When I first bought my Xbox 360 last summer, I think I had
thought that "next-generation" gaming would have looked better than,
say, another Madden game with slightly better graphics, or a game
Criminal Origins", which has very good sound but gameplay that
just didn't cut it.
Then, after I picked up "Gears of
War" last fall for the system, I started to see what Microsoft
was talking about when they churned out the 360 just a couple of
years after brining out the original Xbox. And, with a game
like "Burnout: Revenge", you can see the potential of what game
designers can do if they are focused on delivering the next-gen
experience to the masses, because this muthafucka is FAST.
I mean, blazing fast. Even in its early beginner stages,
this puppy is quick. "Burnout: Revenge" is like many other
arcade-style racers in that there are requirements within each race
that must be met in order to earn gold, silver or bronze ratings;
within that, you are given a rating on how badass your run was, and
the combination of the two earns you anywhere from one to five stars
for each event. Those stars are the way you can "level up"
your character, up to ten levels of badassery that allow you to try
more events. Those events are mixed between time trials,
single races, race series of three events, elimination matches (the
last place car is taken out of the race every 30 seconds), revenge
races and crashbreaker races (where you have to drive other cars off
the road), and, the game's signature events, Crash races, where all
you have to do is wreck your car in busy intersections to pile up
millions of dollars in damage to win a gold medal.
The racing in this game is pretty intense; the explosions are
incredible; because the game has an "NBA Jam"-style competition
setting, you can never be very far out of a race, to make sure that
every ending is razor-close. There are so many mini-events,
challenges within events, and triggers that allow you to win more
cars that there's always something to do...which is really the
game's only major flaw. Kind of like "Gran Turismo" games in a
sense, there's literally too much to do in "Burnout: Revenge" and
that makes you wonder if it's worth trying to finish completely.
Because the ten skill levels are only slightly harder from one to
the next, and because the cars are non-licensed cars that don't
exactly fire you up to win the hidden ones, you can do what I
did--play the game for about 15 hours, complete 40% of it, and still
feel like you got a complete experience from the game. It
would take more than 40 hours to beat the whole thing, and not much
would be different between the 15-hour point and the ending, except
for maybe some more blisters on my trigger finger.
But, as a rental or as an eBay purchase, you should pick up
"Burnout: Revenge" right away. A ton of fun, but there's just
too much here to try and complete, a rare complaint for a racing
game but legitimate given the lack of variation around the halfway
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience