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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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  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: 46 out of 107
  2. Negative: 27 out of 107
  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. ZacC.
    Feb 23, 2008
    10
    I LOVE THIS GAME! I think it is more fun than halo and call of duty! No lie. The crashes are so realistic and when you crash, its not I LOVE THIS GAME! I think it is more fun than halo and call of duty! No lie. The crashes are so realistic and when you crash, its not disappointing because your car goes flying. When you takedown another car, they can sometimes take out others cars which is the coolest thing ever to watch. The billboards, smashes, and superjumps are so much fun to hit. BUY THIS GAME! IT IS AMAZING DON'T LISTEN TO ANYTHING UNDER AN 8 FOR THIS GAME! Expand
  3. CRick
    Mar 5, 2008
    9
    Fun Fun Fun game. I ran out of things to do so I wish it was a bit longer, but A blast to play on and off-line.
  4. Mar 19, 2012
    7
    Burnout Paradise was a brave move from Criterion. The familiar destruction-oriented gameplay in an open-world environment was fresh andBurnout Paradise was a brave move from Criterion. The familiar destruction-oriented gameplay in an open-world environment was fresh and innovative, but riddled with problems. For example, crash a few times and fall too far behind early in a race? You're given the option of riding out the event, or quitting and driving back to the starting line. A restart feature was present in the previous Burnout games, so why not this one? The progression is tedious and EXTREMELY repetitive. Complete x number of events to unlock the next stage of your license, before doing the same events again to achieve the next level, and so on. The game features some amazing graphics, and driving around in the mountains offers you some beautiful views. There's a ton of collectibles to find, and this adds a bit more substance to the free-roam gameplay. Overall, Burnout Paradise is a fun game, sure - but lacking the same level of finesse and polish as the previous titles. Expand
  5. StephenM.
    Jan 24, 2008
    6
    NO OFFLINE MULTIPLAYER?? WTF? This game LOOKS great, handles fine and plays fine, but I bought this JUST for the offline multiplayer. NO OFFLINE MULTIPLAYER?? WTF? This game LOOKS great, handles fine and plays fine, but I bought this JUST for the offline multiplayer. C'mon, a racing game without offline multiplayer? How ridiculous is that? Imagine they released Street Fighter II or Super Mario Kart without multiplayer, I'm sure those games would have faded into oblivion instead of being classics. One big issue I have with the 360 is the lack of co-op and vs in offline mode in MANY games. I REALLY don't get WHY they would decide not to include it. A complete mystery and that's why it doesnt deserve a higher rating. All previous Burnuts had it too, so before you go bashing, take that into consideration. Expand
  6. GregH.
    Jan 24, 2008
    5
    Since B3 there has been a steady decline in the series with an unecessary addition of new things for the sake of it, rather than perfection Since B3 there has been a steady decline in the series with an unecessary addition of new things for the sake of it, rather than perfection of what was already there. This one, whilst next-gen, really is clutching at straws and some very weird things have gone in or been omitted. Crash has vanished and has been 'superceeded' with the feeble Showtime. Open plan racing is one of the things you don't do.. particulary with the speeds involved here.. and if you are going to do it make damned sure the navigation system is up to the job.. which it's not. Full of disappointments for me personally. I expected a lot more after waiting so long.. and you have to drive back to the start to restart a race!! eurgh. 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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