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  • Summary: Burnout 3 challenges you to crash into (and through) busy intersections, while creating as much damage as possible. You can battle your way to the front of the pack by taking down rivals and causing spectacular crashes. For those who thirst for crashes, the game includes a crash mode thatBurnout 3 challenges you to crash into (and through) busy intersections, while creating as much damage as possible. You can battle your way to the front of the pack by taking down rivals and causing spectacular crashes. For those who thirst for crashes, the game includes a crash mode that rewards you for creating massive pileups. With multiplayer gameplay, more than 100 events, and 40 tracks, Burnout 3 provides intense speed and action. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 76
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 76
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  1. 100
    To say that this game is "fast" is an understatement - it absolutely blazes, so much so that blinking becomes a liability. [Nov 2004, p.96]
  2. Astonishingly good...This is pure, balls-out speed that will cause even the most hardcore of gamers to rock from left to right as they barely miss ramming a truck at two hundred plus miles an hour.
  3. If you want more than this from an arcade racer, you've got to be crazy. It's all here in spades!
  4. 95
    Burnout 3 will remind you why you started playing games – not because of the competition, or to enter into some fifty hour experience grinding session online, but because of an experience that constitutes such pure fun that it's impossible to stop a grin breaking out on your face.
  5. Regardless of the fact that I'm not a racing fan, I found this to be a very, very good game, and absolutely hilarious when you think about the fact that it promotes driving like a dick and taking down your opponents with underhanded and brutal tactics.
  6. Every aspect comes together to create a gaming experience that is one of the most polished and perfected we've ever seen, regardless of genre – you simply need Burnout 3: Takedown now.
  7. Play Magazine
    75
    A dose of high-quality gaming fast food that tastes fine but leaves you wanting something that sticks. [Oct 2004, p.77]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 78
  2. Negative: 2 out of 78
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    10
    Best racing experince on the the oringal xbox.

    This game is filled with tons of content. It has a classic racing mode, time trials, and
    Best racing experince on the the oringal xbox.

    This game is filled with tons of content. It has a classic racing mode, time trials, and crash mode which is my personal favorate). In crash mode you just crash your car and try to cause the most damage possible. In this game there are hundreds of unlockables to go for, The graphics for this game would be considered dencent in decnct 2013. That is amzing considering it's nearly 10 years old. If you have a xbox or a ps2 this is a must buy.
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  2. SteveP.
    Aug 4, 2006
    10
    This game is just fun, pure fun. I hate racing simulators, why would anyone want there racing games mind numbingly hard and frustrating, when This game is just fun, pure fun. I hate racing simulators, why would anyone want there racing games mind numbingly hard and frustrating, when you can have it fast and destructive. This is by far the greatest racing game ever, the graphics look like they should be on a 360, the cars are beautiful. Heck even the sound track isn Expand
  3. JackO.
    Sep 9, 2004
    10
    Excellent game! There's so many people that don't realise how good this game is and are too busy waiting for over-hyped games that Excellent game! There's so many people that don't realise how good this game is and are too busy waiting for over-hyped games that turn out to be crap. One of the best games of the year is already here. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2017
    10
    One of, if not - the most innovative racing game of all time. The burnout series introduced a fun, fast paced game engine with theOne of, if not - the most innovative racing game of all time. The burnout series introduced a fun, fast paced game engine with the introduction of the takedown - ability to takedown your rivals with various car maneuvers. As well as a refined career mode, crash mode and online mode. This is the definitive racing game of the 6th generation. Fun, fast, smooth, intense and cool are all feelings and vibes I got from Burnout 3: Takedown. I also discovered some of my favourite bands from the soundtrack of the game. Burnout 3 is by far the most beautiful looking game of the 6th generation and should be looked to as the benchmark for pure fun. The online community continued until the close of the xbox original servers and holds a special place in the hearts of Burnout fans. Expand
  5. RepeatOffender
    Sep 20, 2004
    9
    Not generally a huge fan of recing games, but this one is simply incredible. The speed is phenomenal, the crashes are beautiful, and the Not generally a huge fan of recing games, but this one is simply incredible. The speed is phenomenal, the crashes are beautiful, and the competition is as determined to win the race as you are! the only gripe I have with the game, is the lack of replay's. With such beautiful crash sequences why not allow a user to save their most spactaular and share among friends? Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2019
    9
    The sense of speed and adrenaline-charged spectacle hasn't aged a day. The AI can be bone-crushingly rubber-bandy, but every last moment isThe sense of speed and adrenaline-charged spectacle hasn't aged a day. The AI can be bone-crushingly rubber-bandy, but every last moment is engaging to the highest extent possible. Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2022
    1
    I had to create an account on here to warn anyone that thinks about playing this game.

    DON'T! Don't be blinded by fanboys on their
    I had to create an account on here to warn anyone that thinks about playing this game.

    DON'T!

    Don't be blinded by fanboys on their nostalgia trip because this game is truly sh*t.

    1. The camera. Half of the time your car blocks the view (especially on a steep road) of what's in front of you which results in unnecessary crashes. But the worst thing about the camera is when it NEEDS to show you absolutely every f*cking useless, mundane takedown in slow motion while your car continues driving off into god knows where (because you can't see it). So it basically results in you getting crashed 50% of the time because your car drove off into a wall or into some random car in the traffic, which brings me to my second point.

    2. The traffic. I don't know if the game designers intentionally programmed it to be this way, but it seems that every time you hit a curve there is always some bus or random car right in the center of the trajectory of the path of your turn. Half of the time you can't even see the cars in the distance because they all get mixed up with the game's background graphics. You can especially see that on Europe's snow maps. Everything is white and all of a sudden you got crashed into a car because you didn't see the head lights.

    3. Graphics. Anything that's beyond 10 feet is unrecognizable... kinda problematic for a fast-paced racing game where you NEED to see the upcoming traffic but can't even differentiate the cars from the street so in practice you're crashing into a car that seems to have appeared out of thin air because they had the same color as the tarmac.

    4. AI. Now I know how unfair racing games' rubberband AI can be but this game seriously takes the cake.
    Let me describe the AI with one word: brutal.
    Especally evident in the second half of the game where a lap takes 2-3 mins to complete and god forbid you crash only once or twice during the race. You have a better chance of restarting it than catching up to the enemies. Let me put this straight: you can drive the fastest car of your class while the enemy drives a lesser car and he's still gonna be faster than you. Oh and while the enemy only needs to chafe you for you to crash, you will need to batista bomb his *ss in order for him to crash because otherwise they'll drive on like you were just some annoying mosquito.
    But the worst thing about the god awfully unbalanced AI is: You can take them down 4 times in a row and they'll still be back on your *ss in a split-second. BUT if you crash just twice, do you know how far behind you're gonna be? 7-10 seconds (about 3 seconds if you crash once). Have fun catching up to that sh*t with a car that's statistically faster but slower in practice than your enemies' cars.

    5. Controls. I'll keep it short. Have fun steering as soon as you press the boost button.

    I've said enough. If you've read it all - thank you for taking the time to read my rant.
    To the game desgners: A royal f*ck you from me for creating this abomination of a "racing" game.

    TLDR: Worst camera in a racing game. Brutal AI that leaves absolutely 0 room for error in races that last for 6 mins. You can't recognize sh*t from a short distance because the graphics suck. And the traffic is programmed to always take appear in your trajectory in order to take you out but never the enemies.

    Verdict: 1/10 because the music is kick *ss. But I'd recommend to listen to the music on spotify rather than playing this pile of steamin' sh*t.
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#5 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
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#3 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004