Excerpt: The PSP is quickly becoming the house that racing titles built, with many of the handheld’s driving games consistently ranking at the best titles on the system. Console gamers have long enjoyed the Burnout series with its sense of speed, visual intensity for crashes and depth of play. So what happens when you take this critically acclaimed franchise and debut it on the portable? You have one of the fastest, deepest and most addictive games on the PSP to date.
Excerpt: Burnout: Legends takes the previous release of the Burnout line ( Burnout 3: Takedown ) and puts it in the palm of your hands. But this isn’t just a portable version of Takedown , with gameplay modes like Road Rage (found in Burnout: Revenge ). Legends is more like Burnout 3.5. Legends ’ visuals look good on the small, bright screen.
Excerpt: Burnout is coming at us on multiple fronts this year. Not only is there Burnout Revenge on PlayStation 2 and Xbox, there's also Burnout Legends on the PSP. Seeing as every other game on the PSP seems to be a racer of some sort, another one to add to the collection might not seem all that appealing, but Legends might just be the racing title to own on the PSP this year. There's nothing new in Burnout Legends.
Excerpt: It all began in 2001 on the PS2. As if from nowhere, along came a game which shunned glossy graphics and licensed car manufacturers in favour of high speed, sweaty-handed, twitchy arcade race action. Developed by Criterion and published by Acclaim, Burnout had an intensity unmatched at the time, and required total concentration to play, and was so involving that you found yourself unable to blink and breathe in as you zipped through gaps in traffic.
Conclusion: It’s disappointing to see what can happen even to a great franchise when an entry is this under worked. The game looks good and with some improvements to the gameplay could have easily been a star in the DS’ lineup. While the game is still playable and at times, mildly fun, it’s hard to recommend even to Burnout fans.
Excerpt: It almost seems to be
as though every other game released on the PSP is a racer. The genre
may seem worn out to most of you, but you shouldn’t feel that way about
Burnout Legends. It’s actually a new experience on the PSP that’s worth
playing. Imagine if you will - any other PSP racer. Give the cars
better handling, and make most of the objectives in the game to crush
your opponent into a wall, and you’ve got Burnout Legends.