EA seems disinterested in making a new Burnout game any time soon. But some of the people who helped create the wonderful racing series intend to fill the void.
We love the Burnout games. They embody many of the things we see as the basic principles of What Makes A Good Videogame, namely: 1. They allow you to do things which aren't possible in real life, at least without risking violent death or long-term incarceration; 2. They present many opportunities to make your friends look stupid and feel angry; 3. They can stilll be enjoyed whilst extremely drunk.
Now, admittedly, they don't feature all of the elements we like to see in our games - guns, space, wizards, brightly coloured blocks, Star Wars, etc. But they do feature very fast, very shiny cars, and you get to mash them up, which is enough for us.
So we've spent many a happy hour with the Burnout series, and we were very much looking forward to playing the first PSP instalment. But we were a little nervous about how it would match up to the console versions. Would it feel as fast? Would the crashes be as satisfying? Would the graphics be as crisp and shiny and full of detail? In short: would Criterion be able to pull it off?
EA has released a trailer showing off Burnout Legends on PSP, highlighting some of the game's most exciting characteristics: that it is stupidly fast, that it runs really well, and that it has ridiculously violent and detailed crashes in it.
Naturally there's slightly more to it than that, but these are the things you'll probably take away from it, and the thought of playing the game on actual PSPs in our hands fills us with the kind of excitement usually reserved for the ten minutes following our bi-annual consumption of full-fat Starbucks Caramel Frappucinos - a period of time usually spent jumping up and down, talking at high-speed about how brilliant life is in demented run-on sentences, and laughing so much and so hard that our exposed gums become sunburnt.
So we can say it looks quite good. We suggest you go and watch the sparks fly yourselves - and fly they do. The game is certainly very reminiscent of the PS2 and Xbox versions of Burnout 3: Takedown, though naturally there's a slight dip in detail levels.