Burnout: Legends

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First installation of the Burnout-series on handheld consoles combines the best features of the first three games: Burnout, Burnout 2: Point of Impact, and Burnout 3: Takedown. Aggressive racing is still the centerpiece attraction of Burnout Legends and the player's task is not only to win the races but also crash opponent cars as much as possible. Opponent takedowns, drifts, and other stunts award Burnout Points which in turn unlock new cars and other awards.

One player games can be played as single events or as a World Tour where the player needs to compete in different races and succeed in them in order to advance through five car classes (Compact, Muscle, Coupe, Sport, and Super). In addition there is the Crash mode, where the goal is to create as much wreckage as possible by ploughing the player car into the traffic. The different race types include Race, Time Attack, Road Rage, Pursuit, Face Off, Eliminator, Burning Lap, and Grand Prix. Multiplayer game modes include Race, Road Rage, Pursuit, special Crash modes Double Impact and Party Crash (all these can can be played as single events or as a tournament), and Collector Challenge where the player has the opportunity to win other player's Collector cars.

PSP version game sharing feature allows others to play multiplayer events or single player demo without their own Burnout Legends UMD.

DS version Multi-Pak support allows two player games without additional game cards. More than two player games require multiple game cards.

Spellings

  • バーンアウト レジェンド - Japanese spelling
  • 横冲直撞:传说 - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 번아웃 레전드 - Korean spelling

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Average score: 80% (based on 74 ratings)

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Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 34 ratings with 1 reviews)

Ridiculously fast

The Good
What I love to do best with this game is to play it in the car [while someone else is driving, that is...and hopefully fast and crazy...though usually it's my wife so I don't get that luxury].

Anyhow, back to the review. This is a fantastic little game.

Of course it's a racing game, but more importantly, many events are more about taking down as many other racers by forcing them to crash or just ramming them to death -- especially fun if you use the police cruiser. Even in a normal race you gain bonus points for causing your opponents to crash.

In fact, there's also a separate tour/campaign where all you do is produce spectacular pileups of passerby cars, buses, trucks, trains, and more.

The game is truly fast and furious, and you get a great sense of speed. The tracks are also quite varied and there a quite a lot of them, each with a number of different types of events you can play on them.

There also are quite a number of different car classes that are unlocked as you progress through the races (starting from compact to muscle cars to trucks and fast fast sports cars), and they exhibit their unique behaviour.

The Bad
Not very much negatives... it's a great game. That said, if I had to nitpick, these would be it:

  • The tour (campaign) is very long and there are 175 races/events to compete in to unlock everything. It can be a little tedious, but it's a good problem to have!

  • The cars within a class don't seem to behave that different. For example, you have 3 basic cars in each class that all seem to handle the same except the way they look. The other unlockable special cars in a class do seem better though.

  • Some unlockables require multiplayer events to complete, which can be hard to find since it's an older game.

  • I found the music a bit annoying -- maybe I'm too old now. It's mostly hard pop-rock, like alternative rock that sold out to the masses. Sorry I'm being an indie music snob here!

  • Graphics are a little rough, so sometimes it's hard to see turns and traffic when you burn rubber extremely fast.

    The Bottom Line
    A wonderful little racer that's more than just racing. You have to understand this is not only a racing game, but that driving crazy, weaving, drifting, and crashing are all tools you need to be successful in here.

PSP · by grimbergen (433) · 2008

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  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – The Nubby Award for Game Most Likely to Require Thumb Amputation (PSP)

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Game added December 27, 2005. Last modified June 9, 2024.