Burnout Revenge (XBOX 360)
Sean W. Gibson / Jul 1st, 2006 No Comments
Burnout Revenge is the next installment of Burnout, and for the first time is released for the Xbox 360. Race, crash, claw and explode your way up the rankings. Win new races by placing in current races and crash-breakers, and win new cars by placing in previews and getting trophies. Climb the revenge meter and get your ranking up to insane levels.
The list of features as supplied by the manufacturer:
* Live Revenge – It's not just about winning, it's about vengeance. A persistent Live Revenge mode tracks your relationships with online racers and rank leaders, calling them out in each race – know your rivals and punish them!
* Bragging rights – Give back to the online community and save your greatest moments and upload them onto Xbox Live for the world to see.
* Usable traffic – Think hockey on the highway. Now every vehicle on the road is in play and a potential target…or weapon. Ram traffic into your rivals, slam cars into vicious combo-based pile-ups, and lay waste to everything in sight. Don't fear traffic … fight it
* Car deformation – Experience the next generation of destruction made possible by the power of Xbox 360. Literally rip cars to shreds in the most explosive crashes in the series' history
As you travel around the world you can enjoy the beaches, cities and greenery. The scenery really adds to the enjoyment of the games, however, the graphics certainly aren’t the best but if you have a chance while racing about madly, it is nice to look around the world as you wiz by. The cars are nice, but no where near as nice as the cars in other racing games, such as NFS Most Wanted. Of course, in those other games you can’t drive beat up old cars, chuck wagons and dump trucks.
The sound of the engines roaring is nice, but it doesn’t have the true to life feel that other 360 titles do. It may be partly because of the type game, but you don’t feel quite as immersed in the game as you did with the sound in say Condemned. As for the in game sound track, it comes down to your taste in music. Personally, it is all about uploading music you actually like and obliterating your opponents to tunes you groove to.
The controls are easy to use and very similar to Burnout 3. Takedowns and crash-brakers are harder to accomplish in this version of Burnout. The cars handle fairly well – too well for those that want a more realistic driving experience. Aside from the obvious differences in speed, each car has its unique properties and it isn’t always the fastest car that does the trick. Figuring out which car to use for each challenge is part of the fun. One good thing about the game is that you don’t have to spend much time prepping for the game or for races. You can really go from race to race without having to wait too long for load screens, and selecting vehicles for your races takes almost no time at all.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
The game itself is the same thing over and over again, racing around and crashing into other cars. You either like driving around and around, or you don’t. If you do, the various maps, cars and race types are varied enough to keep you coming back for more time after time, and with tremendous support for XBOX LIVE gameplay, there's plenty of competition waiting for you online. If you like to race but not enough to redo any of the races, the game is long and varied just going through it all once. If you are a slave to the gamer points then buckle up, surround yourself with sustenance and be prepared to be there a while. A lot of the points are all about the number. Racing a gajillion times you get 10 pts. And remember, you have to be online for these points.
The game, as the fourth in a series, is not very original. There are enough new features, maps, different races and challenges and new cars to make the game fresh. You certainly don’t feel like you are playing the earlier installments all over again. The series is original with a good mix of racing and crashing.
The only real drawback is that the game forces you to play online to accumulate any achivement points. It seems that there should be a good balance between online/local points – ss that too much to ask for??? I guess they tried to make up for that by giving you in game awards and trophies that don’t increase your gamer score. Okay, besides the fact that the makers of the game forget that not everyone live on Xbox Live Burnout Revenge is a hell of a good time. Even though playing Revenge I was not wowed with fun and new things the way Burnout 3 did, I still think this is the best racing game out there. It’s pretty. It’s fun. You are supposed to crash!