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(Really) Old Video Game Review: Burnout 3: Takedown

Criterion Games is known for their Burnout and the new Need for Speed games.  They brought the world a new Road Rage game for this generation.  The idea of cars, speed, and crashing is already a perfect formula and seeing it executed the way Criterion Games has is any gamer’s wet dream.  But to this day, one game in the Burnout series has stood out more than others Criterion has put out, and that game is Burnout 3: Takedown.  I played this game a lot.  And I mean a lot.  I love cars.  I love speed.  And I love crashing.  So, how can I say no to a game like this?  The attention this game got back in the days was pretty high, but still I believed it didn’t get the recognition it deserved.  I have never played Burnout or Burnout 2: Point of Impact, but through ratings and word of mouth, the third installment was and still is the best in the franchise.

Developed and released on September 7, 2004, I learned how to trash talk and crash in a way that you would call art.  The game was developed for both the Playstation 2 and the Xbox.  Surprisingly Acclaim, the original publisher, bankrupted before this game released and it was EA Games coming to the rescue and publishing this game after a few changes were made.  I must say, usually EA Games gets a lot of flak from the gaming community (and rightfully so), but they did one thing right and published one of my favorite childhood games of all time.

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Beautiful, ain’t it?

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Grand Theft Auto 3

(Really) Old Video Game Review: Grand Theft Auto III

It’s the 10 year anniversary of the most influential and controversial game of all time. Rockstar Games brought out Grand Theft Auto III on October 22, 2001 and boy did it take the world by storm.  It was one of the greatest game ever of all time and without it, we wouldn’t have games like today without GTA III.

The silent protagonist (or antagonist, whichever you prefer).

The story starts off with a silent protagonist (known as Claude Speed later in GTA games) robbing a bank with a few of his cohorts.  He is set up by his girlfriend and shot and left to die. The cops detain Claude and eventually haul him to prison.  However, on the way he escapes thanks to another prisoner and starts his life all over again…well a life of revenge that is.  He wants to get back at the people who screwed him and his life over.  Claude’s adventures go from killing other mobsters to helping a porn store.  The variety of missions were crazy, but the biggest thing was not the missions, but the gaming world itself. Continue reading