Burnout Legends is the first spin-off game in the popular Burnout franchise and the fifth game overall, specifically released for the PlayStation Portable on 13 September 2005 in North America, 16 September in Europe, 20 October 2005 in Japan and the Nintendo DS on 29 November 2005 in North America and 9 December 2005 in Europe. The game features many of the tracks and gameplay modes from the first three Burnout games, but repackaged for the handheld format. Many of the gameplay modes are similar to Burnout 3: Takedown using a mixture of old and new tracks.
An in-game screenshot of Burnout Legends on the Nintendo DS.
In the game, players will compete in a series of racing modes to unlock new tracks, cars, and events. The following list includes the 9 main types of modes in the game:
World Tour: Compete against other cars in different varieties of modes (see below). The 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 the GP 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 it.
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. 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 have a limited amount of time. The event will be finished if you run out of time on the clock(only in World Tour) or "total" your car.
Pursuit: Be the cop and try to take out one or more racers before time runs out or the racer(s) get(s) away. All new boss challenge pursuit events. Final event is Total Pursuit. Get Gold in Total Pursuit to unlock Legend Series.
Crash: Compete in crash events to unlock new cars and crash junctions. (Featured in both World Tour and Single Player.)
There are a total of 95 cars to unlock through the various modes - these are compact, muscle, coupe, sport, super, race special and legend series. Cars can also be unlocked by completing all events. The cars featured in the game are from Burnout 2 and 3.
The game also has Collector's cars. There are five collector cars for each class, however the player only starts out with just one. To get the other four, the player has to challenge another player on a Wi-Fi battle mode, betting their collector car against theirs and win their car in the challenge (the Collector's cars are exclusive for the PSP version).
The PlayStation Portable version received positive reviews from critics, receiving 87.73% from GameRankings and 86/100 from Metacritic. However, the Nintendo DS received negative reviews, and received 38.07% from GameRankings and 38/100 from Metacritic.