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Genre: Racing / Driving, Rating: E - (Everyone), Manufacturer: EA - Electronic Arts

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      23.01.2011 21:04
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      Good game, has a lot of content and will keep you busy, not for those looking for a multiplayer game

      I've been playing Burnout since the original on the PS2, i rented the 3rd one on the Xbox as soon as it came out. And Burnout Legends was one of the first PSP games i bought.

      I'll split the review into sections so if you want you can just look at the sections your interested in.

      GRAPHICS:

      The graphics are actually quite good, cars do feature damage but only when they enter a crash cinematic, they won't take damage from small scraps and scrapes. Cars are detailed, i would say the quality is similar to that of GT2 on the PS1 for car quality, but the shading and lighting is slightly better.

      I would rate the graphics: 9/10

      SINGLEPLAYER:

      Well there are a lot of events for you to compete in, always a good thing. There are 100 Crash events and i believe 100 race events, I'm sure its already apparent i like the crash events more. During singleplayer mode you can unlock cars and also new tracks.

      There are several modes of play available in singleplayer.

      World Tour, this is the only one i play, this is basically the career mode, and covers many of the other modes.

      Race, your conventional race, 3 laps, quickest driver wins.

      Eliminator, Only appears in world tour, basically a lap knockout, driver in last place at the end of each lap is eliminated.

      Face-off, 1vs1 to unlock your rivals car.

      Time Attack, drive for as long as you want to beat the best lap times for that track.

      Burning Lap, basically Time Attack, but there are set target times you must achieve in order to get medals.

      Road Rage, you should know this one, wreck as many cars as you can within the time limit.

      Pursuit, I think this is a new mode, basically a 1vs1 Road Rage, take out the target within the time limit or before he wrecks you.

      Crash, present since Burnout 2, cause as much damage as you can, at a crash junction.

      Thats all the game modes for single player. Cars can be unlocked playing the World Tour and Crash game modes.

      To be honest i think the single player mode of the game is the best, i wasn't amazingly impressed with multiplayer, but more on that later.

      I rate the single player, 8/10.

      MULTIPLAYER:

      Well i was quite disappointed with the multiplayer in this game, there are some common multiplayer problems that plague racing games that also appear in this title.

      Cons:

      - The game is generally not synced, Traffic is fairly synced, but sometimes it can appear out of nowhere. Players are poorly synced, if your directly in front of another player on your screen, chances are your behind them on theirs. Also if you ram someone, usually the other player won't see the collision on their screen.

      - Loading times do take a fairly long time, PSP Slims load a couple of seconds quicker than Phats, and the game rather ridiculously allows the Slim player to start ahead of the Phat, as it won't wait for the other PSP to load before the race starts. Luckily the game has a big catchup so the Phat user shouldn't be far behind. If your having a lot of trouble with this, make sure WLAN Power Save option is set to 'No', in your XMB on both PSP's, or else it'll have awful loading times.

      - No AI in multiplayer, so gets boring quickly with 2 players, you'll want 3 or 4 to make it interesting.

      Pretty much the only 3 cons, but they're bad enough to ruin the multiplayer experience, and these were played on an LAN, over the internet its probably worse.

      On the plus side, you can play a good deal of game modes, such as Crash, Pursuit, Road Rage and Race.

      Crash is probably the best mode, it's played simultaneously on both PSP's, but you won't be able to see each other, it'll reveal the other players scores at the end of the round. This is probably the best mode as the Cons i mentioned above don't really affect this mode, except Slim PSP's will start a couple of seconds before.

      Because of its issues, i rate the multiplayer mode: 6/10, at least it has one.

      GAMEPLAY:

      The game feels similar to other burnout titles, they haven't really changed the driving style between this and Burnout 2/3. Entering a drift is easy, exiting it, less so, often i overshoot my drifts and end up in the inside wall, but after a few minutes of driving you should get used to it. The PSP's analog stick doesn't feel particularly well suited to Burnout, but I'm using a Phat, the Slim's analog was re-designed, it may feel better.

      The physics of the game aren't anything new, but they do the job, crash mode does have decent physics for a PSP game, and the game does feature car damage and basic deformation during a crash cinematic. It still features the classic slide along a barrier method of cornering unfortunately, you won't really lose anything unless you hit a corner hard and the game enters a crash cinematic.

      The amount of game modes helps the game a lot in replayability, and can probably keep you interested in the World Tour mode for a few hours at a time. Multiplayer hurts it a little, but if you have no friends you should pick this up anyway, its a great game in its single player mode, and Crash in multiplayer is great fun also.

      Overall this game gets an 8.5/10 from me, its a great game, but multiplayer is a big part of Burnout and is disappointing, only Race and Crash modes really work properly.

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      01.02.2010 02:54
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      Not original but still very good

      Burnout Legends is yet another example of the PSP cherrypicking the best titles from the PS2 and then giving them a mild facelift for the handheld format, but ultimately not really adding anything. It makes business sense, because it's quick, cheap, and easy to do, but as a consumer who expects more than that, it is a bit dispiriting. Still, on its own merits, it is a very fun yarn and retains the same excellent gameplay of the other games in the series.

      For a handheld console, this really looks great. Sure, the screen is small so it's not that hard to look good, but you can still discern more texture detail than you might expect. The game doesn't just rely on shiny cars; there's a decent amount of motion blur and some gritty vehicular detail, and it certainly does the job. Aurally, there's the usual pop-rock soundtrack we've come to expect from the series, but what I really like is how meaty and strong the engine sounds, and the crashing and shunting noises are fantastic.

      The gameplay is as great as ever, with an emphasis more on vehicular destruction and carnage than racing and TOCA-style pleasantries. You are rewarded as much, and perhaps even more, for performing "Takedowns", where you ram and shunt the other racers enough that they crash. It is immensely fun and satisfying when this happens, as you get to observe the mass of twisted metal that their car turns into. Ultimately, as a result, this is more a racing game for people who don't like racing games, but rest assured that it's going to satisfy you whoever you are.

      For a racer that's a little different, even if it's mostly a straight adaptation of the PS2 and Xbox games, this is a great racer for your PSP.

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      20.10.2009 18:00
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      Best racing game on the PSP.

      "Burnout Legends" is a racing game for the PSP. The only racing game I had played before getting this was Gran Turismo and believe me this is the opposite of Gran Turismo. There are no carbon copies of real cars but pick ups and fire trucks for you to create as much mayhem as you can.

      The races are fasty and furious, instead of a track you are on a road packed full of other cars and obstacles for you to crash into. The crashes are perhaps a bit too elaborate, as the game automatically shows a replay of your car going flying into the air while the other cars you are racing speed away which is a bit annoying, but not enough to ruin the game or anything. The controls are simple, basically hold down X for as long as possible while trying not to crash (or in the case of some of the modes trying to crash) until you get nitrous (which you gain by driving dangerously, getting air, etc.). The nitrous boost is a great addition as it means the race can completely change in a few seconds.

      The graphics are brilliant, with bright and vibrant colours getting rid of some of the problems I have with other PSP games being too dark.
      The sound is a cool rock soundtrack with the usual car sounds in there too, but nothing too ground-breaking there. The multiplayer is probably the most fun you will have, barging a friend's car into a pole while you speed away past the finish line is the most fun I've had with a video game in a long time.

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      28.08.2009 17:02
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      Really fun game

      Rating-3+
      Multiplayer-yes

      This is the fifth game in the popular Burnout series and the first game to feature on the psp. Like the latter games in the series it focuses more on carnage filled races where the goal is not only to win but also to take down anyone who gets in your way. It uses many of the same gameplay modes and tracks that are in the first three games which is great. In the game, you compete in a series of racing modes to unlock new tracks, cars, and events.
      The following list the 9 main types of modes in the game:·

      World Tour: Compete against other cars in different varieties of modes (see below). The world tour is divided by car types. Get a medal (Gold:1st place, Silver: 2nd place, Bronze: 3rd Place) in a series to unlock Grand Prix. Finish gold in grand prix to unlock next world tour series. World tour is the primary way to unlock cars.

      Race: Race against up to four cars (world tour default is 4) in a 3 lap race on any track. · Eliminator: (Only accessible in world tour) Same as a race, only on each lap the lowest ranking car is eliminated. Race goes until one winner is left.

      Face-Off: Race against a legend car to win the car.

      Time Attack: Race against the clock. The goal is to complete a lap as fast as you can. You can do as many laps as you like.

      Burning Lap: World tour version of time attack. You try to complete a lap by the medal time (Example: Finish before gold medal time 1:00:00 to earn gold medal).

      Road Rage: Make other cars crash to earn takedowns. In world tour, you will have a time limit. You finish by running out of time on the clock or inflict too much damage.

      Pursuit: You play as the cop. Try to take out the bad guy before time runs out or your health gets too low.

      Crash: Compete in crash events to unlock new cars and levels. (Also in world tour.) There is a total of 89 cars to choose from which are separated by different styles i.e. sport, coupe etc.

      With so many modes, cars to unlock and wireless multiplayer with special races where you can race to win cars off each other there is plenty of replay value.

      This is a superb addition to the Burnout franchise and those who love the games from Burnout 3 onwards will love this.

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        23.08.2009 21:52
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        An excellent racing game.

        Burnout Legends is a racing game for the PSP developed by Criterion games.

        Burnout Legends has no storyline but does feature an expansive World Tour mode which will guide you through many racing events and many car classes.

        For every class in Burnout Legends, there are Compact, Muscle, Coupe, Sport and Super you will have a map and to complete the class you will have to fill in every event with a gold medal though you only need a bronze to get past the series and unlock the next. Most of the cars return from the previous games but there are some new special cars you can unlock with skilful driving.

        Each dot on your map will represent different events they are Race where you will race against opponents and you must come first to win, Road Rage where you must take down as many opponents as possible, Championship will put you in a series of races and you must perform consistently to win the event, Face Off will pit you against a single rival and you must beat them, Timed Run will have you complete a lap below a certain time to pass and Pursuit will have you in a cop car and you must catch and take down your target!

        Crash mode also makes a return and with 100 unique crash junctions with pick ups like instant boost and cash multipliers to get to increase your score you will be coming back to this mode time and time again to unleash mayhem into the rush hour traffic!

        The driving in Burnout Legends is extremely fast paced, it rewards you for taking risks by driving down the other side of the road, pulling crazy drifts and jumping through the air. Your reward in all cases is boost. To get the most boost however you must take down your rival racers by smashing into them this lets you gain another chunk of boost and you can gain up to four. Burnout still offers some of the most fun arcade action around.

        Graphics are excellent for the PSP, detailed car models along with the eye watering sense of speed make this one of the best looking PSP titles.

        For your fast paced racing thrills you need look no further than Burnout Legends, a legend of a game!

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        29.07.2009 14:15
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        A really good race game & one of the PSP's best

        Burnout Legends was one of the original release games that could be purchased from the very moment the PSP was brought out. Is it any good?

        Firstly, a bit about the game. It is a street racing game in which you race through the streets of fictional locations. You race against up to 4 competitors dodging traffic & trying to win the race by any means. The unique aspesct of this game is that you can ram you oppenent off the road (known as a takedown).

        There are lots of different game modes on this game. Individual races. Grapnd Prix series races. A pursuit option where you win by taking down the the car you are chasing & also a crash mode where the more damage you do the more points you score.

        In Single player mode this game is varied & challenging. It'll take many hours to beat the main game. More hours to beat the crash game & to complete it 100% is near impossible without friends who have a copy.

        In multiplayer this is also lots of fun too. You can game share so up to 4 people can race from one copy of the game. If everybody has a copy of the game you can take part in all the race modes. The one thing that's missing is online play.

        This was my first PSP game on realease day & I'm glad that I bought it. It is challenging, fast paced & lots of fun. You can pick up & play at any time, and with platinum being very cheap now, maybe you should!

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        22.04.2009 13:11
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        the best driving game on the PSP, bar none.

        This is the best driving game on the PSP bar none. Better than it's successor (Burnout Dominator - alot of great features such as crash mode dissapear) and now at such a low price you really have no excuse!

        Like any other driving game, you'll partake in many races around the world. However, you share the course with the regular shmoes of whichever city you're in. Head-on traffic here we come!

        Graphics are great for the console, a little pop-up with traffic when racing at high speed (and you'll be doing plenty of that here), good soundtrack if you're into rock and dance music.

        Crash mode is a great part of the game in which you have to destroy a minimum number of vehicles to get a medal, and runs parallel to the race missions.

        All in all this game took me at least 15 hours to complete, great value.

        If you love racing but want to enjoy it as a pick-up-and-go experience, i'd strongly recommend picking up Burnout Legends.

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        11.02.2009 18:45
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        Will provide many hours of racing entertainment

        I bought this game near to its release date back in late 2005 and will still say today, it remains by favorite racing game of all time on PSP.

        Burnout legends dishes out fast paced, destructive racing with modes including Race, Pursuit (Cops and Robbers), eliminator, face off, Take down and grand prix. You must try to complete set challanges which are set for each car class. The game gets harder as the cars get faster, and opponants meaner. Definatley no Mr nice guy applies here.

        The visuals are pretty amazing, with car damage looking realistic and smooth gameplay at whatever speed. Cars and events are unlocked by earning medals in each event, and snap shots can be earned by doing fancy take downs. Music in game includes sound tracks from various artists and ofc the sound of smashing glass and crunching metal.

        As with the Burnout series, Legends includes the famous nitro, the more you collect, the more powerful it becomes, and can be earned by sliding through turns, near misses and takedowns. The mode Crash is included to earn the big boys machines including fire engines, buses etc.

        Burnout Legends put fast paced action on the go, don't let its age put you off, this game's as good today as it has ever been.

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        08.11.2008 06:08

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        Fun racing game, very impressive

        In Burnout Legends has two operating modes: World Tour or a single event. There are a number of different events, which are included in each stage, most of which are in both positions. Each class cars are faster than before. One of the key factors in World Tour mode is the map. Events are spread in several locations on the map, and to overcome certain events to give you a new level, the coaches, and others. World Tour Mode, where you can open the cars and tracks for use only in one case the place.

        Burnout Legends (like all games is the Burnout series) is not just a race horse. It is not just work around the track as soon as you can, but how many opponents you can take on the road. Many of the game play is highly addictive. The graphics are excellent, especially in a game in hand, and all the tracks and the cars are designed well. While the game is somewhat lacking in different types of music, there are many well-made sound effects associated with racing. Burnout Legends is definitely one of those games you do not want to miss!

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        24.09.2008 15:24
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        Brilliant fun!!!

        I've played lot of driving games in my time and while I've enjoyed some, there have been a lot more than not held my attention for very long, these are often the ones which strive to be realistic. Games like Gran Tourismo and Forza have bored me very quickly. When I start playing them, I quite enjoy them to begin with as the handling etc is pretty realistic and driving feels fun, however I always find that after a few races, before I've unlocked many new cars or got the money to upgrade my car to make it faster, handle better etc, I lose interest and end up just playing it occasionally which eventually becomes me not playing it at all.

        I think the problem is that I like games which I can pick up for a few minutes, have a blast then put down, rather than games where you have to keep working at them to get the best out of them, which is probably why my favourite driving game is Mario Kart....

        I had heard lots of positive comments about Burnout games, and when I was looking for games for my newly purchased PSP, and saw this game getting good reviews I decided to give it a whirl.

        Upon first loading the game I created a new profile for the game to record my progress through the game, which initially made me think that it might be another driving game which I'd get bored of quickly. However, as soon as I got into the menu I selected Single Event (rather than World Tour which I figured would be the progressing through the game thing....) I got to choose between Race, something called Road Rage, Crash and Pursuit. I selected Race. After a bit of loading (this is not the fastest loading game ever...probably due to the UMD the games come on) I was presented with a screen saying "race through traffic to win" (or words to that effect). This intrigued me. Sure enough, as soon as I started racing, I noticed cars coming the other way, and other traffic going the same way as me. This was certainly not going to be a typical racing game!

        After my first race which somehow I won despite crashing into loads of traffic, causing my car to perform some very spectacular spins and rolls etc. I had also discovered that I can smash into the cars I am racing against and rather than hampering me, it actually scores me points and helps me in the race, giving me boost to make me faster.

        From this first race I realised this could well be the racing game I have been wanting for years! The handling is very much in the style of an arcade racer rather than involving real physics, meaning it's very easy to get the hang of driving unlike some racing games I've played whereby it can take ages to get the feel of the cars meaning your first few races you do terribly as your car veers all over the track and you end up finishing miles behind everyone. With this game, it'll take only a couple of mintues before you'll be whizzing your way round the tracks like a seasoned pro.

        Then of course there is the crashing, grinding your opponents into the barriers, slamming them into oncoming traffic, coming up fast behind them, hitting your boost and smashing into them at 160mph sending them crashing into barriers and flying into the air. This is what I have been wanting in a driving game for years, it add so much fun to the game, which for me could not be added with any number of realistic additions as so many other games have. It's so much fun I have actually even started to play the World Tour section of the game

        From what I've played so far there is a good selection of differing gameplay modes.

        Race: straightforward racing against opponents, with all the fun of the crashes etc

        Eliminator: Much the same as the race mode except for the fact that at the end of each lap, the person in last place is eliminated, so you need to be able to stay with the front runners throughout the race if you are to win.

        Burning Lap: One lap of a track in a fast car trying to beat the record time to win.

        Pursuit: Chasing a car through traffic with the aim of causing enough damage to destroy the car before time runs out. Very similar to the classic CHase HQ game.

        Crash: driving your car into a crash situation with the aim of causing as much destruction as possible to earn points. There's even the option of causing your car to explode after the crash to cause even more damage.

        Road Rage: My favourite mode! Racing round one of the tracks with the sole intention of smashing up as many opponents cars as possible within either the time limit or until your car is trashed from crashing into barriers, cars etc.

        Grand Prix: a series of three races, whereby you score points based on where you finish, your aim is to have the most points at the end of the three races.

        All of these modes are good fun.


        In the course of playing through races etc, you earn points, rack up numbers of Takedowns (what the game calls it when you cause an opponent to crash), and unlock more events and tracks and of course lots of new cars.

        All in all, it's great fun and very easy to pick up, play for a few minutes and put back down, as well as having a good amount of depth for people who like to progress through a game.

        Graphics wise, this game is really quite impressive, the cars are modelled nicely and look good, the tracks fly by smoothly and very quickly indeed, giving a real sensation of speed which is often lacking in racing games.


        On the audio front, the engine sounds and screeching tyres etc all sound great. In addition to this there is a great sound track comprising of several (I don't know exactly how many) songs from various artists, some I'd heard of others I hadn't, but they all fitted nicely with the game and really helped witht he frantic pace of the races.


        Overall, my opinion of this game is simple, it's great!!! This is the most fun driving game I've played for ages that hasn't been a Mario Kart game!!! I wish I had discovered the Burnout games before now!!

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          10.08.2008 23:20
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          exellent

          Bournout at its best an awesome jump from console to handheld and they did it with flying colours.
          The concept is basically a racing game whith a twist you can take down you opponnents by smashing in to them
          the career is masive there are five car classes and you have to travel around the world completing missions on all of them, then at the end of each one there is a gp tournement, then you bring out the legends in a legends gp.
          there are different types of races you have a normal race
          an eleminator race (after each lap someone gets elimenated)
          burning lap (get round the track in a certain time)
          face off (one on one)
          time attack
          pursuit (your a cop take down the criminal
          road rage (take out as many people as possible)
          there is a feature called aftertouch wich is when you crash you slow down time and can move your carinto other cars using the force of the crash.

          there is also another mode where you have to pile up as many cars as you can (well funn)

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            26.08.2007 16:09
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            great game if you want a change to grand turismo.

            I bought burnout with my psp (only £130's) and thought it was the best psp game i have. it is completely the opposite to gran trasimo as they game is not realsitic and is not about about driving races properly. oh no this game is about taking down your rivals.

            the game play is longggggg with at least 400 races and crashes to complete.

            the graphics are amazing for the psp although sometimes your cars files too far when it is hit.

            the sound on the game is alright as thier is no crowd nosies but only the engine and a EA soundtrack

            there are over a 80 cars for you to unlock which start off with very slow normal cars but end with F1 vehicals and firetrucks!

            racing is a little hard as there are other cars on the road which you could crash into!

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              29.05.2007 11:18
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              Overall this is a must for any racing fan with a PSP, its fast speed, quick, thrills and short races

              Ever since its debut back on the PS2 I have loved the burnout series of racing games for thier Hi octane speed levels and manic arcade crashes. In many respects BURNOUT hould be considered a the perfect yang to the the yin of GRAN TURISIMO titles. On GT you can spend hours carefully driving realistic super cars, with perfect handling, aiming for that one perfect lap that alsonso or schumaker would be proud of. SO there is nothing more satisfying than moving staight to burnout, perform an out rageous turbo slide head on into the wrong side of a motor way and score points for the more destruction you cause.

              I have purchased most of these titles now so i would consider myself somewhat of a burnout conaseur (or geek if we are being a little more honest). As you may well imaginethen I made sure this was purchased on the day of realease, just a few weeks after I had got my hands on my shinny new PSP.

              This portable version offers up all the thrills and spills its pervious big brother had. Most importantly the speed is still there, with a frame rate, so you stil get that rush of adrenalin and sudden impact when you hit a wall at 200 mph.

              Graphically the game is pretty amazing, obviously there is some reduction from the ps2 versions but not enough to moan about. I mean come on you can now play burnout while on the tube, or on the sly at work, what more can you ask for?

              The game itslf consists of five different game styles (race, persuit, head to head, time trial and grand prix) which are all accumulate in the world series. This gets progessivly harder as you race in tougher courses and against faster cars. As you progress the environments change from city chases with oncomeong traffic, to motorways, mountain passes, costal runs hispanic villages. The cars on offer range greatly from sport coupes right through to muscles and super cars.There are also numerous hidden gems such as the fire truck, pick up wagon and police cars.

              This all sounds pretty good t me, however this is ONLY 50% of the game. The other half focuses on the FUN of greating the biggest crashes possible. There are over 100 (yes 100!!!!!) pre set senarios that basically involve you trying to crash into one car, spin off and crash into another and thus generating a chain reaction.

              The sound track to the game should also get a special mention as it is particually good. It features well known "real" artists and songs (such as riot on the radio by the dead sixties). Now even though these heavy rock anthems may not to be everybodys cup of tea they certainlyget the adrenalin pumping at high speed and added to sensation of a real speed rush.

              The game aslo makes good use of the WIFI system allowing linkup between two PSPs (you can even link up and play a basic game if only one of you has a copy). There are also 25 secret cars within the game, of wihich each game copy contains a random 5. Then once you link up with others you can race for the right to obtain them from your fallen opponent

              The ONLY slight disapointment is that the game only consists of course from the previous three burnout titles rather than brand new designs. Personally this does not bother me as there is no other title quite like burnout on any hand held system, but i can see it might annoy some people. The loading times are also a little on the long side

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                16.03.2007 19:25
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                Burnout come to the PSP maintaining all the qualities of previous incarnations

                BURNOUT LEGENDS (PSP)

                I’m not usually one for games featuring cars. For some unaccountable reason the mainstay of racing games make me want to gouge out my eyeballs with a spoon. That’s how much joy and enthusiasm the next generation racers dictate in my fragile little mind due to their utterly soulless, bland and uninspired sameness. With assurances of unbelievable amounts of realism and control, it’s not until you realise your PS2/X-Box controller is not a steering wheel that you suddenly recognise the fallacy behind such bold statements. Games with Gran Turismo’s languid style and realism are, quite simply, dull. And then I go and purchase a PSP where racing games happen to be the genre the handheld system is wealthiest in! D’oh!

                However, there’s always an exception to the rule. Burnout 2 on the PS2 was a massive thrill-ride, mostly for its inspired unrealistic nature. Given licence to drive stupidly fast whilst crashing your way through oncoming traffic and ploughing your motor into a pylon like a deranged nutter made for notoriously great fun. So it’s no wonder when Burnout Legends ventured onto the PSP I went against my prior disposition on driving games, hoping that the fun and frantic nature of Burnout 2 could be encapsulated on the handheld format. Luckily, it doesn’t disappoint. Burnout Legends is essentially a “best of” title, incorporating tracks, scenarios, vehicles and racing modes from the first three Burnout games, yet maintaining the same damn exciting and dangerously addictive gameplay that made those games so refreshingly brilliant. Additionally, Legends simply makes fantastic use of the PSP technology, providing an impressive audiovisual experience, with racing quick loading times, to complement the fast and frantic adrenaline rush from the racing action.

                For those new to the franchise Burnout Legends offers two distinct game modes for you to apply your driving skills. Firstly - and the foundations of what made the original Burnout so unique against other racers - is the crash mode, where the whole point is simply to cause as much havoc as possible in a carefully crafted traffic scenario. It’s pure simplicity. Drive into the scenario and pick up assorted bonuses before smashing your way into a crossroads of traffic inflicting as much carnage as possible, in order to progress to yet more difficult crash scenarios. The crash mode is an enjoyable aside, but it can get tiresome fairly swiftly. Whilst the scenarios provide a suitable challenge and the crash graphics look fantastic, the method of crashing varies little and, in the long-term, can get dull and repetitive fairly quickly.

                Luckily though, the crash mode plays second fiddle to the more conventional racing where the player is likely to spend most of their time. Along with the normal race mode along the streets of a particular city scenario - whereby you compete against three other opponents whilst dodging through on-coming street traffic - there are burning laps (essentially a time-trial); one-on-one face-off’s against opposing vehicles; Chase HQ styled police pursuits; eliminator’s (where the car in last place at the end of a lap is eliminated); grand prix’s; and road rages with the aim of taking out as many opposing cars as possible.

                However, when I say ‘more conventional racing’ that’s not necessarily true – most racers don’t permit you to play chicken with a bus, or to overtake the competition by ramming them into roadside crash barriers. Indeed, the road rages are, without doubt, the most fun you’re likely to encounter in any game on the PSP! And this is where Burnout differs to most of its contemporaries. Within Burnout you are practically encouraged to assimilate all sorts of dangerous driving that would freak out your Mother. Although here, driving like a complete maniac may be great fun, it’s also a necessary component of being successful in the game as it allows you to acquire and accumulate the all important, and infamous, ‘boost’. Drifting round corners, getting air, near misses when overtaking, nudging cars, driving against the flow of traffic and creating spectacular ‘takedowns’ (easily the most fun way to earn boost) of opponent’s vehicles, allows your already speedy motor to go into spectacular overdrive. Hyper-drive even! Never has a game conveyed the feeling of speed quite so spectacularly when hurtling round corners and through the middle of two lorries as when you press the boost button in Burnout. It’s a good thing it’s only a game, otherwise it would be squeaky bum time…

                Indeed, the graphics complementing the driving insanity are quite stunning. The essence of speed is captivated superbly when applying boost, overwhelmingly so, that scenery and other vehicles on the road just whiz past in a spine-jangling manner. At times, as you chuck your high-speed motor round another blind corner hoping the inevitable on-coming traffic doesn’t appear, it’s like a roller-coaster ride with you simply hanging onto the PSP for dear life. Woah! And then there are the crashes! Whilst you will not see quite the same level of detail compared to the PS2 version, the crash effects are still pretty fantabulous. Explosions and particle effects may have been toned down, but when the sparks fly, boy, do they fly. Sending your car, or better still an opponents, into a triple somersault airborne spin or turning it into a deformed wreck after a head on collision is incredibly satisfying – especially when you can slow the action down to see the event in all it’s glorious detail! More impressive is that such level of detail is maintained throughout despite the increasingly fast pace – not that you’ll get all that much time to admire the scenery – and along with an impressive frame-rate, which never appears to slow down or suffer from annoying glitches, Burnout Legends provides a graphical master-class in what can actually be achieved on the PSP.

                And still the positives keep coming. The loading times, often the grand annoyance for PSP gamers, is absent, presumed missing, meaning you actually play the game more than waiting for the accursed thing to load. A joyous bonus! Furthermore, if there’s anything a game needs featuring maniac styled driving it’s a kick-arse bombastic soundtrack. Again, Legends doesn’t disappoint and the 24 in-game tunes, including Nine Black Alp’s awesome Shot Down, just adds to the whole speed-freak atmosphere. When you add the fact there are 175 different events to partake in through the World Tour option, with getting ‘gold’ in all the varied races making for a formidable challenge, Burnout Legends shows it has just as much endurance as it does speed and style in gameplay terms.

                Quite frankly, Burnout Legends is the most fun I’ve had sitting on the tube or on the bog since purchasing a PSP. It does exactly what a driving game should do - enthral and excite as if riding a roller-coaster - it looks and sounds great, is devoid of any obvious weaknesses and on top of that it makes perfect use of the hand-held technology, so that you can utilise the medium in the exact way it was designed (i.e. toilet hugging). Masterful, masterful stuff that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Especially the parts where you run other cars off the road in spectacular takedowns... yeeeee-haaaaah!!


                Overall – Crash, bang, wallop! Burnout Legends easily ranks as one of the best games the PSP has yet to offer. Gorgeous to look at, incredibly addictive and hugely enjoyable fun, this comes highly recommended.


                As one of the first games to come out on the PSP finding a copy of Burnout Legends is becoming increasingly difficult. Unlikely to be stored on the local high street store such as Game or HMV, your best bet is to search the net. Amazon currently has it available for £14.99, which is reasonable enough for such a top-bollocks game!



                © clownfoot. March 2007.

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                  Good Racing Game

                  A great car racing game that allows you to takeout the opposition in amazing fashion an amazing tour mode which has many different styles of games like takedown (see how many takedowns yuo can get and the person with the most takedowns in the end wins.) Also there is a crash mode get loads of damage to win. Also there is a game sharing mode where people who don't have the game can still challenge there mates, and there is multiplayer wi-fi.

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