Burnout Dominator Hands-On

We take a work-in-progress version of Criterion's upcoming racer for a test-drive.

Earlier this week, during a visit to Electronic Arts' Redwood Shores headquarters, we had an opportunity to check out the PlayStation 2 version of Burnout Dominator for the first time. Also in development for the PlayStation Portable, Dominator is a return to the Burnout series' roots rather than a true sequel to Revenge. While it retains a number of the gameplay modes and features that made previous Burnout offerings great, Dominator will do away with the recent "traffic-checking" innovation and won't feature a crash mode of any kind. What you'll be left with, then, is a Burnout game that's every bit as raw and intense as the first few games in the series were, but which benefits from improved visuals and technology.

Previously discarded gameplay features making a welcome return in Burnout Dominator will include burnouts (exhausting a full turbo boost meter in one go), and the need to avoid rather than very deliberately slam into traffic. Trying to do either one of these things makes doing the other much more difficult, resulting in a game that--even before you take your rivals and other very aggressive opponents into account--is much more demanding than its crash-happy predecessor. Furthermore, an all-new maniac mode will task you with stringing together multiple burnouts to form combos, which, as we can tell you from experience, is every bit as difficult as it sounds. Other gameplay modes confirmed for Burnout Dominator at this time include road rage, burning lap, race, eliminator, and drift and boost challenges.

If you've ever played a Burnout game before you'll have no problems coming to grips with Dominator. The handling of the vehicles is as forgiving as ever, the street circuits all have plenty of shortcuts for anyone brave enough to take them, and the sensation of speed verges on frightening. During our limited time with the game the frame rate was never anything but silky smooth, even when we raced against another player in split-screen mode.

Burnout Dominator is currently scheduled for release in March. We look forward to bringing you more information on the game as soon as it becomes available.

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74 comments
Billipop
Billipop

This 5th installment of Burnout on the PS2 can't come out fast enough for me.Normally i don't buy brand new titles right away but i must make an exception and buy this game the day it comes out in stores this month.It is worth every dollar of that $40 dollar price tag,trust me.Now, how come they ain't coming out with an original XBOX version and online multiplayer for the PS2?

matt11706
matt11706

i cant wait i looks like a kick ass game.

JOHNJOHNJR
JOHNJOHNJR

BEM MIÓZINHOS SEUS CABAS DA PESTE..

JOHNJOHNJR
JOHNJOHNJR

miózinhos tios sanzinhos.............

JOHNJOHNJR
JOHNJOHNJR

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blancobo
blancobo

All I wanted to read was the word: "ROAD RAGE". There is NO other awesome thing in this game. Yes, there are tons and tons of awesome gameplay but the RAGE is what makes a great game, AWESOME! Great news that happy crashing has been eliminated. It made the game too easy. Hopefully this one will be more like Takedown but without the Crash Mode.

walterwong1996
walterwong1996

....Some of the best features are taken away but i think it'll still be quite OK. However, some of the fans might be a little upset to this idea

datniccah187
datniccah187

This game looks pretty hot, i'm still look'n for a good racing game. I think a ps2 game might be just the thing give my 360 a break.

TheCheat23k
TheCheat23k

No crash mode? Well I was planning on getting this game, but not anymore... :( I just played crash mode on BO3 for six hours straight with my friend the other night...it was the most amazing thing :D But now, looks like I have one less game to buy.. Saves me some money I guess.

Ejacko
Ejacko

When they finaly can do the crash mode perfect, they dont have it at all. Dissapointing. Bo2 is the best. Bo3 had stupid 2x 4x and cash. Bo4 had stupid power start and too short crash sesion (after 30 sec, is all over) And i want one like Bo2, boost wehn you want, but with crashbraker system from Bo4, that would be THE perfect crash mode. Besides that, i will get this game. Btw, in Bo4; They could do the popcorn metod, wait five sec, if no crash, then end the sesion.

kennypoo
kennypoo

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st1sk8er18
st1sk8er18

"oh no it doesnt have crash mode,i wont get it!!" lol,please...i personally hate crash mode. i play burnout for the awesome speed and intense racing. crash mode is lame,i thank them for finally taking it out. This game is lookin to be a promising one,i cant wait to play it.

Doolum
Doolum

Sounds cool but with no crash mode chances are little that i might get it

Alpha2
Alpha2

I'm sorry, what? NO CRASH MODE? this is officially off my list then, seriously without crash mode it's just another racing game. It might as well be flatout. The Nextgen titles better have Crash mode.

LexLas
LexLas

Superb ! this is defenitley on my list for next racing title, I can't wait.

RyD3n
RyD3n

Two words. HELL. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Riddy84
Riddy84

Oh my god, I've been waiting for this for so long, a Burnout game sticking closer towards its original roots rather than crash-happy Burnouts. Reading this has made an already good day even better, and the ability to chain Burnouts is back - This is probably the single best thing I loved about Burnout 2 (my fave one). This should absolutely... OWN!

nhs2008
nhs2008

I AM READY TO DOMINATE!! Get ready to have your hoods bumped and have your cars takendown.

StarFoxCOM
StarFoxCOM

Well i'll get it but it sounds like a dumbed down Burnout revenge

dumdum32
dumdum32

If it's more like Burnout 3 without the Crash mode, this is a must-play.

LostLegacy54
LostLegacy54

It probably will look more like 3 since they took out traffic checking. I'm excited about this game because I was a little dissappointed with Burnout 4. I though traffic checking looked stupid.

zsoujiro
zsoujiro

Im hoping this will be more like burnout III and not like IV in every aspect.

dgs1324
dgs1324

it looks ace, i heard rumors about guns being included though and that would be awful.

Ryusennin
Ryusennin

Revenge was a piece of utter crap. Glad to see that Dominator is going back to the intense driving of Takedown! Woohoot!

Razzi65
Razzi65

still waiting......best racing game ever...

cammoule
cammoule

Still games to go on PS2 Great ;) :)

StarFoxCOM
StarFoxCOM

I guess Burn out Dominator is a place holder for Burnout 5 like the PS2/PSP games Grand theft auto Vice city stories, and Libirty city stories,

wenbin09
wenbin09

cool.. But i wish it's hands-on for the next gen instead~

StarFoxCOM
StarFoxCOM

No crash Mode that was the best mode in a driving game ever. **** you EA **** you

GPMoney418
GPMoney418

happy that they removed traffic checking... it wasnt really racing always crashing into something

xatman911
xatman911

They should not remove traffic checking... it is so awesome. Otherwise the game gets a A plus.

xatman911
xatman911

They should not remove traffic checking... it is so awesome. Otherwise the game gets a A plus.

sainraja
sainraja

I think the reason traffic checking was removed is because at the time Revenge came out people didn't like it all that much, they missed the intense racing which was found before Revenge. Now they get rid of them and people are still not happy, lol.....just goes to show you can't please everyone. Anyway, I'll definitely be getting this game. Burnout is awesome.

s3an_looi
s3an_looi

No traffic checking means that there'll be more crashes. I never did like crashing into traffic, it's so frustrating!! At first I was unhappy that it wasn't gonna b released for the x360, but now after finding out about the absence of traffic checkin, i don't feel so bad anymore.

gabby-gill
gabby-gill

waiting to release for my ps2!!!

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gabby-gill

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Dark-Messenger
Dark-Messenger

Dang, I'm sad they took those modes out, but I'm still can't wait to play the game.

andypipkin85
andypipkin85

Hmm, returning to the series roots is nice and all but i feel im going to miss the crash mode...we will see, i will still buy it anyway! Burnout rules!

CanadianEh
CanadianEh

I'm stoked. Burnout 2 is the best in the franchise, and Maniac mode sounds like everything compelling about what Burnout 2 was. Consider me sold, EA.

RazMasters
RazMasters

No crash mode? That was my girlfriend's favorite part of the game. While I played the other stages, she did all of those, and earned gold medals on them. I do enjoy this series regardless, but now that they've removed the crash mode, we can't play it together. As a result, I probably won't buy it.

ShadowASH
ShadowASH

What I don't understand why won't there be a control costumisation ...like X making R2... I played on the xbox....it's much more comforting to hold that way :D... whatever...will be great when dominator comes out

gamecube120
gamecube120

So Dominator is sacrificing it's awesome crash-mode to upgrade the graphics? That's lame. Crash mode is probably the best aspect of the previous burnout games.