The Burnout series of games was amazing wasn’t it, Paradise excluded for me. Well those fine people previously of Criterion, the team behind these titles, have now decided to create their own development studio, Three Fields Entertainment. This is down to the fact that they became disillusioned by the way in which EA treated their beloved IP and the games loving public. Ok, I made the last bit up, but it’s probably true “This is the game business, not the work business” said one of the co-founders. Basically a fuck you to the big corporate arseholes such as EA and Activision.
Anyway I digress, Danger Zone 2 is essentially the best bits from the Burnout series (the crashes) packaged in a reasonably priced game. £14.99 gets you 23 stages, 17 locations and 8 cars. The game is just the right size, not outstaying its welcome with cheesy repetitive content in an attempt to make it seem bigger than it actually is. Danger Zone 2, just like the games you remember playing as a kid, is all about getting the highest score. And this is the thing that keeps you coming back, over and over again, even after you’ve completed all of the tracks. Well that and the fact that it is tremendous fun, who doesn’t want to simply smash shit up. Reaching various scores give you bronze, silver, gold and platinum ratings which are immediately placed onto an online leaderboard.
Graphically Danger Zone 2 is exactly like what you remember classic Burnout to be, although if you went back to them now my bet is that they would look pretty arse, so in your mind’s eye it looks the same only. The game boasts nice big arcade style graphics at 30fps in glorious 4K or silky smooth 60fps in 1080p on the Xbox One X. Animation and the physics of crashes is more on the fun side than realistic, but that’s a good thing. The sound is meatier than a visit to the abattoir, the menu presentation is very sparse, however, I really couldn’t care less as it doesn’t detract from the gameplay, in fact it means restarts and the such nice and snappy. And that’s an important factor because whilst this is a great game in single player, playing with friends and taking turns to beat each other’s score is where this game becomes a good old-fashioned “come round mine, we’ll get pissed and play some games” sort of affair.
Danger Zone 2 is proper social gaming at its best. All that’s left to really say is just consider what else could get for the same kind of money.
- Three extra value meals at McDonald’s
- A pack and a half of cigarettes
- A quarter of a tank of fuel for your car
- Five coffees
- Or a fucking amazing game, just like they used to make in the olden days.
Beard Score: 9/10
Players: 1 – 4
Publisher: Three Fields Entertainment
Format: Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4