My beautiful GameCube, I’m very sorry. What the hell have I done to you after all the good times we spent together? I’m terribly sorry, but I really didn’t realize that I’ve neglected you a little bit over the past two decades. You were such a beautiful purple, with a beautiful gray front.

Now you are only purple on one side and you are yellow-brown on the front as if you have stood for years in a house where many young people of around seventeen years have played on you, with a cigarette in their faces as standard. Oh wait.. of course, it is. I’m sorry again and I’m glad I fished you out of that bag full of cords in the back of the attic to play Burnout 2: Point of Impact.

Sweet Memories

In my memory, Burnout 2: Point of Impact is one of the most enjoyable racing games I’ve ever played. By performing dangerous antics, such as driving close to traffic or drifting in curves, your boost meter is slowly filled and, as the name suggests, you can race extra hard on the track with this boost. Adrenaline at its peak and it used to be the challenge to drift as much as possible and then boost as much as possible so that you were the one with the fastest time. And believe me, a lot of evenings were spent on that. Because I wanted this experience one more time, I decided to buy the game at a bargain price.

Many of the sweet memories I had resurfaced. Once you’ve passed your so-called driving test, you’ll be racing through the various tracks of the game again within two minutes like mad. The controls feel logical and fairly smooth and you soon notice that you get the hang of it. After completing some single races, I decided to do some championships and the impressions were almost back to normal. I even managed to spot some jobs.

The Running Old Man

If you ever go outside, you will undoubtedly have encountered a running elderly person. Someone who looks very old, but who still makes you think: “I wonder if I can still do that in 40 years”. That’s how it is with Burnout 2: Point of Impact. The speed is still good and gameplay-technically it is all very nice, but it does look really old.

Twenty years ago you were used to this and it was beautiful, but we spoiled gamers are now used to refined UHD images with a lot of frames per second, so it can be disappointing if you play on an old TV with SCART connection . It just affects the gameplay, because sometimes you don’t see what’s coming fast enough and swerve just too late for a car. That is sometimes a bit frustrating, but hey, you can’t expect better from such an old game.

In another part of my fond memories, Burnout 2 allowed you to cause massive crashes and was rewarded for doing so. After regular racing, the evening play sessions were usually concluded with a number of attempts in this ‘Crash mode’. The more cars you took in the accident you caused, the more money the insurance had to pay out and the higher you finished in the rankings. The spectacle that you experienced back then is actually no longer there in 2022. The game consoles have simply gone too far ahead in terms of technical performance.

Conclusion

It was great to bring back those old memories. For a few evenings, it is great fun to get started with Burnout 2 again, because it still plays well. Because today’s games are much more technically advanced, the total experience feels a bit old-fashioned and it hinders you in some points. We are spoiled. I have now found a nice storage box for the GameCube, so if it moves to the attic again, it will get a better home along with some other consoles than it has been in recent years. Above all, don’t worry.

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