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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (56 votes) 4.1

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Games TM (Sep 09, 2004)
Burnout 3 is without a doubt the greatest racing game of the world has ever seen. Nothing else with four wheels can match its pace, ferocity and skill or provide nearly as much excitement, satisfaction or immersion. It's a truly magnificent example of what gaming is really about.
Level (Nov, 2004)
Mi-ar plăcea să ĂźÈ›i spun chiar mai multe despre acest joc genial, Ăźnsă singurul mod Ăźn care Ăźl vei aprecia cu adevărat este să-l Ăźncerci pe propria piele. Este cel mai bun arcade cu mașini din cĂąte mi-a fost dat să văd pe console (și pe PC), iar la capitolul FUN stă mai bine decĂąt orice am Ăźncercat Ăźn ultimii ani.
UOL Jogos (Sep 20, 2004)
"Burnout 3" pode nĂŁo ser o mais realista jogo de corrida, mas Ă© um dos mais viciantes dos Ășltimos tempos. Suas missĂ”es relativamente curtas e desafiadoras trazem grande satisfação em suas cenas de destruição em cĂąmera lenta. Talvez nĂŁo seja o game mais educativo do gĂȘnero, mas seu charme Ă© irresistĂ­vel.
GamerDad (Apr 09, 2005)
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.
GameSpy (Sep 07, 2004)
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.
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.
DreamStation.cc (Oct 09, 2004)
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.
VGcore (Jul 26, 2006)
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.
Game Over Online (Sep 28, 2004)
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.
Futuregamez.net (Oct 04, 2004)
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.
GameSpot (Sep 07, 2004)
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.
PSX Extreme (Sep 30, 2004)
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.
IGN (Sep 02, 2004)
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.
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?"
Game Captain (Sep 19, 2004)
Flottere Grafik, grĂ¶ĂŸerer Umfang und endlich auch online spielbar - Burnout 3 ĂŒbertrumpft seine VorgĂ€nger in allen Belangen!
GameZone (Nov 06, 2003)
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?
4Players.de (Sep 18, 2004)
Von Anfang bis Ende durchgestylt, mit famoser Grafik und Geschwindigkeit ausgestattet und spektakulĂ€reren Crashs als je zuvor, ĂŒbernimmt 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 fĂŒr neue Motivation. Und ĂŒber die QualitĂ€ten des mit mittlerweile ĂŒber 100 Kreuzungen stark aufgestockten Crash-Modus braucht man seit dem VorgĂ€nger 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!
Edge (Sep 30, 2004)
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.
JeuxActu (Sep 10, 2004)
Le tableau est parfait ! Il aura fallu attendre qu’Electronic Arts prenne en charge le bĂ©bĂ© de Criterion pour l’amener Ă  maturitĂ© ! Speed, magnifique, long, on ne dĂ©croche pas facilement de Burnout 3 : Takedown. Qu’on se la joue solo ou collectif, notre soif de tĂŽle froissĂ©e est assouvie. Un chef d’Ɠuvre IN-CON-TOUR-NA-BLE!
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.
Burnout 3: Takedown brÀnner lÀtt ifrÄn alla konkurrenter. Gran Turismo 4 fÄr motorstopp och kommer inte ens ivÀg. Det rykande, demolerade vraket som Àr kvar av Out Run 2 ligger sorgligt pÄ högkant i ett dike. Och racet har inte ens börjat.
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.
Club Skill (Oct 03, 2004)
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.
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!
videogamer.com (Oct 12, 2004)
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.
1UP (Sep 08, 2004)
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.
Thunderbolt Games (Sep 22, 2005)
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.
Gamesmania.de (Sep 23, 2004)
Um es mal ein wenig hipp auszudrĂŒcken: "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. GlĂŒckwunsch 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 berĂŒchtigte "Gummiband-Effekt", der hohe GlĂŒcksfaktor oder das realitĂ€tsferne Handling mancher Karren kaum ins Gewicht - das Teil macht einfach sĂŒchtig! So erwartet den Spieler ein knĂŒppelharter Arcaderacer, der den Adrenalinspiegel mit jedem Druck auf den Turboknopf bis zum Anschlag treibt. Absolute Kaufempfehlung!
Netjak (Jan 04, 2005)
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.
Ein schnelleres und effektreicheres Rennspiel werden Sie derzeit kaum finden – hier wird jeder Ihrer Sinne bis aufs Äußerste gefordert. Rasen Sie mit 300 km/h ĂŒber die deutsche Autobahn, weichen Sie dabei Pkw, schweren Lastern Omnibussen oder dem Gegenverkehr aus. Die Gegner lassen Sie dabei Blech und Glas schlucken. Je aggressiver Sie fahren, desto besser fĂŒr Sie und Ihr Punktekonto. Daß die ganze Raserei online in jedem Punkt ĂŒberzeugen kann, grenzt an ein Wunder. Einzig die Spielkamera findet nicht immer den optimalen Blickwinkel, sonst ist alles richtig „gut“ geworden.
Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 15, 2004)
Avec Burnout, les épisodes se suivent mais ne se ressemblent pas. Ce troisiÚme 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 ludothÚque.
Game Revolution (Sep, 2004)
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.
Diehard GameFan (Oct 07, 2004)
This is honestly one of the most entertaining and addictive games I’ve played in a while. It’s a lot of fun and is very enjoyable, while at the same time, it’s unique from most other games of its type. While Gran Turismo 4 hasn’t been released yet, I’m going to pencil in Burnout 3 as the Driving game of 2004. Everyone should give it a rent. Driving game fans should buy it. It’s that damn good.
Gamekult (Sep 16, 2004)
Burnout 3 : Takedown est un titre vĂ©ritablement explosif. Plus nerveux que jamais, le bĂ©bĂ© de Criterion Studios passe avec succĂšs le crash test dĂ©licat qui consistait Ă  s'imposer pour la troisiĂšme fois de suite, et en trĂšs peu de temps, comme l'une des rĂ©fĂ©rences incontestĂ©es 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 rĂ©flexe que de la conduite stylisĂ©e, la chose est largement rattrapĂ©e par les nouveaux points forts du jeu. La durĂ©e de vie plus consistante dopĂ©e par l'arrivĂ©e du jeu en ligne et les duels Ă  grands coups de Takedown permettant de se dĂ©fouler sur ses adversaires sont bien les nouvelles armes de ce Burnout 3 : Takedown. MalgrĂ© quelques petites imperfections, le titre s'impose donc comme l'un des meilleurs jeux de course du moment, et peut-ĂȘtre le plus viscĂ©ral qu'on ait pu jouer depuis F-Zero GX.
ToTheGame (Sep 12, 2004)
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!
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.
Lazy Tech Guys (Aug 10, 2010)
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.

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