The first true next-generation game of the series, Burnout Paradise hopes to wow as many gamers as the Burnout series did last-generation.
Criterion Games, the developers of the Burnout series, is known for their advance middleware. So it should come to no surprise to any gamers that Burnout Paradise is one of the best looking games on both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
The game accomplishes what only a handful of next-generation games managed to do so far: run at 60 frames per second with super sharp graphics. Car wrecks, the series forte, look as impressive as they have ever been in high-definition.
When you are just wondering around in the city, Paradise City does not have any music; instead you will only hear the DJ on the local radio station giving you the ins and outs of the game and Paradise City. The music starts to kick in when you are competing in challenges. Although rare, Burnout Paradise’s music is great.
The graphics isn’t the only thing receiving an upgrade in Burnout Paradise. With new systems come new gameplay revolutions as well.
The most significant change Burnout Paradise is free roaming open world in Paradise City. You can drive to anywhere and compete in any events you want in the open-ended city. Several hotspots are littered throughout the city: Auto-Repairs fix up your damaged car, Gas Stations fill your boost meter and Paint Shops gives your car a fresh look.
The free roaming nature of Burnout Paradise is detrimental, however. First, the game felt lifeless and empty as Paradise City is devoid of any civilians. You basically have a bunch of cars with ghost drivers and a radio host. Another detriment is that you have to drive back to the starting point redo failed events.
Fortunately, Burnout Paradise benefits outweigh its costs. The game provides over a hundred of events for single player alone. The many events offered by the game include Burning Route, Marked Man, Race, Road Race, Showtime and Stunt Run.
Not to mention that online mode has hundreds of events on its own; you can even create events if you get tired of existing ones. Accessing the online mode is easy: simply push the right directional button to bring the menu up. The transition from single player to online multiplayer is seamless. Up to eight players can participate competitively or cooperatively on events.
Burnout Paradise controls in the following ways:
Left Analog: Steer the car
L1: Look back behind the car
L2: Break and reverse
L2+R2: Hold together at a stoplight to start an event
Right Directional Button: Open up Easy Drive menu
Square: Hand Break
Triangle: Switch from first- and third-person camera view
Burnout Paradise is features packed. The final version will include 75 different cars to choose from and 250 miles of roads to drive them in. With hundreds of events for both offline and online, the game is looking like the first must have title of 2008.
Burnout Paradise will be availble on the January 22nd of next year for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.