The Burnout series of games was amazing wasn’t it? (Paradise excluded). Well those fine people at Criterion who made such titles decided to create their own company, Three Fields Entertainment, after they became disillusioned by the way in which EA treated them their IP and the games loving public. (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, essentially the best bits from burnout (the crashes) in a reasonably priced game. £14.99 gets you 23 stages 17 locations 8 cars. The game is just the right size, not outstaying its welcome with cheesy repetitive content, just to make it seem bigger. This game, like the ones you played as a kid, is all about the score. and its that which makes you come back to it after you’ve completed all its tracks. That and its tremendous fun, who doesn’t want to smash shit up. Various scores give you bronze, silver, gold and platinum ratings, and you are immediately placed onto an online leaderboard.
Graphically it’s exactly like what you remember burnout to be, although if you went back to that now it would look pretty arse, but in your mind’s eye it looks the same. Nice big arcade style graphics, 30fps in 4K or 60fps in 1080p on the One X. Animation and physics of the crashes is more on the fun side than realistic, but that’s a good thing. The sound is meatier than a visit to an abattoir, the menu presentation is very sparse, however i really couldn’t care less as it doesn’t detract from the game, and makes restarts and the such nice and snappy. And that is an important factor because whilst this is a great game in single player, playing with friends taking turns to best each others score, is where this game becomes a good old-fashioned “come round mine we’ll get pissed and play some games”. Proper social gaming. Consider what you could get for the same 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