"So has Fuzzy made a brew yet ?" came the question the other night at my friend's house, "Not yet." was the response to be greeted by "You know the rules. If you want me to make a brew you've got to beat me at a game first. Any game, chess, cards, playstation - you name it.". The cards were first. There were no takers for the chess challenge (well, there wouldn't be) but then out came the playstation. Burnout 2 was the choice of arena for this group of heavy game heads to batter me into submission and finally make a cup of tea for everyone. A driving game. Now I don't normally like driving games (just not my bag, man) but there is something about any game that allows me to destroy my opponents that I just cannot resist so not a word of complaint came out of me when my friend asked, "Where did you find that ?" to another who had pulled it from a long ignored shelf. "It's been there all the time." was his answer to illicit the joyful response, "Cool! I'd forgotten I had that!". So with much chortling and eager anticipation the box was opened, the disc inserted and battle was joined. Not that we played the normal racing style of this excellent title. Oh no. There is a Crash mode that assigns dollar values to the amount of carnage caused as you smash into the side of a bus or hit a big rig. Carnage was definitely the order of the day and this is a truly stunning part of this game that really showcases the crash physics engine that separates this game series from the others. There's a multi-player feature to the Crash mode that we chose and of course the lowest score made the tea (after about 10 rounds each as we'd all forgotten why we were playing in the first place). Two junctions each were played with myself failing to score on the first (d'ho) but scoring highly enough on the second to leave myself in with a chance in the third and final round. There was only 6,000 dollars in it when I sailed past every single vehicle without hitting a single one. Another no score round. I put the kettle on. At least I won the "Make a cup of tea." game though and it doesn't stop Burnout being the class act it is. I'm missing it already. Anyone want a cup of tea?
p.s. Sorry it's been ages without a post. Life is hectic, what with all these cups of tea to make and everything. Screenshots shown from the X-box version (which may be my next choice of console).