Review By: J.
series has come a long way since last year, but has yet to reach
its full potential. Burnout has always been all about
reckless driving and big crashes, and Burnout 2: Point of
Impact is no exception. This year the insanity has been
amped by improving graphics and physics, but a short single
player replay value keeps this game from getting fully
First of all
the graphics and physics of the first game have been vastly
improved. The car models have had a substantial polygon
increase, the environments are highly detailed and jaggy free,
and the car damage seems much more realistic. You know,
realistic in a Hollywood action-movie sort of way. Head to head
the game looks much better than even Gran Turismo 3, and
can easily hold itís own against any other racer on the
has two main modes, the Championship mode and the Crash mode.
The Championship mode plays like the standard Test Drive
style, street racing, arcade game with one difference: you are
rewarded for how close to the edge of disaster you race on.
Driving against traffic, cutting dangerously close to other
cars, getting mad air, or making wild turns fills your Turbo
Bar. Once full, your Turbo Bar allows you kick on the nitro and
leave your competitors in the dust. Completing Championship
tournaments will unlock new tracks and more powerful cars.
mode is easily the best part of Burnout 2. The sole goal
of Crash mode is to cause as big of a car accident as possible.
The bigger the pile-up, the more extensive the damage, the more
pricey the vehicles, the better. Punching the gas and ramming
your car headlong into a semi, then waiting to see how many
other cars get caught in the carnage, is one of the most
enjoyable things you can do on your PS2. It brings back
childhood memories of slamming Hot Wheels cars into each
other and watching them fly. While this premise may sound a bit
thin, it is fun enough to keep you engaged for hours.
Invite some friends over and see how much fun you have with the
with Burnout 2 is that outside of the multiplayer Crash
mode there isnít much else to keep you coming back for more.
The single player game is far too easy to hold ones attention
for long. It can be completed in a day or two by veteran racing
fans. On the multiplayer front, with the exception of the Crash
mode, itís nothing you havenít seen before. There just seems
to be so many other things you can do with the central concept
of Burnout than what has been implemented here. The Crash
mode is a great idea but you need to pack a few more into the
title in order for it to really be worth talking about. Be
creative Criterion. Maybe take a few pages from the book of Stuntman
and include objective-based mission, or mini-games that focus on
crashing into specific targets, or seeing how much damage you
can deliver to your vehicle in a single crash, or just how
reckless you can drive without crashing.
2 is a great game that does a lot right it canít get my
full recommendation. The multiplayer Crash mode is a total
blast, but that alone isnít enough to warrant a purchase. If
you were a big fan of the original, this game is well worth the
money. If you are a fan of Reflectionís Stuntman, Driver,
or Destruction Derby series than you might want to give
this game a spin at your local rental chain. Anyone else will
find that a game like Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 will
be much more rewarding in the long run. It has the deep single
player game that Burnout 2 lacks, while still offering a
comparable multiplayer experience.
visuals and physics
mode is highly enjoyable
racing at its best
player game is too short and easy to complete
- Lacks any
other multiplayer games as fun or inventive as Crash mode
will please fans of the series, or any other car destruction based
franchise, but will fail to win over newcomers with its lack of
depth and short replay value. If you are curious, please, rent it