Excerpt: . The graphics are some of the best you’ll ever see, but the gameplay is definitely “been there, done that.” …oh, but wait. Is it? Why does very little feel rehashed or reused or recycled from other shooters, and why can’t I stop playing? Well, it’s a combination of entertaining, addictive elements that come together to present us with an irresistible adventure that moves beautifully and captures your interest from the start.
Excerpt: Since the release of Burnout 3, a fair margin of people have yearned for the return of the pure racing of the first two games, opposed to the now typical encouragement of aggressiveness and the taking down of rival racers. Then of course there’s Burnout Revenge, which introduced Traffic Checking, a feature that polarised opinion due to being able to knock same-way traffic out of your path. You just can’t please everyone.
Excerpt: The Burnout series of games must be one of the most impressive of the PlayStation 2 era, yet with the industry moving its development focus to new consoles, it would have been reasonable to have thought Revenge would be the last time we'd get our kicks from Sony's aging console. We were wrong though, as EA and Criterion saw fit to release Burnout Dominator on PlayStation 2 and PSP.
Excerpt: For the most part, the graphics in Burnout: Dominator are what I've come to expect from the Burnout series... beautiful environments, lots of car-nage and excellent particle effects. What I was surprised to see, however, was extremely limited car selection (per event), and only three colors to choose from per car. The tracks were varied and were interesting, but not enough to make up for the gameplay, mentioned below.
Conclusion: others require inflicting motoring mayhem (Road Rage, where you’ll be raging against the machines that dare to cross your path) or even new ones that will test your driving skills (there’s a new drift challenge, no doubt inspired by another EA racing franchise, Need for Speed, and its latest title, Carbon). Disappointingly one of the franchise’s most popular modes, Crash, is gone.
Summary: Dominator is yet another rock solid game in Burnout series, even if it doesn't have the crash mode and some of the other recent additions. Some may argue that this is a step backwards, but for what it is Dominator proves to be a highly competent racer with plenty of replay! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.