pour la troisième fois de suite, et en très peu de temps, comme l'une des références incontestées du jeu de course arcade. Et si certains, comme nous, regretteront au moins dans un premier temps l'aspect hyper basique du pilotage souvent plus proche du pur réflexe que de la conduite stylisée, la chose est largement rattrapée par les nouveaux points forts du jeu. La durée de vie plus consistante dopée par l'arrivée du jeu en ligne et les duels à grands coups de Takedown permettant de se défouler sur ses adversaires sont bien les nouvelles armes de ce Burnout 3 : Takedown. Malgré quelques petites imperfections, le titre s'impose donc comme l'un des meilleurs jeux de course du moment, et peut-être le plus viscéral qu'on ait pu jouer depuis F-Zero GX.
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ToTheGame
Withstanding some annoying AI issues, Burnout 3 is probably the most surprising title of the year. I figured there would be some car crashes and a little fun here and there, but I couldn’t have imagined this amount of pleasure coming from this title. The sheer enjoyment of planning the perfect takedown against your opponent (or better yet a friend) is priceless. Though just a tad bit repetitive at times during the World Tour, the online play keeps things fresh and fun for hours on end. I don’t see the fun stopping for quite some time. Pile on the cars and bring on the speed!
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GameCell UK
The Burnout series has probably improved and changed more than any other game series has in recent years, and Burnout 3 is definitely worth purchasing. It may not be much of a “racer” anymore, but it sure as hell is good fun.
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Lazy Tech Guys
Burnout 3 is a riot and a fun racing game that doubles not only as a crowd pleaser but as a great single player experience.