Burnout games have always been a game that i have held in high regard as one of the most thrilling and high speed racers ever to play, and even though it’s more of an arcade racer compared to the likes of Forza or Gran Turismo it does hold its own even against games like Need for Speed which have similar elements.
The remastered version of Burnout Paradise welcomes you back to Paradise city in glorious 4K quality graphics running at 60fps, the games graphics look sharper and have a better texture to them than before. The downside to this even though there is a slight improvement on graphics it does not differ much compared to the original game.
One of the best features of Burnout Paradise has to be the games soundtrack with tracks from Guns & Roses, N.E.R.D, Faith no More and Avril Lavigne but with the remastered version it adds more with all the tracks from previous burnout game plus some classical tracks from the likes of Mozart, Bach and Tchaikovsky. Aside from the soundtrack the in game sound is crystal clear from the revs of your car engine to the crunching of metal when you wreck your car and when it suddenly collides with other vehicles or when ploughing straight into a wall you really hear the car compacting under the high speed impact.
As expected the remastered edition of the game has all the DLC this includes, toy cars, cop cars, legendary cars plus Big surf island which is substantial in size with plenty of events to compete in with the usual billboard and gate smashes to find add more depth to the game. Even though you have all this content you can still unlock new cars which can be acquired by upgrading your licence or wining an event but some vehicles have to be taken down on the streets of Paradise city in order for you to include them in your garage.
I can’t emphasise enough how much there is to do and find in Burnout Paradise, there is plenty of modes such as Stunt run, Marked Man and races which are scattered around the game with each win allowing you to upgrade your licence opening more events like burning routes which are races with a specific car. On top of this you have time trials on each road where you can beat the offline score or go online and beat other players.
There isn’t any story mode to the game which might be a negative point to the game but Burnout Paradise is a full on fun racer with focuses more on racing rather than an intrigue story mode.
Burnout paradise is a multiple level game as you are not just racing around the streets you can jump from rooftop to rooftop to discover more of the games hidden jumps, billboards and smash gates providing you have plenty of boost and the right car, for me this creates a unique style of gameplay that makes Burnout stand out from other racing games. The handling of the cars is smooth even at high speed you can turn the car around corners with ease this creates some adrenaline pumping racing as you try to avoid oncoming traffic.
Multiplayer provides plenty with free roam with hundreds of time challenges to complete but also you can take on other players in races where you are rewarded for taken out your opponents with additional boost to help you stay ahead or help you catch up if you fall behind. You can either create your own lobby or join a public lobby, these are great fun as the host determines the objectives of the lobby such as how many yards you can jump, how many near misses you can get or it could be an outright race to a specified point.
For me Burnout Paradise was a fantastic game when it was originally released and the remastered edition just shows how good a game it was with very little difference graphically.
I still found this to be a enjoyable game to play either online or playing solo with so much to do it just got better and better the more i played. No matter how much i played the satisfaction you get from taken down another opponent is still one of the most thrilling aspects of the game.