Crash 'N' Burn PlayStation 2

Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. There's none of the track furniture that shined "FlatOut" or the general gloss and roundness of "Burnout." This shallowness in gameplay is honestly the only thing that lets the game down.
  2. 55
    Crashing? Stiff, slow, unimpressive, and often results in unpredictable chain reactions.
  3. Edge Magazine
    70
    There’s just no accounting for an excruciating wipeout on the final lap when such possibilities are at the mercy of circumstances as much as they are at the player’s skill. But, played with a graceful, Zen-like acceptance – shit happens – Crash ‘n’ Burn is as enjoyable as it is easy to understand. [Jan 2005, p.97]
  4. GMR Magazine
    50
    Lacks elastic A.I. to keep the cars close together. [Jan 2005, p.87]
  5. Although the single player campaign is fairly in depth in terms of adding parts to your cars and offering quite a number of tracks, the fact you only have four cars to choose from really hurts the game in the long run as does the way the game becomes relatively hard very quickly.
  6. Game Informer
    70
    If anything, my largest complaint about this game comes from the fact the number of wrecks onscreen sometimes means that winning a race has a s much to do with good luck as skill. [Dec 2004, p.168]
  7. At a mere twenty dollars, the game may just be worth the frustrating elements and rather awkward beginnings just to get to the juicy core of the game. And with a bevy of features, the game does offer quite a lot for its price.
  8. Unfortunately, some of Crash 'N' Burn's central ideas--the persistent wrecks being the most obvious example--introduce complexity that, in the end, will leave you more frustrated than thrilled.
  9. PSM Magazine
    65
    The control is surprisingly solid, the graphics are fairly smooth. [Holiday 2004, p.98]
  10. 58
    It's repetitive, occasionally frustrating and visually unappealing. Put your cash to good use and grab the cheaper and near-perfect "Burnout 3" instead.
  11. While the cars in other games fold and dent realistically, depending on the speed and direction of the impact, damage to Crash 'n' Burn's cars seems artificial, with entire panels suddenly replaced with scratched versions at the merest hint of a high-speed nudge.
  12. The physics and collision detection are adequate for minor collisions, but are cartoony and simply laughable in major ones.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 28, 2016
    6
    This game offers many different ways to entertain you through online multiplayer (well used to) and through the solo but the repetition of theThis game offers many different ways to entertain you through online multiplayer (well used to) and through the solo but the repetition of the game , the ridiculous physics and awful controls spoil the game . The controls make you feel as if your car is basically a wooden box on wheels as you fly past all the crap left by the quite frankly stupid AI . The AI in this game are basically brain dead . As you avoid the debris to preserve your car life the AI will just plow through it and sometimes not even bother to avoid it. The AI can also get "confused" aka driving into walls brainlessly , running off ramps for no reason and slowly scraping off walls or just not moving at all. Customisation in this game is vast with different options to customise your cars . Only issue is that there are only 4 cars to choose from . Compact , Pickup , Muscle and Sports . All the cars basically look like generic toy cars you can find at a local bargin store and are squared out to have the game run smoothly. Overall Crash 'N' Burn can be a fun game if you can get passed the poor controls , stupid AI and repetition Full Review »
  2. CameronB.
    Feb 21, 2008
    9
    This game is the best I love bomb tag, Last man standing,and customizing your car. Although I beat the game in 3 days. I would rent it first This game is the best I love bomb tag, Last man standing,and customizing your car. Although I beat the game in 3 days. I would rent it first just to try it out and see if you like it. Full Review »
  3. DerekS.
    Apr 30, 2007
    7
    This game is pimpin but theres no real sense of speed. Hard at first then fun. Rent first