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Burnout Paradise Review on Geeksugar

Burnout Paradise Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Awesome

Throw away everything you thought you knew about the Burnout series — this is a new breed. I have been uber excited to get my hands on Burnout Paradise since I heard about the open gameplay it offers. It might make you a bit confused at first, but stick with me here — the more you play, the more you will appreciate its complexity. The concept of BP is that you can roam around Paradise City, finding new roads, making killer jumps and smashing through gates, all in between events. You still have the familiar comfort of competing in race after race after event if you wish, but now you have over 200 miles of roads to explore in addition to all the awesome challenges that Burnout is known for. There's a lot to cover, so keep reading to find out what I thought was good, bad and totally awesome about Burnout Paradise.

The Good: The events in Burnout Paradise are still completely satisfying. Start by burning rubber at a stop light at one of over 120 intersections in the city. Marked Man and Stunt Run are new, while the Classic Race, Road Rage and Burning Route are familiar and even more intense now that you have so many streets to navigate to get to the finish line. You can even jump online with up to seven other players and compete in challenges together. Online play is easy, and even more geeky if you have a Playstation Eye or Xbox Vision Cam to see (and hear) each other while taking them down.

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The Bad: Although Burnout has amazing (and seamless) online capabilities, unfortunately only one local player is allowed in this town. You can still race with your buds, but they gotta stay home and have their own copy of the game. . . Bummer! Another thumbs down is the soundtrack. Although the track list is long – with artists like N.E.R.D. and Avril, since both the Xbox 360 and PS3 are media players, I would rather listen to my own tunes that I have stored there.

The Awesome: Burnout offers something that other racing games out there can't: Free will. I love the fact that I can take on a challenge, and then decide I want to go and explore the mountains, ending up finding miles and miles of unmapped roads, jumps and billboards to smash through. Plus, when you've hosted online play, you can create your own custom races from start to finish from anywhere on the map. And don't think that they skimped on the visuals in place of a sprawling city. Checking out the sights distracted me more than once while I was competing and led to a less than favorable race finish. The slow motion crashes show you just how dedicated the developers were to keeping you glued to the screen, even when your car is mangled.

Overall, this is one game that has major play value, and I'm it sure will be taking over my console for weeks to come. Burnout Paradise is now available for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Get it online or in stores.


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Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Yeah I liked the multiplayer on the old games
Bookish Bookish 9 years
We bought it, and I wasn't impressed. I had tons of fun playing against my husband on previous Burnout titles, but without multiplayer a large part of the appeal is gone. I understand that the more you play, the better you do on races because the more you know shortcuts and all, but I'm not really inspired to play enough to get there- I don't like the soundtrack, the whole "crash" cutscenes seem very long (and perhaps there is a way to have it not display, but I looked and couldn't find a way to turn it off) and sometimes the commentary is pretty darn annoying. We'll be giving our copy away to a friend, and won't buy anymore Burnout titles if they're like Burnout Paradise.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Looks fun.
portableteejay portableteejay 9 years
No local multiplayer? WTF, booourns! Ah well at least it'll be dead sexy to look at.
tototee tototee 9 years
mannnnnn n n I am so excited about playing this game.. Burnout made me fall in love with modern gaming and with the playstation 3 I think it might surpass itself!
DukesUp DukesUp 9 years
I tried to buy this game last night and it was sold out at 3 different stores!! I want it even more now after this review!!!
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