When Burnout Paradise released in 2008, it was quite the departure from the previous games in the series. The first ever proper open world Burnout game was born in Paradise City, and surprisingly, it was really good. EA has now decided to release a remastered version of the game for Xbox One, PC and PS4, but is it any good?
The original Burnout Paradise had loads of free updates and DLC for months after its release, but later on in its life-cycle, paid for DLC such as Big Surf Island, Cops and Robbers Pack and more were also released. The remastered version includes all the DLC as standard, so you are getting the full Burnout Paradise experience in this version of the game. However, Burnout Paradise Remastered comes in at $40/£35, which may be quite expensive for some people.
Burnout Paradise was one of the best driving games of the last generation, sure it wasn’t a realistic simulator, but it had the perfect balance of racing and arcade-y-ness. The environments, cars were very polished and you could literally race on every street in the fictional Paradise City. The only thing that disappointed me, and still disappoints me is the lack of a crash mode in this remastered version. Yes, the crashes are still here and are epic, but in previous games you were often given tasks to cause a certain monetary amount of damage by crashing your vehicle into other vehicles and the environment. If you’ve never played a Burnout game before, I highly recommend you at least try one of the older ones as well as Burnout Paradise as this mode was by far the most fun part of the game.
I won’t go into too much detail as to how the game works, but essentially it is an open-world racer, where you can perform certain tasks throughout the city. There is loads to do in the basic version of the game, so with the bikes included and the bigger DLC patches, there’s even more. The basic initial goal is to get a better license, which is obtained by doing events, which in turn allow you to drive better cars and so on and so forth. There are a lot of trophies to try and unlock also, so there’s absolutely tons to play through here. However, there is no “new” content, it is just a re-release of the original game.
So does it actually look any good? One thing you need to remember is that this is a remaster rather than a remake, and Burnout Paradise Remastered does look good, but it doesn’t look as good as I expected. However, if you do a side-by-side comparison with the PS3 version of the game, there’s no doubt that the PS4 version looks better, but after playing racers of this generation, it doesn’t quite stand up. With that said, the textures are a little flat in comparison to current generation games, but lighting has improved and the draw distance and overall clarity of the environments is much better.
Burnout Paradise Remastered is just as fun as the original game, and I hope it stokes the fires for a new fully-fledged Burnout game. However, I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone on account of the price, unless you want to play the game for the nostalgic value, or if you’ve never played Burnout Paradise before (then you should buy this immediately).
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