Metascore
75

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. 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.
  5. 80
    An arcade racer with tight controls and graphics, plays great and a blast to watch.
  6. A solid competitor - fast and fun and oddly addictive. [Summer 2002, p.93]
  7. A colorful and stylish game that is blisteringly quick – if a bit technically dated. [June 2002, p.76]
  8. Provides the most intense street-racing rush I've ever experienced in a video game. [July 2002, p.124]
  9. While lacking in substance – primarily cars – Burnout excels in delivering edge of your seat racing. [June 2002, p.83]
  10. There's enough meat on Burnout's bones to provide an engaging, albeit unoriginal, take on arcade racing.
  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. The crashes are a great gimmick, but after the first couple of hours the replays become more of a nuisance than a positive effect.
  13. 70
    Comfortable, basic controls make the game widely accessible.
User Score
6.5

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
    1
    This isn't anything like Burnout 3... this game sucks... i think it has only total 4 vehicles... details sucks... etc doesn't have 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
    6
    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 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
    9
    Great fast action with incredible crashes. Tons of fun...