Criterion Games made a name for itself with its blisteringly fast racing series, Burnout. Starting off as a small team with a small project, the original game was a modest but thrilling arcade racer all about rocketing your way through traffic. With each new game, Criterion added more and more to the experience, and with Burnout 3: Takedown, the franchise finally reached its full potential. A peerless arcade racing title, the third entry was published by EA, and saw the series balloon in popularity. Not only was Criterion able to reach a wider audience with this increased funding, it had created a bit of a monster.
The developer would go on to release a few more Burnout games with Revenge, Dominator, and Paradise. Fans all have a favourite title, but the core values remain the same across all of them: insane speed, gorgeously slick arcade handling, and devastating destruction. If it wasn't clear, we love Burnout.
It needs to come back. Burnout Paradise Remastered achieved this somewhat and is, funnily enough, one of the better racing games on PlayStation 4, but we're not after a rehash. Dangerous Driving, created by a handful of Criterion alumni, attempts to scratch the itch, but we don't want a pretender. Burnout deserves another shot at the big time.
It's no secret that arcade racers have fallen by the wayside this generation. Looking towards the PS3 era, you had games like MotorStorm, Blur, Split/Second, and Pure. Most of these failed to set the world on fire despite being quality titles, and declining sales has led to the current situation. As incredible as the Burnout series is, the EA-owned racing series undoubtedly sells less than its stablemate, Need for Speed. EA handed Criterion the keys to its more successful franchise after Paradise, and to be fair, the results were excellent. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted were something of a departure for the franchise, which was (and still is) going through something of an identity crisis, but they were both unmistakably Criterion racers, and some of that Burnout energy was definitely present.
If you remember, Criterion was working on some new first-person racing game a few years back, featuring ATVs, helicopters, and all manner of vehicular mayhem. It sounded mad, but was unfortunately cancelled. Now, the studio provides support to EA's heavy hitting releases, developing content for the likes of Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Battlefield V. It's a big shame, but there must be some desire among the staff to bring the Burnout series back?
We think the franchise is long overdue another chance. Given the next generation of consoles is on the way, imagine Burnout arriving back on the scene in the early years of PS5. Whether open world or more structured, we think a new game could make a surprisingly big impact. A bold, brash return to form on new hardware, with unlicensed vehicles and a laser focus on fun factor. There's definitely an audience out there for crazy arcade racers, but it might take a company like EA to give the genre a boost. It's been peddling Need for Speed games all generation, but none of them have really caught on -- why not give Burnout a turn in the driver's seat?
It's a long shot, but we'd love to see Burnout make a huge splash on PS5. Do you want Criterion's stellar racing series to come back? Do you think it stands a chance? Drift into the comments below.
Amen. SIM racing does nothing for me.
I don't know why they couldn't have released Burnout Revenge on PS4 as well or PS3 for that matter, it was on Xbox 360 and I think PS2 but didn't make it to PS3 oddly. In that era we had loads of racers bow there's hardly none
Yeah, agree with this tbh. I'd be in for a new Burnout if they did it properly.
I still want a Motorstorm 4. The first 3 were brilliant.
Racer Driver Grid for me was the last truly great arcade racer. Codies has never been quite the same since.
All over it. I love games that don't take themselves seriously. Blowed it up real good.
Point of Impact was absolutely brilliant on the Cube. The races were the star just as much as Crash mode and they nailed the formula.
Give me a Burnout over a Gran Turismo any day.
Had so much fun with Burnout 3 that i am surprised the series just died out. I would absolutely buy a remastered collection or a brand new Burnout
Blur was my favorite racing game last gen. There's just nothing like it this gen and that makes me sad.
Whenever I hear people asking for Burnout, I just want them to make a good SSX game instead!
I don't get the hype with Burnout. GTA Online Races are more than enough arcade fun.
I feel Burnout Revenge was a masterclass in arcade racers. Would love to see the series come back, especially with the original crew of developers.
Burnout 3 and NFS: Most Wanted (2005) are the greatest driving games of all time. I'm all for a revival!
I'd be fine with remasters of 3 and Revenge. I don't know what developers would do the series justice, unless EA hired Three Fields and gave them a decent budget.
@TheArt Nah they cant touch Burnout.
If it isn't @Flaming_Kaiser counterattacking any praise I give R* games, who else could it be 😁😆
Am i the only person on earth who love nfs pro street. That was my favorite nfs by far. I have burnout paradise remastered and its probably my favorite racing game that i own on ps4. We need a remaster or sequel to pro street, that game was very good.
I was surprised there wasn't a newRidge Racer for this generation. I guess the franchise is dead for the time being.
@stuzster Split/Second was so much fun. I loved the destruction.
the burnout series is one of my top arcade racers next to ridge racer, both franchises are basically dead and it's sad, instead we are left with a abundance of boring sim racers, it's a sad state of affairs really.
You used the wrong pictures. That isn't images of Burnout 2, the only Burnout you need to stop at to get your point across. Why show pictures of the first one made by the very people that KILLED Criterion Studios?
There will never ever be a great Burnout game ever again. You may as well be asking for new Dead Space, Populous, Mercenaries, Mass Effect games lol.
@TheArt I strongly disagree Burnout was my favorite franchise. Nothing can beat that sense of speed.
@grahamd Split second that game was great only the online was a joke.
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