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The Best 'Burnout' Games

Updated November 5, 2020 2.4k votes 788 voters 14.8k views8 items

List RulesGame must be part of the Burnout series.

This list features all the various Burnout games, ranked from best to worst by readers everywhere. If you think the coolest Burnout game to play isn't as high as it should be then make sure to vote it up so that it has the chance to rise to the top. Are you and a friend arguing over what the greatest Burnout game of all time is? Use this list of fun to play Burnout video games to see how many people would agree with you and end the squabble once and for all. 

The first Burnout game was released in 2002 on the Xbox, GameCube, and PS2, while the latest release, Burnout Paradise Remastered, was released in 2020. This list covers every release in the series, from Burnout Paradise to Burnout Revenge and more.

If you're wondering, "What are the greatest Burnout games?" or "What is the best Burnout game of all time?" then this list should answer your questions.

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    Burnout 3: Takedown is noteworthy for being the first game in the series to feature Crashbreakers and Takedowns. With new Takedowns, you can create new ways to make your opponents spin out and burn. The game also featured many more vehicles (a total of 67) compared to its predecessors.

    You can select from Super, Sports, Coupe, Muscle, Heavyweight, Special, and Compact cars to race with. The game introduced actual vehicular violence as opposed to just engaging in dangerous driving, which really set the benchmark for the franchise going forward. 

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      The fifth game in the series retains many of the elements of previous iterations, including Face-Off and Road Rage. However, this game introduces Crashbreaker and Traffic Attack modes. Crashbreaker allows you to blow up your own vehicle in order to damage surrounding cars while Traffic Attack makes your objective to cause as much destruction as possible on other cars.

      There are 79 vehicles you can race within this game. As one of the more popular releases for the Xbox and PS2, it remains one of the series' most acclaimed releases.

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        The sixth game in the series is the first to include a seamless open-world landscape. When you enter multiplayer free-burn sessions, you don't have to deal with online lobbies or loading times, proving to be a big hit with fans. It's also noteworthy for being the first Burnout game to be released on the PC.

        There are 69 stock cars for you to race with. While the game was originally released in 2008, it was remastered and released on all the next-gen consoles in 2020, including a nifty new Switch release.

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          The second game in the series brought some new modes to the franchise, including Crash, Point to Point, and Pursuit. The game also improved upon the roster of vehicles you had at your disposal, bringing out vehicles like the Japanese Muscle, the Gangster, and the Hot Rod. 

          While Point of Impact was released on the PS2, GameCube, and Xbox, the Xbox version includes 21 new car skins and 15 additional crash junctions.

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