Acclaim Ships Burnout

Once again taking to the streets with a next-generation adrenaline rush of fast moving steel, Acclaim today announced that it has shipped its award-winning arcade driving game Burnout for the Xbox and GameCube. Created by Criterion Games Limited, Burnout was one the most heralded games this past fall for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, and offers stunning graphics and white-knuckle, foot-to-the-floor gameplay.

“Burnout set new benchmarks in the genre with its incredible realism, heart-pounding driving action and unprecedented crash effects, and has quickly become one of our top performing brands,” said Evan Stein, vice president of Brand. “We’re thrilled to bring this celebrated gaming experience to Xbox and GameCube owners, and are confident that they will enjoy getting behind the wheel and experiencing the rush of driving at dangerously high speeds from the safety of their couch.”

Burnout was inspired by some of the most memorable car chase scenes from the greatest action films of all time, and won’s Editors’ Choice Award on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. The game features an incredibly sophisticated and intelligent traffic system, challenging players to race to the finish line at breakneck speeds through a myriad of trucks, cars and buses. With dramatic crashes possible with every turn of the wheel, competing drivers are rewarded for pushing the envelope and their skills to the extreme. Burnout also includes a simulated in-game heart monitor, rewarding the player with incredible bursts of speed as their pulse increases with every risk they take.

Burnout offers a broad array of features, including several new items that are exclusive to the Xbox and GameCube versions:

  • All-new high-resolution visuals, including HDTV and Progressive Scan support, delivering incredibly crisp and clear action up to 480p (GameCube) and 720p (Xbox);
  • Improved deformation models, allowing for more realistic car crashes;
  • All-new tri-linear filtering and anti-aliasing, creating smoother textures and images;
  • Improved lighting, enhancing the game’s realism, including the way light reflects on the cars and tracks;
  • Bump mapping (exclusive to the Xbox), provides greater detail on road surfaces;
  • Dolby surround sound technology, including 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio support (Xbox version only);
  • Improved real-time vehicle crashes, highlighted by multiple-camera instant replays;
  • 16 exciting courses, each filled with unique challenges and obstacles, spanning the United States and Europe;
  • Multiplayer split-screen action for head-to-head competition;
  • More than 300 vehicles to collide with on each course;
  • Intelligent traffic system, featuring three distinct types of driver behaviors;
  • Vibration enabled controller compatibility, letting players feel every turn and crunch of the car.

    Burnout is currently available for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and at a suggested retail price of $49.99.