Posted: September 28, 2014
This is a great racing game that's all about driving in the open world of people-free Paradise City, of which the title song claims has green grass and pretty girls. Along the way, you'll be bombarded with advertising billboards for such things like Burger King, EVGA motherboards, Crash FM, and this very game. Sadly, you can only demolish one of these billboards, which keep reappearing continuously. Somehow, I feel real sorry for the cleanup crews having to fix up the damage caused by driverless cars. It's like Twilight Zone stuff, man!
While you repeat the events that you've already cleared with each new license, you get to hear a selection of licensed songs that usually repeat a pretty good deal. Or you can listen to past Burnout songs from a time Acclaim published those games. Maybe you just feel like listening to that Avril Lavinge song over and over. Did you know that song was also in Burnout Dominator AND in multiple languages? There are also classical songs in the game, but nobody listens to those. ;)
The damage model is quite glorious, parts flying off, cars flipping about, and [my favorite /s] the game going into super slow motion because you were too slow in reacting to a barrier right in front of you. It's like you know you're going to be taunted mercilessly, especially if you crash mere seconds before the time trial expires. But if you feel like crashing into things and causing mass destruction, there is a Showtime mode. It's not quite like the crash modes in previous games, but it counts for something.
Even with the minor flaws like the lack of a certain bit of DLC that the potato consoles got to enjoy, super slow motion crashes that test your patience, and the general grind with each new license, this is still a very enjoyable racing game that people continue to play to this day.