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Burnout Paradise

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Quick Overview

Burnout Paradise is an open world racing video game. Develop your racing skills, reach ground-breaking speeds and defeat your opponents.

  • Developers: Criterion Games
  • Publishers: Electronic Arts
  • Initial release date: January 22, 2008
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
  • License: Commercial

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Burnout Paradise is the fifth installment in the Burnout series. It is an open world racing video game that was developed by Criterion Games. The game was published by Electronic Arts in January 2008, and it is available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Setting and race tracks

Burnout Paradise is set in “Paradise City” where players can compete in several types of races. The game comes with an online multiplayer mode that comes with additional game modes, such as “Cops and Robbers”. The game also features downloadable content that includes new cars and the fictional “Big Surf Island”. The massive setting of the city gives players an open-world to explore, as they race their vehicles through hundreds of miles of roads and underground passages with more than 70 available cars.

Gameplay and modes

What is different than the previous games is that the game is not set to a rigid gameplay framework, but instead the players have the freedom to progress at their own speed and level. Other things that are different are that Burnout Paradise features a day and night cycle, and the dedicated “Crash Mode” is now called “Showtime”. Instead of crashing into a busy intersection and watching a crash play out, Showtime bounces the player’s car around for as long as possible in order to get the maximum number of points. On top of that, during the race, the players can now take any route to get to the destination. The game also allows the player to customize the race settings, such as race routes, traffic, and more.

New damage system

The game also comes with a reworked damage system. If the player’s car manages to retain all of its four wheels, and its chassis is not broken, the player can drive out of the crash and continue racing. However, if the player’s car loses any wheels, or the engine is damaged too much from an impact, the car becomes wrecked and the player has to wait until the car is reset.

Play with your friends

Burnout Paradise also comes with a multiplayer mode that uses a streamlined system called “Easy Drive”. The players just need to hit right on the D-pad and the “Easy Drive” menu appears in the corner of their screens. From there, players can invite friends and select an event to play.

A well-received, all-rounded racing game

Burnout paradise was met with very positive reviews from websites such as GameRankings and Metacritic. The reviewers praised the game’s open world, the new gameplay mechanic such as gas station, and body repair shops. The game has won several awards in 2008. In November 2016, Burnout Paradise was put on the list of Xbox backward compatible titles.