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Burnout Paradise

12 Ratings: 3.6
The newest installment in the Burnout video game series

The fifth entry in the gonzo racing series, Burnout Paradise gives players license to wreak havoc in Paradise City, the ultimate racing battleground, with a massive infrastructure of traffic-heavy roads to abuse. Gone is the need to jump in and out of … see full wiki

Console: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Racing Action
Release Date: January 22, 2008
1 review about Burnout Paradise

A fun game to explore... but different from past Burnout games

  • Oct 17, 2008
Rating:
+3
If you've never played any of the previous 'Burnout' series of racing games, the basic premise of these games is the fun of crashing your car into other cars, objects, to cause as much damage as possible... and just for the fun of aggressive driving. To do all the things that you normally can't do, and actually be rewarded for "bad driving". The cars, objects, and courses are beautifully rendered and the crashes are nothing short of gorgeous. And that's what we've come to expect from this series. However, this latest incarnation comes with some big differences from previous games. Instead of many different tracks from all over the world... there is only one large fully rendered city (that seems to have been inspired by L.A) and surrounding forested areas which you can also explore. This gives the driver the freedom to explore a virtual city to an extent that probably can't be matched by any current game. There are also lots of different hidden alleyways, buildings, etc... that you can drive into or drive off of. There are still different racing events throughout the city to participate in by going to key road intersections to initiate them. But gone are the various tracks around the world. Also, not all of the areas are accessible. For instance, you can only drive into certain buildings... most are blocked off. So although this game is really fun, I do miss the variety that the previous games in this series offered... especially the exotic tropical forest tracks in earlier games. Here are a few pros and cons:

Pros:
-Amazingly detailed graphics/crash dynamics/lighting

-Freedom to explore a huge area... an entire rendered city.

-The developers actually provide lots of new free upgrades to this game... like new vehicles. They recently added motorcycles.

-This game is more affordable than most PS3 games... and offers lots of bang for the buck.

-The music is nice... especially the famous track from Guns & Roses :)


Cons:
-limited track scenery

-races are not as fun when the track routes are less defined... it's easy to get lost during a race. But this is only a matter of taste. You may like the flexibility of finding your own shortcuts more than I.

Conclusion: Although I think that this game could be improved upon, it is undeniably fun to play. You can lose yourself for hours exploring the massive city and it seems like new upgrades are constantly being added via your internet connection. But with all that said, I think that "Burnout 3" for the PS2 was the most fun and addictive to play. They had the perfect winning game formula... and then they had to change it. Here's hoping that they go back and use the winning formula they had on the next Burnout game for the PS3.

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