Burnout: Paradise

aka: Burnout 5
Moby ID: 32402
PlayStation 3 Specs

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Burnout Paradise is the first installment in the long-running series, well known for its extreme 60-frames-per-second speed and crash-oriented carnage, to appear on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

This title does away with menus to create a seamless integration of event gameplay and online interaction. Rather than dividing races into different sections, the player can fully explore Paradise City as an open world, where every junction is an opportunity to start an event. Just pull up at the traffic lights and rev the engine to start an event. The same applies to the Showtime mode (formerly Crash mode). The preset junctions and traffic are no longer present and the player can now crash at any location in the world, by activating the Showtime mode. It can also be used in regular modes, as well as online games. The main game mode has the player earn credit to unlock new licenses and cars. The five main event types are:* Race: the first one to reach the finish wins.

  • Road Rage: perform a number of takedowns before time runs out.
  • Marked Man: race for a location and survive the attacks from another car that tries to take you down.
  • Stunt Run: use stunt moves to reach a target score.
  • Burning Route: a unique route for each car in the game.

There are more than 80 cars present and there is a reworked damage system. More parts can be torn off and the state of the car determines if the player can keep driving or has to wait for a reset. Objects in the environment can now also be deformed.

The game supports mugshots with support for a camera. When a player is taken down, both players have their photo taken, exchanged and saved on the hard drive. There are also camera-less persons or an avatar can be used.

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Credits (PlayStation 3 version)

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"Stand And Deliver"
  • Performed by Adam And The Ants
  • Adam Ant (written by)
  • Marco Pirroni (written by)
  • Published by BMG Songs [ASCAP]
  • Recording courtesy of Epic
  • By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
  • Performed by Agent Blue
  • Written by Agent Blue
  • Copyright control
  • Recording courtesy of Fierce Panda
  • By arrangement with Fine Gold Productions
"Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast"
  • Performed by Airbourne
  • Joel Francis O'Keeffe (written by)
  • Ryan O'Keeffe (written by)
  • Published by Artwerks Music LLC admin by Nettwerk One Music [Canada] Ltd.
  • Recording courtesy of [P] 2007 EMI Music Australia PTY Limited for Australia and New Zealand
  • & [p] 2007 The All Blacks B.V. for the rest of the world
  • Performed by Alice In Chains
  • Jerry Cantrell (written by)
  • Published by Full Circle
  • Recording courtesy of Columbia
  • By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
"Going Through Changes"
  • Performed of Army Of Me
  • Vincent Paul Scheuerman (written by)
  • © WB Music Corp. [ASCAP] and Army Of Me Music [ASCAP]
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1001 Video Games

Burnout Paradise appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cover art

In January 2008 game site Joystiq posted an article claiming that the cover art of Burnout Paradise is remarkably similar to the cover art of the album Unsolved by indie rock band Karate. Electronic Arts issued a statement that the similarities are pure coincidence. The comparison can be found in the related links section.


Early April 2008 development studio Criterion Studios announced more than a million copies of the game had been sold worldwide.


  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – #9 Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – #10 PS3 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – #10 Multiplayer Game of the Year
    • 2008 – Xbox 360 Racing Game of the Year
    • 2008 – PS3 Racing Game of the Year

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Burnout 2: Point of Impact
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Burnout: Paradise - Party
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Burnout: Paradise - Remastered
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Burnout: Paradise - Hawker Mech
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Burnout: Paradise - Toy Collection
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Burnout: Paradise - Toy Hunter Cavalry
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Game added by James Buckingham.

Additional contributors: Sciere, Patrick Bregger, Starbuck the Third, Victor Vance, FatherJack.

Game added February 2nd, 2008. Last modified November 14th, 2023.