Fake Burnout Game, Also Called Burnout, Launches On Nintendo Switch

Fake Burnout Game, Also Called Burnout, Launches On Nintendo Switch

Date: November 07, 2023

By Hanna Rose

If you’re not burnt out (geddit?) on Switch knockoffs, there’s a new Burnout game that even has “Paradise” and “Legends” modes.

For the past 15 years, Burnout fans have been eagerly awaiting a new addition to the beloved franchise. Unfortunately, all they’ve gotten in that time is an aerial-view mobile game and a remastered version of the same 15-year-old title.

The drought has left Burnout enthusiasts parched for fresh content. But, a glimmer of hope has emerged on the horizon in the form of a new Burnout game for the Nintendo Switch, albeit with a significant catch. This new release bears no relation to EA’s iconic Burnout series; it’s more of a shameless attempt to capitalize on the franchise’s name recognition, leveraging it for higher search engine rankings.

According to reports from VGC, this so-called “new” Burnout was developed by GameToTop Corp, a company notorious for cashing in on well-known franchises by using their names or creating closely related titles. You may recognize some of their other creations, such as “Rocket Car: Ultimate Ball League Machines,” “Bus Simulator 2023” (completely unrelated to Astragon’s Bus Simulator), and “Farming Tractor Simulator 2023.”

Curiously, if you now search for ‘Burnout’ on the Nintendo eShop website, the top result is this knockoff, rather than the legitimate Burnout Paradise Remastered. Clearly, the intent behind the name choice was to game the search engine rankings, just as they did with their titles like Rocket League and Farming Simulator.

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This imposter of a game is currently available for a mere £1.99, but even that price tag comes with a warning. Considering previous games like “The Last Hope,” it’s a gamble whether it’s worth your money. Fortunately, YouTuber SwitchStars has put together a review, offering a glimpse of the game beyond the screenshots, sparing potential buyers from wasting their cash. Spoiler alert: the game doesn’t leave a favorable impression.

The game features daily log-in rewards, a store with outrageously priced cars, and an upgrade menu allowing you to boost power, torque, and speed. The game’s modes make it painfully obvious that it’s piggybacking on the actual Burnout series, with two of the four modes named “Paradise” and “Legends” after genuine Burnout titles.

As you delve into the game, you’ll quickly observe that “Burnout” offers a top-down aerial view, a departure from the traditional series, unless you’re reminiscing about the “Crash!” mode.

mode. However, as pointed out by SwitchStars, there is an option to switch to a third-person perspective, although it doesn’t enhance the overall quality of the gaming experience.

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