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Paradise aint a bad place to be
on 22 November 2009
Burnout Paradise Hmmm! I am a big fan of the series and have played them all. Burnout comes to the new gen with a complete makeover. I hated it. I tossed it a side for months on end. In the end I gave up and now except the game for what it is. In fact, once you get over the fact that good old Burnout is dead and buried, this, after a while gets enjoyable.
I miss the structure of the old Burnout. Trying to win gold medals, the crash mode, the takedowns, the revenge. You get hints of it in this game but it is a new style of play.
Here we have a single city, Paradise City, where Guns and Roses play their song on every street corner. You are free to explore this city. Stop at traffic lights and you can enter the event tied to it. That is about it really. Oh, you can ram bill boards and stuff whilst you drive about the city looking for eh, traffic lights.
The events are fun and similar to old Burnout at times. You can do takedowns but this is not the purpose of the game. There is no purpose other than to build up your license and car collection. You can however race on bikes for a change.
Once you come to accept the laizze fare style gaming which is similar in style to the likes of Test Drive and Need For Speed, the game can be good fun at times. One issue I have is that it is difficult to work out where to go. In most games you get a GPS which gives arrows to point you in the right direction. Not here. You get an icon on your compass and you have to find your own way. You need to keep steering in the direction whilst looking for shortcuts and turns. At speed it is not easy. You will lose races because of this. If you get lost, simply stop and the event ends and then find another set of traffic lights. Keep an eye on your distance to target, if it goes up, your going the wrong way!
There is no doubt this is a quality game. Graphics, arcade handling, sound effects, soundtrack are all excellent. Despite the game getting repetative the city is big and it is worth shooting off to another location for a change.
The on-line is quite innovative. A click of a button and you are on-line. It is a duplication of the single player experience except there are human players.
Overall, I would have preferred another traditional style Burnout but this will have to do. I don't like the structure (or lack of it) but it will have to do. It is still a well made arcade racer though.