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Burnout Revenge Xbox 360

Published by Electronic Arts
Developed by Criterion
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £49.99

Burnout Revenge, an introduction.

The series is one of those rare series that just seems to get better and better. Each new version seems to add new content that only serves to make the experience even more intense. It's only natural then that when the fourth game in the series was announced for the Xbox 360, there were high expectations for the game, especially the graphics. Finally Burnout Revenge has arrived for the Xbox 360 and it's safe to say the game has not disappointed.

What's the game about?

Burnout Revenge, as the title suggests adds a revenge element to the various races in the game that really makes for a more intense experience. The game offers a World Tour mode which is where you'll spend all of your time playing solo. There are 10 different ranks in World Tour mode ranging from Harmless to Dominator. In order to progress from one rank to another, you'll need to compete in a variety of events and earn stars. When you've earned the specified number of stars, you'll progress to a new rank. On the multiplayer side of things there's a Multiplayer mode and an Xbox Live mode. The Multiplayer mode allows for two players to take part in a Race, Road Rage, Traffic Attack, Crash Battle, Crash Party and Crash Tour event whilst the Xbox Live mode allows for ranked and unranked play (for up to 6 players) in all of these events except for Traffic Attack.

What's good about the game?

The Burnout series has always provided intense races and challenges but Burnout Revenge takes the experience to another level. Part of the reason for this is the quality of the visuals that surpass anything that's gone before in the Burnout series. The revenge concept also adds spice to the game too. During the World Tour mode you're given the opportunity to do a revenge takedown on an opponent who has taken you out at some point during a race. The revenge element can be seen in the online mode too, but vendettas carry over from race to race so you can take your revenge at a later date. Rivalries intensify with gamers who keep exacting revenge on each other, which is a nice touch as it keeps you coming back to the Xbox Live mode in search of revenge. Xbox Live allows you to upload and download clips (taken from your replays) and it's quite entertaining to see how others have tackled certain events.

The World Tour mode is very enjoyable and probably where you'll spend all of your time when offline. There are various types of events and it's this variety that prevents the game from becoming repetitive. The race events on offer are Race, Traffic Attack, Burning Lap, Road Rage, Eliminator, Preview and Grand Prix Race. The challenge varies from simply beating your opponents to the finish line to having to take out a certain number of rivals within the time limit and it's this healthy mixture of objectives that prevents the whole thing from becoming stale. Then of course you have the Crash Events where you have to cause as much damage as possible, which again provides a very different experience.

What's not so good about the game?

There's not a lot to complain about with Burnout Revenge. Perhaps the main bone of contention is the lack of tracks for you to race on. Those who don't like having catch-up AI in their racing games might be disappointed to note that no matter how often you crash it's always possible to make up ground and take the lead. Whilst this throws realism out of the window, it does mean you're never out of a race after a bad start and let's face it in a game such as Burnout Revenge (where the AI is actively trying to take you out) it would become frustrating very quickly, so all things considered it's not as big a problem here as it is in games such as Gran Turismo.

How does it look?

Without a doubt this is the best looking Burnout game by a long way, which is expected seeing as it’s the first game in the series to appear on a 'next-generation' console. The game looks great on a standard TV but in HD it's a superb experience. The locations you'll race in and the cars themselves look great. Damage modelling may be over the top but it certainly looks good and fits in perfectly with the adrenaline-pumping nature of the game. By the end of most events your car will hardly have any of its paintwork intact as you'll end up trading paint with your rivals and hitting various barriers and other traffic. Should you be taken down, your car will explode leaving a burned our shell which looks quite dramatic. As in previous games any takedowns you're involved in will trigger a slow motion clip of the event (this can be disabled should you desire it) that shows the crash in all of its glory. The car models aren't as high in detail as those found in Project Gotham Racing 3 but nevertheless they do look great. The frame rate is very smooth and the action moves along at a blistering pace (particularly when using the boost), which really adds to the intense nature of the game.

How deaf gamer friendly is the game?

Deaf gamers will be able to enjoy Burnout Revenge without any real problems. On loading the game there's some speech introducing the game and commenting on how the Burnout series has moved into the HD series (as well as highlighting the new features in the game). This speech isn't subtitled but to be perfectly honest this doesn't really matter as it's not really part of the game. The game itself doesn't rely on speech in anyway. All information is displayed in text and all notifications (such as if you trade paint with a rival or have exacted revenge on a revenge rival) and messages during events are shown in text. Your revenge rivals are highlighted by a red pointer whereas your other rivals are highlighted by blue pointers, so it's always easy to see who you should be taking out to exact your revenge. The Xbox Live mode supports voice communications which might be problematic but communications are not essential in Burnout Revenge.

Final thoughts.

The Burnout series has always been hugely popular and Burnout Revenge is a game that's only going to enhance the series' reputation. The new revenge element that's been added really adds spice to the game and makes what was already an irresistible experience even more intense. The World Tour mode is great and will keep you coming back for more for months. There are plenty of thrills to be had online too, and the new revenge element really intensifies the whole experience. If you're a fan of the series, Burnout Revenge is a must and even if you like racing games in general it's definitely a game that's worthy of your attention.

Overall Game Rating: 9.0/10

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Burnout Revenge is a great game that manages to improve on the previous titles in the series. The move to HD definitely enhances the experience too.