Excerpt: The graphics and sound in Burnout 3: Takedown are pretty good - and the music is great; EA’s ‘MTV-like’ music system that overlays information about each song when it begins playing works well with Burnout 3 , as do the hard-hitting and fast paced songs that were included. While I’m on the subject of sound, I want to point out that the online component of Burnout 3: Takedown supports the PS2 Headset (a la S.O.C.O.M. and Karaoke Revolution ).
Summary: Taking expectations for racing titles to
the next level, Criterion and EA's Burnout 3: Takedown is an amazing experience
from both a gameplay and a technological standpoint. This intensely fast racer
lets players loose in some of the most intense and fastest driving ever
attempted. The game rewards aggressive driving, and players are rewarded for
Takedowns - causing opponents to crash into walls.
Excerpt: Ever since its debut in 2001, the Burnout series has spawned a cult following of gamers who find pleasure in unleashing hell on the roads and against their opponents. Though road rage isn't the only key segment that's made Burnout such a hit with many; it's also the eye-candy. A blistering 60 frames per second in every game makes the Burnout series the quickest racer on the market.
Excerpt: When you play a couple hundred games a year, you get a sixth sense about some of them, or at very least an acute feeling of satisfaction when a game is just plain is one of those games. Everything it does, it does with aplomb, from kicking out graphics that just shouldn't exist in this generation -- let alone on the PS2 -- to delivering a sense of speed, yet offering controls that allow you to keep up with the increasingly brilliant level design, to offering an suite of...
Conclusion: Burnout 3 is really lacking in the songs department. Punk music just doesn’t feel right, it shouldn’t be in a racing game period. Learning about our “lazy generation” or hearing a guy complained that he’s “not okay” just makes you want to turn the volume down. This is intense racing, not your sister’s soap opera. Luckily, XBox owners have the option of using their own custom soundtracks. If you have the choice, this author would recommend picking up the XBox version.
Summary: 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.