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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (13 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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games xtreme (Feb 04, 2002)
So really that’s all I have to say on it, grab Burnout if you’re looking for a good solid racer that will keep you coming back for more speed and thrills.
Anyway you slice it, the game is great fun and will keep you entertained for hours, whether it's just crashing, racing or going head to head with a friend. If you've been burned on racing games lately, you might want to rent it first. However, I think Burnout is a great title that could be bought sight unseen and enjoyed for a long time to come.
In this game, you are racing illegally in the streets. You are driving on the wrong side of the road, crossing the double white line, and hitting people for fun. So basically you are breaking the law for fun. And there is some violence, since you are crashing in to people. I'm guessing people get killed. This game for the most part is clean, nothing overly violent. But it is encouraging people to drive like a maniac, but I doubt it will make people drive like a psychopath.
88 (Feb 01, 2008)
Burnout consiguió, por meritos propios, situarse como uno de los mejores títulos de velocidad arcade en PlayStation 2 y como el primero de una de las mejores sagas de conducción en los 128 bits. Cierto es que sus diversos sucesores le han superado, sobre todo en opciones de juego, pero la segunda obra de Criterion Games en PS2 consiguió establecer una nueva línea a seguir por los juegos de este género, tan en auge en la actualidad.
88 (Jan 05, 2002)
Overall I think that Burnout is a well thought out racing game, with a refreshing twist. A bit like rum laced with Absinthe, it appears normal, but is actually completely mental.
88 (Nov 26, 2001)
Burnout is an extremely impressive game. It lacks the overall polish and variety to make it a classic like Gran Turismo 3 but is just as playable, if not more so in the short term. Criterion has really put a lot of effort into this title, and it shows. Playing Burnout is like taking the wheel beside De Niro in the stunning car chases in Ronin. It really feels that good with plenty of near misses and dangerous collisions. This is one game that every PS2 owner should consider adding to their collection.
GameSpy (Nov 29, 2001)
Although it's ultimately a bit superficial, Burnout does a good job of capturing the thrill of the chase and the joy of wrecks. It's got the racing dynamic of EA's Need for Speed and Acclaim's Test Drive series, but the speed and abandon of Crazy Taxi and Driver.
81 (Dec 19, 2001)
Wer fordernde und adrenalinhaltige Arcade-Rennen sucht, wird bei Burnout mehr als fündig. Nur schade, dass Criterion stillschweigend das mittlerweile antiquiert wirkende Interlaced-Flackern in Kauf genommen hat. Denn ansonsten bietet Burnout schnörkellose Renn-Action mit ansprechender Steuerung, die man auch nach Durchspielen aller Strecken immer mal wieder aus dem Archiv holt - und sei es nur, um sich an den famosen Kollisionen zu laben. Simulationsfreaks sollten lieber bei Gran Turismo 3 bleiben, das auch die schöneren Fahrzeuge aufbieten kann. Doch wer nichts gegen ein schnelles, metall- und glashaltiges Rennen zwischendurch hat, kann unbesorgt zugreifen, da Burnout momentan die Krone der Arcade-Racer an sich gerissen hat.
80 (UK) (Nov 18, 2001)
Ridge Racer fans will definitely enjoy the game, as will just about anybody with a penchant for the spectacular who enjoys perching on the edge of their seat. It may not bust boundaries with its graphics but it maintains a breakneck speed and boasts a thoughtful soundtrack and plenty of longevity. Burnout is one of 'those' - it deserves to be bought, even if it's only a fairly shiny jewel in a crown of corkers this Christmas.
Meristation (Nov 12, 2001)
BurnOut es una prueba más (y van...) de que en Europa también se hacen videojuegos de grandísima calidad. Su representación gráfica, a la altura de PS2, su salvaje jugabilidad, su adictividad tanto para 1 como para 2 jugadores, la emoción que destila, las sensaciones que desprende UNA sola partida son suficientes para engancharte por mucho tiempo, y eso lo pueden decir muy pocos juegos ahora mismo. Todas y cada una de las partes que comprende el conjunto de BurnOut son de una tremenda calidad, dando por resultado un juegazo con todas las letras. Desde luego, si pretendían ponernos el corazón a 100 y hacernos conducir con el alma en vilo, lo han logrado sobradamente. Para mí, uno de los "must have" de estas Navidades es este gran programa de Criterion Games. Un auténtico MONSTRUO lúdico...
PSM (Jan, 2002)
So, Burnout's very good, but it hits a couple of speed bumps along the way. Its graphics are definitely above average, but due to its zero anti-aliasing, it "shimmers" - which can make other cars hard to make out at a distance. Its track designs are also better than most, too, but still somewhere short of greatness. Overall, there aren't many bigger (or faster) thrills on PS2.
PSX Extreme (Dec 05, 2001)
In the end, while not groundbreaking by any means, Burnout is a fast arcade racer with pretty visuals, great speed, somewhat frustrating but solid gameplay, superb controls and great Dolby compatible audio. Burnout is a title that could've been more, had it been a bit deeper and not as frustrating at times. There's big potential in the game, and some of it clearly stands out, but the rest is buried underneath. If Criterion decided to spin Burnout into a sequel, they should allow the gamer to free-roam the environments or just have a free ride option so that the gamer could cruise around on the set course, one or the other would do great, but it would be nice to see both. Fans of arcade titles such as Need for Speed and Test Drive should really check out Burnout. It may come off as a very entertaining title for you folk, I'm sure it'll be enjoyed.
This fine example of highly addictive arcade entertainment gets 4 GiN gems from me. If the cars were looking far more fly, this would be The Fast and The Furious on a console…heh, cooool.
PGNx Media (Jun 04, 2002)
Overall there are only a few things that maybe should have been tweaked before the game was released some of the crashes may look nice with the broken glass and your car rolling but its EXTREMELY sensitive with crashes, I come around a corner and barely nip a car and it spins me out crashing. Crashing is a pain because they let the camera sit on your busted up car too long and if you’re not way out in the lead it can become a bother. But, one cool feature they put in the game was a money meter where when you crash it shows how much money your crash racked up some of the crash prices seem a bit exaggerated but not horribly bad. Another thing that would have been nice would be more camera angles there are only two in the game.
GamePro (US) (Nov 29, 2001)
Burnout?s solid engine delivers reliable gaming performance. Quick and colorful visuals are complemented by solid sound effects, but the distracting music is best left muted. The controls are responsive enough, but nevertheless hampered by limited customization. Although the opponent A.I. tends to school you repeatedly in Championship mode, the rewards are worth the frustration.
GameSpot (Nov 02, 2001)
The first time through Burnout doesn't last very long, especially after you learn to recognize the AI tendencies and some of the game's scripted traffic. However, anytime you feel the need for a nerve-racking racing experience, it is the type of game that you can come back to and play from time to time and enjoy thoroughly. Burnout is one of the most intense and entertaining racing games on the PlayStation 2, complete with tight controls and impressive graphics.
Gamezilla (Dec 17, 2001)
There’s not anything earth-shatteringly new in Burnout, but overall it’s a lot of fun to play. Going at 95 down the center of the wrong side of the freeway while cars dodge left and right is a lot of fun, topped only by the carnage when you make a mistake and end up plowing into one of them head-on. What it most reminds me of is Tokyo Xtreme Racer mixed with Crazy Taxi. Most players will probably finish up the single player mode in six to eight hours of play, but there’s plenty of entertainment to make it worthwhile for racing fans looking for something different.
Gaming Target (Nov 30, 2001)
If the AI problems would have been cleaned up to make the game slightly more appealing to those who’d rather have a fair fight than a cheap race, Burnout would get a much higher rating from me. Don’t get me wrong, the game is still pretty good and worthy of being played. The concept is something that can be built into something really fun with a sequel, as long as that AI is gotten rid of and made slightly more accessible. There’s still definitely a lot to like here, and it somewhat forgives the AI problems. If you like racing on the edge, give Burnout a try. Just beware of the frustrating AI and you’ll at least have a good time playing.
We've all got a video game designer living deep inside of us. I'm sure Burnout's director wasn't the first to think up a racer with real-world traffic, but he is the first to actually get the job done so effectively. In most ways, Burnout is your typical driving game. You've got a selection of various cars – coupes, trucks, sports cars, etc. – and many tracks to race on. What's different, though, are the noncompeting vehicles that populate the roadways. These cell phone-talking, inattentive soccer moms will get in your way at every turn, but that's most of the fun. You can swerve around them and gain points, or exact your road rage revenge by plowing right into them.
77 (Jan 17, 2002)
Wer sich für Arcade-Rennspiele begeistern und auch gelegentliche Frustmomente wegstecken kann, darf sich ohne Bedenken hinter das Steuer von Burnout klemmen. Wer dagegen der Meinung ist, dass ein wenig Glück in einem Rennspiel absolut nichts zu suchen hat, sollte sich lieber für eine Rennsimulation entscheiden.
Gamezone (Germany) (Nov 13, 2001)
Hier wurde uns von Acclaim ein kleiner Überraschungshit beschert. Tolles Arcade-Feeling, rasante Geschwindigkeit, PS starke Autos und abwechslungsreiche Strecken.
75 (Nov 13, 2001)
Un titre impressionnant même si sa durée de vie est un peu limitée. Burnout c'est de l'adrénaline pure et dure grâce à une réalisation impeccable mais également à un gameplay simple et efficace.
PlayFrance (Apr 07, 2003)
Burnout s'avère donc être un jeu d'arcade bien sympathique offrant un maximum de sensations fortes et occasionnant, continuellement, quelques poussées d'adrénalines. Grâce à l'impression de vitesse qui s'en dégage et à la jouabilité instinctive, ce soft arrive donc à son objectif premier; à savoir distraire le joueur. Toutefois, quelques défauts tels que l'aliasing omniprésent ou encore les replays, agaçants sur le long terme, l'empêchent d'être un excellent soft. Il n'en demeure pas moins la référence dans sa catégorie.
70 (Nov 26, 2001)
Burnout on liian monista virheistä kärsivä ajopeli, jonka levein miinus tulee sen tylsyydestä. Kaahaaminen käy vauhdista huolimatta todella tylsäksi jo vartin jälkeen, eikä lopulta enää jaksa uskoa mihin ne rahat on oikein tuhlattu. Seinän kokoisesta televisiosta huolimatta pelistä ei saa selvää, eikä pienet erikoiset lisäsuolat aiheuta edes janon tunnetta. Eniten ihmetyttää peliin liittyvä paradoksi. Koko pelin hienointa antia kun ovat hienot kolarit, mutta käytännössä pelissä ei pärjää jos kolaroi. Burnout on kohtuullinen peli perheen nuoremmilla tai arcadevauhdista pitäville, joilla ei ole vielä Gran Turismo 3:sta. Mikäli ajopelien kuningas jo hyllystä löytyy, sijoita rahasi mielellään kauaksi tästä pelistä.
För folk som gillar att åka bil på sofistikerat sätt kan nog Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec vara något att kika på. Men för oss som är så brutalt barbariska att vi gärna puttar ut oskyldiga medtrafikanter i fel fil, gärna med ett hånskratt, är Burnout ett betydligt roligare val.
Gamekult (Nov 08, 2001)
Burnout fait partie de ces titres que l'on n'espérait trop attendre sur PlayStation 2. Avec son gameplay 100% arcade et sa sensation de vitesse ébourriffante, ce titre ravira sans aucun doute possible tous les fanas d'adrénaline sur quatre roues. Cartons monstrueux, ralentis somptueux, trafic dense et circuits variés font de ce titre un des tous meilleurs de sa catégorie, même si on peut regretter que l'IA soit trop scriptée et que la durée de vie en solo soit limitée. Malgré cela, le jeu est enthousiasmant d'efficacité et de simplicité et les aficionados de l'arcade n'auront d'autres choix que d'aller se le procurer pied au plancher.
The crashes rock, but there aren't any lasting damage effects on your auto. Showing you how much you've racked up in insurance bills is cool, but how about incorporating it into the gameplay? Burnout is a lot like the highway accidents it depicts – you'll approach it slowly with interest and/or curiosity, but sooner or later you're gonna speed up and be on your way.
Game Chronicles (Aug 23, 2002)
Burnout is a cool game in small doses - fun to play for a while, just not fun enough to add to your permanent library. If you're the hardcore racing game fan who wants to recreate the arcade experiences from way back when, go for it. If you're just in it for the eye candy and to drool over the insanely tasty crashes, just rent it for two days. Save your cash for Wipeout Fusion or something more fulfilling.
Burnout is a solid game, but concerns about its depth should be enough to keep you from driving into oncoming traffic on your way to the nearest store for your own copy. While the premise — drive like a maniac through checkpoint races for a special speed burst — seems appealing at first, the implementation isn’t exactly perfect. AI concerns make driving into oncoming traffic easier than it should be, while the moderate, but not extensive amount of cars and tracks mean that you’ll be able to wrap up single player in less than ten hours. As a multiplayer game, Burnout is one of the most accessible racers on the PS2, which may be enough to recommend it to some, but for the majority, this game doesn’t’ offer enough content to justify a full purchase.
Gamestyle (2001)
You could easily finish Burnout in under 5 hours worth of gaming which is disappointment if you want a game that will last. A question which another member of the team often asks himself when reviewing a game, which I now ask myself, is, would I feel satisfied if I had gone out and spent 40 on this, and the question is a big no no. Undoubtedly there will be people out there who would thoroughly enjoy it, but its not the GT3 or GTA3 beater which some people out there seem to believe it is.
Operation Sports (Jan 13, 2002)
Overall the game seems to have tried to be something grander than your average racing title. In the end, it falls flat in rehashing what's already been done. While the crashes are great, they aren't enough to win you over. Burnout is an uninspired racer that's fun for a while but won't hold your interest for very long. In short, rent first maybe buy, but renting might be just enough to get your money's worth.