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Taking Burnout formula and mixing it with a Sandbox Environment is a Winner!,
This review is from: Burnout Paradise - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Let me say right off the bat that I'm not a simulator racing person. I don't use a driving wheel and I like my driving games to be wild, crazy, fast and full of beautiful, unpredictable racing tracks. My favorite racing game of all time was Star Wars Episode I: Racer until I discovered Burnout 2.
So naturally, when I purchased my PS3, I was very interested in getting the next generation version of Burnout. I found that this Burnout was very different. At first it seemed kind of fun, driving around, smashing things, eventually tried a few races, most were pretty straight forward, not too hard. But it didn't take too long until I was insanely frustrated because one small mistake, one wrong turn can lose you the race, and there is no "start over" button. This is because everything about this game is open world sandbox style. The races are such that you can pick your own route. For me, at first this meant a great amount of frustration, eventually it meant thrills and miles of fun. There is more than racing to be done here, there are stunt runs, marked man runs (you're getting chased by these strong cars that attempt to wreck you), burning routes and more.
The one thing missing from the Burnout series is the incredible crashes where you would drive full speed into an intersection and just watch as your car crashed and caused incalculable damage. While Burnout Paradise has something called "showtime mode" where you basically have a controlled crash mode where you must cause the car to continue to bounce and cause a lot of damage, but it seems somewhat contrived and gets boring quite easily. My only other complaint is the crashing during race like events, you'll be driving and smashing with other racers and causing them to careen off course and crash magnificently, but if you hit some civilian-non-racer you'll end up in a pile of junk on the side of the road before you can say "what the..."
Aside from these two minor complaints there is plenty to love in this innovative arcade racer that allows you to roam the entire city and country side of "Paradise City". There's plenty of signs to smash, parking garages to explore, lots of events scattered around the city, plenty of cars to earn, and races to win, shortcuts to find and lots of fun to be had in this bold take on the Burnout series. This is probably one of the best arcade racers you can find out there.