Burnout Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Burnout RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Burnout Developer's Extreme Sports game canceled for more Star Wars games https://www.gameskinny.com/sb8zc/burnout-developers-extreme-sports-game-canceled-for-more-star-wars-games https://www.gameskinny.com/sb8zc/burnout-developers-extreme-sports-game-canceled-for-more-star-wars-games Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:20:02 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

Back at 2014's E3, EA announced a new extreme sports game by Burnout and Need for Speed developer, Criterion Games. However, this unnamed game is no longer in development, as the publisher has cancelled it altogether. Instead, Criterion has now shifted its focus towards supporting other developers in making new Star Wars games.

An EA representative told Gamespot:

"While they've moved on from the previous project they've spoken about and aren't pursuing it, they are continuing to build new ideas and experiment with new IP for EA, in addition to continuing to collaborate with other EA studios."

The cancelled game was only a prototype when it was first announced. And it would not only include the car racing and crashing that studio was known for, but it was also going to include ATVs, helicopters, planes, jet skis, wing suits, motorbikes, and much more. Check out the video below to see what it could of been like:

 

 

How do you feel about EA's cancellation of this unnamed vehicle project? Leave a comment down below.

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Burnout spiritual successor teased https://www.gameskinny.com/xbl4r/burnout-spiritual-successor-teased https://www.gameskinny.com/xbl4r/burnout-spiritual-successor-teased Sat, 03 Oct 2015 06:29:43 -0400 Jason Green

There are two types of racing games. Simulators, like the Gran Turismo series and Driveclub, and car combat games. The Burnout series reigned supreme in this second category for a while. With games like Burnout: Revenge and Burnout: Paradise, Criterion games had the monopoly on wrecks. It's been seven years since Burnout: Paradise, and Criterion is finally teasing a sequel...sort of.

A new company named Three Fields Entertainment, founded by Criterion heads Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, sent out a few tweets saying that there's a racing coming from Three Fields next year. 

"What sort of driving game you ask? A spiritual successor. Speed. Traffic. And crashing. Lots and lots of crashing."

This tweet clearly references the Burnout series and its affinity for crashing.

The original developers, Criterion, shifted away from the Burnout series in 2009 to develop the Need for Speed series. Around 2013, the studio faced even more downsizing, and the two heads opened a new studio. A new, full Burnout game would definitely be a welcome return to those itching for mindless destruction. 

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3 Games that really need sequels https://www.gameskinny.com/nbrvg/3-games-that-really-need-sequels https://www.gameskinny.com/nbrvg/3-games-that-really-need-sequels Sat, 05 Sep 2015 14:08:08 -0400 shox_reboot

This year's been good for games. Really good. We've had Witcher 3, Batman: Arkham Knight, Mortal Kombat X, and as of yesterday Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain - and it's not ending there. These last few months of 2015 promises even more titles that are sure to keep you broke if you aren't already. 

What could make these good times we're living in better? If the following games got sequels, or even reboots, because they're some of the best forgotten gems from the past.

Resistance

Anyone who says they weren't terrified of these things are liars

[Minor spoilers ahead]

This was a first-person shooter developed by Insomniac Games exclusively for the PlayStation 3. 

Resistance: Fall of Man was a launch title for the console - and in my opinion, the best title of the whole series. The game takes place in an alternate timeline, showing what it would be like if we got dragged into a world war against an alien race dubbed the 'Chimera' that infected humans virally and mutated them into monsters. 

It follows the story of Sgt. Nathan Hale, part of the U.S. task force sent to retrieve a secret weapon, which they planned to use against the growing forces of the Chimera. 

However, he and his fellow soldiers are ambushed by a Chimeran attack and infected. But for some reason, Hale awakens carrying the alien's characteristics, while also retaining his humanity. From then on out, it is up to him to find out what is happening to him and how to stop the growing plague that is the Chimera. 

This game featured some very creative weapons for a first-person shooter. Of course that's to be expected, due to Insomniac Game's track record with Ratchet and Clank. But it is also due in part to the timeline in which this game takes place.

For those who haven't played this game, imagine World War II weapons mixed with alien technology.

The Bullseye

A really cool feature was that the weapons themselves added unique playstyles. For example, the 'Bullseye' was the primary auto rifle for the Chimeras. It fired supercharged energy bolts at a rapid rate, yet it also had a secondary mode where it fired a 'tag', which stuck to your target. Once the target has been acquired, any and all further rounds would find their mark, even if it's behind cover. 

Or even the Auger! A weapon that shoots through solid objects and offers vision of enemies. Oh, and it drops a shield as well.

The next two installments; Resistance 2 and Resistance 3, were good, but did not quite capture the same atmosphere the original had. They took away the horror elements of the game and transformed it into a rather run-of-the-mill sci-fi shooter. Great games they were, no mistake about that, but they didn't quite live up to the original.

But even then these games were commercial successes, which says a lot.

Resistance 3 follows Joseph Capelli in a post-apocalyptic setting

The end of Resistance 3 implied that humanity had finally won, but it left behind plenty of plotholes. The ending felt rushed and incomplete - that's plenty of reasons for a Resistance 4. However, Sony owns the IP, so it's in their hands to make the call.

But looking at the success this series generated, it wouldn't be smart of Sony to put this series aside. Plenty of fans are still hoping for a sequel. With the new technology the PlayStation 4 offers and the uniqueness Resistance offers with its weaponry, it sounds like a match made in heaven. 

So please Sony, consider letting this series making a come-back!

Burnout 

A.k.a: the ridiculously fun racing game developed by Criterion Games. 

In an era where racing games are trying harder and harder to emulate real life street racing, this game does the complete opposite. It mixes high-speed racing, destruction, and complete mayhem. 

Each and every installment in this franchise was crazier than the last. It was a total gorefest. Only instead of blood and gore, you had metal and car parts. The kind of adrenaline rush this game offers is not something that can be easily found elsewhere. 

The last installment, Burnout Paradise, went open world, and was probably the best out of them all. The game was gorgeous, the crashes were satisfying, and the races gave you a sense of speed that never failed to get the adrenaline pumping. 

In Burnout you don't feel like you're driving a car. You feel like you're driving a weapon.

Given the high praise for Burnout Paradise, a sequel or something along that line did not seem unlikely. But Criterion Games reportedly steered away from the racing genre back in 2013, breaking a lot of Burnout fan's hearts. 

HOWEVER.

Alex Ward, a former Burnout developler has been teasing something on Twitter that's re-igniting our hopes for a new Burnout game - or something similar. 

We can only hope. 

Okami 

This is a pretty old title, but no less deserving of a sequel. 

Okami follows the story of Amaterasu, the Shinto sun goddess who embarks on a quest to save her land from darkness by taking on the form of a white wolf. She's armed with her own unique tool: the Celestial Brush.

The game was developed by Clover Studios, which is now Platinum Games.

This game received critical acclaim from reviewers, and for good reason.The game was a mix of action, puzzle and platforming, but nothing made it shine like the Celestial Brush and the game's gorgeous art style.

With the Celestial Brush, players could draw on the screen by pausing the game and bringing up a canvas. For example, drawing a loop can create winds, swiping it up or down can break obstacles, drawing in missing pieces of a bridge can fix it, and a whole bunch of other stuff. 

The art style...need I say anything here? The game does a fantastic job of capturing a sort of animated Japanese ink-illustration quality that's just beautiful to look at. 

It's also worth noting the boss battles were among some of the most unique ones you'll ever find in a game

Due to the game's poor sales initially, it made a sequel unlikely. But it eventually did get a sort-of sequel: Ōkamiden. But it was for the Nintendo DS, so it's not quite the 'true sequel' we all hoped for. 

Despite the passing years, people haven't stopped asking for a true sequel for Okami...and Platinum Games is aware of it

If we're going purely by sales to determine whether this game gets a sequel or not, it's bad news for us. While Okami received critical acclaim, it's one of those 'niche' games that just doesn't bring in the mainstream crowd. 

But we hipsters can keep hoping for one, can't we? 

Bonus: Half-Life 3 

Because Half Life. 

This is obligitory to any list of 'games that need sequels'. So I'll just leave this here.

Are there any games that you wish to see sequels to that I've missed? Let me know in the comments!

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Criterion Games has an "amazing" announcement to reveal soon https://www.gameskinny.com/3i2ot/criterion-games-has-an-amazing-announcement-to-reveal-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/3i2ot/criterion-games-has-an-amazing-announcement-to-reveal-soon Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:37:02 -0400 Ford James

Developer of the hugely popular Burnout franchise and recently Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Criterion Games, has teased “something amazing” is in the works, and we won’t have to wait long for it to be revealed.

At E3 2014, Criterion showed an extreme sports game featuring a multitude of vehicles - including helicopters, planes, wingsuits, jetskis, wingsuits and more. However, this mystery title was nowhere to be seen at E3 2015. Could this be Criterion’s big reveal?

In an interview on the Criterion website, producer Pete Lake had this to say:

“I’ve been working on a couple of super-secret things that I can’t talk about yet. But we’ll have something amazing to reveal soon…!”

Gamescom is right around the corner, so perhaps we’ll see some news there? Personally, I’m hoping for a new Burnout title on the current generation, ideally in the same vein as Burnout 3: Takedown. Some of the crashes and explosions were fantastic fun. At the same time, a brand new IP would be very welcome too, especially if it is the unannounced project shown at E3 2014.

What are you guys hoping for? Let me know in the comments!

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10 Bands Who Need to Compose a Game Soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/kfngr/10-bands-who-need-to-compose-a-game-soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/kfngr/10-bands-who-need-to-compose-a-game-soundtrack Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:34:55 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

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What do you think about my crazy ideas? Which of your favorite bands would you like to see work on a game soundtrack? Let me know in the comments below! 

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The Pogues with Shane MacGowan
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As much as I enjoy Flogging Molly, The Dropkick Murphys, and other Irish/Celtic punk bands, there is no topping The Pogues, especially with Shane MacGowan on vocals. Along with fiendishly clever lyrics laden with black humor, The Pogues also had a knack for taking traditional Irish music and reformatting the folk songs to fit their punk sound, making the old new again. Look no further for your Irish punk fix!

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Dream Game:
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An interactive, multiplayer drinking game. I know you didn't see that one coming.

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Mastodon 
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Like their namesake, Mastodon is a mammoth in the metal world. Despite only being around for 15 years, the band has racked up countless awards and success for their music. Starting out as sludge metal, the band has added progressive elements, which make for one trippy and fantastic live performance. Known for immaculate musicianship, jaw-dropping drumming skills, and killer solos, Mastodon has become a fan favorite and metal mainstay.

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Dream Game:
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Their more progressive songs would be a great fit for the Escher visuals of Monument Valley or Antichamber. For their heavier stuff, a new Painkiller or Bulletstorm with Mastodon doing music duties would be pretty damn great. 

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Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman
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Nothing quite says over-the-top like Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell album series. However, many people fail to recognize the massive influence Jim Steinman had on the two Bat out of Hell albums he composed. Meat Loaf encapsulates grandiose and overblown at its best, and the music is glorious for it. No one else could pull off performances like Meat Loaf does or the compositions Steinman effortlessly unleashed upon the world. Given the overblown nature of some games, they are practically begging for collaboration with these two.

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Dream Game:
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Racing along at breakneck speeds, causing vehicular mayhem and crashes in Burnout while Meat Loaf blares over the speakers would be a suitable match. Honestly though, is there anything Meat Loaf does not go well with?

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Weezer
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While Weezer’s newest album was a solid return to form, they have made some lackluster ones lately as well. As solid as any new albums may be, sadly, Weezer will never be as great as their peak as they were with Blue and Pinkerton. Blue was a masterwork of alternative power pop. With introspective and honest lyrics of being nerds, being rejected, and dealing with an alcoholic, Blue was a welcome departure from self-obsessed music at the time.

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For the follow up to the catchy, hook-filled Blue, Rivers Coumo went into self-imposed isolation and poured his being and soul into music. The result was Pinkerton, a startlingly, and at times, disturbingly honest release filled with anguish and loathing. Needless to say, the album was reviled upon release. Rivers went into a deep depression and subsequent Weezer releases returned more to the sound of the Blue album. In the following years, fans and critics realized the masterwork of Pinkerton and have clamored for a return to the sound.

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Dream Game:
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Titles full of teen angst such as Life is Strange and Gone Home would be a perfect fit for the Weezer of yesteryear. 

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The Big 4 and Exodus
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Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax are the bands commonly referred to as The Big Four. The Big Four are known for pioneering thrash metal and bringing it into the limelight. Although Exodus is not considered to be a part of The Big Four, they deserve to be recognized with the rest for their work in the genre. Do I really need to explain why having these bands working on a soundtrack would be amazing?

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Dream Game:
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Let them have a crack at Devil May Cry and watch the sparks fly. Very metal indeed.    \\m/

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Needtobreathe 
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I’ll be honest; Needtobreathe is on here simply because Bear Rinehart singing in a game would be bliss. Seriously, this guy is insanely talented with one of the most passionate and soulful voices around. I had the privilege to see this band perform live not long ago, and I was blown away. While Bear’s vocals are great, the entire band comes together to create a beautiful harmony which is heaven for your ears. This is a band you want to see live if you possibly can.

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Dream Game:
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Let these guys make some vocal tracks like Darren Korb and Ashley Barrett did on Transistor, and you have a match made in musical heaven. Maybe even put Darren working with these guys since Bastion had such strong country, frontier-like sounds. I’m drooling just imagining the possibilities. 

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Devin Townsend 
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Devin Townsend is one of the hardest working and talented people in music today (not to mention possessing one of the best set of vocals cords around). Devin formed the beloved Canadian extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad way back in 1994. Despite being a hugely influential metal band, Devin also did solo work on the side which was vastly different from SYL’s catalog. When SYL disbanded in 2007, Devin began working on his solo career in earnest and has released nine albums since, on top of producing, remixing, and working on countless other albums. Thankfully, he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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The most striking thing is how varied his catalog is. His work with SYL sounds completely different from his solo work. However, even his solo work is incredibly varied.

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Dream Game:
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His album Ghost would be the perfect fit for a zen-like puzzle game, whereas Deconstruction would be right at home being the soundtrack to a gonzo, over-the-top action affair like Bayonetta

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Modest Mouse 
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Modest Mouse remains one of the quirkiest and interesting bands in independent music 22 years into the game. After 22 years, vocalist Isaac Brock still possesses a remarkable energy with a delivery few others can match. Besides having a unique vocalist with Brock, Modest Mouse has also embodied quirky with their music. While they are classified as indie rock, there is no other band that does what Modest Mouse pulls off effortlessly. Couple unique rhythms and sounds with thought-provoking and usually less-than-sunny lyrics, and you have an exceptional musical cocktail.

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Dream Game:
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Pair this band with the demented geniuses at Dejobaan Games and you have a winner!

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Meshuggah
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Sweden has proved to be a most fertile land for metal. At The Gates, In Flames, and Dark Tranquility are only a few of the legendary bands Sweden has given rise to over the years. In fact, these three bands were pioneers of a new style of metal called the “The Gothenburg Sound” which was named after the city where these bands were living when they became noticed.

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Unlike their melodic counterparts, Meshuggah is about as far from melodic as it gets. Known for their odd time signatures, rapid tempo changes, and jazz fusion elements, Meshuggah has stayed true to their roots and delivered uncompromising, extreme metal on each of their releases. A gargantuan beast in the underground world, Meshuggah is not for the faint of ears.

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Dream Game:
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They could make one hell of a soundtrack for a precision platformer. Meshuggah + Super Meat Boy!

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The Sex Pistols 
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While The Sex Pistols are not the only punk band nor are the necessarily the progenitors of the "punk" sound, but The Sex Pistols were perhaps punk personified. We are talking about a band from the U.K. who wrote a song ragging on THE Queen. They also refused to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not only did their music tap into a vein of anger, the band themselves embodied the rebellious, punk spirit (as self-destructive as it was). The band only recorded one album, but that one album has proven to be one of the most influential albums not only in rock and punk, but music as a whole. 

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Dream Game: 
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The punk world of Sunset Overdrive would have been a perfect match for The Sex Pistols. 

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Game music has seen a wonderful evolution along with video games themselves. From the simple polyphonic scores of the NES to the fully-orchestrated works we have today, game soundtracks have evolved as much as games. There are an innumerable amount of talented composers working to produce lovely soundtracks. While I love the music we have now and the works composers produce, I can't help but wish some of my favorite bands would score or contribute to some game soundtracks as well. Stewart Copeland has worked on the Spyro series; so why don't more bands give it a shot?

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As with all lists, it's hard to narrow down candidates (especially when you listen to as music as I do), so I tried to focus on the bands who might deliver something special and unique. Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole of dreams?

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Criterion Games Moving On From the Racing Genre https://www.gameskinny.com/gc53f/criterion-games-moving-on-from-the-racing-genre https://www.gameskinny.com/gc53f/criterion-games-moving-on-from-the-racing-genre Sat, 18 May 2013 12:56:36 -0400 Aneudys Tejeda

The other day I recently Platinumed Need for Speed: Most Wanted and wanted to see what Criterion Games the studio that made the game was up to lately. I came across a depressing story that Criterion Games will be moving on from the racing genre, at least for a little while.

Through a series of tweets, the studio chief Alex Ward said:

"After over a decade of making racing games it's time to make something new. It is early days thus I have nothing to "announce" or talk about

I am proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one. We are creative people."

Criterion games is best known for the Burnout Franchise and more recently Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. With games about break neck speeds its no wonder how this news flew right past me as the news broke on April 16th.

Before people worry about if this studio can do anything other than racing its safe to mention that they did do the FPS Black in 2006 with well received reviews. Though I don't think well be seeing that for a while.

"No Black2 either folks. Volumes to tell on that topic, but will save that for when I get a book deal..."

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