* AwesomeMusic: Every gamer has their favourite. Of honorable mention:
** ''Burnout 2: Point of Impact:''
*** "Destroyer Mix"
*** "Panic Attack"
*** "The Miracle Mile"
*** The credits theme, a remix of two other tracks in the game.
** ''Burnout 3: Takedown:''
*** "Make A Sound" by Autopilot Off
*** "Lazy Generation" by The F-Ups
*** "Fall Apart" by 1208
*** "Paper Wings" by Music/RiseAgainst
*** "I'm Not Okay" by Music/MyChemicalRomance
** ''Burnout Revenge:''
*** "Beast And The Harlot" (shown in-game as Beast...) by Music/AvengedSevenfold
*** "Flyover" by Asian Dub Foundation
*** "Today" by Junkie XL
*** "Do What You Want" by Music/OKGo
*** The Music/{{BT}} remix of "Break On Through" by Music/TheDoors
*** "Straight To Video (Music/{{KMFDM}} Remix)" by Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence
** ''Burnout Paradise'':
*** "Paradise City" by Music/GunsNRoses
*** "Girlfriend" by Music/AvrilLavigne
*** "Friction" by B'z
*** "Nothing To Lose" by Operator
*** "Come Clean" by Mexicolas
*** Junkie XL and Lauren Rocket's CoveredUp version of [[SiouxsieAndTheBanshees "Cities In Dust"]]
*** "Epic" by Music/FaithNoMore
*** "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast" by Airbourne
* BaseBreaker: ''Paradise''; loved by critics and arcade racing game fans, hated by core ''Burnout'' fans.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Showtime Mode in ''Paradise''.
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Burnout 3: Takedown'' is considered to be this. ''Burnout 2'' was a great game that touched on dangerous driving, but ''3'' brought it to the forefront with the takedown and aftertouch mechanics, making the racing super tense and exciting. No wonder that it's frequently hailed as one of the best racing games of its generation.
* FridgeBrilliance: In ''Burnout Paradise'', a race is triggered by holding the brake and accelerator at the same time, also known as a [[TitleDrop burnout]].
* GameBreaker: The Carson GT Nighthawk. Let's see - One of the toughest cars to take down in a head-on collision? Check. Great speed and acceleration? Check. Easy to handle? Check. It's best just to avoid getting into a fight with the driver of one.
** The Supercar in ''Burnout 2''. Nothing save the Custom Roadster could touch it, and it wasn't easy thanks to the roadster's awful handling.
* [[GoddamnedBats Goddamned Traffic]]
** [[NintendoHard Especially in the very first game.]]
* HellIsThatNoise: The countdown sounds in the 360 version of ''Revenge''. It sounds like the usual at ten seconds left, giving a beep every second. At five seconds left, it'll add more hurried beeping. It's not done yet, though- at two seconds left, it'll add some loud, arrhythmic beeps, like a bomb's about to go off. It might not scare the pants off of you, but it'll definitely instill a sense of dread as the sounds build up.
* MagnumOpus: Either ''3: Takedown'' or ''Paradise''. Discussions are continuing.
* MostWonderfulSound: The sound of the medals being awarded to you in ''3'' and ''Revenge'' made it feel more rewarding. Can double as an AwesomeMoment if the medal is awarded during a takedown or a split-second finish.
** The "bang!" that's made when your boost bar is increased. You know you're ready to destroy when that happens.
* PortingDisaster: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] with ''Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box'' release on PC. On one hand it is a graphically-superior version of the game that contains a lot of content not found in the original release. On the other hand you have a version of the game whose majority of new content being stuff that have been released in free updates for the original game[[note]]Party Mode being the sole exception; it's still premium DLC for the standard console versions.[[/note]] while lacking in other content. Only the premium DLC car packs were released for download on PC, while neither the "Cops 'n Robbers" game mode nor the ''Big Surf Island'' expansion ever saw the light of day on the platform. Even worse, the PC servers were shut down about a year later, so the Burnout Store is no longer available on computer.
** However, the premium car packs are still legally available for download on [[http://www.amazon.com/Burnout-Paradise-Bonus-Vehicle-Online/dp/B00CX6G1IE Amazon]] in the US and [[http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/ca/en/pc/games/racing/burnout-paradise-bonus-vehicle-na/ Green Man Gaming]] in the UK, and modders are aiming to bring Big Surf Island to the PC version with the [[http://burnouthints.webs.com/vanity-pack Vanity Pack.]] "Cops 'n Robbers" mode remains unavailable, however.
** ''Burnout Legends'' on the DS falls squarely into this, being an a abortion of a game that wasn't even developed by Criterion. Thankfully the PSP version averts this hard.
* ReplacementScrappy: Showtime replacing Crash Mode in ''Paradise''.
* TheScrappy: DJ Atomika.
** Atomika is a ''vast'' improvement over the truly execrable DJ Stryker from ''Takedown''. How someone like Stryker can be an ''actual radio DJ'' in real life is beyond reason.
** Also, compare Atomika's "performance" in ''VideoGame/{{SSX}} 3'' to the one in ''Paradise''. He had ''much'' better and funnier people writing his script in the former.
* SongAssociation: Seems to be a theme with games made by EA. Of particular note is the RealSongThemeTune in ''Paradise'', [[Music/GunsNRoses which can be guessed just by looking at the name of the game and the city.]]
* {{Sequelitis}}: Although ''Burnout CRASH!'' is only a spinoff, it's pretty much widely hated by everyone due to its gameplay, which shares nothing in common with the main series Crash Mode besides the basic game idea, the [[JumpTheShark shark-jumpingly]] DenserAndWackier; tone, and the TotallyRadical [[MostAnnoyingSound announcer]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: ''Burnout Paradise'' for taking the game out of its closed-circuit roots and thrusting it into an open world without a restart function (initially) or a useful compass. Very mixed, though.
** What is truly getting this reaction all around is ''Burnout CRASH!'', the downloadable game released in Fall 2011. Top-down viewing angle, no racing gameplay (the game is basically an expansion of Crash Mode), and cartoonish oddities like [=UFOs=] really set the fanbase into a fervor of contempt when it was announced.
* JumpTheShark: ''Burnout CRASH!'', with its TotallyRadical atmosphere, soundtrack consisting of random 80s and 90s one-hit-wonders, massively overhauled gameplay physics, and startlingly DenserAndWackier feel has been seen by most as the point where ''Burnout'' completely derailed itself into a trainwreck.