Pros Unique fun racing experience, thrilling sense of speed!
Cons Takes a long time to complete! Somewhat repetitive; Some features unbalanced.
Summary If you've ever played a racing game and found it the least bit entertaining, then it's worth $30 to pick up this title.
This game brings a lot of attitude to casual racing, and makes wrecking (yourself and others) much more fun and less frustrating than in other titles. In fact, you're actually rewarded for crashing and taking out other cars, and it's great stress relief to cause so much harmless mayhem. A variety of game modes will please everyone from the casual gamer to hardcore race fans.
Although there are no real cars featured in this game, there are literally dozens of unique concept cars designed for the game, most of which look really cool. Burnout is more of an arcade style game, but the lack of realistic driving response actually benefits the game. After threading the needle through oncoming traffic in tight city streets and around mountain curves at 200+ mph, Project Gotham feels sluggish and boring.
The biggest downside to this game, IMO, is the length. There's almost to much to do to get your achievements, and you'll spend a long time doing the same kind of races over and over again. And while some of the game modes are pretty easy, others can be exceedingly difficult. "Burning Laps" require you to race around a track in record time, and getting gold in these require absolute perfection (no crashing, find all the hidden shortcuts, and boost to max speed for roughly the entire race). This can get frustrating when you're working on a 2-minute lap time and a small mistake near the end of the race blows your chance at a gold.
Overall, this is a great game--one of my favorites next to Gears of War and Call of Duty 2, and certainly the best racing game I've ever played.
Pros Great game and lots of fun!
Cons my hands hurt from playing it
Summary Finally a racing game that is not "realistic". I am tired of those games. If you want a game that is load of fun, and not realistic, this is it!
Pros cars, graphics, and actual racing
Cons LOADS!, replay saves, trophies, random junk in the way, and forced game advances.
Summary The game is fun. The problem is that the load scenes are so often and for everthing and so long that I sit more than I actually play the game. The 30 second replay saves to capture a long crash requires up to 3 segments of the crash to be saved. The feel of the crash gets lost in the load scenes for each segment. Random obsticles hidden by barrels or saw horses that cause me to crash unexpected is not fun and rather stupid and detracts from the racing. Finally the game automatically advances game play if a trophy score is achieved. With such heavy loads, it would have been logical to give the player a choice.
This is absolutely a rental, the boredom of just sitting a watching a load screne that does not have a progress status bar is sure to bore most gamers to other games. There are far too many good games to have to tolerate poor design. Fight Night Round 3 and Dead Rising to name a couple.