On going through the Burnout 3 game review, on will soon realize that this is the third installment in the series. Burnout 3 is aptly named “Takedown” and is a racing game developed by Criterion Games. The game was developed by Electronic Arts and was released on September 2004 for X-Box and Playstation 2 gaming platforms.

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GAMEPLAY

In Burnout 3: Takedown, players face diverse courses and are encouraged to drive towards oncoming traffic while performing drifts and expertly avoiding oncoming road users. The players earn boost as they dodge oncoming vehicles during game play.

According to a comprehensive Burnout 3 game review, there is a new “Takedown” features. This new feature encourages players to takedown their opponents by crashing into them. On carrying out successful takedowns, the player is rewarded with an extension on their boost meter.

In the event that the player crashes themselves, they incur a reduction in their boost meter level. Subsequently, “Impact Time” is activated and this allows the player to maneuver their vehicle midway in the crash event, towards oncoming vehicles resulting in activation of “Aftertouch Takedowns”.

EVENT VARIATIONS

There are four different events in the Takedown series which include Races, Road Rage, Time Attack and Crash events.

In the Races event, players are pitted against other competitors and the first one to cross the finish line is the victor. In the Time Attack event, players face the challenge of completing a set course within a given time limit. The Road rage event encourages players to engage in as many takedowns as possible, of course while making sure they are not taken down themselves.

The Crash event, the player is tasked with causing multiple vehicle wreckage by driving straight into an intersection. The more vehicles involved in the wreckage, the better for the player as they accumulate “Crash Dollars” for the damage inflicted.

All these events are featured in the Burnout World Tour mode where players progress through various levels while unlocking new vehicles and more challenging tracks.

PLAYER CONFIGURATIONS

Based on a comprehensive Burnout 3 game review, the game hosts a local or online multiplayer mode. The online multiplayer mode was however shut down on 15 April, 2010.

SOUNDTRACK

Burnout 3s soundtrack features a total of 44 songs which include “I’m Not Okay” by My Chemical Romance, “Saccharine Smile” by Donuts and “This Fire” by Franz Ferdinand among others. The diverse soundtrack is played through Crash FM, the games integral radio station. DJ Stryker, who is affiliated with the alternative radio station KROQ-FM, based in Los Angeles, provides commentary during game play. The Xbox hard disk allows game players to customize and create their own soundtracks to accompany game play.

Based on a comprehensive Burnout 3 game review the game has been highly acclaimed and has received several positive reviews according to video game reviewer Metacritic. Several gamers, gaming platforms and forums have cited the addition of the Takedown feature as what makes Burnout 3 even more amazing. One particularly avid gamer says that it is one of the best arcade games, of the racing genre, that he has ever held. Others laud the game describing it as a wonderful achievement that any human being with a pulse will positively enjoy.