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  • Summary: Burnout brings high-energy, arcade-style street racing to your gaming console. Drive more than 300 realistic vehicles, and then crash them in spectacular, slow-motion fashion. Burnout monitors your driver's heart rate: You're rewarded for near-misses and the more risks you take. Cruise the United States and Europe on 14 awesome, traffic-filled courses, through cities and into the countryside. Instant replays allow you to relive your handiwork from multiple angles, in all of its cringe-inducing, metal-bashing glory. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. You will not believe how exciting this game is. Burnout features the kind of on-the-edge-of-your-seat action that made movies like "Speed" a success.
  2. There will be times when you get so frustrated you'll throw the controller down in frustration, but 5 minutes later you're picking it back because the game is not only challenging, but fun.
  3. This is a fantastic game and is worth buying, but don’t be surprised when it burns out of replay value a month down the line.
  4. While lacking in substance – primarily cars – Burnout excels in delivering edge of your seat racing. [June 2002, p.83]
  5. 76
    A dedicated gamer can beat Burnout in a weekend's time, so only purchase it if you're planning on enjoying the well-done two-player mode and unlocking the extra goodies like the extra vehicles.
  6. There's enough meat on Burnout's bones to provide an engaging, albeit unoriginal, take on arcade racing.
  7. The crashes are a great gimmick, but after the first couple of hours the replays become more of a nuisance than a positive effect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6