Summary: The Burnout franchise is best known for its insane speeds and awesome crashes, so when a downloadable title that would center on its Crash mode was announced a while back, it made enough people curious as to what it would be. When Burnout Crash! was unveiled to essentially be a top-down physics puzzle game with Kinect support, a lot of that initial interest deflated a bit, to say the least.
Excerpt: Given that Crash is a Burnout game, it's tempting to unceremoniously chuck it into the scrapyard for everything it's not. It doesn't use the same crunchy, visceral viewpoint as other Burnouts. It doesn't concern itself with obsessively detailed vehicular destructo-porn. There aren't any neck-and-neck photo finishes or spark-scattering takedowns that'd look right at home in every Hollywood automotive thriller not titled “Cars.” Crash isn't Burnout 6 or Paradise 2.
Pros: Explosive, utterly chaotic action, Elements of pinball, tower defense, Peggle, Addictive score-chasing bolstered by Autolog support
Cons: Short on content, Occasionally frustrating trial-and-error, Floaty driving physics
Excerpt: Aftertouch. It's the inexplicable ability to exert some degree of control over a wrecked car as it flies through the air. First introduced in the phenomenal Burnout 3: Takedown , this ludicrous power returns in a big way in Burnout Crash. Here is a game built entirely on driving into intersections, crashing, and then making your car's wreckage explode again and again, guiding its movement in an effort to cause as much destruction as possible.
Pros: Wreaking explosive havoc is satisfying, Autolog features encourage friendly competition, Music and sound effects foster a fun vibe, Game types change up the way you play
Cons: Visually unimpressive, Some obnoxious voice acting, Multiplayer party mode is Kinect only
Excerpt: Destruction is the name of the game in Burnout Crash. If the screen isn't a canvas for burning hatch-backs, upside-down lorries and the smouldering remains of buildings, you're probably doing something wrong. While in the real world, with its seat belts, traffic lights and sleeping policemen, you'll do everything possible to avoid a vehicular altercation, in Criterion's first XBLA and PSN offering you'll do anything possible to cause them.
Summary: The gameplay between modes is not all that much different, only in the structure of the rules. That makes for a quick onset of boredom from repetitious gameplay. It has some merits and can be fun at times but often I was just disgusted or frustrated with how the game sets you up for failure, like alternate paths into the intersection, that will generally be detrimental to your score.
Summary: Burnout Crash is a fun little arcade-style action game marred by repetitive gameplay and simplistic graphics. Fans of the series may be confused by the new look, but the traditional crash mode gameplay is front and center. Fans going in looking for a traditional Burnout experience will be sorely disappointed! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Conclusion: Burnout CRASH! sounded like a disaster when we first heard about it, but the final product is a pleasant diversion that captures the feel of the old Crash Mode and should provide plenty of enjoyment to longtime series fans.