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Burnout Paradise - Playstation 3

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews) 87 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3
  • Rock Paradise City—Shred your way across more than 250 miles of open road discovering jumps, stunts, and shortcuts.
  • Infinite Possibilities—Blaze your path to glory in 120 unique events, using your knowledge of the city to find the fastest routes and get the drop on rivals.
  • Team Up or Takedown—Battle friends online and grab their mugshots, or join forces to complete more than 300 online challenges.
  • Showtime: Crash Anywhere, Any Time—Send your car wrecking, spinning and scraping down the road, smashing through traffic and leaving a trail of expensive wreckage in your wake.
  • Road Rules—Make and break the rules of each road by setting speed and destruction records all over town. Track how many you own against your friends!
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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B000MUW98O
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,459 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PlayStation 3

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In Burnout Paradise players are treated to a rarity in the video games universe: a complete reinvention of an established franchise that equals, if not betters any of the previous games in the series. Yes, this is a large claim, but one that can be explained in a single phrase: Next-Gen Freedom.

Burnout Paradise logo

Driver's heaven is a wide open world
In Paradise City even cars can fly

In Paradise City even cars can fly. View larger.
Go for broke in 'Marked Man' Mode

Go for broke in 'Marked Man' Mode. View larger.
Nothing is off limits, even head-on crashes

Nothing is off limits, even head-on crashes. View larger.
Start a race anytime with 'Easy Drive.'

Start a race any time with 'Easy Drive.' View larger.
Although the Burnout series’ over the top mobile action has been its calling card since it ignited audiences on the PS2 in 2001, and later on the first generation Xbox console, Burnout Paradise is the first game in the series that has been designed specifically for play on Next Generation consoles. This has allowed game developer Criterion to rip the training wheels off the game and rebuild it from scratch. The result is a new, expansive world that players can roll through at will. And what a world it is.

Enter Paradise City
Heaven on Earth, at least to road-raging, crash-causing Burnout fanatics, Paradise City is your domain and ultimate proving ground in Burnout Paradise. This expansive driver’s playground stretches across 250 miles and encompasses all sorts of road driving conditions, from fun-in-the-sun seaside cruising boulevards, to mountain roads and downtown gridlock. But regardless of what stretch of asphalt you find yourself on, the beauty of this place is that nothing is blocked off and your wits are at least as important as the horsepower under your hood when it comes to racing here. Check out Paradise City’s five sub areas (click the links for sample images):

Burnout Your Way
Unlike in previous Burnout games, Burnout Paradise not only puts the keys to your ride in your hands, but places you squarely in the driver’s seat when it comes to where you can go and what you can do.

Along with wide avenues and crowded highways, the open game design of Paradise City is also jammed full of hidden side streets, back roads and alley ways. These can be used as short cuts in races, that is, if you know where they are. As you explore, commit these potential short cuts to memory because they will definitely come in handy in a tight race. And since we are talking Burnout here, players should not expect uneventful, genteel contests of speed and precision driving. In Paradise City players are always free to slam, shunt and wreck opponents in their bids for supremacy and they will. Also, new to the Burnout series, races can now start anywhere, anytime. Just pull up to a stoplight and spin your wheels to start one in one of five different event classes:

  • Classic Race
  • Road Rage
  • Burning Route
  • Stunt Run (new)
  • Marked Man (new)
Instant Online
Burnout Paradise also keeps the mobile carnage coming while simultaneously setting the new standard in online social gameplay. With the new ‘Easy Drive’ feature you can find friends online and with the click of a button invite them to a race. Once they’ve accepted the race will start immediately. That's right, no more annoying wait times at online lobbies and servers. And keeping in touch with friends is easier than ever.

Team up or Takedown
In the winner-take-all universe of Burnout teaming up usually isn’t the first option that comes to mind, but on these rough and tumble streets it's a good option to keep in mind. With more than 300 FreeBurn Challenges packed into the game, players always have the choice of going it alone against the field as a whole or joining forces with up to seven of your buddies in user-created race routes. Either way, if you are victorious in your takedown you'll get the chance to talk some trash as you exchange Mugshots with your victim via an optional camera hooked to your gaming system or your gamertag/PSN avatar if you prefer to keep your identity on the down-low.

Showtime: Crash Anywhere, Any Time
And finally since a new Burnout release wouldn't be complete without a little something special in the wreckage department, Burnout Paradise continues the carnage with an update of its familiar 'Crash Mode.' Renamed 'Showtime Mode,' players can now crash, bounce and scatter their ride in any location and replay the wreckage over and over in slow motion. One of the most addictive and down right fun features of the game, players activate the mode by simply pulling both triggers on their controller and if they are good enough can also immortalize their Showtime moments on the leaderboards for all to see.

Driving fans this is Next-Gen at its best and definitely the Burnout title you have been waiting for.

Product Description

In Burnout Paradise players are treated to a rarity in the video games universe: a complete reinvention of an established franchise that equals, if not betters any of the previous games in the series. Yes, this is a large claim, but one that can be explained in a single phrase: Next-Gen Freedom. Although the Burnout series’ over the top mobile action has been its calling card since it ignited audiences on the PS2 in 2001, and later on the first generation Xbox console, Burnout Paradise is the first game in the series that has been designed specifically for play on Next Generation consoles. This has allowed game developer Criterion to rip the training wheels off the game and rebuild it from scratch. The result is a new, expansive world that players can roll through at will. And what a world it is.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great arcade racer August 28, 2009
By JLeack
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Pros:
- Great replay value
- Intense racing experience
- Brilliant online execution
- Constant patching is a huge plus

Cons:
- Only 8 racing designations
- Map layout could use some work
- Races become insanely difficult

Gameplay:
At its core, Burnout Paradise is a traditional arcade racing game. You can expect to drive your car at insanely fast speeds, launch off dozens of jumps, and crash frequently. However, from there the similarities quickly vanish. Burnout Paradise is one of the first racing games to feature a fully rendered sandbox environment. From the start you are allowed to drive up to any of the games many intersections and hold down both the throttle and brake buttons simultaneously to enter one of the several events that the game offers. There is a traditional race mode, a stunt mode, several crash related modes as well as an individual race designated to every car. Unfortunately, the crash related modes become boring quite quickly, and only the racing and trick modes really remain enjoyable.

The sandbox environment and intersection concept are very interesting, but unfortunately contain flaws. First off, it is impossible to retry the race without driving back to the starting location which leads to frustration. Secondly, since all races end at one of the 8 corners of the map, you'll find yourself driving on a few of the roads in every race, and will almost never see more than half of the map. Also, many of the turns on the map are very difficult to navigate, especially when you factor in that you'll be driving upward of 200mph with boost on, and there is lots of traffic. However, the game is still very enjoyable and the presentation is very commendable.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeeeeha, what a ride! February 7, 2008
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok, My background in racing.. Need 4 Speed all games. GTA III on up. Gran Tourismo all. Many more earlier, but mostly these for the sake of my review... meaning I never played the previous Burnout series.

Feel for the racing menu is much like GTA to me. Free form racing around the city is superb. There is a new race or even on just about every corner. Awesome! The feel of the city and surroundings is very good. Just as in GTA, you find secret billboards and unique jumps along with the racing. The way they have the level upgrade to your license is fun and keeps you going. Many a time, I have been close to the next level and refused to get off the game. Addictive.

There are tons of races, events, records to beat, too many to list actually. Some have complained about the Showtime event. I LOVE this event. It's a crack up (pun) and when you get good at it, setting the record in this event for every street in the game is really fun.

Ok.. if the game ended there, it would still be a great game. It doesnt.

Multiplayer. Online racing and entrance is seamless. You just basically hit the right button and you are in a game online. I always go in wanting to work on the online events you can do by teaming up with other players and doing jumps and stuff together, but I end up getting wrapped up in the Takedown with others and pretty soon, time has gone by without notice. It's almost too fun really. I'd probably buy this game if all it had was multiplayer takedown and no other options. Gladly, that's not needed. lol

There are many cars in the game and getting them is pretty straight forward. No garage or home here, just a junkyard where all your cars are kept. I've seen complaints about having to repair cars and such..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Awesome December 13, 2010
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I recently bought this game for myself after craving an arcade style racing game for the ps3. I have the Burnout series for ps2 and always enjoyed them, to my surprise; this one is awesome!

The open-city aspect of the game is awesome, no more menus of picking a race, you drive to find them. It also allows for free-roam where you can just explore the city and go after other objectives such as finding shortcuts and breaking through billboards.

The cars are designed well, the controls are easy to get used to and the bikes are also awesome. I miss the split-screen multiplayer mode but it doesn't take away from how much I like this game.

Highly reccomend for a inexpensive racing game and awesome replay-ability.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! September 20, 2010
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I got this as a gift for my boyfriend, and ended up spending a whole weekend playing it on his PS3. FANTASTIC game! I'm kind of a n00b when it comes to any video games that aren't 'Zelda' or 'Pokemon' but I think this game is great! Lots of different types of challenges, races, and plenty of chancers for distruction and mayhem! One level in particular that we both found to be fun is the level where you must try to run as many cars off the road as possible in a time limit.
Great grahics, tons of different types of cars and tracks. The only thing I would change would be the paint types. There's no matted paint! Ha-ha! But it has many different colors and paint styles. Over all, a fantastic game.
Love it!
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for awhile then gets tedious March 29, 2008
By CastleD
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
[Update 4-11-09: Criterion released a patch in February that enables a race restart option (thanks slowjam98), so most of the complaints in the review can be ignored. I haven't played the game again though.]

Burnout: Paradise has many great qualities and Criterion should be praised. However to fully appreciate this game and become good at it you basically have to memorize the entire huge city. I've been playing the game for about 20 hours and I can barely remember where the short cuts are and what's the best street to turn down for races and stunts. Especially because you're driving so fast. They do have flashing street sign indicators but they're only a little helpful.

Let's say I start a race. I then pause and look at the terrible map when the race starts and plan out my route. Then I drive about 10 seconds, pause, then look at the map again. I find myself doing this over and over during the race. This frequent pausing breaks up the fun and momentum of the race. So let's say I lose the race. No big deal the whole point of a game is to practice and get better. Great. But then you have to drive alllll the way back to the starting point, miles away. I've won many races so it's not because I suck, but I've rarely been able to get particularly good at any races or any other events. I don't feel that satisfaction of getting better at a game, just blazing speed and blind luck.

People say it's no big deal because another event is right around the corner at a traffic light. But how am I going to get better at the previous race if I don't do it again for a long time? So you basically just wander around aimlessly from event to event, not ever really perfecting anything. The whole thing begins to feel like a meandering, directionless mess.
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