Disclaimer: This product was purchased out of my own pocket. Additionally, please bear in mind that this review is for the PC version of the game. Your experience on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 may vary.
In 2008, Criterion and EA put out an awesome open-world racing game called Burnout Paradise. Fast forward to today, they have re-released it in the form of Burnout Paradise Remastered. Let’s take a look at it and see if it’s worth buying.
For those of you who are new to this game, there are a few different types of events:
- Race: Go from point A to point B on the map and finish in first place.
- Road rage: make your opponents a given number of times before the timer expires
- Stunt Run: perform stunts to earn points. You have to reach the required score before the timer runs out.
- Marked man: You have to reach a given point on the map before the computer-controlled opponents smash up your car.
- Burning Route: You have to reach a given point on the map in a given time in a specific car. Win this, and you get a new car added to your collection.
Burnout Paradise Remastered (like the original Burnout Paradise) has a progression system in the form of a driver’s license. When you beat an event you get a win added to your license.
So what’s new? When the PC version of the original Burnout Paradise game was released, there was a lot of add-ons released after the game came to PC in early 2009. However, Big Surf Island was one of the add-ons that did not get released for the PC. This added another section to the world map. It’s an entire island with even more events for you to complete. In the PC version of Burnout Paradise Remastered, Big Surf Island is available to you right away.
If you are on PC then this is an all-new experience for you. Go over Paradise Keys Bridge, you are greeted with spiral-shaped car park on the left (yes, you can drive up there). Just like the mainland of Paradise City, there’s plenty for you to do. There’s a separate Driver’s license just for the island. Does the island live up to the hype? The answer is yes it does. there are some ridiculously huge jumps, locations for some awesome stunts and everything in between.
On top of that, there were some additional cars released for the original game. These included toy cars, cars inspired by the movies and cars with different types of boost in them. All of these additional cars come with Burnout Paradise remastered. Therefore, if you wanted to mix up your experience then you have an even wider selection of cars to choose from.
With more than 120 events, 400 gates for you to smash through, 50 billboards to find (to name a few things) it’s safe to say that there’s a lot for you to do in this game. That’s before we get to all the online challenges that you have to do (more on that shortly). You can play the game in pretty much any order you want. In fact, if you wish to take a break from events and casually drive around the map, then you can do that.
With all the events, you are not locked down to a specific route. Instead, you have to find the best route using any road or shortcut at your disposal. Thankfully, because you have the billboards, gates and super jumps, you will be able to recognise the best routes to take in those races and marked man events.
The events start off easy, but then as you progress to the higher license levels, the game will become a lot harder. This keeps things interesting because it actually makes you work that extra bit harder to get that win. On top of that, there is also a separate portion of the game for the motorbikes. In short, there’s enough to keep you entertained for a long time. There are also a lot of cars to unlock as you go through the game. Some of them handle differently to others. As such, choosing the right car will be the key to winning each event.
For me, the music is a really important part of the game. Thankfully, there are some really good tunes in here. There are songs from the likes of Faith No More, Guns ‘N’ Roses and Killswitch Engage to name a few artists. On top of that, there is some music from previous Burnout games. There is even some classical music as well.
I have to say that there are subtle differences between the original and the remaster. Personally, it would have been nice if they put some effort into the world as a whole. Other than that, it’s fair to say that the game has aged really well.
Burnout Paradise remastered has what it calls online Freeburn challenges. The difference here is that you to work with other players to complete them. This includes jumping over something or your fellow players. In my initial testing of the game, I will say that the online multiplayer worked well and there’s a lot of challenges to keep you occupied. I remember spending many hours just completing the online challenges.
Final score: 8 out of 10.
So, should you buy burnout Paradise Remastered? The answer is yes! There’s so much for you to do in the game, it’s going to keep you occupied for a while. It would have been nice to have seen more work done on the graphics (which would have bumped my score up to a 9). With that being said the game has held up well over the years. On top of that, there is a good choice of music to listen to whilst you tear up the streets.