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The newest installment in the Burnout video game series

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

  • Oct 17, 2008
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:

-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 :)

-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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review by . November 26, 2008
I purchased this game and loved it at first but got boring after a couple weeks. It has good graphics and realistic crashes that always seem to be unique. One way to play is to free roam where you drive around and try to crash other people and take them out. This is fun for a while but quickly gets old repetitive. There are also different types of races but it is very difficult to figure out which way to go. The games advertises that it has 250 miles of open roads, stunts and 120 unique events. …
review by . October 04, 2008
Burnout Paradise in my book is easily one of the top 5 PS3 games so far, it's fast, it's intense and it looks darn pretty. Unlike previous Burnout games this takes place in a free roam environment known as Paradise City. You're a racer of no particular name or gender, you have no particular purpose other than to win the numerous car races going on around Paradise City. The side missions are simple and in a way kind of boring or pointless, they are either smash through gates, jump over stuff or smash …
review by . April 13, 2008
My favorite PS3 racing game is Motorstorm but this was almost as much fun. The cars in this game don't drive, they more likely fly because of the devilish speed and power that the player can inject.      Fun and entertaining with sleek graphics and an element of adventure when driving and discovering the sights is very enjoyable. I can't wait to play this again, after starting it this week I am always craving to turn on my PS3 and firing this baby up.
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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 menus and aimlessly search for fun like many open world games.
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ESRB: E10 - (Everyone 10+), Violence • Language, Everyone 10+
Number of Players: Single player, Online multiplayer, 1 Player
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Criterion Games
Console: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Racing Action
Release Date: January 22, 2008
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