Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Burnout devotees will love it but this is a game made for casual gamers. There's no massive skill required, it's a terrific accessible game for anyone.
  2. Builds upon everything that was so spectacular about Burnout 3, and just takes it all to a whole new level. It's fast, gorgeous and just an absolute blast to play.
  3. 100
    Quite simply the best arcade racing game ever made. Everything that you loved about the last game is still here and kicking, but with added modes, more action, a faster sense of speed, and some truly addictive multiplayer modes, this game will undoubtedly go down in history as being the epitome of action racing this generation and possibly even the next.
  4. Burnout Revenge changes the gameplay of its predecessors in small yet very crucial ways that make it more fun than the previous games, without making those games seem less fun. [Nov 2005, p.132]
  5. Whether you are a fan of the previous games or just want to experience the absolute best in arcade racing, Burnout Revenge is a game that you won't be able to stop playing once you start, so grab a copy today and clear your calendar for the rest of the year.
  6. 97
    This is the best arcade racer I have ever played.
  7. This game is a refined and better game than "Burnout 3" even if there are a couple missteps along the way. The graphics, sound and overall sense of speed are greatly improved and the game is as addicting as ever.
  8. New modes, new vehicles and a whole new batch of trophies and awards to obtain (including the awesome Vertical Takedowns that see you falling from a height to land on a rival) all make for an experience that has enough in common with the sublime "Burnout 3" to create a feeling of comfort, but is different enough to test you all over again.
  9. Every wreck is a visual affair to be savored and a delightful treat for a job nastily done. [Oct 2005, p.66]
  10. The game's soundtrack is quite varied, considerably more so than "Burnout 3." It's noticeably edgier and goes along well with Burnout Revenge's more aggressive theme.
  11. The enjoyment of driving at breakneck speeds and smashing cars into walls is nothing short of pure bliss.
  12. With top notch presentation and replayability that goes through the roof it's a sure fire bet to assume the Burnout series is safe for some time to come.
  13. Contrary to popular belief, Revenge is a dish best served hot. It's the best Burnout game ever.
  14. One of the best arcade racers ever. Level design, graphics, sense of speed and replay value; what more could a gamer want? Electronic Arts has taken my favorite racer and made it better in almost every way.
  15. I loved the new challenges the multiple routes and the revenge weapons. I would have liked to see a version come out without any issue with the online mode but again the game is too good and it's something that will be fixed.
  16. Like a moth drawn to a flame, I can't pull myself away from the incredible explosions, blinding speeds, and impressive vehicular carnage. Once you get behind the wheel, it's almost impossible to turn this speedster off. [Oct 2005, p.118]
  17. Although not a completely revolutionized title, Burnout Revenge adds so much in terms of game mechanics, it has quickly become my favorite racing game of all time.
  18. The brilliant twist of the encouragement to crash cars for gaming pleasure and reward pushes the petal to the metal and zooms Burnout Revenge past the average racing game.
  19. It's by far one of the top three racing games this year, outright. Yes, right there with "Forza" and "GT4." And you'll put hours upon hours into it. I can guarantee.
  20. The sense of speed is upped a couple notches, the tracks are much more interesting, with alternate routes and lots of ramps, Crashbreaker races are immensely fun, traffic checking adds more wreckage and destruction (which is a good thing), the huge, multi-tiered crash stages are a big step up, and once again, even more speed.
  21. More than just a progression of Burnout 3, it is a full-blown experience that is loud, explosive, and filled with energy... Every turn, every depth-defying jump, and every cataclysmic crash is extremely stylized, and tons of fun.
  22. The game takes everything that was great from the phenomenal Burnout 3 and not only improves upon those features, but builds upon them, creating a game that blows away the competition in its genre.
  23. It's the same tried and tested gameplay with some cool new cars and levels, and a few new features that may or may not be your cup of tea.
  24. Between the new tracks, hugely satisfying new features, challenging re-worked Crash mode, and hot new advancement system, Revenge manages to take out just about all the bad and add plenty of good to this popular franchise.
  25. While it isn't a total reinvention, Burnout Revenge makes significant alterations to the Burnout formula that essentially render every other game in the series obsolete.
  26. An excellent and unbelievably fast arcade racing experience. The constant over-the-top crashes are hilarious. It is a bit easy, though. [Oct 2005]
  27. Even if you've played "Burnout 3" 'til you had blisters on your fingers, there is plenty of new and exciting tracks, cars, and features that will peak your interest once again.
  28. By far the biggest step up lies in the course design, offering dozens of alternative routes and short-cuts on each map and making far more use of vertical travel than Burnout ever did. [Nov 2005, p.90]
  29. Revenge isn't a huge leap forward for the series compared to the evolution between "Point of Impact" and "Takedown," but it is definitely an evolution for the franchise and once you play it you'll have a hard time going back to the old track designs.
  30. The Burnout franchise continues to impress, with this 4th installment featuring a deeper world tour mode, even snazzier visuals and online play.
  31. Fantastic presentation, highly addictive intense gameplay and plenty to play – racing games just don't get any better then this, make sure to check it out immediately.
  32. The traffic checking keeps the wheel-to-wheel racing quite fresh, and the whole aerial portion of Crash Junction makes it more challenging and therefore more fun (for most of us).
  33. Unfortunately, some of the upgrades also winds up diluting the strength of the game just a bit. Revenge will still fulfill your need for speed.
  34. Any gamer who gets off on high speed hijinks will find that Revenge is a dish best served now!
  35. 90
    When a game is able to make grown adults throw their shoulders into turns or wave their controller in the air as if it's actually going to help avoid that oncoming tour bus (sorry, it won't), then you know somebody's doing something right.
  36. I like that causing enough of a mess will give you the opportunity to collect multiple Crashbreakers within the same run, but at the same time, I'm really not fond of the manic button presses needed to secure and enact each Crashbreaker.
  37. Playing this marginally altered new Burnout still feels like you're flying a burning fighter jet through hell at 50 million miles an hour, and you'll still look at it and wonder how they've managed to make Xbox do so many cool things at once. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  38. 90
    This is the fourth game in the series, and it's definitely the biggest, ballsiest, most nonsensical Burnout to date.
  39. 90
    While not the revolution its immediate predecessor was, Burnout Revenge stands as the best racing game of the year, and a excellent game in its own right.
  40. Somehow Burnout 4 has managed to be faster than "Burnout 3," and while it is not a huge jump it is a very noticeable one. Once you play Burnout 4, you just wont' be able to go back to "Burnout 3" as it feels like your driving a snail.
  41. 90
    The Traffic Checking and trackside shortcuts gives Revenge a little more of a complex feel to the high speed simplistic madness of the series so far.
  42. 90
    A brilliant game that should please everyone.
  43. Tons of tracks, events, and online races give Revenge plenty of variety, but it's the blinding speed and the velvety smooth controls that make this the best racing game of the year.
  44. 90
    It manages to exhaustively deliver everything that made "Burnout 3" so fantastic while adding small tweaks that make its predecessor an immediate item for trade-in at your local game store.
  45. In the year that has passed since Criterion redefined destructive racing with the insanely addictive Burnout 3: Takedown, they've hunkered down and done their homework, and the result is the even better Burnout Revenge, a game that doesn't just kick your ass, it hands it to you on a fine silver platter.
  46. If you like your games fast, then strap yourself in for a white-knuckle ride, because Burnout Revenge is relentlessly intense.
  47. 89
    While not perfect, Burnout Revenge is an excellent addition to the franchise. The game's track design is simply phenomenal, the break-neck speed is exhilarating and there are very, very few games on any current console that control, look or sound better than this.
  48. The game provides a ton of fun with its addictive gameplay, solid visuals, outstanding audio, and great control scheme. It may not add as much to the series as its previous installment, but it does have a lot to offer.
  49. An incredible amount of raw fun to play, remaining so similar to previous titles yet being so fundamentally different.
  50. Burnout Revenge is hard to rate. On almost every level, it's superior to Burnout 3, yet it lacks the impact of that game, which had so many pieces come together to create arguably the best arcade-racing experience ever.
  51. While it could be harder, it's a very exhilarating game that offers up hours and hours of high speed thrills.
  52. Criterion has yet again pieced together another piece of fantastic software that pushes the limits of the current-gen consoles in every department possible. However, for some reason or another, it just doesn't feel as exciting and visceral as "Burnout 3" did.
  53. A great game to be sure, but somehow not as good as last year's outing.
  54. The same fun game that we discovered in "Burnout 3." If you are a fan of the series and can ignore the fact that this isn't a major evolutionary step, you will likely be satisfied with this new addition to the Burnout family.
  55. It's an excellent game, and definitely worth checking out for racing nuts, casual gamers, and anyone who wants to just practicing crashing into oncoming traffic.
  56. Revenge really fumbles the ball with the addition of traffic checking, and its overt attempts at aggression are ultimately ironic counterpoints to a system that has lost many of its teeth. On its own, it's still one of the best racers available, but it is also a spectacular step backward for the series.
  57. But while some will dig the new chaotic maps and aggressive traffic-checking, others may be turned off by the loss of precision and the dependence upon blind chance.
  58. It takes more than caffeine, luck and a nosebleed to truly become master of these streets, and this is Revenge's greatest achievement over its predecessor. The eight locations, split as usual into varied circuits, are arcade racing dreams given form. [Nov 2005, p.98]
  59. The real let down is the racing, in that it's simply not as much fun as it used to be, and as such Revenge can no longer be considered the best Burnout game. That's not to say it's "not fun", because we had a blast, but tasked with weighing it up against its predecessors, it's a slight backward step.
  60. While it doesn't qualitatively raise the bar, Gamestyle believes that Burnout is still the premier street-racing franchise - and adrenaline junkies will definitely find it worth their hard-earned cash.
  61. Even though there's a new, fancy interface (with decreased user friendliness, we have to admit), more finely tuned gameplay mechanics and a better AI, I can't help feeling that there's a bit of a lack of good ideas in comparison with "Burnout 3."
  62. The locations are varied, but with the usual generic locations, and a repetitiveness noticable in the track layout for each stage is reduced somewhat by the addition of numerous shortcuts along each route.
  63. For me, Burnout Revenge is more of the same – new tracks, new cars, new events, but same basic gameplay.
  64. 70
    Hardly a vast leap forward for the series, but it's not a simple graphical improvement with a minor gameplay upgrade thrown in either.
  65. It's overcooked and to slick, through redeemed by the sheer quantity of stuff you can do. [Dec p.90]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. StuartP.
    Apr 27, 2007
    10
    Very fast game, gives you a adrenaline rush, great game with very cool music.
  2. RandyM.
    Aug 7, 2006
    10
    Burnout Revenge is, indeed, the most destructive, flat out fun racer I have had the honor to play. The sense of speed is amazing and the Burnout Revenge is, indeed, the most destructive, flat out fun racer I have had the honor to play. The sense of speed is amazing and the slo-mo replays never get old. A hearty recommendation to any gamer. Full Review »
  3. TrezoL.
    Jan 1, 2006
    10
    Absolute favorite game to me. I am not a racing fan at all, but this game took me by storm. It has a good style of racing, but also an action Absolute favorite game to me. I am not a racing fan at all, but this game took me by storm. It has a good style of racing, but also an action packed line to. Full Review »