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Crash test

A roundup of recent racing games:

You can't play Burnout Dominator (PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable) online. Worse, unlike previous Burnouts, it doesn't let you toy with a "Crash" mode, where you drive a car into an intersection then blow it up, setting other cars aflame in a destruction of points. Even so, Dominator is still a fun and zippy racing tournament, laying down 88 tracks where you bump competitors off the road in slow-motion wrecks.

Full Auto 2: Battlelines (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable) is similar to Burnout, except you also shoot machine guns at competitor cars. Full Auto 2 does let you play online. But I recently went online with it and couldn't find enough gamers to start even a four-person race. That's a sad state of affairs.

Test Drive Unlimited (Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable) lets you road-race cars online in Oahu, Hawaii. But there's nothing to do but race; there are no missions other than losing traction around tight corners. I certainly don't like it when I come to a halt after I ram into trees and telephone poles. I've been spoiled with racing games where I knock that junk over.

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