Universal acclaim - based on 76 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 76
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 76
  3. Negative: 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. Easy controls help you play chicken with oncoming traffic at speeds so real, you can practically feel the G-forces pinning your jowls against your ears.
  3. 100
    With its killer combo of great gameplay, awesome destruction, and cool physics, EA has taken what was a fun diversion and made it into a near masterpiece.
  4. Every lap is terrifying...Polished to perfection, Burnout 3 is faster and more thrilling than any previous racer.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    The combo of racing and combat is brilliantly addictive. [17 Sept 2004, p.25]
  6. The visuals are cleaner, more vibrant, and oozing with a slick presentation. The audio is, to coin a phrase from Good Times, "Dy-no-mite!"
  7. Hands down, the best arcade racer ever made. Ever. [Oct 2004, p.99]
  8. 100
    Racing games have now changed forever, and entirely for the better - for that there can be no higher recommendation. It's that good.
  9. games(TM)
    Burnout 3 is special. It's not just another racing game, and despite lacking certain features car enthusiasts hold dear (such as customisation and ultra realism) it's easily the most fun we've ever had with any racing game. [Oct 2004, p.96]
  10. 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.
  11. AceGamez
    What with the totally aggressive but fun gameplay, the sheer madness of the speed at which you drive, the incredible quality of the foreground, background and moving visuals and the pumping soundtrack to run alongside it, you'd be a fool not to have Burnout 3: Takedown in your collection.
  12. Takedown is nearly flawless, with crisp graphics, a rousing punk-rock soundtrack and smart level design that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is not just the best driving game I have ever played, but one of the best games of any genre this year.
  13. This is only marginally a racing game - it's a game of destruction and chaos that holds more in common with a first person shooter than with a true racer.
  14. 100
    The new king of arcade racers. Think about everything that was brilliant about its predecessors -- the whimsical take on the laws of physics, the gorgeous graphics, and the completely insane emphasis on crashing -- and multiply it by ten thousand.
  15. 100
    You should buy it even if driving games rank somewhere between stepping on Legos barefoot and Saddam on your list of dislikes.
  16. The speed of the game is incredible and as the roads and lights blur past you, it feels more like you're flying in the Millennium Falcon than some street machine dodging through traffic.
  17. I am no longer a fan but now a full-fledged junkie! I would certainly consider Burnout 3 to be the "GoldenEye" of racing games!
  18. 97
    It's the best racing game on the current gen consoles. I doubt we will see a better racing game until Xbox 2 or PS3 hits. Burnout 3 is a must have title on the Xbox.
  19. If you want more than this from an arcade racer, you've got to be crazy. It's all here in spades!
  20. 97
    The videogame equivalent of Hurricane Ivan; everyone that has come into contact with it has either been stuck with an immense sense of awe, or had their life changed in a significant manner.
  21. The best console arcade racing game ever and perhaps the best of all time, even topping the mighty "Daytona USA."
  22. With amazingly addictive gameplay, fabulous graphics, astonishing speed and enjoyable online gameplay (when EA's servers are cooperating) one cannot help but not want to play this title all the time.
  23. A work of art, a piece crafted to such infinitesimal detail that every second of the experience has the capacity to cause the player to gasp with exhilarated pleasure from the opening race of the coupe series, right through to the final, devastating Crash Junction on the Burnout world tour.
  24. Even EA haters will be anonymously purchasing Burnout 3: Takedown like it was underage porn contraband, not being able to deny its absolutely addictive offerings.
  25. Without a shadow of a doubt the best in the series and arguably the best arcade racer in history.
  26. Aside from some minor annoyances (the announcer/DJ can get a tad tedious) Burnout 3: Takedown is an absolutely exceptional game and it's quite frankly hard to imagine how the next one could be much better.
  27. 95
    My jaw also hit the floor when I had my first crash. In many racers cars just get a ding or probably no scratches at all. In Burnout 3 your car comes out looking like one of those high school driver's education videos.
  28. 95
    Offers up insane speed, unequaled crash sequences, and a truly new style of gameplay. It has reinvented the wheel, so to speak...Burnout 3 is astonishing. It's one of the best arcade racers I've ever touched.
  29. Even if driving games aren't normally your thing, Burnout 3 is still right for you. It's that good. It ranks among the best racing games ever made...An amazing achievement that anyone with a pulse will probably love.
  30. EA has struck absolute gold with this title.
  31. This is one of the best games I've ever played involving cars, asphalt and disregard for public safety. It is a must have for any gamer's collection, anybody who ever had fun smashing hot wheels cars into each other, or anyone who likes destruction.
  32. A wild, edge of your seat, white knuckle ride that fulfills any speed freak's cravings. What's more, it's also one of the best games that's been released this entire year.
  33. The only question you can ask yourself is how much time can you give a game that sucks you in and doesn't let go?
  34. A strong candidate for the coveted Game of the Year award, Burnout 3: Takedown is one of the best arcade racing games to come out in years.
  35. We've been driving computerised cars around virtual racetracks for years now, but in Burnout 3 you do it so fast, and the enjoyment from going so fast comes so easily, that playing another racer is going to feel like driving a bus after taking a spin in a Ferrari.
  36. Bone jarring impacts, oncoming traffic flying through the air, takedowns, crash junctions, this game is just shy of being perfect. Some of the most awesome, if not the best, crashes you will ever find in a racing game.
  37. With its outstanding graphics, highly addictive adrenaline pumping gameplay and its terrific emphasis on carnage and destruction, this is not a game to be missed by anyone who has even just a passing interest in arcade racers.
  38. Put simply, this is one of the best racing games of all time...[and] one of the most fast-paced, visceral racing games you will ever play.
  39. 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.
  40. Taking a screaming fast car and driving it into a busy intersection creating a massive car pile up costing millions of dollars is not only fun, but addictive.
  41. This game does for the arcade racing genre what "Rallisport Challenge 2" does for the rally section. It's just that good.
  42. 94
    Perhaps one of the most enjoyable racing games we've ever been given the chance to play, mainly owing to the immense rush you get from the sheer velocity of game play.
  43. The game's crashes, smashes, and explosions really make you feel like you just inspired a 50-car pile up in the middle of a busy intersection.
  44. The game's speed progresses from Andy Dick insane to Charles Manson insane, always pushing the envelope and always keeping gamers glued to their TV, white knuckling their controllers.
  45. With incredibly realistic damage modelling transforming every crash into a work of art fit to be framed and hung on the walls of Paris' Louvre museum, Burnout 3 is a visual dynamo that will floor players with its speed and gorgeous vistas. [Oct 2004, p.122]
  46. Official Xbox Magazine
    Powersliding through a curve at 75 mph and missing a tractor trailer by a hair's breadth should prompt a few calls to your cardiologist. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream until you giggle. The pure visceral experience of Burnout 3 is as intense as racing gets. [Oct 2004, p.58]
  47. Even without the car crashes, Burnout 3: Takedown would have been a superb arcade-style racing game. But the incredible vehicular carnage makes it a thing of profound destructive beauty.
  48. 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.
  49. If you can put up with the loading screens galore and a bad soundtrack, Burnout 3: Takedown is an arcade racer that should please hardcore and casual race fans.
  50. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The speed is staggering, and the smashes spectacular...Burnout 3 blows the doors off its predecessors with bliteringly fast online play, a massive single-player mode lousy with unlockables, and all the right gameplay tweaks. [Oct 2004, p.100]
  51. Burnout 3 online is extremely good fun -- it's fast, frantic and the gametypes encourage plenty of teamwork, plenty of adrenaline, and naturally enough, plenty of crunched fenders and vehicles gracefully flipping through the air before ploughing at high speeds into concrete pillars.
  52. Barreling your vehicle down the road towards your impending doom will cause uncontrollable giggling, with the excitement of a kid on Christmas, at the mayhem you're getting ready to unleash and witness during your replay.
  53. Criterion has done it again with Burnout 3, as this is about the best you can get when it comes to arcade racing.
  54. With a robust single-player mode that includes a ton of unlockables, even those who don't plan on playing online should still consider picking up this game.
  55. 91
    One thing is undoubtedly beyond question - Burnout 3 is THE most intense 4-wheel experience known to man.
  56. With outstanding physics, an unmatched sense of speed and a wealth of game types, it easily blows the doors off the competition. And that's all the realism I need.
  57. 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.
  58. Takedown, whether it's making my heart pump or the hair stand up on the back of my neck, not only represents a dramatic step in the right direction for the series, but also for the racing game genre in general.
  59. 90
    The Takedown system is what makes the already pretty good Burnout series amazing... Burnout 3 delivers the purest hit of awesome so far this year.
  60. 90
    Takes "Burnout 2," completely reworks it, adds a stack of variety, speeds up the game play, introduces more modes to take full advantage of the crashes and never stops sending out the challenges. It is the arcade racer to own, bar none.
  61. Burnout's World Tour circuit is both lengthy and addictive. However, once you've beaten all the competition, filled your garage to its fullest, and amassed a complete collection of trophies, the single-player game does lose some of its luster.
  62. 90
    An eye-opening, awe-inspiring psychotic arcade racer with addictive, high-energy and often hysterical gameplay. EA and Criterion really hit it out of the parking lot with this one.
  63. Burnout 3: Takedown's drivers are vicious and just as eager to snatch victory from you as you are from them, and it takes a matter of skill to really survive, not to mention keep in the race. Some rookie drivers may be frustrated by this, but I for one appreciate the challenge.
  64. Crucially, it's everything a racing videogame should be: a relentless, unwavering and phenomenal assault on the senses.
  65. 90
    Burnout 3 has turned an obsession with high-speed destruction into a masterpiece. No idle sequel, no mere upgrade, Takedown is nothing short of a declaration of war – a nosebleed racer that's faster, angrier and more explosive than practically any video game you've ever seen.
  66. The only missteps are a super class of cars that are almost too fast for the courses, an abundance of loading screens, and a mostly terrible soundtrack-the latter two problems solved by the Xbox version.
  67. As it stands, it's the offline arcade racing game to end them all, with an online implementation that falls frustratingly short of expectations.
  68. The game's controls are simplistic and some of the tightest out there.
  69. At the end of the day, Burnout 3 is a little too simplified for our tastes.
  70. Presentation wise Burnout 3 looks great, despite the fact that car models aren't the best looking or most detailed to grace the Xbox, also it's probably worth noting that none of the cars in Burnout 3: Takedown are real cars although a few do look like some well known cars.
  71. Technically, Burnout 3: Takedown is not as realistic or advanced graphically as an xbox specific title such as "PGR2," but this is an arcade racer with arcade racing visuals.
  72. netjak
    All in all this is a solidly built offline title that stalls and dies once you try and take it online.
  73. EA's online offering is extremely lacking in this particular game. Well maybe not lacking but poorly done.
  74. An explosively over-the-top romp.
  75. Slick, pulse-pounding fun that will have you shouting happily at the top of your voice in shock at the addictive and visceral action onscreen...[But t]o see the computer rewarded for slick driving, and yet not lose anything for crashing is a demoralising and frustrating experience that detracts from the single-player game.
  76. Play Magazine
    A dose of high-quality gaming fast food that tastes fine but leaves you wanting something that sticks. [Oct 2004, p.77]

Awards & Rankings

#5 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
#3 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 169 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 169
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    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. Apr 3, 2015
    17 hours it took me to finish this(didn't care about the golds). Dang that's good. The world tour is split into 2 parts: Race events and crash17 hours it took me to finish this(didn't care about the golds). Dang that's good. The world tour is split into 2 parts: Race events and crash events. Crash is simple and fast and you're give a small intersection of part of road where you gotta drive up as fast as possible and crash into traffic causing the most collateral damage and picking multipliers. Very fun stuff. You also get you're race events going from simple races to trying to takedown tohe most racers in the alloted time.

    Good sense of progression with cars mostly being unlocked in categories such as musle, sport, super classes. But at the end of the day it's all about speed and the ragdoll car physics. The game rewards you by driving dangerously and crashing in this game is a thing of glory. Your car will simply flip out sometimes 30 feet in the air and with a press of a button you can control your fall in slo-mo.

    Seriously it's hard to beat this franchises for a rotation game in between more serious fare. It's perfect escapist and fully worth any price given what it gives back. I will review the other titles in the franchises so look'em up to see which the best in the end.
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  3. Buried-In-The-Box
    Sep 10, 2004
    This game is soooo fun, for about 2 days. This game is good but lacks any sort of depth do it shouldn't get better reviews than a game This game is soooo fun, for about 2 days. This game is good but lacks any sort of depth do it shouldn't get better reviews than a game like SRS that at least has more depth even though it isn't perfect. Once you see a few of the crashes you've seen the entire game. If Juiced ever comes out it will be more fun and live longer than this, at least until Forza, NFSU2 and MC3 come out. Rent it, but don't spend $50 on it. Companies should take a look at Sega and see how much short lived or updates should cost. $20 would be a better deal. Full Review »