The Free Cheese Episode 451: Burnout 3: Takedown

Podcasts PS2 Retro Season 10 The Free Cheese Podcast Xbox May 2, 2022


The Free Cheese Episode 451: Burnout 3: Takedown

This week on The Free Cheese, can I be your memory?

How much damage can we create? It’s time for Burnout 3: Takedown and a return to arcade racing, the likes we have not seen in quite some time. We also discuss the era of video game rentals and those games we never owned but loved renting.

Episode Timestamps

07:01 – Burnout 3: Takedown

47:11 – What games felt unobtainable to own but you loved renting? Why?

56:25- The Ranking


Yet again, the PlayStation 2 era beckons me to rip out my heart and leave me searching somewhere in the early years of the new millennium for an answer to the question: “What happened to video games?” Burnout 3: Takedown is wholly fun to play and offers a great balance between challenge and accomplishment. It refrains from artificial restriction in favor of creating great moments for the player. As I returned to this game, I remembered how many hours were spent with friends playing Crash Mode to edge just a little higher on the leaderboard. I longed for the reward of nearly missing an oncoming car from the opposite lane of traffic.

Criterion’s work on Burnout 3 remains one of the best achievements of the PlayStation 2 era and a true pinnacle of arcade racing. I wish we had more PS2 games to play.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


“Listen up Crash FM listeners! The roads are paved, the traffic is heavy and the air smells like sweet sweet gasoline from the destruction y’all are causing! Speeds have been so fast, we’re breaking the sound barrier out there today. Keep an eye for those diabolically tasty crash junctions as well. I want to see absolute carnage all throughout the day. Remember to keep that sunscreen on because it is Burnout hot out there. This is Stryker signing off until your favorite part of the next song.” – Stryker, Crash FM Host

Rating: 4 out of 5.


To find out where Burnout 3: Takedown ranks on The List, click here. For more of the games that we’ve been ranking this season, check out all of Season 10 so far.

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