Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    85
    Burnout CRASH! sounded like a disaster when we first heard about it, but the final product is a pleasant diversion that captures the feel of the old Crash Mode and should provide plenty of enjoyment to longtime series fans.
  2. We've always been huge fans of the Burnout-series and we were hoping for a new installment. This isn't it, but nonetheless it is a masterfully crafted spin-off. [Nov 2011, p.98]
  3. Oct 26, 2011
    80
    Burnout: Crash presents a radical change in both style and gameplay for the franchise, but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. It's fun, accessible and incredibly addictive, even though the controls aren't always as responsive as they should be.
  4. Sep 21, 2011
    80
    It's a light game but with a lot of entertainment for 800 Microsoft Points, and while you might not play for hours at a trot I daresay you'll keep coming back to it. Burnout Crash doesn't quite have the weight for me to call it a must-have, but it's certainly a must-strongly-consider.
  5. Nov 18, 2011
    79
    It does get a bit boring after a while of play....it's also a lot of fun, no doubt. [Issue#211, p.99]
  6. Sep 28, 2011
    78
    Burnout Crash is an entertaining and exciting game, and if you're in the mood for some explosive fun, you will likely enjoy what Crash has to offer. Its large explosions and arcade like feel make it an accessible game to everyone. As warned though, don't let the Burnout title fool you, there isn't any racing in this game to be had. If you can get passed that one downside, Burnout Crash is an entertaining title that is enjoyable and accessible for gamers of any age.
  7. Oct 8, 2011
    75
    It's not a title that I can see myself coming back to over and over again. Its appeal feels a little limited, and it's reliance on cheesy pop music for certain events did start to annoy me pretty quick.
  8. Oct 7, 2011
    75
    Burnout Crash is a fun little arcade-style action game marred by repetitive gameplay and simplistic graphics. Fans of the series may be confused by the new look, but the traditional crash mode gameplay is front and center. Fans going in looking for a traditional Burnout experience will be sorely disappointed!
  9. Oct 2, 2011
    75
    Burnout Crash! is an odd entry in the Burnout franchise. On the one hand, it makes for an enjoyable casual title and is sure to be appeal to the non-core gamer crowd because of its pick-up-and-play nature. On the other hand, core fans of the franchise are likely to be disappointed because it's not the Burnout game they were expecting. With that said, if you can leave your preconceptions at the door, Burnout Crash! just might end up as your go-to title for quick gaming sessions.
  10. Sep 25, 2011
    75
    Burnout Crash is well presented and encourages a lot of replay. It's not technically accomplished but it's visually attractive in my eyes, the combination of great sound effects and licensed music works nicely, the longevity is high, and for a fair amount of time, the game is just wildly entertaining.
  11. Sep 22, 2011
    75
    While the strange approach Criterion took with this bite-sized Burnout made me nervous, I am happy to report it is a lot of fun.
  12. Sep 21, 2011
    75
    If you've got a lot of friends to compete against, Crash has a good amount of life in it. Otherwise, single-player doesn't take long to dry up.
  13. Sep 21, 2011
    72
    The actual driving element is minimal, but if you like puzzle or arcade-style games, Burnout CRASH! is right up your alley. It's certainly charming and addictive, and for $10, it doesn't get a whole lot wrong. I'm just hoping that the next game that comes along with the Burnout name sticks a little closer to the roots of the series.
  14. This instalment of Burnout strikes just the right balance between addictive and repetitive, especially as it features big bro's groundbreaking Autolog system for competing against your buddies.
  15. Sep 27, 2011
    70
    A game that leaves mixed sensations. It is fun and quite original, and is challenging for some times. But after the first hours it gets too repetitive, and it lacks a multiplayer mode or even online rankings. It is enjoyable and fun, and also well made, but the idea becomes limited quickly.
  16. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    This top-down arcade game based on Burnout's Crash mode is addictive, but it could've used a little more focus on mindless carnage and less on planning and repetition.
  17. Sep 23, 2011
    70
    Everything a downloadable title should be: simple, addictive and well priced. Those still in a strop that it isn't the 'proper' Crash mode that we've seen in Burnout games previously are missing the point. It is what it is, and it is jolly good fun.
  18. Sep 21, 2011
    70
    It's focused and confident enough to concentrate on a very small set of mechanics without drifting off to try to cover too many bases. It almost succeeds, too, but a few odd design decisions slightly spoil what could have been a really solid game.
  19. Sep 20, 2011
    70
    Well-integrated social features fuel the competitive kinetic chaos of Burnout Crash.
  20. Oct 16, 2011
    65
    But the new game types, cartoon graphics and on-rails acceleration turn it into a car version of the human slingshot PSN game Pain.
  21. Oct 7, 2011
    65
    Burnout Crash! has some bizarre crashes, but other than that it has little to do with the franchise. It's more of a puzzle game now with a cartoon-like look, with the fun gameplay modes locked until further in the game. The birdseye view actually limits the variation in the gameplay.
  22. Pretty dull. You'll grind rather than grin your way to victory in this limited ride. [Dec 2011, p82]
  23. Nov 20, 2011
    60
    Don't expect much driving - the aim here is simply to cause the biggest pile-up. [Christmas 2011, p.87]
  24. A few game modes and a neat Autolog feature that allows us to challenge friends to score-based competitions keep things interesting for a while, but Crash gets quite stale after a few spins around the block. [Dec 2011, p.77]
  25. Oct 17, 2011
    60
    Burnout Crash is better served as a something to do when you have a few minutes to kill.
  26. Oct 5, 2011
    60
    Fans of good ol' fashioned automotive mayhem with $10 to spare may want to give Burnout Crash! a shot. It can be repetitious at times, but the inclusion of autolog and the addictive gameplay make it a solid downloadable offering.
  27. Sep 22, 2011
    60
    It's not a completely disappointing experience, but I felt like too much of my time with Burnout Crash was spent almost having fun. In a way, that's almost more frustrating than if Criterion had whiffed it completely, since you can see the game that you'd want to play right in front of you, and yet it remains just out of reach.
  28. Oct 3, 2011
    58
    Enjoyable in the briefest of playtime. While the overall concept turns Burnout's Crash mode into an addictive, destructive puzzle game, the graphics and sound will have you reaching for your console's power button.
  29. Nov 13, 2011
    50
    A big let-down. [Dec 2011, p.107]
  30. Oct 16, 2011
    50
    Burnout Crash is fun as a mini-game, but not as a full arcade game. Its repetitive nature and unimpressive visuals will bore you and turn Crash into a barely interesting one trick pony.
  31. Sep 23, 2011
    50
    Burnout Crash's ability to underwhelm is actually rather frustrating. The game would fit right at home on an iPhone or iPad, and it can be rather fun. But with all the amazing games available for consoles, it's hard to see why anyone would choose to invest their time in Burnout Crash.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 13, 2011
    10
    since Death Rally and P.A.I.N. Even in Burnout 3: Takedown the crash events was what I liked most. Burnout: Crash is a very entertaining game which makes you highly addictive.its the best game i played

    Bad points the game is entertaining but gets boring after a wile Secrets When in Road Rage or Race mode, press the black button to change the current music. Only works in one player mode and in Xbox verison only.
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  2. Oct 1, 2011
    8
    That is what I was waiting for, since Death Rally and P.A.I.N. Even in Burnout 3: Takedown the crash events was what I liked most. Burnout: Crash is a very entertaining game which makes you highly addictive. "Just... another... round..." It's nothing for those ADHD-kids that only want shooter games with lots of killing spree. It is nothing for those kiddies that usually play action racing games; it is for us old school gamers and a great reminiscence of the good old times, where games should make fun, without being a job by themselves. Good job EA!! Full Review »
  3. Oct 1, 2011
    8
    A lot of criticism has been given to this game, simply because it looks nothing like a Burnout. Play the game, before you throw your thoughts at it.

    In Burnout Crash!, there is only one goal, and that's to destroy anything and everything. There are about 7 stages in the game, with 3 areas in each one.
    One thing about Crash! is the... controversial visual style. Personally, I like it, it makes the environments look colourful, and the explosions look satisfying. The simple aim of the game is similar to Burnout 3's Crash mode. You drive your car into a junction and try to cause as much damage as possible, not just to cars, but buildings, planes and more. There are three game types; Road Trip, Rush Hour and Pile Up.
    In Road Trip, you have to make a set number of cars crash into each other, while not letting at least five cars escape (if you do, the crash is over). This mode is the main meat of the game, and completing this automatically unlocks the next junction.
    In Rush Hour, you have 90 seconds to cause as much havoc as possible, with a massive explosion at the end giving you the chance for more points. You don't have to worry about traffic in this game mode, which makes this one of the easiest game types.
    And in Pile Up, you have to make a set number of cars crash into each other, while trying not to make the explode, in order to rack up a lot of points in the final crash. Losing cars here decreases your multiplier, however. One thing about the game I can't stand is the voice acting. It has to be the WORST voice acting I have ever heard from a downloadable title. You get it every 10 seconds and it's not a factor of so bad it's good. It's just... bad. Luckily, it can be turned down, or off in the options. Also, the small amount of cars is a bit disappointing too. However, overall, I think this is a pretty fun game. Is it the best Burnout game to date? Don't be stupid. Is it worthy of the Burnout name? Kind of. But rest assured, if you're looking for a quick, but fun arcade-like game, at least try this out. You might be surprised.
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