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
Director(s) Alex Ward
Designer(s) Chris Roberts
Programmer(s) Richard Parr
Artist(s) James Hans
Composer(s) Steve Emney
Stephen Root
Series Burnout
Engine RenderWare
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
GameCube
Xbox
Release PlayStation 2
  • NA: 30 September 2002
  • EU: 11 October 2002
  • JP: 1 April 2004
GameCube & Xbox
  • NA: 9 April 2003 (GC)
  • NA: 1 May 2003 (Xbox)
  • EU: 9 May 2003
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

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 the 2001 video game Burnout and the second title in the Burnout series. 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. The GameCube and Xbox versions (the latter version under the title Burnout 2: Point of Impact – Developer's Cut) were released a year later in North America on 9 April 2003 for the GameCube and 1 May 2003 for the Xbox, and in Europe on 9 May 2003 for both the GameCube and Xbox. It also was the last Burnout game to be released on the GameCube and the series would not see a release on a Nintendo platform until the release of Burnout Legends in 2005.

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 version of the game also includes the 15 additional crash mode tracks.

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.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GC PS2 Xbox
Edge N/A 8/10[2] N/A
EGM 8/10[3] 8.33/10[4] 8.17/10[5]
Eurogamer N/A 9/10[6] 8/10[7]
Famitsu N/A 30/40[8] N/A
Game Informer 8.5/10[9] 8/10[10] 8.5/10[11]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[12] 4.5/5 stars[13] 4.5/5 stars[14]
GameSpot 8.5/10[15] 8.3/10[16] 8.6/10[17]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[18] 4.5/5 stars[19] 4.5/5 stars[20]
GameZone 9/10[21] 8.5/10[22] 9.3/10[23]
IGN 8.5/10[24] 9/10[25] 8.6/10[26]
Nintendo Power 4.5/5[27] N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A 4/5 stars[28] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A 9/10[29]
Entertainment Weekly A[30] A[30] A[30]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 89/100[31] 86/100[32] 88/100[33]

Burnout 2: Point of Impact received "favorable" reviews on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[31][32][33]

GameSpot noted of the PS2 version, "The inclusion of the well-done championship and multiplayer modes make it a must-own for fans of arcade racing."[16] GameSpy stated of the same version, "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."[19] IGN called the same version "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."[25] Eurogamer's Kristan Reed said the game was worth playing whether or not you liked the first game in the series. Reed thought the multiplayer mode was a little disappointing, with a lower frame rate than other parts of the game but was otherwise highly complimentary, stating "Burnout 2 is the most compelling arcade driving experience we have ever had the pleasure of undertaking. It's a visual master class, supremely playable, addictive, has huge replayability and has a superb learning curve that will ensure it has a broad appeal to anyone with even a vague interest in videogames. There really is no excuse not to buy this - it will restore your faith in the ability of videogames to generate excitement. Burnout 2 is pure adrenaline. You owe it to yourself to play this game."[34]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ EGM staff (June 2003). "Burnout 2: Point of Impact (GC)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (168): 80. Archived from the original on 14 May 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ EGM staff (December 2002). "Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (162): 202. Archived from the original on 1 January 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
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