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Genre: Driving & Racing / Release Date: 2009-02-06 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      31.01.2012 12:28
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      Essential purchase if you like fast cars

      Burnout 3 for the PS2 was, and to some extent still is, the greatest online racing experience that has ever been created. Burnout Paradise has brought most of what made it great to the PS3 and added a free roaming world with a massive choice of cars and bikes to make this latest incarnation a fantastic addition to any gaming library.

      The same insane speeds are back and lightning fast reactions are required if you're going to get through a race completely unscathed and without having taken a wrong turn somewhere along the route. This jaw dropping, panic inducing speed of gameplay is what makes the Burnout games so good, there's little time to think about planning a route through the traffic, you just have to react as best you can. Even when you do inevitably crash you're treated to a spectacular graphical diplay of your car/bike being smashed to pieces against whatever it was you ended up ploughing into.

      With the free roaming element to the game, there does come a few problems though. It is all too easy to take the wrong turn at a fork in the road and end up heading miles off course effectively scuppering any chance of the win. Having said this if you pay attention it can work in your favour when the competition suddenly disappear off somewhere they didn't really want to go.

      Offline play has always been the weaker part of the Burnout franchise and Paradise is no exception, it's not bad but it doesn't provide the thrills that the online side of things does. Online races, team takedown battles and team stunt events make the longevity of the game staggeringly good and you'll keep coming back for more time after time.

      This really does bring out the competitive side in me, especially when I see that an online contact has beaten one of my times for a particular route.

      If you haven't played Burnout, you're missing out on a real gaming treat. Just make sure you are ready for the fastest racing game you've ever seen.

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      04.10.2011 23:27
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      Great Arcade Style Racing Game

      Introduction:-

      Burnout Paradise City the Ultimate Box is the latest release from Criterion Games/EA Sports in the successful Burnout series. I have loved this series of games from the start as I feel they give an original take on racing games being as far removed from the Gran Turismo and Need For Speed style games as could possibly be imagined. This game is essentially the same as the original Burnout Paradise City release for the PS3 but with the addition of the burnout motorbikes side to the game, which can also be downloaded to update the original version of this game to the same spec as the Ultimate Box.


      Game Play:-

      Now as already mentioned this is a racing game with a difference which allows you to select which event you would like to partake in simply by driving around the city and stopping at any one of the sets of traffic lights to select a given event. There are a total of 120 events to compete in and the aim of the game is to complete these events and acquire more advanced driving licences throughout the course of the game and in the process also acquire new cars. New cars become available after every few events have been completed and in order to get them delivered to your junkyard you have to hunt them down around the city and force them to crash. Once delivered it is just a case of visiting the junkyard and selecting the car that you wish to race in. There are different cars awarded with different attributes so as to be used to the players' best advantage for certain events for example some are built for speed and racing, whist others for strength and taking out opponents.

      There are also different ways to earn boost which are essential to get the hang of in order to get anywhere with the game, such as driving against oncoming traffic, near misses, jumping cars and forcing opponents to crash. In total there are 75 cars and 4 bikes to obtain in total, with 120 events to complete in the following categories:-

      Race:-
      The race events are as they sound simply about getting from A to B quicker than your opponents. Along the way it is possible to takedown opponents by forcing them to crash as well as take whichever route you decide on, as well as shortcuts being scattered around the city meaning using dirt tracks or such like that lead towards your destination can often find you re-joining the road in front of your opponents and can mean the difference between winning and losing.

      Marked Man:-
      Marked man events are about surviving a drive along a given route whilst being hunted down by several opponent cars. This is not a race merely a case of survival so speed is not necessarily the key here and tactics and careful route selection often come into play here, with a stop at one or more of the drive through repair shops usually being necessary to survive a run especially the ones that take you the full length or breadth of the city, as after crashing too many times your car will be considered too damaged to continue therefore causing you to lose the event.

      Road Rage:-
      Road rage events are all about taking down opponents and forcing them to crash, with a target set on how many opponents are to be taken down in order to complete the event. Again tactics come into play quite heavily here usually needing try and pass through one or more of the garages to get the car repaired before your opponents destroy your vehicle.

      Stunt Runs:-
      Stunt runs are as they sound events that require you to complete stunts for points and these events really do require you to have good knowledge of the short cuts, jumps, and extras such as billboards scattered around the city to put together enough stunts and acquire enough points to achieve the targets set.

      Burning Route:-
      These are a route that must be completed in a specific car in less than a given time with nobody else to race against but yourself. The first rounds if these in the slower cars are quite easy but as the licenses get more advanced and the cars quicker it is essential to start learning the city and all of the shortcuts so as to be able to complete the events in the given time.

      So as you can see there is plenty to do just in the way of the events that need completing but there is also more to complete on top of this. There are billboards to smash, drive throughs such as different garages, junk yards, and spray shops to find, all of which must be found in order to claim 100% game completion. This makes for a game with literally hundreds of hours of gameplay just to complete it once over with something for all abilities. To start with the races are easy to win and the targets for the events quite low, however as the game goes on Burnout is sure to challenge even the hardiest of gamers with the quickest reflexes and reactions. The sheer speed of the game once some of the faster cars are obtained is simply mind boggling and a certain amount of luck is required to win which can sometimes be quite frustrating but all adds to the intensity of the game.

      On-line gameplay is available with Burnout Paradise City which allows up to 8 players to link up online and race around the city, however there is no multi-player mode on this game that allows you to compete in 2 player mode on the same console as with previous Burnout games albeit this was a little tricky anyway trying to play a game as fast paced as this on a split screen.

      Last and most definitely least is the motorbikes which I do not feel have been that well thought through, and I personally think that the game does not really benefit all that much from having the bikes as part of it. They only add a few races onto the game along with a burning route for each of the motorcycles and this is pretty much the sum of what the motorbikes bring to the game. They sound and look good whilst riding them around the city but in my opinion I feel that these would be better off as a bike only game release more in the fashion of Road Rage back in the Sega days, a modern version of this would be good fun and I believe well within EA and Criterions grasp. Thankfully though the bikes only make up a tiny percentage of the game and the main concentration is on the cars, and despite what I have just said they do still add to the game and do not detract anything from the overall quality.

      The controller pre-set controller layout's that are available to select from are pretty logical and easy to use, with the sensitivity of the controls being just about right. The controls can sometimes seem to be a little slow to react however I am sure that most of the time this is just me failing to keep up with the insane speed the game sometimes seems to run at.

      The only real grumble that I have with the gameplay is the fact that the on-screen map that guides you round the city whilst racing is small and tries to cram too much in. This makes it quite difficult to find the shortcuts and decide where abouts your next turning is that you may need to take especially when racing at full tilt. There is another map that can be accessed by pressing the select button which will pause the game and lead to a full screen map which is handy for finding the way between events, and pre-planning a route for a race but is a pain to use whilst in the middle of an event. Pressing the start button will also pause the game and lead to a screen that tells the player exactly how much of the game they have completed and exactly what needs to be done in order to reach the very hard 100% completion.


      Graphics:-

      Graphics wise this game is actually very good, there are some good cut scenes when opponents are taken down, and although these can be quite frustrating at first but once I had got use to them they do fit in quite well with the game. The only problem with these is that it drops you straight back into the action which can occasionally lead to a crash caused by no fault of the player which can be quite annoying. The cars are well depicted with damage being added appropriately to the cars that are being crashed, and some of the crash sequences looking great with a different outcome every time. The only complaint I have here is that there are no drivers in the cars in order to make the game more accessible to more age groups and keep the rating age down, however this is purely personal and I can understand how annoying it would be for the younger audiences not to be able to get their hands on a game this good because of it being too graphic.

      Speed wise the graphics keep up very well indeed even when racing in the faster cars on full boost, and at times can simply become too much for the brain to process and leave the player feeling as though the game is simply too quick to keep up with and all of this happens without a single glitch in the graphics. The game is nice and bright and it is easy to see what is going on (all apart from the map) which I feel is essential in such a fast paced game. The game never stutters or pauses and never leaves the player feeling that it is struggling to keep up with what it is trying to present which in my opinion is quite some opinion.

      The cars themselves, both the race cars and the random cars that create the city are not actually based on any real cars, this however does not stop them looking sleek and giving a passing resemblance to real life cars. I feel that the fact real cars are not used probably only adds to the overall feel of the game as the money has been spent on developing the graphics and gameplay as opposed to purchasing the rights to enable the developers to include actual car manufacturers.


      Audio:-

      Audio wise in my opinion this game is once again very good, as the name may suggest to some Guns N' Roses - Paradise City is the main title track that plays every time the game is loading and the rest of the sound tracks that accompany the game are rock based. I find this to be most fitting to this genre of game and its target market and the music does seem to fit well with what the game sets out to achieve.
      The sound effects that accompany the bikes and the cars are nowhere near realistic, with over dramatized skids, engine noises, boost noises and excessive crash noises, however once again this fits in well with what the game is trying to achieve, as it is not a real life racing game more one set on fantasy. Overall the graphics provide everything you expect from a game such as this and more with some awesome crash scenes and real time damage to the cars that actually relates to the crashes that happen during the game, achieving much more than many other games have set out to and making full use of the PS3's processing capabilities.


      In Summary:-

      Overall an absolutely brilliant game in my opinion especially where the cars are concerned, the bikes are a little bit of a let-down as previously mentioned but do not detract from the quality of the game for me as I see them simply as an added extra and the main reason I brought this game as many others undoubtedly will is purely on the strength of the previous burnout titles which contain only cars.

      There is little to fault this game on with the in-play map being the only thing that I can think of that would cause anybody any bother whilst actually playing the game. I would recommend picking up the Burnout Paradise City Ultimate Box over the original release only because they can both be picked up for under £10 if looked for in the second hand section of shops or on E-bay. However if for any reason you can only pick up the original release do not fear you will not being missing out on very much by having the added extra of the bikes.

      In total I am giving this 4/5 stars with a star being knocked off purely because of the fact that there is no multi-player mode whilst off-line which I feel is a little un-just for people who have no access to the internet. I feel that the bikes could have done with a bit more development before being added into the game but would feel mean knocking another star off as this has been included to save downloading the motorbike side in addition to the original game.

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      24.05.2010 19:32
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      Great game

      This is such an addictive game!

      I'm not normally into driving games, but this is so much more fun than many others. The aim of the game can include landing huge stunts, knocking your opponents off of the course, crashing your car, surviving as a marked man and racing.

      There are a range of cars that are better suited for one of three types of driving: Stunt, Agression and Speed. There are hours of gameplay and even after you complete all of the events, it's still very fun to repeat them all.

      This game also has a great selection of DLC and at the moment there is an offer on psn where you can get all of the DLC, normally worth around £70, for £15 to £20. I would make sure you check that out, if you are liking the review so far, as I am unsure as to how long the offer is available!

      In the DLC you can explore a whole new island and even use a fantastic flying car, which is great for stunts. How cool is that!

      The online mode is really fun and you can easily race against your friends and complete online challenges. The trophies in this game are fairly easy to obtain and most of them you'll get by playing naturally.

      I would recommend this game for anyone. I think it could suit a variety of gamers. I rate it highly even though I do not normally play driving games, but really enjoyed it.

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      15.05.2010 15:59
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      Love the game !

      This would be one the best games that I have bought for my PS3, bought this on the UK release date. After pretty much expecting it to be like the old burnouts on PS2, this one I found to be quite different.

      Everything thing about the game I loved. The old games use to focus more on getting cash for causing accidents, however this one focus more on the racing aspect and challenges. The main focus of the game is to try and get the highest level of license, and this requires a certain amount of challenges to complete. There are also a number of different cars to collect in the game, some cars are used for different types of challenges, such as stronger cars for 'takedown' challenges & fast cars for set races.

      After some time the challenges do get a bit repetitive, but then this is where I went online and found more new online challenges to do. The online mode it great, I still have not found any lag online. The only bad thing about the game is that your gamesave is linked to you PS3 id, so when I made a new PS3 id, it meant that I had to start all over again!

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      08.01.2010 15:32
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      An extremely fun racing experience with a lot to offer & loads of entertainment to be had.

      I've been a fan of the Burnout series of games for a while. They are a racing game with quite an arcade feel, although the ability to cause opponents to crash called a "Takedown" is quite realistic & works well as a racing tactic as opposed to cars being made of Titanium like in some games.

      I've had 2 Burnout games for PSP so when I got a PS3 I was keen for my first racing game to be Burnout. There are tow versions of Burnout Paradise available for the PS3 & this is the ultimate version which comes with the Bike update on the disc. I would recommend getting this version, especially if you haven't got the ability to get online as the older one doesn't have the bikes on the disc.

      The game is very open ended. You don't select which race you want to play from a menu. Instead you drive leisurely around a city & whenever you want to race, you simply stop at a red light & spin your wheels. This will bring up the race available at that cross walk. The game contains hundreds of missions & has different types of racing. Straight races to the finish, races to "Takedown" as many opponents as possible, races where you are chased by three cars trying to take you out & maniac races where points are awarded for driving dangerously.

      The gameplay is great fun. It does feel arcadey & the cars handle a lot better than in real life to make the game more playable providing for a great jump in & out quick play experience. The bikes equally are very arcadey but this makes them much more fun than some other more realistic games (unless that is what you look for & want). The graphics are really amazing & the game even has a 24 hour clock based on the time set on your PS3. Play at night & the game will be at night. Play at the right time of day & see the sun set or rise accordingly. This option is great & can also be messed around with compacting 24 game hours into 12 real hours or even 1 real hour.

      I would recommend the game to anyone who wants a fun arcade type racer with a long lasting open ended single player game & a varied online multiplayer available free online as long as you can get on the net.

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      27.10.2009 20:50
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      An amazing racing game, really well made with stylish crashes.

      Burnout Paradise was released in 2009 and just let me start off by saying that it is really awesome.
      If you have played the earlier Burnout games, then you can first notice, that the action takes place in a city, no more scrolling through the menus to find races to do.

      So the game's point is to race cars, and bikes. There are not many bikes in game though, if I remember correctly then there are four of them. Anyways, but that is not the point of this game, the game is still based on racing cars in the city, with traffic. And there are more cars than ever before. It really is exciting.

      There are different race modes, for example takeout, where you have to crash as many opponents as possible with the given time, then there obviously is the normal race through the city. The annoying part about is that you constantly have to scroll through the map to find the best way to your destination. It kind of pauses the gameplay and is slightly annoying.
      And then there are your usual other race modes for example stunt mode.

      The graphics of the game are really top notch, nothing bad to say there. On the downside the pc version of the game needs quite a machine to run it smoothly.

      I really like the artwork of the game, the sense of speed and how stylish the takedowns/crashes are. It goes in to slow motion which makes them more enjoyable. It actually sometimes gives u the urge to crash just to see it in slow motion.

      The music of the game is well nice. I do not actually like the theme song of the game (Guns and Roses). And that is because it starts every time you start the game, the same song all over again. The other song in the game are awesome though, there are tons, there actually are lots of really famous classical pieces aswell.

      To conclude this review, then I must say that this is my favorite racing game at the moment,the graphics are beautiful, it gives you this going really fast speed, and the crashes are awesome. The normal race mode is slightly annoying, because you have to look at your map to get to your destination as quickly as possible. It probably is the best racing game in the market today.

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        26.07.2009 18:00
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        An excellent racing title, brilliant fun

        Burnout Paradise the ultimate box is essentially the original game but with all the free updates bundled in. This may not sound like a good deal, but those free updates are amazingly good and add to an already fun game. This package is ideal for anyone who does not have their console connected online, or for people who have not already purchased Burnout Paradise.

        The main focus of Burnout Paradise is having fun at insanely high speeds. You free roam around Paradise City picking and choosing which races and events you want to take part in. Events range from a standard race, to seeing how many competitors you can shunt off the road. The events that break off from the standard racing formula are the most fun in my opinion. Unlocking cars is also great fun and can become highly addictive.

        This game is so smooth at high speeds you cannot afford to blink. No matter how many times I play this it always gets my heart pumping. The game can be quite punishing and rewards fighter pilot reactions. I feel the difficulty ramps up in such a way that you get better as the races become harder. The damage physics are so good in this game though, you will not mind when you slam into a barrier at 150mph.

        Overall, this is one the best racing titles I have ever played. Easily accessible to players of any level and can keep you entertained in short bursts and for long hours.

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        24.07.2009 22:58
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        Perfect

        Burnout Paradise, the new game by Criterion Games fails to disappoint.
        The game takes place in Paradise City, and is unlike any driving game you have known before.
        You can cruise around Paradise City in cars or in bikes, and there is a large range of variety for each. You can even by many more bikes and cars on the Playstation Store. Also available on the Playstation Store are extra parts of the City, eg. Big Surf Island.
        The game has many different types of events and races, from Burning Routes to Races.
        A brilliant thing about this game is that you can go straight from offline to online, in seconds. You can then complete challenges or just cruise around the City with your friends. The graphics on this game are just superb, the attention to detail is unbelievable. The amount of work that must have been put into creating this is just brilliant.
        Overall, I think that this is the best racing game available at the moment.

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        02.07.2009 22:42
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        A very very good game.

        I consider myself someone that loves video games and although I havent had enoug time over the last few years to play many I have loved best sellers like call of duty, resident evil, football manager etc. However recently I began to think more about racing games especially as I love formula one and I realised that I hadnt purchased a proper racing game in years. By proper I mean not something like GTA where racing is incorporated.

        I use Gamespot to check game reviews out and found that Burnout Paradise was very highly rated, and without looking much further into the details I went out and purchased this game. I have to admit at first I was not that impressed, but over time I have found this to be an awesome game.

        The last racing game I proper played was Gran Turismo on the PS1 so this was quite a change. Instead of set races, now I was in an open world environment like GTA, except without the people on the streets. You can drive your car about and do what you want, which is good fun and of course it is called burnout as you can use your turbo to reach newer speeds and burnout. At top speeds when you find a ramp there is a huge adrenaline rush trying to do something awesome with the car.

        Unlike Gran Turismo it is much different to start races as this is an open world environment. You can start races by approaching any set of traffic lights and can command the game to start a race from there, which is different. Like I said before I didnt like this at first, but in actual fact it is a much more modern and cooler way of playing racing games, as you can just browse the streets and expore when you want and compete and race at other times, so no complaints here.

        Also their is the option to use motorbikes, although without turbo, and they can go pretty fast and make a change. The only problems I have with the game are small, but consist of their being no speedometer, as I love to see how fast I am going, and maybe there is a option to include this, I really don't know.

        Also in the online mode you are in the open world envrinment with other online players, but you have to track them down and then set up a race, it really it a long winded process, which older racing games handled muh more simply.

        You can get better and also purchase new and better cars, including classics like formula one cars and many other vehicles. As you get better your license upgrades and the competition becomes hottter. Overall this is a top racing games and a few personal adjustments would have made this the perfect game for me.

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        18.06.2009 20:26

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        Fantastic game well worth it.

        I personally think this game is excellent, finally you could roam about, and not on a small map that you would get bored of in a few days, but one that has kept me occupied for almost a year and a half. The main island has about 250 miles of road to drive on, with ramps, billboards to drive through and gates to smash through off of them.

        In single player, there are Burning Routes for certain cars, Races, Road Rages, Marked Man challenges and Stunt Man challenges. One at every traffic light all over Paradise City and I'm not too sure about Big Surf Island. Every one of these you complete brings you closer to your next license (Permit, D, C, B, A, Elite), ones you do you can do again after you reach your next licence.

        There are 75 cars you can unlock in Paradise City, and 15 on Big Surf Island. You can also drive motorbikes around now aswell as toy cars. Some you get for winning races, some you have to find and takedown to get them. Places you can drive into around Paradise City include the Wildcats Baseball Stadium and 10 car parks, in which there are jumps at the top.

        Online, you can freeburn online, where you drive around the city with other people or do challenges and timed challenges which can go towards your PlayStation Network trophies. You can do ranked events which effect your world rank, and unranked races which do the opposite.

        I'll give Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box 5/5, one of my favourite racing games of all-time and it's flawless for its purpose.

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        25.05.2009 11:53
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        If you like bikes, buy this

        I bought this game about a year ago from the playstation network. I played it a bit but wasnt very impressed. Being a fan of the gran turismo series I just felt it was a bit too arcadey.
        I didnt play it for months and only picked it up again because my 3 year old boy is mad on bikes and he loves riding around pulling wheelies and doing donuts (hes got a ps2 controller with the lead cut off so he thinks hes playing!!! top tip there dads) and I have to say I have completely changed my mind.

        You start with a standard stunt car and win new ones by completing races, stunt challenges, point to point timed races and various other challenges. What really did it for me is the sheer speed of the bikes, its mindblowing. The scenery blurs by as you weave through traffic, jump off ramps and pull wheelies. Take it online and you can have up to 8 of you completing challenges. Either as a team effort such as trying to jump over each other or point to point races.
        I then started playing the cars, as you advance you get better and better vehicles and the speed is incredible. Think fast and furious. The cars look great and there are some real whacked out models like the munsters style hot rod. Online mode is good too. Its very well thought out and the challenges are good fun though I do much prefer the bikes.

        The map is huge and itl take you a long time to suss out all those short cuts and find all the super jumps, billboards and gates. Then theres the trophys.
        The graphics are 1st class and there plenty of songs to listen to as you thrash around the city. Though I must admit im getting pretty fed up with GnR`s paradise city track!

        You may note that this game isnt a year old but this version is basically the original burnout paradise but with all the free DLC (bikes, day/night cycle) and therefore if you have your ps3 online, buy the old one, download all the free stuff and save yourself a few quid.

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        28.04.2009 14:32
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        Well worth a look for hardcore racers

        == Introduction ==

        Burnout Paradise was one of last year's big hits; the latest in the long running Burnout series it expanded on its largely track-based predecessors to give you a whole city - free of any distractions like police or pedestrians - to drive around in with plenty of other cars to race, dodge, or crash into. Whilst the latter is usually seen as a bad thing that you're penalized for in other games, the Burnout series turned that on its head here and comes positively rewarded. This Ultimate Box packages up the original game with the downloadable content of Bikes and Party into a single game.


        == Gameplay ==

        Playing the game can be as simple as freely driving around the city and exploring it's nooks and crannies if you want to be. To spice things up a bit there are numerous events that take range from straight races to avoiding or actively trying to damage as many cars as you want to. The latter is what gives the game its reputation and you can rack up some horrendous bills; if you've ever wondered why your car insurance comes with a limit of a few million pounds for third party claims this game might give you a little insight as to why.


        There are a huge variety of cars you can choose; nothing quite out of the real world although a few resemblances relatively easy to spot. The main thing though is that each car is modeled for deformable damage; a glancing blow against a wall will leave you with a dent but slam into another car head on and your car will crumple up badly. As such, the knack to the game is inflicting as much damage onto other cars as you can without taking too much of your own; you can do this by ramming them into the scenery or causing them to spin out, for instance.


        Driving about the city has a downside though; it's hard work racing with only a small moving map at the bottom of the screen to guide you, and you'll really need to put some time in learning things at street level to get the most out of the game, which might disappoint more casual players. Only meticulous preparation will win you races, and it pays to do them time and time again to get it right.


        As is the usual with driving games these days, there's also an online mode andBurnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box (PS3) this is where the game really comes alive as up to eight can battle it out together with also Freeburn Online, an ongoing sandbox mode. Sadly it's missing the two player mode of the earlier Burnout games though, which allowed two players to duel away at the one console, which takes the edge off a bit.


        The added content in the Ultimate Box mostly consists of free updates. There are a few bug fixes and there's a bikes pack that sounds interesting but doesn't totally work; they're very fragile and don't take much crash damage which might be realistic but rather works against the ethos of the game. They can go into a few places that cars won't though and an added set of events try to exploit this. With rather more to it is the Party Pack which offers a huge bundle of single player missions and also redresses the balance of a lack of multiplayer with some new events that allow up to eight to compete at a single console, albeit by handing over the controller rather than all at once.


        == Graphics & Sound ==

        Graphically, it's great, but then again racing games need to be these days. All the cars and Paradise City itself, however, is beautifully rendered with a huge level of detail and the realistic damage modeling works very nicely with spectacular crashes from which your crumpled wreck might just manage to limp away if you're lucky. You can also watch them again in slow motion from a variety of camera angles. There's great audio effects too and a suitably rock and roll soundtrack including, you've guessed it, Guns n' Roses Paradise City.


        == Longevity ==

        There's a lot in here; just exploring the city will take you a few days and learning all its streets to the extent you can race through them without needing to consult the map at all would probably take a matter of months. Added replay value comes from the online modes and racers with obsessive compulsive disorder will find plenty of optimizing to do with the events. As such, it's more a game that you're going to want to buy to get the most out of rather than merely rent for a week or two.


        == Overall ==

        It's clear that a lot of effort has gone into the game and if you're prepared to put the time in to learn the city streets it'll be rewarded with a great experience. It's not quite up there with GTA IV in terms of mayhem or Forza Motorsport 2 in terms of realism. It's also something of a departure from previous Burnout games with the switch over to free play and that might alienate some old fans.


        Still, it's got its own style to the gameplay and that's enough to make it well worth a look even if you've got a whole bunch of other racing games that you like; especially so, given the learning curve. If you're a hardcore racer you should consider adding this to your collection, but if you only one the one racing game this probably isn't it.

        (Also posted on Ciao by Phantom_Wombat)

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          Must have for fans of racing games.

          Only bought this game as a second choice, as part of a two games for £45 deal. But, instead of putting it on my shelf and letting it gather dust, I have became addicted. The other game which I bought as part of the deal which was supposed to be the main game, is the one gathering dust.

          The whole map is unlocked from the beginning, so if you don't want to dive straight in and upgrade your license by winning races and other events then you can simply just cruise around "Paradise City".


          ~What can be done~


          There are multiple different types of races/challenges to be completed in order to upgrade your licence through the classes from 'Learner' until you reach the much sought after 'Burnout' licence. The different races/challenges are as follows :

          Race - just a straight race from one point to another.

          Road Rage (Car only) - your set a target of cars to smash of the road within a time limit. Smash the opposition before they get you. This is probably my favourite event.

          Marked Man (Car only) - reach the finish line without the other drivers wrecking your vehicle ( this is their sole purpose ).

          Stunt Run (Car only) - accumulate the target amount of points within the time limit by jumping over ramps, doing barrel rolls, smashing through signs, etc.

          Burning Route (Car only) - cars will sometimes challenge you at a road junction. Winning the challenge wins you your opponents vehicle.

          Burning Ride (Bike Only) - Available during the day only, can be a simple race from one point to another or you may be chasing beacons through the city.

          Midnight Ride (Bike Only) - The night time equivalent of Burning Ride.

          All of these events are fun, but can become repetitive. This is because once you complete an event on one part of your licence, it is available to complete again once you have upgraded your licence.

          If you don't feel like doing thses challenges there are other things you can do while cruising around the city. Beating the fastest time down a street is fun to do and can become quite addictive. If you are just driving around and you find out that you've just beat a 'Time Road Rule', it is quite a nice surprise. As can getting the biggest 'Showtime'. This is when you attempt to beat the most damage caused by a crash on each street. Once you have achieved both best time and best damage for a street you have complete a road rule. I spent around 2 hours just driving around doing these challenges.

          Another thing which I spent quite a bit of time doing was driving around smashing through the billboards (60 to smash) and barriers (400 to smash) of Paradise City. There are also 60 super jumps which are indicated by blue cones which have to be jumped.


          ~Good Points~


          The graphics of the game are impressive, with the surrounding buildings and distant hilly landscapes particularly impressive. There is a slightly arcade look to the game, where the cars are concerned anyway.The slow motion crash scenes are quite impressive at the beginning, but becuase of the amount of times you will crash you eventually get used to seeing the front-end crumple, followed by a wheel coming off and then the door swinging open.

          The gameplay also has an arcade feel to it. At the beginning, while using the slower vehicles, braking isn't really necessary. But once you get to the fatsr vehicles you do have to break to make it around the city in one piece. The more vehicles you unlock the more you need to change your driving style to go around corners. Some cars understeer, so you'll have to hit the brake and drift around the corner, other stick to the road and allow you to continue at full speed around the corner.

          The game is just all-round great to play and has an almost unlimited life time. The longetivity of the game is increased further by the PS3's 'Trophy System'. Trophies are awarded for multiple different achievements from winning a certain amount of races to smashing through all the billboards.

          A nice edition to Burnout Paradise : The Ultimate Box which wasn't previously in Burnout Paradise is the offline multiplayer lobby. Here you and seven others can take part in challenges with the winner of each challenge collecting the points. each player takes it in turn to complete the challenge. The challenges can be hand-picked or chosen at random by the computer, with a maximum of 8 challenges being allowed for each competition.

          Another nice feature of the game is the ability to add your own music playlist to the game. Although, I feel this should be included in alot more games than it currently is.


          ~Improvements~


          One of the few downpoints to the game is that when your racing through the city you can set waypoints on the map. So when going at high-speed down minor roads it is very easy to get lost, which can be a little annoying. A compass at the top of the screen and vehicle indicators are used to show you which way to turn, but the indicators can be difficult to spot depending on what speed your going. I understand not being able to use markers to guide you during races (finding your own route to the finish is part of the challenge), but while cruising around the city I feel it would have been better if this was possible.

          Probably the biggest area in which the game could be improved is including car customisation. Currently all that can be done is changed th colour, type and style of paint. Adding the option to choose parts of a bodykit such as the hood, bumbers or spoiler would make this a very complete game.

          Another tiny fault is that none of the cars actually have drivers, but this is hardly anything to be worried about.

          The final thing which was slightly disappointing was the easiness of the game. As long as you don't get lost your almost certain to win the race and even if you do get lost there is still a chance you'll win. It doesn't reall yget much hardrer to win races as the game progresses it just takes more wins to upgrade your licence.
          Although, there is always the option to go online and take on opponents which aren't going to be quite as easy to get the better of.


          ~ ~ ~


          As far as open world racers go, I have never played anything as good as this and for that reason I would give this game a 9/10. I would definetely recommend buying this game. And you can get the game for less than £20 now, which is an absolute bargain.

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