|Release date:||9 October 2002|
The rock solid gameplay that made Burnout a million seller has been tweaked, refined and, most importantly, added to. The legions of new modes and features will keep petrol heads happy for months and months, and should ensure that Burnout 2 attains instant 'classic' status.
The original Burnout was one of the most essential slices of arcade racing ever to grace the PlayStation 2. Shunning real life vehicle licenses in favour of generic sports cars, hotrods and muscle cars, and gleefully sticking two fingers up at more earnest 'realistic physics set' racers, Burnout was all about lightning quick, foot-to-the-floor driving thrills and huge, impressive, bonnet crumpling crashes. It was a game that encouraged (and actively rewarded) maniacally dangerous driving, but the follow-up makes its predecessor look positively pedestrian by comparison. The rock solid gameplay that made Burnout a million seller has been tweaked, refined and, most importantly, added to. The legions of new modes and features will keep petrol heads happy for months and months, and should ensure that Burnout 2 attains instant 'classic' status.
Burnout 2's Championship mode is a far more engrossing affair, largely thanks to the staggering amount of new locations, tracks and cars on offer. There are six new US-inspired locations - Miami, Los Angeles, the Rocky Mountains, New Mexico and a busy international airport - which between them offer an impressive total of 30 new stages of hair raising racing. Once again, reckless driving (such as narrowly avoiding vehicles and driving into oncoming traffic) builds up your boost meter which, when full, gives you an burst of blistering, eye watering speed. With a bit of practice, you can even 'chain' boosts together; simply continue driving like a maniac while you're boosting and your meter will fill right back up. As you progress through the Championship, you unlock secret vehicles, including police cars, 1950s hotrods and stock cars.
To help you in your bid for Championship glory, the new Burnout Driving School offers a comprehensive course (Offensive Driving 101) to help get your racing and boosting skills up to scratch. Two other new modes - Pursuit and Crash - put a whole new spin on the Burnout experience. In Pursuit, you get to take the wheel of a cop car and chase down computer or human controlled speeding opponents. In Crash mode, players take it in turns to drive into traffic set pieces and cause the biggest crashes possible (based on the total insurance tab when the dust settles). Crash mode is a real multiplayer classic; it's about as much fun as you can have behind a wheel and it gives you a chance to sit back and enjoy the game's wildly spectacular crashes.
Burnout 2 is everything a sequel should be; it's a bigger and better game in every sense of the word, with genuinely innovative new modes and features. Considerable improvements to AI and sumptuous new weather and particle effects make Burnout 2 an absolute must.
- Six all new locations and 30 new stages
- Fourteen all-new vehicles, plus seven to unlock, including 1950s hotrods and stock cars
- Additional modes: Pursuit and Crash
- Realistic weather conditions, such as snow, rain and fog
- Intelligent traffic system with three distinct types of driver behaviours