Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. A colorful and stylish game that is blisteringly quick – if a bit technically dated. [June 2002, p.76]
  5. Provides the most intense street-racing rush I've ever experienced in a video game. [July 2002, p.124]
  6. 80
    An arcade racer with tight controls and graphics, plays great and a blast to watch.
  7. While lacking in substance – primarily cars – Burnout excels in delivering edge of your seat racing. [June 2002, p.83]
  8. 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.
  9. There's enough meat on Burnout's bones to provide an engaging, albeit unoriginal, take on arcade racing.
  10. A solid competitor - fast and fun and oddly addictive. [Summer 2002, p.93]
  11. If it's depth you want you'll be disappointed, but if you want to lose yourself in a high-speed car chase or force your buddies into a head-on, this one's for you.
  12. 70
    Comfortable, basic controls make the game widely accessible.
  13. The crashes are a great gimmick, but after the first couple of hours the replays become more of a nuisance than a positive effect.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. ArmandoD.
    Sep 5, 2005
    This isn't anything like Burnout 3... this game sucks... i think it has only total 4 vehicles... details sucks... etc doesn't have the same feeling as Burnout 3. Full Review »
  2. JanusM.
    Jul 11, 2002
    Does not come close to Gran Turismo 3 in detail. The crashes while cool at first get old quick and take too long to play out. Would have been a good game on a PS about 3 years ago. Today it's cliche and lacking. I don't see why anyone would buy this over Gotham Racing or GT3 if ya have a ps2. Full Review »
  3. JimL.
    May 30, 2002
    Great fast action with incredible crashes. Tons of fun...