Harmful Driving Preview Impressions: Blatantly (and Fortunately) Simply Like Burnout


Elevate your palms if you wish to go FASTER!

If it looks like you’ve got heard “Burnout is again!” earlier than, it is as a result of it has certainly come again already. Or a minimum of, a part of it did, within the type of Hazard Zone, which was principally Crash Mode: The Recreation. It was a flawed try, for positive, however developer Three Fields Leisure – a small UK studio comprised of among the unique Burnout creators – completely nailed it with their second strive, Hazard Zone 2.

And they also’d performed it! Burnout’s most beloved mode had efficiently returned, however sadly, virtually no person appeared to note. To Three Fields’s credit score, nonetheless, they’ve doubled down and are about to launch Harmful Driving, which is principally the remainder of Burnout, exterior of Crash mode. Highway Rage (see the video immediately under), Races, Burning Laps (developed right here to Heatwaves, the place you’ll be able to endlessly chain turbo collectively), Elimination, and an superior new Highway Rage-y mode known as Pursuit (see the underside video on this web page) deliver the remainder of the Burnout suite to fashionable platforms.

The very first thing you are prone to discover is that Harmful Driving even appears precisely like Burnout, proper right down to the interface and even the fonts used. The primary Hazard Zone appeared reluctant to brush up too near Burnout, however Harmful Driving utterly owns it, virtually daring EA (the writer that owns the Burnout IP) to sue them. If the purpose is to make it appear to the participant that Three Fields has basically rebuilt Burnout within the Unreal Engine, then they’ve succeeded.

I say “succeeded” as a result of I believe one of many objectives of Harmful Driving was to make the motion really feel quick. Nicely, the races transfer at an virtually inconceivable tempo (and I imply that in a great way), notably as you get deeper into the six-tiered marketing campaign. Even the tracks themselves really feel lifted straight out of Burnout when it comes to look, setting, and lighting methods used.

I’ve obtained much more of Harmful Driving to play forward of its launch subsequent week. Search for our full overview then, but when you want to scratch that Burnout itch within the meantime, decide up Hazard Zone 2. I do not suppose you will remorse it!

Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Government Editor of Previews and Xbox Guru-in-Chief. Comply with him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey each time doable.

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