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  • Summary: Burnout Paradise The Ultimate Box is a special edition release that includes the award-winning Burnout Paradise game, the previously-released Cagney and Bikes downloadable content updates, plus the brand new Burnout Paradise Party pack. The Party pack brings the social fun of BurnoutBurnout Paradise The Ultimate Box is a special edition release that includes the award-winning Burnout Paradise game, the previously-released Cagney and Bikes downloadable content updates, plus the brand new Burnout Paradise Party pack. The Party pack brings the social fun of Burnout Paradise into an offline multiplayer mode where players compete in different stunt, speed and skill events. The mode is designed to allow up to eight friends to “pass-the-pad” in dozens of quick-fire, turn-based challenges. The Party pack also includes a host of new features including a restart option added for racing and easier control of the early vehicles. Burnout Paradise proves that crashing is awesome! Next generation technology has enabled an unprecedented level of crash deformation allowing you to experience the most explosive pile-ups in the series’ history. Now the development team can realize their original vision for the Burnout franchise: an open world environment where you can do anything, anywhere, anytime. Feel the adrenaline course through your veins as you take to the road for the first time in Paradise City, where the action is all around you. Explore the city, discover events, and look for the best opportunities to crash, jump and pull signature takedowns. In Burnout Paradise you're given the keys to the city, but it's up to you to earn the keys to the meanest and most dangerous cars on the street, and earn your Burnout license. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. It’s a rare thing to come across such an excellent game which offers a steady supply of adrenaline and a brilliant sensation of speed. Especially considering that it’s a port.
  2. First ever PC version of Burnout is a perfect example of a modern racing game in an open world with all the essentials that players want. No need for C-grade actresses at all. [Issue#174, Jan 2009]
  3. The additional contents are the best way to play the entire Burnout Paradise game, especially on the PC where it comes out for the first time. If you need an arcade racing game, this is the title you have to buy.
  4. The bike pack on its own, included as standard in the Ultimate Box, adds yet more value, but even in the small details (i.e. adding 1080i support to the PS3 game post-launch) Criterion hasn't let its audience down. And yes, it has a restart option. Best of all, the game is still evolving through yet more DLC. It's just getting better and better, and deserves a score to match.
  5. Burnout Paradise is an amazing driving game and one of the best Speed arcades for Pc in years. Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box offers everything we should ask in a game of this kind: Great control, smart AI, solid on-line and many elements to unlock.
  6. In the end, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box is just a great game for those who haven't played the console versions. There's tons of cars to unlock, races to engage in and stunts to perform. Add to this the 'pick up and play' control mechanics and you've got yourself a great racing game that doesn't require mad driving skills and is just genuine fun.
  7. Good intro to the PC for the Burnout series, but though it’s not meant to be a sim, we’d prefer a bit more meat on our games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 70
  2. Negative: 21 out of 70
  1. chadc
    Aug 9, 2009
    10
    best racing game i have ever played and extras to buy are great to play
  2. Mar 15, 2012
    10
    There is simply nothing wrong with this game; it is one of the best racers I have every played. Though it is an arcade-style racer, each carThere is simply nothing wrong with this game; it is one of the best racers I have every played. Though it is an arcade-style racer, each car still has somewhat of a different "feel" to it. The graphics are amazing, the damage breathtakingly detailed. One of the best racing game ever, bar none. Expand
  3. NathanS
    Apr 12, 2009
    9
    This game is a lot of fun, and despite the comments of previous reviewers on speed of the game, load times and such, the requirements of this This game is a lot of fun, and despite the comments of previous reviewers on speed of the game, load times and such, the requirements of this game are quite modest by today's standards especially. As far as gameplay is concerned, the game is a lot of fun, and I feel that the introduction of showtime more than makes up for the removal of aftertouch and crash mode. Rule the Road is an interesting feature, which, with a few friends online, will keep you up, running, and competing with them for top spot on different roads for hours and hours. The game life really is expanded by online play, with even more challenges to complete with and against your friends. My main complaint is the menu, it takes some time to get the hang of, and is not structured well towards the PC. Otherwise, if you picked up and enjoyed Burnout 3, with the exception of a few minor annoyances, you won't be disappointed with this game. Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2014
    7
    Graphic is nice and the game is much fun to play.

    > PROS The world is pretty big and heterogeneous, maybe just with a bit too much
    Graphic is nice and the game is much fun to play.

    > PROS
    The world is pretty big and heterogeneous, maybe just with a bit too much "shortcuts".
    Cars are either accurate (I felt like I was driving a proper Lancer) or funny (in a good way).
    Challenges are as they should be, easy at start and hard (but still not insane) toward the end of the game.
    You get to listen even classical music on the "radio" and so music is good...

    > CONS
    Sadly the login/login-server system is a huge mess (couldn't ever connect to game-servers because the game crashed if I tried so).
    Running through the city is fun but not being able to pick a race without moving to the starting location "manually" is a bit stressing after 5+ total hours played. Also, to compete "equally" in every type of race you have often to change your current car for another (moving to one of the "bases")... additional stress.
    The menu system is just plainly wrong and confusing.

    To recap, the game itself is quite good and enjoyable but it's still a console port and most of the cons come from that.
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  5. WillS.
    May 29, 2009
    5
    This is one of those clasic games that has gotten many mixed reviews (and EA's typical at times blunder on sacrifcing features of games This is one of those clasic games that has gotten many mixed reviews (and EA's typical at times blunder on sacrifcing features of games that were there on previous versions just to push a product out quicker I suspect) I was hoping that this version would have crash mode returned to us fans but again its mainly just a port nothing really new to get me to buy it again. While the racing parts are still just as good as burnout 3 I am getting that feeling of dissapointment with this version as it starts reminding of some of the need for speed games that got boring real quick. Maybe its because they borrowed some of the need for speed develpoers :) but if there is another sequel to come please bring us crash mode back and stop the repetivness (fillers to make the game seem longer, another typicall EA strategy) and put some real work into it this time. Taking out crash mode is like buying a Challenger without the Hemi... whats the point :) Think I will go play some Burnout 3 now. Expand
  6. MicahA.
    Feb 6, 2009
    3
    The game makes heavy use of the song Welcome to the Junge by Guns N' Roses. I mention this because practically the entire song plays out The game makes heavy use of the song Welcome to the Junge by Guns N' Roses. I mention this because practically the entire song plays out as the game loads after you launch it. I would say that the loading takes at least two minutes for me, then there's some strange problems I won't even bother to discuss in detail, and then the game starts -- kind of. Usually I have to sit and watch some kind of video about different vehicles. Keyboard controls aren't terribly good, and whoever wrote the in-game tutorial seemingly got the order of the brake and afterburner buttons switched around. Oh, and it requires that you create an account before you can play. More tedium. And it has crashed my PC one of the two times I've had enough downtime to play it. And now I'm trying to uninstall it (sigh) and it can't even do that in a timely manner. And it installs some EA Download manager that runs when Windows boots. And ... the list goes on. It might be a fine console game, but the port seems terrible. Expand
  7. Aug 27, 2013
    0
    Worst Burnout EVER.
    The radio DJ is annoying as hell, and you can't skip it. You can't crash, or it'll take you 10 seconds of slow motion
    Worst Burnout EVER.
    The radio DJ is annoying as hell, and you can't skip it. You can't crash, or it'll take you 10 seconds of slow motion where you can't do anything. Worst if you do a Takedown, there's a slow-mo where your car is in autopilot and you can't skip it, it totally break the game flow, just awful.
    And where unlocking a new car should be cool and rewarding, it's annoying because of the 2 15 seconds presentation just to say "congrats you unlock a car" that you CAN'T SKIP!
    Graphics are kinda nice, but lake imagination. Otherwise, controls SUCKS, and the gameplay is AWFUL (lose a race? gotta go back to the beginning, because the menu will not give you the option to stop it or restart or anything...). Way too much slow-mo.
    It may not deserve a 0, but no more than 3, and seeing all the other 10 or 9 and the description, I'll just guess some EA or criterion dev post these comments.
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