Game review: Dangerous Driving is an unofficial Burnout revival
Dangerous Driving is not a complicated game and that’s a large part of the appeal. But there’s a remarkable amount of variety between all the different race types, from simple time trials to races where you have to score as many takedowns as possible or survive an elimination fight and be the last car standing. And on top of that are police car chases and Survival mode where you have to survive speeding traffic without crashing.
Easily the best new feature (in that it wasn’t in any of the previous Burnouts) is that in most race types the shelled-out carcasses of your previous kills remain lying where they fell, which is a great way to add some dynamic danger to proceedings – as well as the extra tactical consideration that you don’t really want to be causing multiple takedowns on a difficult corner of your first lap.
Dangerous Driving’s lack of options wouldn’t be tolerated in a full-price release but the mid-range price tag excuses the somewhat empty-feeling tracks and game menus. It is a shame they couldn’t afford a soundtrack though as the unlicensed ones for the pre-EA games were fantastic in the way they reacted to your speed and what was going on in the game. Alas, all you get here is the option to link the game up to a Spotify premium account.
There’s a shopping list of desirable extras even casual fans could reel off for Dangerous Driving, but in getting the essentials right it does something that many much more expensive games never do. With multiplayer to come, as well as hopefully other upgrades and sequels, it really feels like Burnout is back, even if the name isn’t.
In Short: Its limited budget is obvious but as an unofficial reboot for the Burnout series this is one of the best arcade racers for a long time.
Pros: No thrills handling is pitch perfect and the takedowns are enormous fun. Wide range of race types and impressively fast and smooth visuals.
Cons: Bare bones presentation and options. Some graphical bugs. No multiplayer at launch.
Formats: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Xbox One, and PC
Publisher: Three Fields Entertainment
Developer: Three Fields Entertainment
Release Date: 9th April 2019
Age Rating: 7
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