Burnout 3: Takedown
Burnout 3 streaks ahead of the competition in racing games.
Review originally from the Christ Centred Gamer.
Burnout 3: Takedown is one of those games that ruins its genre. Not because it is a bad racing game, but rather because it is so fast and intense that it makes all other racing games seem slow and dull. When a game like this comes out, nothing else seems very fun any more. Burnout 3 raises the bar so high that its competitors can’‘t even see it with a telescope.
The game manages to perfect the balance between the sensation of being on an unpredictable thrill ride and the feeling of being in control. It’s designed to keep you on the edge, and it succeeds splendidly. Then there are the crashes. Boy, are there crashes! Run into a wall or another vehicle and the player will be treated to some of the most amazing spectacle of destruction ever captured in the digital medium. Hunks of fire and steel dance across the screen while the player uses his or her limited control to steer gnarled core of the wreck into competing cars. After a few seconds, the player is automatically put back into the action with nothing lost but a few precious seconds. The flow of adrenalin never ends, and there are several other play modes to keep you entertained if regular races get old (though they never do).
Perhaps the best part of Burnout 3 is how the player is constantly being rewarded. New cars, tracks, and events are constantly being unlocked, along with trophies and postcards. Do enough damage in crash mode and you’‘ll even get to see the newspaper headline you’‘ve made with all the carnage. There are only two things I wish were different in Burnout 3. First, the load times in Crash Mode can get annoying, and also the lack of liscensed cars hurts the experience. To be able to race with real cars instead of the generic ones included would have been sweet. Even so, Burnout 3 offers a premium game play experience that no one should miss, even if that someone isn’‘t particularly a fan of racing games.
If you worried about the game being appropriate or not, well the main thing to think about is violence. Burnout 3: Takedown is rated T for mild violence. Though there is no fighting or killing in the game, but it promotes aggression by encouraging players to destroy opposing racers by forcing them into crashes. Crash mode only focuses on property damage, and we never see the people inside the cars who I presume are getting seriously injured in the pile-ups!
In conclusion, there is really 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!