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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 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: 31 out of 61
  2. Negative: 19 out of 61
  1. May 19, 2011
    This is the best racing game i've ever played. It is very realistic, fun with multiplayer, and challenging. I would recommend this game to anyone. The only thing i would change is some of the music that plays while you are playing. kinda annoying, but the game is so good it makes up for it. Expand
  2. Aug 5, 2011
    One of the best racing games ever for the PC. The slowdown on crashing is amazing, the graphics were great for 2009, it still looks good today. The choice in music was so so, but I just muted the music and played my iTunes over it. For the people who say they hate GNR... that's your opinion, if you don't like them then remove it. I've experience no glitches at all... So yea. It's great. :D Expand
  3. Oct 8, 2012
    I got this game after I got extremely bored of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, because it limits you to certian spaces and wasn't open world. After I got this games I was so happy, because when you race it's completely open world. Althought it is a little challenging that they made the races open world. I really didn't like party mode. The campaign is very long, and it's really worth your money. This games is WAY off realism, this game isn't even close to bieng realistic, so if your someone who's trying to find a game with realism this really won't be the game for you. Althought if you want a game that has action, challenging moments, and extreme fun, this game will totally be for you. So far this is the best racing game I have ever played so far. The graphics for a 2009 game are just amzaing. The PC controls are a little quirky and not very smooth. Luckily I was able to hook up my PS3 Controller to my PC, and play Burnout Paradise with it. Overall I would give it 9 stars out of ten. Because I was really looking forward to party mode, but sadly it seemed to be that the developers payed WAY more attention to the campaign then the party mode. Again the PC controlles are a little quircky , so thats why I hooked up my PC controller to my PC.

    Overall it's one of the best racing games ever in my opinion. I've never had this much fun with Burnout Paradise.
  4. Nov 3, 2013
    I played Burnout 3 for 300 hours at least, loved every minute of it, and consider it the pinnacle of skill-based racing games. I played this game for five hours and then uninstalled. The city is mind-numbingly generic, the drifting that was essential to doing well in the third game is nowhere near as necessary, the crashes are less interesting, and the soundtrack is subpar. Could be a nice game if you aren't looking for skill-based racing, but to a hardcore gamer it feels generic and boring. Expand
  5. Jan 15, 2013
    Burnout paradise is an ok racing game. The city is big and fun to explore. There are some "collectibles" for the player to find which is always nice. The cars handles for the most part pretty good and the visuals are nice. What burnout lack however is variety. There aren't a whole lot of different tracks and the campaign is based around playing the same track over and over again against tougher opponents. Which gets a bit repetitive. The fact that there aren't a whole lot of different racing modes doesn't help. Some other stuff i am missing in the game is the option to restart a race during or after the race, turning off the cinematic view and the option to fast travel to the racing event.The game is still an enjoyable racing game and if you are looking for an arcade racing game for a couple of hours fun then burnout is the game for you. Expand
  6. Sep 15, 2013
    I find this game to be terribly frustrating. To me, the Burnout series has been about driving skill, quick reactions and has always provided adrenaline fuelled moments. But I feel these things have been put on the back burner to route finding and city memorization. I don't have the time to learn all the streets of yet another virtual city, and so I often lose races simply because I took a wrong turn. The map is very small and there are no visual clues in the city that show a suggested route you could take to get to your goal. Temporary road markers would be fine, anything so I don't have to learn the entire city just to know which way I should be going. Which way to go is not something I want to consider when playing an arcade style racing games. And you have to drive around looking for things to do, I don't have time for this! Just let me select from a list.
    You got a new a new car delivered to the junkyard! Great! Where is it? No idea. You know what, I'm not going to go to the map, try and work out which icon is the junk yard, meticulously memorize a route to get there (as I couldn't find a way to set way points). I'm not going to do that. I'll just not play any more.

    If open-world city racing sounds like fun to you and you have time on your hands, you'll probably love it. If, like me, you don't have a whole lot of time to burn and you just want to get straight into some no-nonsense racing, I would avoid it.

    Also, the store is never available, and I don't know why. It teases you me content I can't actually buy, even if i wanted to.
  7. Jul 14, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game is awesome but why aren't I able to access DLCs? Rather than the DLC problem, the game itself is nice! Nice graphics, damage visuals, and a ton of cars. Expand

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