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Burnout Crash! Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Burnout Crash is a fun little arcade-style action game marred by repetitive gameplay and simplistic graphics. Fans of the series may be confused by the new look, but the traditional crash mode gameplay is front and center. Fans going in looking for a traditional Burnout experience will be sorely disappointed! Rating: 71%
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Burnout Paradise is an incredible game with a lot going for it. It's blisteringly fast, full of exciting event types and one of the better looking arcade racers. But as much as I love Burnout Paradise, I can't help but be disappointed by the lack of a dedicated crash mode. This was, without a doubt, one of the best innovations to come out of earlier Burnout games and its absence was certainly felt. But don't worry; Criterion is here to sell you a stand-alone product that promises to bring all of the fun and excitement of the crash mode back to Burnout.

Introducing Burnout Crash, a curious new PSN (and Xbox Live Arcade) game from Electronic Arts. On paper it sounds exactly like the classic crash mode we've all come to know and love, but visuals tell another story. At first glance you may not even know it's a Burnout game, instead mistaking it for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. The overhead point of view and cartoony graphics have very little to do with Burnout, so it's easy to see the confusion. But don't let the goofy visuals fool you, because Burnout Crash manages to pack all of the explosive fun of the old games into one deceptively simple package.

Burnout Crash! (PSN)

Much like the older games, the idea is to drive into a busy intersection and, well, crash. Once you've completed this simple task, it's up to you to wreck, destroy and blow-up as much traffic as possible. As you destroy more cars, you'll be able to explode your car, launching it in whichever direction you choose. In return for the destruction and mayhem you are rewarded money, which ends up being the game's version of points. Like an old school arcade game, your whole goal is to keep the destruction going and earn as many points as you can.

You do this through 18 intersections, each with three separate game types. The first is the traditional crash mode, where you blow as many cars, busses, airplanes and buildings up as possible. As you stop traffic, different challenges will befall the level. For example, you may have to dodge a meteor strike or deal with a truck hauling an armed missile. If you keep the wreckage going long enough you'll unlock the super feature (yes, that's what it's called), which could be anything from an alien attacking to an airplane using that intersection to touch down. This signals the end of the level; time to move on.

Burnout Crash! (PSN)

Obviously there's more to it than I'm letting on, though just barely. The game wants you to wreck each and every car it throws at you, penalizing every vehicle you miss. If you let one escape, you'll be given a big red "X". Miss five vehicles and it's game over. Either you let too many cars escape or you complete the level. You'll never spend too much time in an intersection, which is probably for the best.

The next game type is the Rush Hour mode. Here you do roughly the same thing, only this time you only have 90 seconds to earn the points. The good news is that in this mode the traffic comes fast and furious. You will also be able to blow up pizza trucks, which will stop the action and bring up the wheel of fortune. Here you will have a chance to spin the wheel and accept your prize ... or punishment. You may slow down the speed of traffic, open up a giant sink hole, unleash tornadoes and even get the cops involved. You never know what you get when you spin.
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