Burnout Dominator PSP

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
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  1. It's perfectly pitched between the frustration of failure and the high-speed, adrenaline-fuelled euphoria of success, and it's a welcome return to a more old-school Burnout formula.
  2. Burnout: Dominator marks a true return to form for the series, and whilst the removal of features in any game is usually a lamentable decision, I'm happy to be proved wrong on this occasion.
  3. Still, if this sort of no-nonsense adrenaline-fueled racing appeals, you won't find much to match it on the PSP.
  4. The lack of Crash mode is a big disappointment and makes the World Tour feel a little samey. If you're after more Burnout on the PSP then this is well worth adding to your collection, but on the PS2 Burnout Revenge is by far the better option.
  5. Technically brilliant and often thrilling, but also considerably lighter than its predecessor and unable to provide the same long-term appeal.
  6. A decent entry in the franchise but it doesn’t really do anything to propel it forward.
  7. 85
    The racing is just as adrenaline pumping as it's ever been, and possibly even more so than what we saw in Burnout Revenge as you need to be afraid of traffic once again. However, the lack of standard features and modes like Crash are a rather big disappointment.
  8. One of the best racing games currently available on the PSP.
  9. Some may argue that this is a step backwards, but for what it is Dominator proves to be a highly competent racer with plenty of replay.
  10. Burnout Dominator is an enjoyable game, but I can’t help but be disappointed that there’s no crash mode in the game. This has been a signature mode of the game from the beginning of the series and its absence is very noticeable here.
  11. For fans of the gameplay found in the earlier games in the series or someone looking for a good place to jump on board, one of the best racing franchises on any platform, Burnout: Dominator is a good place to start.
  12. 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.
  13. For a weekend rental, you will be hard pressed to find a better, or more fun, racing game than Burnout Dominator. Hardcore fans need to be advised that this game could just as easily be called Burnout 2.
  14. The fast packed, break neck excitement of a Burnout games is contagious even on portable system.
  15. 75
    It doesn't pack quite the "wow" factor that we saw in Legends, but it's still a more-than-competent racer, and one that's a remarkable demonstration of the PSP's capabilities.
  16. The new modes do a good job of forcing players to think during every race, but the lack of popular modes and online play really hurt the overall value of the game.
  17. 80
    Though Burnout fans might be disappointed to learn there's no substantial revision to the play mechanics, Dominator's fast-paced events and score-based challenges are a perfect fit for a handheld system, making it one of the best looking, best playing racing titles on PSP.
  18. 60
    "Burnout 3" was a title that changed peoples' tune from "I don't play racing games" to "No, you can't have the controller. It's still my turn." Compared to that, Dominator just isn't as fun.
  19. Burnout Dominator doesn’t add anything really new to the genre but is great for what it is: portable arcade racing and definitely worth your time if you’re a fan of the series.
  20. 90
    Everything about Dominator's gameplay just feels right. The welcome return of burnouts has infused an even greater sense of recklessness to a game that certainly wasn't lacking it to begin with.
  21. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    60
    The new modes are feeble, the missing modes are lamentable and the shift to sparse but always-deadly traffic is a backwards step. [June 2007, p.110]
  22. Play UK
    65
    While Dominator never feels like a broken experience, it isn't one that works well on the PSP. [Issue#153, p.77]
  23. Hardcore Gamer
    45
    It doesn't matter how good the rest of a game is, though, if the controls betray you just when you need them most. [May 2007, p.55]

Awards & Rankings

#32 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
#33 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Apr 12, 2012
    9
    In my opinion Dominator is way better than Legends. Especially because it is not as annoying and boring as Legends. In legends there is 3 lapsIn my opinion Dominator is way better than Legends. Especially because it is not as annoying and boring as Legends. In legends there is 3 laps per race which is just terrible minding the lenght of track. In this game it is 2 which is pleasureable. Full Review »
  2. Sep 29, 2015
    9
    Great racing-rhythm game. With this game you're left with a track design that makes appropriate use of the characteristic drift mechanics ofGreat racing-rhythm game. With this game you're left with a track design that makes appropriate use of the characteristic drift mechanics of the Burnout series. You'll also have a pretty descent roster of hot-wheels-alike cars. I also think this is the first time since Burnout 2 that the turbo, drift and dangerous driving mechanics conform a pleasant marriage that makes you feel like you are doing something with a genuine motive in mind. Is also a technical standpoint for the PSP, even more considering this game was release before Sony unlocked the full potential of this handheld. This game also has a very well structured pace, so you don't have to struggle looking for what events you want to do or you have left. I like this game a lot, and I think is one of the best games that has Burnout as a name. Great videogame. Full Review »
  3. BoiledEgg
    Dec 14, 2007
    10
    This game is one of the best PSP titles EVER! The graphics are - even if it was for a 'real' console - fantastic and the gameplay This game is one of the best PSP titles EVER! The graphics are - even if it was for a 'real' console - fantastic and the gameplay is just amazing. And last but not least, the World Tour is not too short :) If this game had online multiplayer, it would be PERFECT, but it gets a 10 from me anyway . Full Review »