gamers (74%) found this review helpful
This game has a lot of potential, but some highly questionable design decisions turn it into a grind after a while. On the plus side, the map is quite large and there is a lot of area to explore. There are a ton of different ways to race and crash, both offline and online with friends.
After you've played for a little while though, things start to grind to a halt. There is basically no menu navigation at all in the game. They made it so events are tied to specific locations on the map. This is a neat idea and Test Drive Unlimited pulled it off nicely - once you find an event you can either drive there to start it, or pull it up from a menu and run it that way.
But in this game, the only way to run a race is to drive all the way to the specific intersection where that race starts. If you want to switch cars, you have to drive to the nearest junkyard. If you screw up in the middle of a race or time trial, you have to drive all the way back to the start of the race to try again.
This isn't bad at first when there are a whole lot of events around. If you mess up, you can just go to the nearest intersection and try a different race. But later in the game when you're trying to unlock specific cars or finish the last few events it gets VERY VERY frustrating. This also holds true for events that finish in a distant corner of the map -- you have to drive the same long route back to the city just to get to an event that you haven't completed yet.
A simple menu with restart race/select event/switch car options like you see in every other racing game would have made the game so much more enjoyable. It's a shame really. Maybe they'll come to their senses and patch it.
posted by ShoutRyan (Beaver Falls, PA) Sep 21, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
gamers (80%) found this review helpful
I'm normally the type of person who plays a racing game for a day, and leaves it sit, but this is soooo much better. I love it, my sister likes it, my brother likes it & he's not even a gamer! I AM KEEPING THIS!
gamers (69%) found this review helpful
I have to say I was part of the community that played the demo and was pretty disappointed. I went ahead and picked it up because I had sixty dollars in Best Buy bucks and I'm glad I did. One of the most fun in the series I think. They really went above and beyond with this one. Can't say that its "better" than the other burnout games but it definately deserves the Burnout name. I was kinda upset to hear they did away with crash mode but the new "showtime" mode where any intersection can be a crash junction is awesome. The cars have more weight to them in this game which makes crashing that more real and fun to watch.