The Burnout series has always been about eye-watering speeds and the intense thrill of driving like a maniac through oncoming traffic. Burnout 3: Takedown is still about all of the above (it's definitely the fastest Burnout to date, if not the nippiest racer on PS2), but it adds an unprecedented level of aggression to the whole adrenaline-soaked affair. The 'Takedown' of the title refers to the ignoble art of ramming opposing cars off the road, a tactic you'll become increasingly familiar with as you play.
This newfound emphasis on suicidally aggressive driving has a big impact on Burnout 3's core gameplay; it's not enough to simply overtake anymore. What you really want to do is use an opponent's slipstream to get level with them, then ram them hard into the barrier, watch the sparks fly, ram them again and watch their car spin into the air before landing in a wrecked heap in your wake. And then do it all again with the next car...
The perfect 'Takedown' is made all the more satisfying by some ingenious camera work; at the moment of impact, the camera pulls back to show the full scale of the carnage in slow motion before seamlessly segueing back to the race. As in previous Burnouts, your boost bar fills up with each hair-raising near miss as you careen through traffic. Once it's full, hit the boost for a breathtaking burst of speed, complete with some stunning motion blur effects. You can almost feel the G-Force pushing you back in your seat.
Of course, not all of your time in Burnout 3 is spent racing; Crash mode makes a welcome return in all its destructive glory. Dropping you into various set piece scenarios, such as the approach towards a busy intersection, Crash mode events task you with instigating the biggest pile-up possible then score you based on the total cash value of the resulting damage.
Burnout 3's branching game structure has you working your way through increasingly tough Race and Crash events, but the action doesn't stop there. For the first time in the series, Burnout 3 lets you mix it up online, racing against up to five human opponents via a Network Adaptor, or prove your destructive prowess in online Crash mode.
- Race a selection of cars through heavy traffic in one of the fastest, most intense racing games on PS2
- Master the 'Takedown' - learn to use your car as a weapon and ram opponents off the track
- Wreak havoc and leave burning wreckage and twisted metal in your wake in Crash mode
- Take the action online and compete with up to five players online via a Network Adaptor