Electronic Arts today released a wealth of screenshots for upcoming arcade racer Burnout 3: Takedown. Naturally, things are looking distinctly peachy - not something that surprises us considering the brief history of the franchise - and we should soon be getting some code to try out.
In the latest batch of screens released, it's clear that Burnout 2 (hardly a graphical slouch itself) has been well and truly overtaken in the visuals department. Whilst the worlds you drive through haven't been drastically improved, extra detail has clearly been invested in what really matters in a game such as Burnout: the car models (which have moved a step closer to emulating the standard seen in Gran Turismo 4 and Project Gotham Racing 2 and that can now boast the kind of extensive and exact damage modelling that few other racing games can equal) and the crash effects. Indeed, the effects of a crash, even in static screenshots such as these, are spectacular and horrific in equal measure, with high-speed collisions filling the screen with an explosion of flying shrapnel, shattered windscreens, fragments of metal and fiery sparks. Which is, naturally, precisely what we all want from this kind of thing.
Anyway, we won't spoil it for you, so until our review later this year (the game releases in Europe on 9th September, so expect it at some point before that), feast your eyes on the screens to the right.