In what can perhaps be described as one of the stupidest decisions ever made in gaming, Criterion has decided to make their next Burnout title one that is played from a top down perspective. Yeah, let that sink in for a minute.

Burnout Crash! is hopefully is just a filler XBLA/PSN title while Criterion work hard on a full-fledged sequel that’ll ship with traffic checking. And be more like Burnout Revenge.

Yeah, it's not going to look like this

Yeah, it's not going to look like this

Anyway, here’s a quick description of the game, courtesy ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) who’ve unsurprisingly given it a rating of E10+, which basically means it’s for everyone.

“This is an action game in which players earn points for creating traffic pileups. From a top-down perspective, players initiate crashes by driving 'cartoony' vehicles (e.g., cars, trucks, vans, buses) into busy intersections; multiple crashes trigger score multipliers and rack up large 'bills' of property damage. Each level is accompanied by crashing sounds, small explosions, and vocal encouragement (e.g., 'Cool,' 'Maximum Carnage!'). In some levels, players are instructed to crash into police cars (e.g., 'Crash them before they bust you!'); in other sequences, oversized airplanes, tornados, lobster monsters, and UFOs slide across the screen, destroying any vehicles in their path.”

Hopefully we'll see a sequel to Burnout Revenge at E3 and not this crap.

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