Review Summary: A legendary collection of tracks for what could (arguably) be the greatest video game of all-time.
Burnout 3: Takedown is (quite easily) the most destructive, arcade-style racing game ever made. Launching vehicles off of ramps and swirling them into oncoming traffic was a curious (and wholly cathartic) experience. "Addictive" can be a keyword to throw around in regards to this marvelous video game, though the soundtrack similarly stands-out as something truly special as well. Teenage-angst and high vocal pitches abound, this could very well be the most 2004 record ever produced.... It's all the better for it.
Alike most extended compilation albums, it is an incredibly difficult endeavor to even wager what the best singular song is. There are so many phenomenally-catchy and compelling cuts featured within that it's nearly criminal to mention some without the others. Obviously the most popular of the featured artists is My Chemical Romance with "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)", followed by Ramones with their classic "I Wanna Be Sedated", along with Yellowcard's "Breathing", then Fall Out Boy's "Reinventing the Wheel to Run Myself Over"; each of these aforementioned tracks are all-around excellent in their own right, and there's so much more to this collection than just these heavy-hitters (thankfully). Autopilot Off leave quite the impression with their outstanding title-track "Make a Sound", possibly the most underrated of the featured bands, eventually there's "Everyone Alive" from Local H, another group worthy of a helluva lot more recognition than currently held.
There are a couple of hangnails in the form of Franz Ferdinand's meandering "This Fire" and Finger Eleven's redundant "Stay in Shadow", though they're both decidedly mediocre enough to listen through till better attempts inevitably appear (such as The Von Bondies' "C'mon, C'mon" along with Reggie and the Full Effect's "Congratulations, Smack And Katy", which respectively proceed those previously-noted clunkers). "Orpheus" by Ash lights-up this compilation, while Rise Against present what could very well be their finest song in "Paper Wings". There's variety throughout, and immediately on the contrary there's a steady consistency maintained. A tricky balancing act at times, as the (seemingly) ICP-inspired "Time and Time Again" (from Chronic Future) shares disc-space alongside Mudmen's Celtic-fused and aggressively engaging "Animal", this album never flies off the cliff at top-speed. Nothing can replicate the euphoric-feeling of playing this colossal game with these great tunes colliding in the background whilst smashing competitors into overhanging billboards, the soundtrack holds up its end of the bargain valiantly and remains among the all-time elite video game soundtracks ever produced.
Hands down the best arcade racer of all time. One of the few games I managed to 100% when I was a kid.
For a good racer, see: Sonic R
For a good racing soundtrack, see: Sonic R
Hell fuckin YES
Digging: Title Fight - Shed
Superb game, probably top 3 best arcade racing games of all time. It's kind of weird how mediocre the series would become from this point onward. As for the soundtrack, it has some great songs and some not so great. Definitely don't see it as a contender for best game soundtrack but it fits well with the game
Damn, the memories. This soundtrack was my first taste of the pop punk bands that were big in the day. That and the Revenge soundtrack. Solid review
Right in the nostalgia
Revenge might have a more solid soundtrack just for the inclusion of billy talent
Review is quite hyperbolic, but this game and its soundtrack are definitely great memories.
Shadow of the Colossus, FFX, TimeSplitters 2, Silent Hill 2... Some amazing (original) soundtracks of the PS2 era too.
Such a great VG. And i'm not even a fan of racing games. Brought me so many memories!
Silent Hill 2 soundtrack is da best video game ost
Easily one of the best racers ever, Revenge was fun too.
I hate the direction they went in with Paradise though, and it's a shame that game has gotten so many re releases. Would love EA to remaster this, but I know that won't happen cause they are idiots.
Miss the days of fun over the top arcade style games like Burnout, SSX, Tony Hawk, NFL/NBA Street
Man I would kill for a remaster of this and SSX3
EA just cares more about their cashcows than supporting their critically acclaimed games. Both they and Konami can foad
Album Rating: 5.0
Couldn't agree more, GmemberKills. I'd absolutely love to see a remaster of Burnout 3: Takedown and Burnout: Revenge for good measure. Maybe they could release as a bundle (similar to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 remaster). Burnout Paradise is one of the most disappointing games I've ever played, it's still fun, but the open-world aesthetic is pointless, and it makes reattempting races a chore. They quietly remastered one of the NFS games recently, so that's kind of given me hope that EA will inevitably re-release these classic Burnout games.
"A legendary collection of tracks"
"what could (arguably) be the greatest video game of all-time."
ace dude still have this game and my og xbox
Digging: Madvillain - Madvillainy
Album Rating: 5.0
@Emim - That's why I said "arguably", not definitively. It's probably my favourite video game though, so, to me, it's up there as one of the all-time greats.
@normaloctagon - I was a PS2 guy and this was (by a country mile) the game I played the most during that PS2 era. Part of me wishes I was an Xbox guy since you had the Halo series and the first Fable game.
Yeah Fable 2 was garbage by comparison but man I remember how good 1 was at the time. Prob doesn't hold up super well now though. This was also my most played game on PS2
nice riffa, had ps2 as well but it didn't make it this far obvi. im surprised my xbox still plays tbh
yeah played a ton of burnout, nba street vol 2, tony hawk, battlefront. those were the days
Album Rating: 5.0
Battlefront 1 and 2 are still the best Star Wars games IMO. Can't believe how abysmal the remakes were when all they had to do was remaster the originals. Those were definitely the days.