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Burnout Paradise

Developer(s)Criterion Games
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts
Designer(s)Alex Ward (Creative director)
Version1.90 (PS3 & Xbox 360) (PC)
Platform(s)PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)Retail

PS3, Xbox 360
NA January 22, 2008
EU January 25, 2008[1]
INT September 25, 2008
Ultimate Box
NA February 5, 2009[2]
EU February 6, 2009[2]
PS3, Xbox 360
EU February 5, 2009[2]

Genre(s)Nonlinear Driving,
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)ESRB: E10+
PEGI: 3+ (original rating)
7+ (re-rating)
MediaBlu-ray Disc, DVD, Download
System requirementsSee PC release
Input methodsUSB Steering Wheel, Dual Analogue Gamepad, Keyboard, Mouse

Burnout Paradise (formerly known as Burnout 5) by Criterion Games is the seventh game in the Burnout video game series. It was released in January 2008 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and on February 5, 2009 on Microsoft Windows. It was also released on the PlayStation Store in September 2008 and via Xbox Live Marketplace's Games on Demand in August 2009. It has an open world set in the fictional Paradise City. The song "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses is the game's title music and also featured on the in-game soundtrack.



According to Alex Ward, creative director of the game at developer Criterion Games, this game is a "complete reinvention" of the Burnout series.[3] He also said "To create truly next-generation gameplay, we needed to create a truly next-generation game from the ground up". The game is set in an open-world environment.[4] Initially day and night cycles were not included in the game but a software update entitled "Davis" added this element to the game. Records are now kept on players' drivers licenses and there as well as statistics such as fastest time and biggest crash for every street in the game. Unlike in previous Burnout games, "Crash Mode", now called "Showtime", can now be initiated at any time and place in the game.[5] While racing players may take any route to get to the destination. Races and other events are started by simply stopping at any of the traffic lights and applying the accelerator and brake at the same time. The game features multiple customisable game modes, [6][5] such as determining whether or not there is traffic in an online event, selecting race routes, and including/excluding cars based on their boost types.

The damage system has also been reworked. There are now two different types of crashes based on the car's condition after the crash.[7] If the player's car manages to retain all four wheels and does not break its chassis the player can drive out of the crash and continue playing; this is called a "driveaway". If a player's car loses any wheels, the engine is damaged too much from an impact, or winds up outside of the game's map, the car is in a "wrecked" state and the player will have to wait until their car is reset. Cars will compress and deform around objects they crash into.

Cars now have manufacturer and model names, which are loosely based on real-world cars. Cars may not be "tuned up"[8] or customized apart from color changes, which may be done in real-time by driving through the forecourt of a paint shop, which will randomly assign a color to the car, or by selecting the color in the Junkyard during vehicle selection. Other real-time changes include driving through the forecourt of a gas station to automatically refill the vehicle's Boost meter, and driving through the forecourt of a repair shop to automatically repair the vehicle.[9]


The online lobby system used by most video games has been replaced by a streamlined system known as "Easy Drive". While driving, players simply hit right on the D-Pad and the Easy Drive menu appears in the corner of their screen. From there, players are able to invite other players from their friends list. Once friends have joined the game, the hosting player can select the event to play. A "Mugshots" camera feature is available for the PC via webcam, PlayStation 3 using a PS3-compatible webcam, and Xbox 360 using Xbox Live Vision.[10] When a player is taken down, their photo, or 'Mugshot', is shown to the aggressor, and vice versa. These photos can then be saved to the PC or console's hard drive.[11]

Updates and expansion packs

Burnout Paradise has undergone significant changes since its initial release. These have been implemented through several free patches and downloadable packs. The first major update, codenamed "Bogart", fixed several glitches and was scheduled to be released on April 24, 2008.[12] However, it was made available to Xbox 360 users on April 18, 2008 and to PlayStation 3 users on April 24, 2008.

The "Cagney" update was released on schedule on July 10, 2008 for PlayStation 3 and on August 4, 2008 for the Xbox 360. The update introduces three new Freeburn multiplayer modes: Online Stunt Run, Marked Man and Road Rage. Online Stunt Run involves up to 8 players simultaneously competing for the highest stunt score within 2 minutes (or as long as a player is still chaining stunts). Road Rage features two teams; one must race to a checkpoint while the others tries to stop them through takedowns. Marked Man is like a game of tag, with one player as the Marked Man who cannot see the other players and has no boost. In addition there are 70 new online challenges. These new challenges are different from Free Burn challenges, being timed. Timed challenges start with all players gathering at a point of interest. The players then must all complete an objective within a certain time, such as jumping a ramp. "Gagney" also brought custom soundtracks and 1080i support to the PlayStation 3 version.[13]

Although initially excluded, Paradise was updated to add time-of-day as well as motorcycles.

On April 23, 2008 it was announced that motorbikes and night-day cycles would appear in the Bikes Pack (originally codenamed the "Davis" update), along with tailored locations, challenges and game modes.[14] Criterion Games announced on August 5, 2008 that the update would also feature a new dynamic weather system, two starter bikes in the player's junkyard, 70 new bike-only challenges, and special "Midnight Rides" challenges that appear only at night.[15] The Bikes pack was released on September 18, 2008 on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

On September 25, 2008 another update was made available which introduced support for the PlayStation 3 trophies system. Criterion Games originally stated that the trophies could be awarded retroactively to players who had already made certain achievements. However when the update was released they stated that this had proved to be impossible and that users would have to start a new game in order to achieve some of the goals.[16] On February 5, 2009, Criterion released the free 1.6 update, which includes the addition of an in-game browser for the PC and PlayStation 3 versions, allowing users to access the Criterion Games Network. An in-game store was also added to all versions allowing users to purchase content from within the game.[17]

Paid content

In addition to the free updates, Criterion is releasing several optional, premium packs that add content like new cars, areas and modes. The first update was announced as the "Burnout Party Pack" and launched on February 5, 2009 in North America and the United Kingdom.[18] It focuses on single-console multiplayer gameplay, offering a Freeburn Challenge-like setting but for people playing on the same console, passing the controller around to complete challenges. The challenges are split into 'Speed', 'Stunt' and 'Skill' with up to 8 rounds and up to 8 players playing at once. Criterion in addition also announced the combo pack "Burnout Paradise - The Ultimate Box" that launched around the same time which contains the original game, plus the Cagney, Bikes, Party pack and Update pack all in the same package which contained "a mountain of new refinements".[19]

On November 7, 2008 Criterion announced the first premium content pack called "Legendary Cars". The pack features four cars inspired by famous vehicles from film and television.[20] The Jansen P12 88 Special (based on the DeLorean from the Back to the Future films), the Hunter Manhattan Spirit (based on the Ecto-1 from the Ghostbusters films) the Carson GT Nighthawk (based on KITT from the television series, Knight Rider), and the Hunter Cavalry Bootlegger is (based on The General Lee from the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard).[21] The Legendary Cars pack was released on February 19, 2009 for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, and later in 2009 for the PC.[22]

On March 5, 2009, Criterion announced the release of the "Toy Cars" pack. It features a collection of new vehicles designed with a "toy car" aesthetic, although modelled as full-size cars. The Toy Cars pack has been released in three packs. The full pack offering all toy cars and also the Nakamura Firehawk; a toy motorcycle, the others splitting the content into two parts, without the Firehawk.[23]

On March 12, 2009, the "Boost Specials" pack was released. It featured two cars: the Carson Extreme Hotrod and the Montgomery Hawker Mech. The Carson was described as the fastest car in the game and featured a 'locked' boost; the car continues to boost until it is brought to a stop, either performing a 180-degree turn, slowing down with the handbrake or by crashing. The vehicle dynamics system were rewired so that the Carson performs more realistically than any other car in the game. The Montgomery Hawker Mech also featured a unique boost system, allowing the player to willingly switch between the three different boost types at the touch of a button.[24]

On February 6, 2009, via the Criterion Games Network, Criterion announced the "Cops & Robbers" pack, which was released April 30, 2009 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[25] The content does not involve AI Police cars patrolling the streets but instead borrows from the Cops and Robbers modes of older Burnout games, notably Burnout 2: Point of Impact. Players are split into teams, the Cops and the Robbers. Teams attempt to return gold bars to their respective bases to score points.[26] Every Paradise car (except Carbon and Premium DLC cars) receives a Police livery with the content.[27]

Originally announced as the "Eastwood" pack coming in "Fall 2008",[28] the expansion known as "Big Surf Island" was released June 11, 2009.[29] Design for the island was guided by the principle of "If you can see it, you can drive it".[30][31] The island puts emphasis on the playground aspect of Burnout. The developers mentioned that in their telemetry they noticed that players congregate in areas of Paradise City that lend themselves to stunt-driving, and so the idea was to create an entire island to accommodate player desire. Big Surf Island also features new vehicles, including the Carson Dust Storm buggy, a car tailor-made for stunts. In addition to the Dust Storm buggy two specially featured cars, the Hunter Olympus "Governor" and the Carson Annihilator Street Rod are also included. The unlockable cars also include toy versions of all four "Legendary Cars" pack vehicles and a special Jansen P12 Diamond awarded for completing all 500 freeburn challenges.[32] It features several new events, billboards, smash gates, and mega jumps. New Trophies and Achievements were also been added along with a new 'Big Surf Island License' to obtain.[33]

Release and Marketing

A demo was made available on December 13, 2007 for both PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Store and Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Marketplace.[34][35] On January 4 through January 14, Criterion raised the maximum number of players for the online Freeburn in the Paradise demo to 8 players (which has since returned to 4 players). With it, a total of 13 new Freeburn challenges were made available for players to attempt – 3 challenges in 5, 6 and 7 player sessions, and 4 new challenges for those playing in 8 player sessions.[36]

On the 25 September 2008, Criterion announced that Burnout Paradise would be made available for download on the PlayStation Store.[37] Upon installation and first execution, all updates would also be downloaded and installed, allowing the player to have the latest version of Burnout Paradise.

The Criterion Games Network is a free service which allows users to access a range of information including gameplay statistics for themselves and their friends. Initially only accessible from within the PlayStation 3 and PC versions of Burnout Paradise, the service was extended and made available from any web browser via the Criterion Games website to any user who has played the PS3, PC or Xbox 360 versions of the game. To access the web browser version, users must log-in with an EA account linked to an Xbox Live, Games for Windows Live or PlayStation Network ID. From the Criterion Games Network users can access news about the game and view information about themselves and their friends including gameplay statistics, online rank and which downloadable content packs have been installed.[38]

Burnout Paradise features in-game advertising for a number of brands.(Burger King, JL Audio, Gillette and CompUSA) From October 6, 2008, in-game billboards featured ads for the then United States Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. Electronic Arts confirmed that the Obama campaign paid for the advertisements, marking the first time that a United States presidential candidate has bought in-game advertising.[39] The Obama campaign ran only on the Xbox 360 version of the game.

PC release

 System requirements
Microsoft Windows
Operating SystemWindows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
CPUIntel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (XP)
Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz (Vista)
Memory1 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista)
Hard Drive Space4 GB of free space
8.16 GB for EA Download Manager Users
Graphics HardwareDirectX 9.0c compatible 3D accelerated 128 MB Video card with Pixel Shader 3.0 (NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or higher,ATI Radeon X1300 or higher)
Sound HardwareDirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card

Burnout Paradise is the first game in the Burnout series to be released for the PC. Criterion are making use of high-end graphics cards and have introduced enhanced visuals and the ability to play the game across multiple monitors to enhance widescreen playing. When using three 4:3 monitors allow the player to play in a Polyvision aspect ratio. PC users are also able to download a trial version of the game for free. It includes the whole map and 2 cars but will expire after thirty minutes. All saved data will be carried over if the user decides to purchase the full game.[40]

Reception and Awards

Aggregate scores
Review scores
Game Informer8.5/10[44]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) [47]
Official Xbox Magazine9/10[48]
SpikeBest Racing/Driving Game (2008)[49]
GameSpotBest downloadable content (2008)[50]
Best driving game (2008)[51]
GametrailersBest racing game (2008)[52]

Burnout Paradise was well received, earning (among other things) the Editor's Choice in GameSpot. Metacritic has the game calculated at 88 out of 100 for the Xbox 360 release[42] and 87 for the PS3.[53] Game Rankings calculated an 88% for the Xbox 360[41] and an 88% for the PS3 version.[54] GamePro, Giant Bomb and Game Chronicles gave the game a perfect score.[42] Reviewers praised the game's open world, stating "Burnout Paradise is an amazing open-world racing game that stays true to the Burnout legacy", but that the large world may "feels a little daunting at first."[55] New gameplay mechanics such as gas stations and body repair shops were also praised which "mitigate potential frustration when the heat is on."[43] Hyper's Daniel Wilks commends the game for its "great sense of speed and things that go boom".[56] IGN's Chris Roper praised the vehicle unlocking system, which gives the player a new vehicle with each license, and also gives the player the opportunity to "take down" certain vehicles, earning them as a reward if completed.[46] He further lauded the game as "controlled chaos".[46]

While the game was well received, some reviewers were disappointed that there was no option to restart a race or event.[46] Instead the player had to either fail the event, or cancel the race by pulling over and stopping for a few seconds, and then return to the specific place on the map to try that particular race or event again. Criterion responded to this criticism by stating that they don't feel that this is a problem and that adding a "retry" option would introduce loading screens, which they "hate with a passion".[57] Despite this, the option to restart an event was later added to the game via a free software update.[17] One reviewer found DJ Atomika, the game's guide, to be "instantly dislikeable".[43]

Paradise won several awards in 2008, with Spike TV, Gametrailers and GameSpot all awarding it Best Driving Game.[49][52][51] Additionally, Paradise won GameSpot's award for Best Downloadable Content by in 2008.[50] Burnout Paradise became 2008’s Most Decorated Driving Game.[58]


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