This Day in Video Game History – September 7th, 2003 – Burnout 3: Takedown Released

A fast-paced arcade racer known for its crashes was released on this day in history.

Burnout 3: Takedown, developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts, was released in September 7th, 2003 for the Sony Playstation 2 and Xbox.


The racer is the third in the Burnout series, an arcade racing video game series known for its high speed and extremely detailed crashes. The game features a variety of modes, including racing. It is perhaps best known for its unique crash mode.

The crash mode, first introduced in Burnout 2, is a puzzle-like mode, where the player must drive their car and try to cause a chain-reaction crash of multiple vehicles for the highest amount of damage. Burnout 3 features a large variety of these crash levels.

Players can unlock a variety of new vehicles through success in the game, from other cars to fire trucks and more.

The game received extremely positive reviews from most critics and is still beloved to this day. The Burnout series would continue in the sequel, Burnout Revenge.


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