Burnout 2: Point of Impact

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Burnout 2: Point of Impact
Burnout 2 - Point of Impact.jpg
Developer(s) Criterion Games
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment
Series Burnout
Engine RenderWare
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox
Release date(s) PlayStation 2[1]
  • NA 30 September 2002
  • EU 11 October 2002
  • JP 1 April 2004
GameCube[2] & Xbox[3]
NA 9 April 2003 (GC)
  • NA 1 May 2003 (Xbox)
  • EU 9 May 2003
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution DVD, Nintendo optical disc

Burnout 2: Point of Impact is a racing game that was developed by Criterion Games and published by Acclaim Entertainment. It is the sequel to Burnout (the first game in the series) that was released in 2001. It was released for the PlayStation 2 in North America on 30 September 2002, in Europe on 11 October 2002 and for the first time in Japan on 1 April 2004.[1] The GameCube and Xbox versions were released a year later in North America on 9 April 2003 for the GameCube, 1 May 2003 for the Xbox and in Europe on 9 May 2003 for both the GameCube and Xbox.[2][3]

Gameplay[edit]

The goal of Burnout 2: Point of Impact is to race circuits around a track, either alone, against the game artificial intelligence or human opponents. The tracks feature traffic, complex junctions and obstacles which can make driving at high speeds difficult. In order to travel faster, the player needs to accumulate Boost. This can be done by driving down the wrong side of the road, drifting around corners at high speeds, swerving to avoid traffic and hitting jumps at speed to gain air. Colliding with traffic or scenery at high speed causes the car to lose control and crash. After a short interval a replacement car then appears on the track without damage, but with a loss of boost.

The game also includes a "Crash" mode, in which the player(s) earn points by causing damage to other vehicles. Crash mode is generally seen as the "puzzle" aspect of Burnout, as each scenario's vehicles are not randomised. This adds a layer of strategy, as well as trial and error, to determine which angle, speed, and point of impact is required to obtain maximum points.

There is also a Pursuit mode where one must wreck a criminal's car to arrest him, unlocking the car.

The game contains few glitches such as "the teleport glitch," where the car being driven flies off the edge of a mountain or bridge, and ends up in a higher position where they were before, and the "flying truck glitch," which happens in crash mode when a large truck has its front turned sideways at a ninety degree angle, and becomes airborne.

The Xbox version of the game is subtitled the "Developer's Cut" and it features 21 new car skins, 15 more "crash" mode tracks, which totals up to 30 "crash" mode tracks in all and an Xbox Live online leaderboard, which was also the first use of Xbox Live in a Burnout game.

The GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions include all the custom cars from the Xbox version, but they do not have customizable skins, online functions, or custom soundtrack capabilities.

Promotion[edit]

To promote the game, Acclaim offered to reimburse any driver in the United Kingdom who received a speeding ticket. Following a negative reaction to this from the UK government, the plan was canceled.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (GC) 89.43%[5]
(Xbox) 88.55%[6]
(PS2) 88.22%[7]
Metacritic (GC) 89/100[8]
(Xbox) 88/100[9]
(PS2) 86/100[10]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 8.3/10[11]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[12]
IGN 9.0/10[13]

Burnout 2: Point of Impact was met with positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the GameCube version 89.43% and 89/100,[5][8] the Xbox version 88.55% and 88/100[6][9] and the PlayStation 2 version 88.22% and 86/100.[7][10]

GameSpot noted "The inclusion of the well-done championship and multiplayer modes make it a must-own for fans of arcade racing."[11]

GameSpy stated "If "Gran Turismo 3" is Dom Perignon, Burnout 2 is Jack Daniels. While Dom may be a great guy, personally I'd rather hang out with Jack."[12]

IGN called the game "An excellent sequel in every way. It's better looking, longer, faster, deeper, and it's got little flourishes and extra modes of play that truly impress."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact Release Information for PlayStation 2". GameFAQs. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact Release Information for GameCube". GameFAQs. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact Release Information for Xbox". GameFAQs. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Burnout 2: Point of Impact Review". Entertainmentopia. 14 January 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact (GC)". GameRankings. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact (Xbox)". GameRankings. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2)". GameRankings. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact (GC)". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact (Xbox)". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2)". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact review". GameSpot. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact review". GameSpy. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Burnout 2: Point of Impact review". IGN. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 

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