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      31.01.2010 15:49
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      A classic - get if you can

      This was one of the first games I purchased for my PS2. And, boy was I glad I purchased it.

      I had not played Burnout 1, so I was unsure as to what to expect. I wasn't really a fan of simulation driving games, so when I found out that Burnout was an arcade racer, I immediately got excited.

      The game starts off with a driver 101, in which one learns the basic aspects of the game. Burnout 2 is essentially a risk-reward game. This is in skillfully avoid oncoming traffic, near misses,big jumps and long drifting around bends which are all rewarded with boosts. Once the boost meter was filled up you could boost until the meter ran out. This makes the gamer actually decide when is the best time to use the boost. Unfortunately in the following sequels, you could boost pretty much at any time and for practically anything.

      The game also has a separate crash mode in which one can cause mass havoc on a high way by crashing into a car in a crossroad to create a domino effect.

      The soundtrack is very appropriate for the game. Just high-tempo instrumentals, which get louder when you are boosting.

      The graphics obviously not going to be impressive to you now. But back when it was released, it was very good for its time.

      If you have a previous-generation console, get this game. It is simply a classic. It has an aura about it that its sequels simply do not possess and is arcade racing at its best.

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      12.09.2009 17:11
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      Extremely fun racer

      The frst Burnout game was a decent enough racer, but it was the second game - Point of Impact - that made the series what it is today, a brutal racing experience with a focus on causing as much vehicular and property damage as possible. The realism of the first game has been thrown out of the window in favour of more exaggerated gameplay that's also a whole lot more fun! I thought Burnout was good, but this is one of the best racing titles for the PS2, even if the best bit isn't the racing itself!

      Visually, it's a very impressive game that has stood the test of time quite well. The locales have a wealth of detail, but what really catches the eye is the level of detail on the vehicles themselves - also, the damage detail in particular is very impressive. Let's say you're travelling fast, hit the Burnout mode, which causes the screen to become embossed with a huge motion blur, and then you can't control yourself properly and just careen into a waiting bus or something - your car will crumple into a ball in slow motion, as particles of metal fly off of it. Then you'll be thrown back into the action to do it all over again (albeit at the cost of some time if you're racing).

      This is a fiendish little game that really has put the emphasis on chaos - the damage has been ramped up loads, and the traffic also seems a lot more fierce than before. Also, in keeping with the focus on fun, things are a bit less challenging this time around, making it more accessible to the casual gamer. You'll get frequent Boosts and Burnouts which will ensure you win a race, and the new Crash Mode which has been introduced, in which you must attempt to cause the most damage possible by flying through the air, is insanely fun. The focus here is on mayhem, and Burnout 2 absolutely delivers.

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      15.08.2009 23:16
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      A great racing game.

      Burnout 2 is a racing game developed by Criterion games for the Playstation 2

      Burnout 2 has an expanded championship career mode this time around featuring more different event types for you to play as well as the standard races, you are still usually taking on the masses in tournaments involving multiple race events where you must consistently perform to unlock the next. In addition you can now do pursuit events which puts you in control of a police car and you must take out a rival racer by smashing into them! You can also earn new cars in the one on one face offs.

      The driving mechanics have been tuned to perfection and are really addictive, the game adds in a boost meter which you can fill by driving on the wrong side of the road, nearly hitting other cars completing insane jumps and powersliding round the corners. Once your boost meter is full you can engage the boost for an excellent burst of speed that will send you flying! It's a really rewarding system.

      The other new feature this time around is the crash mode, this is probably the best new feature the game offers. The concept is simple yet so very rewarding, you crash your car into carefully set up scenarios to cause maximum carnage. You can waste hours lining up for the perfect run to clip all the vehicles possible while spinning into lanes of traffic. The excellent crash physics of the game are put to really good use here.

      Graphics have received a boost over the first game with better lighting effects and more detailed cars and crashes in this game.

      Burnout 2 is even more fast and furious than the first and is an excellent racing title.

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      29.10.2008 08:26
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      Great game.

      **Introduction**

      Anyone who knows me would tell you that my gaming consists of mostly Football and Basketball sims and car racing games with a couple of fighter and strategy games mixed in. Burnout 2 Point of Impact is one of the racing games which I own on the Playstation 2 after buying it as part of a 4 for £20 deal in my local Gamestation store. Although I didnt get to play it for a couple of weeks after that due to a rather acute infatuation with another racing game which was in the 4 for £20 deal. Need For Speed Carbon.

      **Gameplay**

      Whilst all Racing games are in some way similar they all have their different modes and this game is no different. There is a short course which you have to pass to qualify to race in a championship and unlock all the other extra features. Once you have gone through the course about learning how to use the turbo boost and also demonstrate the ability to weave through traffic at high speed you will be able to challenge yourself against your opponents or just have fun causing as much carnage as possible in the extra challenges.

      I am very impressed with the variety of the gameplay as if you are not feeling like going through a whole season of racing you can simply cause as much damage as is humanly possible and in turn racking up damage totalling up to as much as $20m and in some cases even more. If you choose to race in a championship then you will ecperience the various tracks they have in the game.

      **Graphics**

      Given that this isnt one of the most popular racing games around I was really impressed with the quality of graphics on show in this game. They are absolutely superb and rival even the likes of Gran Turismo and Need For Speed. Particularly impressive is the way that the games graphics deal with sunshine on the track. This effect is reproduced superbly as is the movement of all the cars on the track even the traffic.

      **The Life**

      Many people find that they get sick of a game after completing a series of championships but this game has got a long playing life due to all the other options you can choose to do. Obviously you can play it to death but it will give you hours and hours of fun until you have reached the end. Although not easy this game is not hard to pick up as some others are.

      **Overall**

      This is one of the finest car games around and given that you will find it for around £5 it should be a great bargain for any racing fan. I really enjoy playing this game and have yet to get anywhere near burnout. Although not as good as Need for speed or Gran Turismo series' it is still a very well liked series.

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        30.01.2005 13:07
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        Normally, I am not a great fan of driving/racing games, I find them all tedious, all the same, and generally I am not very good at them. I originally played this game on my friend's Xbox - and within a couple of weeks of playing it, I bought it myself for the PS2.

        This game is really rather good - if you are a young kid or non-driver, you should know that this game is encouraging you to drive dangerously, but the only difference is getting away with it without crashing.

        Burnout 2 is a sequel and also will be pretty soon a prequel once the much-anticipated Burnout 3 arrives on the scene. Burnout will appeal to all those racing drivers out there, and has received RAVE reviews all across the board, and I am not to disagree.

        This game has several modes in it - Championship, Pursuit, Crash, and Single Race.

        CHAMPIONSHIP:
        You need to play the championship mode if you are to unlock specific cars and tracks in the game. Championships vary on their mission. The majority are mini-championships with 3-6 races in them. You drive against 3 other computer players, in the bid to get the Gold medal at the end. You succeed, and you unlock races and tracks. You lose, well, then you have to try and try again.

        Coming first gives you a gold medal and 3 points, silver medal (2 pts) for second, etc. If you manage to complete the championship winning all golds, you receive other unlocked material.

        PURSUIT:
        In this mode, there is you and one computer player. You play the police car, and the computer plays the criminal. Your aim is to bang into him as many times as you can before he escapes. Bearing in mind there are other cars about you cannot afford to crash, and you also have a damage bar you can't afford to go down in.

        CRASH:
        My personal favourite. You can compete with up to three others. The aim of the mode is to crash spectacularly, creating the most damage you possibly can. The one who over 3 courses creates the most damage in a singular crash per course wins the game.

        The graphics in the game are outstanding, everything seems to be really detailed and accurate, and the speed in which you travel is quite astonishing and you gasp when you just miss cars.

        In order to win you need to boost. Throughout the race there is a bar at the bottom of the screen. This is your boost. When it fills up to the top you can then have a time where you have this boost and you may go even quicker. To get this boost up you can either: Drive on the wrong side of the road, do a jump, drift (skid), or do a near miss to a vehicle. You have to really get boosts in order to win that's why it encourages dangerous driving.

        Contols are very easy - you only really use the d-pad, brake, accelerate and boost buttons.

        Sound wise it's great - everything is in it's place and everything is as it should be.

        A couple of things I do not like about the game is that single player it isn't the most exciting thing, you need to play this multiplayer if you are to get the most out of the game, and also when you do play multiplayer, if your screen is only 50Hz get prepared for the gameplay to be slower.

        Also I just find it downright frustrating when you can't win or find yourself crashing all the time!!

        4/5 overall a great great game, definitely worth looking out for Burnout 3 too, if you like your driving you will LOVE this!!!!!!!

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        23.12.2003 03:03
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        For someone who can't even drive I seem to have an awful lot of racing games in my Playstation 2 collection. They are one of the most popular genres and take a look at any release schedule and you'll see there are always a healthy supply of new ones heading onto the starting grid. Every so often one slips past you but thanks to the delights of the platinum rage the most popular get re-released at a more wallet friendly £20 and Burnout 2: Point Of Impact is one such title. The big selling point of the original Burnout were the spectacular crashes available but despite being a competent game I felt it was ultimately lacking something. Fortunately with Burnout 2, developers Criterion have demonstrated that they know how to make a sequel and have come up with one of the best arcade racers the PS2 has seen. If you are the sort of gamer who likes to spend hours tinkering and tuning up cars from a selection of hundreds in order to shave one hundredth of a second off your best lap time then this isn't the game for you. The is an arcade racer through and through but with the emphasis firmly on dangerous driving, an aspect that appeals to an awful lot of us out there judging from the fact that the biggest complaint of Gran Turismo was the lack of car damage. But it's the sheer breathtaking speed and glorious visuals which will first grab you. The bulk of the game consists of the championship mode but before you can get stuck into it you'll need to take part in a series of 'Offensive driving 101' tutorials which, while very easy to complete, introduce you to the basic concepts of the game. Each race takes place between you and three opponents around a variety of tracks. Your aim is to race to the finish line through a series of checkpoints as quickly as possible. Cars, tracks and indeed race modes are fairly limited to begin with but as you progress through the championship you'll unlock more.
        But it's not going to be enough to hop in a car and drive as fast as you can. Burnout 2 positively insists that you do it the hard way. The expected turbo speed feature is present, here displayed via a burn meter, but to activate it you'll have to earn points while you race. Driving on the wrong side of the road, near misses, getting air (get all four wheels off the road) and powersliding round corners are all encouraged and rack up the points until your burn meter is full and ready to fire. Progress through the championship mode results in more cars and tracks being unlocked. But after every couple of races you'll get a chance to take part in either a head to head race (you race against one other car - if you win you unlock your opponents car) and pursuit mode (in which you drive a cop car with the aim of knocking your opponent off the road a certain number of times.) It all makes for some varied gameplay and helps to maintain the interest. But it's the crashes you'll all want to see and in a game that dwells on dangerous driving this much you are going to have a great many opportunities. Fortunately, they are nothing short of spectacular. We are not just talking a few crumpling effects and the odd door coming off, instead the whole body of the car breaks and shatters, sparks fly from the railing you are being crunched against and wheels fly off while the windscreen shatters over the road. And that's just your car. Meanwhile much of the oncoming traffic is failing to stop in time and not only are you hit by two speeding cars resulting in them flipping over and crunching back on to the road but behind them an articulated lorry jack- knifes creating more carnage. Fortunately Direct Line needn't worry because seconds later you are popped back into a good as new car and it's on with the race. You may argue that these mid-race crashes break up the race too much but I would disagree. They ar
        e much less intrusive than those in the first game. In Burnout it seemed the slightest scrape with traffic or scenery was enough to trigger the crash animation and over time became annoying. Burnout 2 lets you get away with minor scrapes only launching into the slow-mo replay when a proper crash occurs. These tend to only give you a brief respite from the manic gameplay and give you a change to take a break before burning the rubber yet again. Well this is an arcade game. But better awaits. They have only gone and given the crash element of the game it's very own subsection. Played in one player mode or with up to three friends you get a chance to drive into one of a number of pre-set situations usually involving a lot of traffic and a junction or two. The object being to create the largest insurance bill possible. The more vehicles you damage the bigger the bill. If you cause enough damage you'll also unlock further stages. Choice of car, speed and angle of approach all make a difference and experimenting is the key to racking up some pretty huge bills. There are no two ways about it, this is quite simply tremendous fun and it's what has been missing from far too many racing games in the past. Once courses, cars and modes are unlocked during the championship mode they become available to use for the single race or two player split screen mode, the two player option only appearing on the menu if two controllers are attached to the console. Two player games also include multiplayer pursuit and multiplayer crash. Control is everything in a game this fast and it's pretty much spot on. You feel in constant control and even when you plough headlong into that oncoming articulated lorry you'll know it was your own fault and not as a result of sloppy response programming. It only takes a couple of races to get the feel for the powerslides and you'll soon be taking on the sharpest turns at breakneck speed. This is the sort o
        f game that is very easy to get the hang of and while rewarding skill never seeks to make the controls more complicated than they need to be. The music consists mainly of that thrashing guitar sound that seems to accompany nearly every racer that comes along. While it's nothing particularly special it does sit snugly in the background while the roar of the engines takes centre stage, although once the race begins you are too busy just keeping on the road and avoiding other traffic to worry about much else. Graphically the game looks stunning especially during the slow motion crashes. The car models themselves, while not quite up to the gran turismo slickness, look pretty damn good and the courses are perfectly modelled with some very nice weather effects on later tracks. More importantly there is absolutely no slow down. Everything is as smooth as can be and even when things get hectic on screen the graphics don't suffer at all. The replays of the full race are a complete joy to watch. Perhaps the only thing not quite so slick is the menu itself, which is basic but functional. The selection of cars may not be up in the hundreds as in certain other titles but there is certainly enough choice to give you a bit of variety. You start with only seven vehicles but complete the championship mode and you'll unlock the custom series championship where you get access to modified and tuned up versions of these seven vehicles. There are additional vehicles to be unlocked along the way. With well know car manufacturers loathe to see their wonderful creations crunched on screen Criterion have not bothered with licensing genuine models so we get a variety of standard types such as compact, sports, muscle car, and a hot rod to choose from. You get about thirty courses to drive and these vary from the usual cityscape to the snow covered mountain pass. Most of the courses are a little on the short side and there's little
        in the way of shortcuts to find but this is all about the race and you don't often have time to notice the nice touches until the replay kicks in after you complete each race. The game supports Dolby pro logic II and has widescreen and 60 MHz modes if your TV supports it for that all around racing sensation. If you happen to have a GT Force or Driving Force Wheel controller than you'll be able to put it to good use here although after years of using keyboards and joysticks on racing games I'm happy enough with the good ol' Dualshock2 controller. Burnout 2 improves over the original in a number of ways. I've already mentioned the more forgiving crash triggering system but on the subject of trigger zones things have been made a tad easier in that the near miss zones feel a little more generous this time round. You don't have to get quite so close to that oncoming car before it will register as a near-miss. But as an all round package there is much more on offer here. It's one of those games you can pick up and play if you have a spare twenty minutes. That said the crash option alone is likely to take up hours of your time. The initial stages of the game are fairly easy but on opening up the custom series championship you'll find a tougher selection of opponents and it will probably take a good couple of weeks to beat all the races and all the modes. Even then you'll find yourself coming back a few months down the line to cause a little more destruction. So, a perfect game. Perhaps not. If you're not a racing fan you probably won't find too much here to keep you interested for long. But if you are then this is one hell of a lot of fun. Plenty to do and a reasonable challenge, this is well worth the £20 asking price. It would be nice to see the crash mode expanded a bit for the next version and perhaps we could have some longer tracks but as it stands it is a perfect an
        tidote to a stressful day at work. Very highly recommended. Oh and perhaps I can leave you with this gem of a tip direct from page 4 of the Burnout 2 instruction book. "You're about to show the world the real meaning of road rage but remember; it's only a game ... we do not recommend that you try anything you experience while playing Burnout 2 in real life!". Well, thanks for that guys. Thanks for reading and have a great christmas. © Nomad 2003 Game information ------------------------ 'Burnout 2:Point Of Impact' by Acclaim for Playstation 2 Elspa age rating - 11+ 1-2 Players Memory Card for PS2 - 85KB Min Analog Control Compatible : All Buttons 'GT force' and 'Driving force' steering wheel controller compatible Vibration Function Compatible Some websites worth a look --------------------------------------- Official Burnout 2 Website - http://www.burnout2.com/ Acclaims Burnout2 site - http://www.acclaim.com/games/burnout2/index.html

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          23.09.2003 21:45
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          Oooh K! Some of you reading my ops may well be forgiven for thinking I'm turning into a geek! A review on Robot Wars, then GAME and now a car racing game! What next? The latest Nvidia card? I don't think so! I'm not a geek, I am, in fact the perfect mans woman, I kid you not. I like drinking, fast cars (if anyone's got a spare Koenigsegg.....) And football! No moaning about Corrie for me, a couple of beers and the Champions League is preferred! And now I'm encroaching on the very male domain of car racing. Not the inanity of Colin Macrae Rally or the boringness that is buying parts for Gran Turismo. I want a fast, funky car, loads of tracks, encouragement towards dangerous driving and a few crashes, I get all this and more from Burnout 2 on the PS2. I'm lucky enough to have a mate who hasn't much in his life but buying DVDs, CD's and games. He's like my own personal library. I get to try out all the new stuff first hence my decision to buy Burnout 2 when it was re-released in the Platinum Version art £16.99. Now don't you go thinking you pick a car, race around a track, try to win the trophies and da dah, you've won! Burnout 2 has a lot more options and things to do. You start off with 'Offensive Driving 101', where you learn to drive dangerously, near misses, wrong side of the road, etc. Doing all these things during the races will increase your score and you 'Burn Meter' which when full will increase your speed. There are a couple of options. Championship - Where you race through a series of Courses and Modes. As you complete them, more races, courses and cars unlock. Get through all these and its on to the: Custom Series Championships - the original cars souped up. More pursuits, races and GP's to unlock. You can also practise with single races, Time Attack and Multiplayer. But the thing that makes Burnout unique
          is the 'Crash for Cash' option. Your job is to choose a crash, go in to a ready made situation and cause as many pile-ups, crashes and smashes as possible to gain as much money as possible. Quite a few hours have been spent causing as much destruction as possible! The graphics in the game are top notch, each car is perfect in every way, The backgrounds are fully detailed even if it is just offices, mountains road and the occasional aeroplane. The effects of the crashes are quite spectacular with metalwork and tyres flying all over the place. This particularly effective in the crash option after you watch 12 lorries, cars and buses take part in a huge pile up. I feel I should mention the cars, the cars you start off with are quite basic, a coupe, roadster, truck, etc, as you move through the game then they start getting good. A police car, Muscle, Gangster, Cadillac and my favourite the Hot Rod, to name but a few. They get better and faster as you go along. Gameplay is also nice and easy, I cant abide those games where you have to press 20 buttons in sequence to do anything. You need the direction button, the X button to accelerate and R1 to boost. Brake? What the hell do you want one of those for? Its unbelievably smooth and responsive, but no so touchy that the car flies of the track every time you go round a corner. Its basic, its simple and really easy to play, even my four year old manages to play it for a considerable length of time, not that I advocate it as a surrogate parents but it teaches him great hand to eye co-ordination! Of course it gets harder the further you go into it, but be persistent, it'll all come together. My God, its just fun to play! My grips are probably more to do with my own lack of skill than anything else! The computer cars cheat, honest. They dodge things that are impossible, go faster than you could in the same car, they're just cheating buggers! Occasionally you cant s
          ee the vehicles you are supposed to be avoiding, you're driving along nice and fast, winning away and dammit, a lorry appears that wasn't there a second ago and you go right up its backside and into lots of little pieces then you lose. Despicable The music isn't too special either, general lift rock music, definitely second to the industrial of Gran Turismo. But ultimately the good very much outweighs the bad. Without a doubt, my favourite racing game around. Well worth its current price of £16.99. Though I have to admit its been slightly neglected over the past few days as we bought ourselves one of those new Eye-toys! As soon as its on the system I shall let you know all about this new game system that lets you wash windows!!

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            Burnout was fast. Burnout had realistic crashes. Burnout was a pick up and play game. But Burnout didn't have what Burnout 2 - Point of Impact has. It seems that the first game in this series was merely a practice run, throwing a few ideas around before perfecting it. Don't get me wrong - it was a fantastic game, but Burnout 2 is perfect. The Graphics hit you first, the level of detail in the surroundings is amazing. The camera pans in onto the starting grid, you hit the gas, then bang, the speed takes your breath away! Buildings and vehicles fly past, but without that overdone blurring effect from the original game, the motor screams at you, your heart beats faster, your palms sweat, you swerve this way and that, and just as you reach first place -disaster. With a gut wrenching bang your car hits a bus, and explodes. For a split second you feel you are about to die. Remember - it's only a game! Wheels fly off, other cars struggle to stop in time - and often don't. And then you're off again. This version improves on the original in several ways. First, the motion blurring is less exaggerated than before. The other cars interact more, and seem to be random, where before you knew where you would meet other vehicles - now you don't. This game is also easier than its predecessor. It makes you believe that you are in control, and rewards your efforts with a more easily maxxed boost meter. And when you hit that boost - HOLD ON! Full length replays are now available, so you can watch yourself cause carnage. The game is also bigger, with more options. Fancy destroying some metal - try the crash mode, where you gain points by causing the biggest crashes at intersections, then get to watch the CNN style helicopter replays. This game is addictive. Add it to your collection NOW - You won't be disappointed. Try - buy.at/thebestshops

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              The first thing that hits you is that the graphics are a hell of a lot better than the first one (and the first one was good enough) and the whole menu system is a lot more polished. To begin with,you have to complete "Offensive Driving 101" which is basically a 6 part tutorial setting you challenges on the different driving skills you will be using in the game (Near misses/Burnout's/Jumping/Powerslides/etc....) Gold,Silver and Bronze medals are up for grabs depending on how well you complete each challenge.Burnout veterans will breeze through this very quickly,picking up Golds all the way Spoiler: And unlocking the first Bonus car in doing so On completing this you now have access to: Championship,Single race,Time Attack and Crash. I leaped straight into "Crash" to begin and couldn't draw myself away from it until I had unlocked all 15 levels It consists of 15 different short routes that end in T-Junctions,traffic jams,crossroads and any other scenario that has lots of traffic involved.You choose your car and then try to cause as much $ worth of damage as you can be ploughing into the cars and making as big a multiple pile-up as you can.Car choice,speed and which angle you come into the traffic can make a huge difference to your score. This is a perfect part of the game to get a few mates around,crack open the beers and see who can cause the most mayhem!! I then delved into the Championship to see how it stacked up against it's predecessor. There is only 1 track unlocked at the start and you need to get a medal on this to unlock the next one.As you complete each level then new stuff opens itself up to you.The basic formula seems to be:Race/Face Off/Race/Pursuit/Race/Face Off/etc... Burnouts are now achieved much easier than in the first game and the "near miss" zone for helping your Burnout meter to increase seems to be much more generous too.Also when you crash (a
              nd you will ) you do not lose as much of your Burnout meter as you used too. I'm still undecided if these are good changes or not,as in the first game you were really sweating if you were close to getting your Burnout meter full and the thought of losing it all with just one wrong move really helped with the tension. Your car clipping other vehicles and/or scenery now does not instantly throw you into a crash either.Most times you just lose a bit of speed. The pursuit challenges between the races are great.When you are the cop you have to try and crash into the "perp" 10 times before he travels a certain distance.When you have got him 9 times and the allocated distance is nearly up,then your heartrate doubles Everything that was great in the first game has been polished and lot's of new stuff has been added (including LOADS of stats on your progress in the game and each courses records.A real challenge,if,like me,you just HAVE to get top spot in all the catagories) One thing that has dissapointed me though,is the "twitch factor". When playing Burnout 1 I was constantly twitching in my chair and trying to avoid the incoming traffic and suddenly leaning back as a vehicle appeared from nowhere The bottom line is:if you liked Burnout then this is an essential purchase.If you didn't like it but enjoy racing games that you don't have to spend hours setting the torque etc on then this is an essential purchase too. There are PLENTY more hours gameplay in this and the "crash" subgames alone are worth the price if you regularily have a few mates around.

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            Where the original Burnout was one of the most essential slices of arcade racing to grace the PlayStation 2, BURNOUT 2 takes racing to another plateau. Dumping real life vehicle licenses in favor of generic sports cars, hotrods and muscle cars, you get GT Racing! Classic Car racing! Stock Car racing! Super Car racing! Feel the adrenaline course through your veins while racing the mountain roads in a sophisticated classic car of yesteryear; taking control of the wheel in your high performance Super car or climbing into the driving seat of a hi-tech stock car. This will satisfy every gamer's driving needs. World championship here we come.