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  • Summary: 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 BurnoutBurnout 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 68
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 68
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  1. 100
    Burnout Paradise offers one of the most intense racing experiences around. It won't wow you with a high degree of realism like Gran Turismo will but for pure racing action, it is one of the best titles ever produced.
  2. Overall the gameplay of Burnout Paradise is spot on and great fun.
  3. 90
    The car models are fantastic, essentially moving the graphics of the arcade racer into the realm of the driving sims.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    90
    As someone who's closely followed Criterion's racing series for the last seven years, it warms my heart to see it evolve into something as innovative, satisfying, and polished as Paradise. [Feb 2008, p.74]
  5. Criterion should be commended for trying to try something different in Burnout Paradise.
  6. Just like that, Criterion has really changed the way you’ll look at the structure of racing games. While other racers have tried open worlds (Test Drive Unlimited, for instance), there have been none that have offered the same sense of freedom, ease of use, and level of polish. Criterion has finally taken off your training wheels, and after playing Burnout Paradise, there's little doubt that you'll never want them back on.
  7. Well, there’s no question Paradise takes Burnout to a whole new level. Is it better though? Personally I’m inclined to think not.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 106
  2. Negative: 27 out of 106
  1. CMay
    Jan 26, 2009
    10
    This is one of the best racing games ever made, and all these low scorers are just being unfair by comparing it to a game it isn't, This is one of the best racing games ever made, and all these low scorers are just being unfair by comparing it to a game it isn't, because their feelings were hurt. Well get over it, this game is amazing by any standard and it's only getting better as Criterion is still releasing big updates to the game a year after it was released, and will probably continue to do so for another year or two. Some of these updates address reasonable complaints people had, while others add totally new ways to play the game. In fact, some of these low score comments will be outdated and won't apply any more as some of their disappointments get addressed over the next year. Try the demo or rent it and see how good this game is for yourself! Expand
  2. PhillipN.
    Feb 15, 2008
    10
    One of the best in the series for sure.
  3. StefB.
    Feb 19, 2008
    9
    Very good online mode...Very good offline. I like it, don't listen to the negative critic!
  4. Feb 22, 2012
    7
    If I have to listen to Paradise City by Guns N' Roses one more time......Burnout Paradise should be a great game. It has a lot of things goingIf I have to listen to Paradise City by Guns N' Roses one more time......Burnout Paradise should be a great game. It has a lot of things going for it: addictive gameplay, an open world, different game modes. Unfortunately these aspects don't get to shine because of the clunky way the game was designed. Findings the kind of race you want is difficult and the map isn't much help. Making your own route to the objective is a good idea but is implemented poorly. The sign telling you which way to turn is hard to notice in an adrenaline fueled car-off with more crashes than the annual Crash Bandicoot convention that I just made up. With no running narrative, the only encouragement to keep playing is to upgrade your license. Somehow this does not set my shins alight with excitement. And that DJ is annoying. Expand
  5. D.R.
    Jan 24, 2008
    6
    So far this game is a big disappointment. The last Burnout is my favorite racing game ever because of the simple, fun gameplay and the joyful So far this game is a big disappointment. The last Burnout is my favorite racing game ever because of the simple, fun gameplay and the joyful bashing of cars. By trying to make B:Paradise more "realistic" they've lost a lot of the fun of the previous game. Specifically, deciding to remove the use of "pedestrian" cars as items you can bash into and push into other cars, etc. I guess I'll just go back to playing the other game, once I finish this one. Maybe this one will grow on me. It's got great graphics, a huge world to play in... too bad they lost the arcade flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants feel. Expand
  6. JohnPifer
    Feb 22, 2009
    4
    This game really made me hurt inside. I love the Burnout series with a firey passion that has only been matched by the NFS series. But,This game really made me hurt inside. I love the Burnout series with a firey passion that has only been matched by the NFS series. But, this... this has sent me in a deep down depression that only a new Burnout with the return of the Crash Mode. How dare you, EA, how DARE you? Expand
  7. GordonJones
    Feb 2, 2008
    0
    I have purchased every Burnout since the first one, the day they come out. Burnout 4 was a let-down, this is a disaster. No crash mode, driveI have purchased every Burnout since the first one, the day they come out. Burnout 4 was a let-down, this is a disaster. No crash mode, drive all over to find a race, have the wrong car, have to watch a map when racing, get lost, then no restarting. Open world is just a terrible idea. I wonder if all the good developers at Criterion moved on a few years ago. This gets my vote for worst Burnout game ever. Expand

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