Burnout Dominator is more impressive on the PSP than it is on the PlayStation 2, and you get the distinct impression that this game was designed with the PSP in mind because it has more in common with something like Burnout Legends than with Burnout Revenge. While the experience may feel a little bit scaled back in spots, this is still a fast-paced driving game with a good sense of speed. Both versions have multiplayer, though the PS2 is limited to local, offline multiplayer, while the PSP version lets up to six players play over a local ad hoc connection. Burnout's multiplayer has always been a fast, fun ride, and if you have a stable of friends nearby who love driving games, the PSP version's multiplayer options are just as exciting.
While the game moves quickly, it does so at the expense of overall visual quality. The car models are chunky and occasionally ugly. The crashes don't deform those car models very much, so they aren't the huge, dramatic events that they've been elsewhere. Also, if you've been playing Burnout in HD on the Xbox or Xbox 360 lately, it can be hard to transition to the PSP's small screen or the PS2's very blocky-looking display. It can be tough to make out other cars at a distance, and the game moves so quickly that you need to identify those threats as soon as possible. The PS2 version supports 480p, which cleans up the image a bit, but it doesn't completely solve the problem. And in case you were wondering, the PS2 version of the game seems to run well on a PlayStation 3.
Burnout Dominator is more Burnout, and that's great. It may not have all the newfangled bells and whistles that you'd want from a sequel, but if you're a fan of the series who absolutely must have new tracks as soon as possible, Dominator should satisfy you nicely.