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Burnout 3: Takedown

Developer: Criterion Games | Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1 to 4 Player Game | Release Date: 09/07/04 | Genre: Driving

If you are looking for a game full of driving, fun and demolition, then Burnout 3 Takedown is what you are looking for. For once, you get rewarded for tailgating and smashing your opponents off the road. Not only do you get to ram your opponents but also you get levels where all you do is make big traffic jams. Lets first look into the racing. First off, you will notice some top-notch graphics. Second, you will enjoy the easy to use controls. Third, get ready for an adrenaline rush.

As you are racing along, the scenery and traffic flow just emerge you in a sense of speed. The cars look visually stunning as you are watching them pass you or as you pass them by. Not only are the cars stunning, but also the buildings and infrastructure of the town are amazing. Even while using the standard driving views, graphics just continually stun. Even as you are bashing your opponents into the walls, details just POP as the cars explode and fly.

The controls are easy to use while still needing some adjustment and getting used to. Each car you get into handles extremely different, so don't think one way to drive works for all. It doesn't. So if you are into racing games, you shouldn't have any trouble catching onto driving the cars.

Adrenaline junkies needed. As you get bonuses for takedowns and drafting and off the wall driving, you just want more. As you take out one car after the other, all you want to do is take more out. Just watch out for the other cars. Oh yeah, driving into oncoming traffic earns you some boost. Do this and fly past your competition.

The music selection and the interrupting DJ are in need of an upgrade. It is as if something was just thrown together to get the product out. While I must admit I enjoyed the music while driving, I just didn't care for the DJ always breaking in. If you are big into competition, break into the online gaming. See how good you are against of the best online. Priced now at only twenty bucks, this title is Grade A quality and highly recommended.

This article appeared in the August 2005 Issue of CVGames. You can view this Issue by clicking here.

By Lawrence Filler - 08/10/05
ESRB Details: Mild Language, Mild Violence
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