YMMV / Burnout

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  • Awesome Music: 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 Rise Against
      • "I'm Not Okay" by My Chemical Romance
      • "Breathing" by Yellowcard
      • "Here I Am" by The Explosion
      • "C'mon" by Go Betty Go
      • "Saccharine Smile" by The Donots
      • "Shake That Bush Again" by The Mooney Suzuki
      • "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones
    • Burnout Revenge:
    • Burnout CRASH!:
      • Penny Arcade at least has a disturbing reverence for Gloria Estefan's "Dr. Beat".
  • Catharsis Factor: Part of the fun of the series is just wrecking the hell out of anything that moves on the road.
  • Even Better Sequel: 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.
  • Game-Breaker: 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.
  • Goddamned Traffic: Especially in the very first game.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound of the medals being awarded to you in 3 and Revenge made it feel more rewarding. Can double as an Awesome Moment 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 whoop asses when that happens.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The beta version of Burnout 3: Takedown featured horrifying themes for Impact Time which wouldn't be out of place in Silent Hill and might even bring back memories of the menu theme from Destruction Derby 2 for the PSX. Thankfully the Impact Time themes were massively toned down in the finished version of the game to feel like the time casually slowing down while the player gets Aftertouch Takedowns after crashing.
  • Porting Disaster: 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.
  • The Scrappy: 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 SSX 3 to the one in Paradise. He had much better and funnier people writing his script in the former.
  • Song Association: Seems to be a theme with games made by EA. Of particular note is the Real Song Theme Tune in Paradise, 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 Denser and Wackier tone, and the Totally Radical announcer.
  • That One Achievement: The Signature Takedowns in Takedown, which range from easy to unforgivably hard. Of note is 'Grapes of Wrath' and 'Tuk-Down', which require you to hit extremely small moving targets (wine vans and tuk-tuks respectively). 'Truck Torpedo' is also this, as trucks are the least common vehicle in the USA, and even when one does appear it may not even be carrying a speedboat.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: 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.
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