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Overall User Score (12 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Game Shark (Feb 04, 2008)
These are minor annoyances when compared to the overall quality of the game, however. The City is enormous and beautiful, the cars are amazingly detailed, and the control is divine. Tearing through the streets of Paradise City, hitting the e-brake to do a quick 180 and laying heavy on the boost will have you giggling with speed demon delight, even if you have to listen to the irritating DJ Atomica while you do it. You know that goofy grin dogs get on their face when they stick their heads out the window of a moving car? Playing Burnout Paradise is like that.
1UP (Jan 17, 2008)
But which platform offers the consummate version of Paradise? While the PlayStation 3 edition sports a slight visual edge (a few superior textures, no screen tearing) and arguably superior controller triggers, the Xbox 360 offering plays identically, and both sport that amazingly intuitive online interface. And since the PS3 version fails to deliver a custom soundtrack option (blame Sony), the Xbox 360's ability to rescue you from a cavalcade of crappy Burnout 2 track remixes and Avril Lavigne nonsense can't be underestimated.
The game’s terrifying sense of speed and delirious crashes also help make Paradise one of the most engaging speedsters around, but it’s online where the game really shines; simply pressing a button brings up an online display that allows you to invite friends to a race, sidestepping the chore of ploughing through menus to kick off multiplayer sessions and making the infectious action seamless and genuinely gripping.
Giant Bomb (Mar 01, 2008)
There's more opacity here than there probably should be, but once you penetrate its dark shell and figure out what, exactly, is going on, Burnout Paradise is nothing short of amazing. The team at Criterion took a big chance and it's paid off very well. The game revamps the stock formula in major ways without losing most of the high-speed racing flavor that you hope to see from something with Burnout in the title.
Game Chronicles (Feb 19, 2008)
This game is all about freedom to do what you want when you want without tripping over menus or awkward interfaces. From the title screen and opening Guns and Roses track to that time when you finally manage to turn the power off, you will never once feel like you are anywhere but Paradise City. It’s more than a game…it’s an alternate reality.
GamePro (US) (Jan 25, 2008)
And yet, despite these minor imperfections, there is no doubting that Burnout Paradise offers once of the most intense racing experiences around. It won't wow you with a high degree of realism like Gran Turismo will but for pure racing action, it is one of the best titles ever produced. Give it a chance and you might find yourself having the most fun you've ever had in a virtual car.
95 (Feb 02, 2008)
Burnout Paradise is different than the previous Burnout games in a lot of ways, but also keeps a lot of the things we all loved about the previous games intact. Blazing speed? Check. Amazing crashes? Check. Huge amounts of fun? Triple check! I could go on for a lot longer about Burnout Paradise, since it has tons of options to choose from and things to do, but I don’t want to waste your time any longer. Just go buy the game already or at least rent it. If you are a racing game fan you owe it to yourself to experience the thrills of Burnout Paradise and if you don’t like racing games you may still enjoy this game for its open world experience and great graphics, sound, and fun factor.
MS Xbox World (Feb 02, 2008)
Burnout Paradise is a game I can wholeheartedly recommend as a must own title. It has so much value packed into it that my review has gone on far longer than it normally does … and there are still things about the game I wish I had the space to rave about.
Gamer 2.0 (Feb 01, 2008)
While Burnout Paradise is certainly an addictive game that offers a ton of value for anyone to enjoy, it definitely won’t please everyone that gives it a shot. If you weren’t so sure about the game after playing the demo, a rental is probably your best bet at seeing what the game really has to offer while everyone else that’s excited by the concept of a sandbox Burnout is quickly recommended to buy the game. As for platform differences, it’s very much a minute issue, as both look great and play just as well, so it comes down to personal preferences (achievements, custom soundtrack, controller, online) to make your choice for you. It’s rare that the beginning of any year gets this kind of kick in the pants from a game, so this is a definite buy for gamers to pick up before the loaded spring gets here in the next few months.
XboxAchievements (Jan 26, 2008)
Criterion Games are back with another installment of the Burnout series, and it is certainly the best title yet. With gorgeous graphics and many new features, Burnout Paradise offers an incredible amount of replay value and will keep you entertained for many an hour. Whether you aim to complete all 350 online challenges, free-roam with your friends, enter ranked and player matches via Xbox Live, or just try and conquer hundreds of single player events and gain your coveted Burnout licence is up to you; but whatever you decide, I am sure you will have fun doing it. The game’s called Paradise, and paradise is exactly what you will be in when you play this game.
XboxAddict (Feb 03, 2008)
Overall the gameplay of Burnout Paradise is spot on and great fun. The lack of multiplayer modes will be a hinderance to some, but for most both online and offline will be sufficient and worth the purchase of the game. The graphics are stellar with wonderful crash sequences, and excellent car models. The map is vast and allows for hours of exploring and fun. Find your own routes through the city or create new ones using super jumps. And what’s better than burning through the city listening to some classic tunes as well as current rock on your Burnout radio. Burnout radio includes over 70 songs, from Guns N’Roses to original Burnout series musical scores. You’ll be completely satisfied with a purchase of this game for both the online and offline experience. And you can be sure that EA will most likely add more cars and possibly games modes via download content in the future.
Daily Game (Jan 28, 2008)
Burnout Paradise may not be the most original game in terms of gameplay, but its implementation of those elements is top-notch, and the franchise's open-world evolution is definitely welcome. The lack of Crash Mode? Don't sweat it; Showtime Mode is a blast, and with any luck Criterion will include an update down the road to let online crashers go head-to-head. My first inclination was to say this was the best Burnout since Takedown. Having spent even more time with it, though, Burnout Paradise now sits atop the charts as the best Burnout yet.
92 (Feb 01, 2008)
There are certainly better racers on the Xbox 360 than Burnout Paradise, however for sheer multiplayer action and mayhem there isn’t anything that comes close.
TeamXbox (Jan 18, 2008)
Whether you are for or against the major changes in Burnout Paradise, there’s no arguing with the fact that Criterion has once again figured out how to create an extreme racing game that, quite simply, has no rivals.
TalkXbox (Feb 11, 2008)
So if you’re a skeptical Burnout fan, there’s nothing to fear. Burnout Paradise is another great edition in an already fantastic series. The few minor problems the game has are easily overcome by the fact that everything else is so polished and well done. Paradise makes a step in the right direction by moving to a more flexible setup than previous games, but choices such as replacing crash mode, and lacking any real variety in the events themselves keeps the game from being the best in the series. However if you’re looking for a great racing game, there’s no doubt this is the perfect choice for you.
91 (Jan 30, 2008)
So spaßig die Rennen in Paradise City auch sind, mich hat das Suchen der richtigen Straßen in der offenen Stadt schon recht stark gestört, die Rennen in den Vorgängern spielten sich auf abgesteckten Kursen einfach noch eine Spur dramatischer. In Paradise ähneln sich die Rennen dagegen alle zu sehr, das Unverwechselbare fehlt ein wenig. Doch dieses Manko macht der grandiose Onlinemodus locker wieder wett. Selten hat mich ein Rennspiel dermaßen im Mehrspielerbereich überzeugen können. Wem schnelle Autos und heiße Rennaction ansatzweise zusagen, der muss Burnout Paradise auf jeden Fall gespielt haben. Die Reise nach Paradise City werdet ihr bestimmt nicht bereuen!
Gaming Nexus (Feb 21, 2008)
Don't be afraid of the different route this sequel took, Burnout Paradise is every bit as exhilarating as you could hope for. With its amazing graphics, great sense of speed, fantastic level design and fun events, this Burnout game is one of the best racing games to be released in recent years.
The new direction Criterion has taken feels akin to a maturation of the franchise, and though I am glad it hasn't moved away from its arcade-flavored roots, I do wonder what it means for the franchise moving forward. Until then, though, enjoy Burnout Paradise. It's truly the biggest evolution for the franchise yet.
Jolt (UK) (Feb 04, 2008)
Overall Burnout Paradise is pretty huge, and hugely pretty. It doesn’t have the diversity in appearance of some open-ended games, but the previously mindless racing of past Burnout games has been brought into sharp and very satisfying focus. It’ll take you ages to polish off all of the events, even if they are mostly just the same event with a slightly different starting point, but when you’re finished with that aspect, there’s loads to see just cruising around, which is triple the fun when you throw other players into the mix.
All in all, Burnout Paradise's new approach to the series works wonders on so many different levels. Paradise City provides an immense amount of things to do and leaves it all up to the man behind the wheel. I am going to quote a tidbit from that creepy Cadillac commercial: "The real question is: When you turn your car on… Does it return the favor?" I am going to finally answer that question in relation to my topic here with a resounding yes.
Extreme Gamer (Feb 20, 2008)
If you’re in the market for a fun racing game that’ll keep you busy for quite some time, this is your game. Putting up the $60 to buy it instead of rent it is definitely worth it. There’s nothing negative I can really say about this game. They did take out the crash mode but this is more or less replaced with Showtime, which is a good excuse to cause some mayhem. Criterion and EA games have created a wonderful game which is a huge success; let’s hope they can match this with the next installment of Burnout.
XBox Front (Feb 05, 2008)
Machen wir es kurz und schmerzlos – Burnout Paradise ist der zurzeit beste Fun-Raser, den man für Geld käuflich erwerben kann. Es macht unglaublich viel Spaß durch Paradise City zu cruisen und an den verschiedenen Rennen teilzunehmen. Das Geschwindigkeitsgefühl ist auch im neusten Teil der Serie wieder erstklassig und lässt die Konkurrenz wie ein Trabbi mit Motorschaden zurück. Egal für welches Event ihr euch entscheidet, Burnout Paradise bietet Action und Fahrspaß non-stop. Die Kombination aus den alten Stärken der Serie, das Fahrgefühl und die spektakulären Unfälle, mit neuen und sehr spaßigen Aufgaben, gehen perfekt auf.
Following up on last year, where an abundance of great games were released, it's a great sign to see a game of such high quality come so early in 2008. Burnout Paradise is a step in the right direction for the franchise and while a lot of us had misgivings about the demo everything in the full version comes together superbly. While the new found liberty is costly, in that there are some issues with the new ‘open nature' of the game, they're only minor, and If you're a fan of arcade racers, or the Burnout series, you won't want to look past this.
AusGamers (Feb 12, 2008)
I'd go so far as to say that Burnout Paradise is the most fun I've had in an arcade racing game since multiplayer Daytona USA in the arcades. There are just so many challenges and so much content to keep you busy before you even step through that invisible door to multiplayer. If you're already a fan of the Burnout games, this one is a no-brainer. For anyone else, check out the demo first if you're apprehensive - demos for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 can be found via their respective online services. If only other EA properties could add this much value between their annual iterations.
Good Game (Feb 18, 2008)
There’s stacks of cars to collect, including some old favorites. I would have liked a new soundtrack rather than a rehash of previous ones, and a split screen mode would have be nice. But It’s just great to have more burnout, I’m giving it 9. XBox360 users also note, you’ll need a hard drive if you want to take this online.
UOL Jogos (Feb 01, 2008)
"Burnout Paradise" é um marco na série, já que surge com modificações radicais em sua fórmula, aumentando de maneira surpreendente a imersão do jogador. Elas devem causar um certo estranhamento aos fãs da série, que com o tempo não conseguirão resistir à alta velocidade e aos grandes momentos de adrenalina. O jogo decai um pouco devido às decisões estranhas, como forçar os jogadores a voltarem ao início da corrida para tentar novamente, ou a extinção do Crash Mode, mas nem por isso perde seu brilho.
Avid Gamer (Jan 29, 2008)
The game sticks to 60 frames per second with not even a hint of sweat. From the car crunching sound effects to the beautiful beaches the game reeks of beauty. The engine runs flawlessly offline and online. There’s so much to do, the average player will never actually come close to 100%. It’s a game created in such a way that you can spend 5 minutes or 5 days in. While it has its niggles, it’s the breath of fresh air the series needed. The community might have divided by Paradise, but sit back and acknowledge it for what it is; the best Burnout in years.
Gamervision (Jan, 2008)
Burnout Paradise is far and beyond the best Burnout in the series and quite possibly the best racing game on the Xbox 360. Purists may argue that Forza Motorsport 2 and Dirt are more realistic and offer better customization, but when it comes to being the most complete package with the most polished gameplay; Paradise is a true revolution.
90 (Jan 22, 2008)
Going back to the standard menu-driven system of the past was pretty jarring after spending days cruising from event to event in Paradise. I was simply having more fun in Criterion's latest racer. I'm not budging on the issue of navigating during race events though - the closed track races in Revenge are far more enjoyable. Even so, for true next-gen arcade racing thrills Burnout Paradise is most definitely your best option. Criterion has delivered a game that every gamer should have in their collection.
Gamernode (Jan 22, 2008)
It's a testament to how fun Burnout Paradise is that the only complaints are a lack of an extra mode and the ability to end or restart races. The fact of the matter is, Burnout Paradise is the best racing game on the Xbox 360 or PS3, period. It's also arguably the best online experience of any console game on the market. If you were worried about the changes to the Burnout formula, don't be; it's more fun than ever, and it's an absolute blast to play. Burnout Paradise lived up to the hype surrounding it, and delivers as the first must-own game of 2008.
Planet Xbox 360 (Jan 26, 2008)
Burnout Paradise breaks the mold of its previous franchise games, and pulls it off in a big way. Its rare that a developer can make large scale changes and still put out a winning product. If you’re a fan of the Burnout series or of arcade racers, Paradise City should be your next gaming destination.
Hooked Gamers (Jan 29, 2008)
Burnout: Paradise is a prime example of a game with layers upon layers of polish. The developers took their time to deliver a top-notch game that should please fans and newcomers to the series alike. The credits rolled onto my screen after about 12 hours, with 47% of the game complete. Plenty of things to do still. Burnout: Paradise is definitely beefy and will keep you occupied well beyond the single player game. If you enjoyed the previous Burnout games or are simply a fan of racing games, you owe it to yourself to check this gem out.
With the obvious hints at downloadable content, the sheer scale of the races and the addictive, gratifying nature of the gameplay, Burnout Paradise is clearly a game to be reckoned with. Certainly, this reviewer will be playing it for many months to come. Frankly, I look forward to Burning with you.
NZGamer (Feb 08, 2008)
Kick that old junker into gear and get ready for life on the streets of Paradise City. Now into its fifth version, Criterion’s Burnout series shows it still has what it takes to get your heart pumping as you take down and dominate opposition drivers in another destructive attempt to get from point A to point B.
AceGamez (2008)
A fully conceived, brilliantly designed, incredibly gorgeous and intricately varied city is yours to roam around at leisure, discovering shortcuts, taking down billboards and landing super jumps, shutting down rival vehicles to own them, revving your engine at junctions to enter a range of challenging events and hopping online for furious racing and co-op challenges with friends and strangers alike, all at the push of a button. This is a true revolution - and it's only the lack of event types online and the tragic loss of those wonderful crash junctions that stops me from giving Paradise the 10/10 that it arguably deserves; I just hope Criterion rectify these omissions next time, something that I'm already very excited about. For now though, I can see myself staying in Paradise City for many months to come, so drop in for a visit sometime - you might just want to stay too!
Gameplanet (Feb 13, 2008)
Overall this is a good game and once again a step up in the series. If you are into racing games or want to vent your road rage then this is a game you must get hold of. Its fun to play and people watching will be oohing and ahhing at the spectacular crashes.
90 (Apr 23, 2008)
Although there are some good racing titles on the Xbox 360, Burnout Paradise entertained me the most. I don’t know if the atmosphere, superb graphics or the diversity of the multiplayer are to blame, but Burnout Paradise is the best game of its kind until the release of Midnight Club: Los Angeles, postponed until September. Even if it has some flaws, none is major in my opinion. The radio can be turned off or replaced with your favorite music and the redundancy of the races doesn’t become a nightmare if you are playing for fun. Anyway, the ones who prefer a very realistic car simulation will have to look somewhere else. After all, the game is an arcade designed for getting the most fun per mile, in which you have total freedom and you can destroy everything that you think of. Therefore it’s very hard not to be impressed by Burnout Paradise.
GameSpy (Jan 18, 2008)
Burnout Paradise isn't the best Burnout game ever, but it's up there. It's a welcome sequel from a developer that understands that fun, intuitive gameplay trumps shiny visuals and superficial gloss (even though Paradise is easy on the eyes, with lush visuals and 60 frame-per-second action). It's not a flawless package; some of Paradise City's terrain could be easier to navigate with do-it-yourself waypoints, and the inability to restart a race is irritating. However, there's so much to do and wreck that you'll invest tens of hours in single-player before you even tap the d-pad to jump into the online experience. Paradise is undoubtedly the first must-own racing game of 2008.
GameSpot (Jan 23, 2008)
It's entirely possible that some people might not enjoy Burnout Paradise's significant shift in direction, specifically those who simply wanted another incremental Burnout sequel. Indeed, Paradise is anything but incremental, and while it might prove a polarizing experience for some, most will likely appreciate what a radical overhaul this game really is. The open-world design isn't just a lazy gimmick--it's a wonderfully executed concept that doesn't rob the game of the series' most beloved tenet: the act of driving fast and wrecking hard. If you're one of the people who tried the Burnout Paradise demo and formed a rather negative opinion of the game, you're not alone. But if you have any affection for the series, you really owe it to yourself to give the full game a look. The demo did little to truly represent what a superbly fun racer this game can be.
Video Games Daily (Jan 27, 2008)
I've spent only a few hours with the previous games in the series but I always liked what I played. Burnout Paradise, however, has turned me into a believer. The freeform structure of the design and the sturdy online play come together in a game that begs you to find one more jump, drive one more race or take down one more rival. There have been better driving games but few have managed to be this much fun.
Game Valor (Aug 18, 2008)
It takes a long time to earn your Elite license, and with a large map, 75 cars, and over a hundred events to win, the game will have players busy for quite some time both online and off.
USA Today (Jan 31, 2008)
Those minor speed bumps don't slow Burnout Paradise. The franchise sticks to its roots, yet feels incredibly refreshing. All that's missing is the new car smell.
The Next Level (USA) (Feb 06, 2008)
In more ways than one, it should be obvious that Burnout Paradise offers a robust selection of events that will keep you entertained for hours online and off. Overall, the direction is very solid and I applaud Criterion's bravery for getting out of their comfort zone to explore a new horizon, instead of pondering what could have been.
Pese a que su dificultad no supone retos demasiado exigentes, la cantidad ingente de pruebas a realizar y el fantástico uso del modo online hacen de Burnout Paradise un título especialmente longevo en horas de diversión. Si te gustaron las anteriores entregas o nunca has probado un arcade de conducción, ha llegado el momento de hacerlo ya que seguro que te convence por méritos propios. Lo que pase a partir de ahora depende de ti.
Gamestyle (Feb 13, 2008)
Burnout Paradise is an excellent game, but there are one or two blemishes that do tarnish it somewhat. Still, there's something for every Burnout fan here and it will no doubt spark continued debate over whether it's the best in the series.
Burnout Paradise has its fair share of problems. When you sit down and play the last game of the series you will be waiting to put Burnout Paradise back in, the game is that fun. Online mode is the biggest strength Paradise has, along with smooth graphics and the same controllers that made this the best racing game. What are you waiting for, pick up Burnout Paradise right now!
GameZone (Jan 22, 2008)
Burnout: Paradise is a great entry to the series, bringing it in a whole new direction while keeping what made the series so great to begin with. If you’re at all a fan of racing games, then definitely give this one a look.
Defunct Games (Mar 05, 2008)
Don't be afraid of the different route this sequel took, Burnout Paradise is every bit as exhilarating as you could hope for. With its amazing graphics, great sense of speed, fantastic level design and fun events, this Burnout game is one of the best racing games to be released in recent years.
Armchair Empire, The (Feb 18, 2008)
Despite a somewhat-less-satisfying replacement for previous crash modes, fans of the franchise will find this Burnout to be their idea of paradise, with red-hot racing in a large environment that provides plenty of asphalt-burning events to keep gamers putting the pedal to the metal for mile after scorching mile.
Burnout Paradise's online and offline challenges cram in a lot of value and variety. As long as you're willing to explore the city's nook and crannies, drive offensively and take a hell of a lot of risks, you'l find it supremely rewarding.
Game Over Online (Feb 08, 2008)
Ultimately there can be little doubt that Criterion has raised the bar—for arcade racing, open-world game design, and just good old-fashioned smashitude. Let them take you down to Paradise City, it’s well worth the trip.
Die radikale Änderung des Spielprinzips hat der Burnout-Serie sichtlich gut getan. Anstatt Aufgabe nach Aufgabe abzuhaken, rast man durch eine riesige offene Stadt und kann machen, auf was man gerade Lust hat. Besonders das Erobern der unzähligen Strassen hat es mir angetan und so verbringe ich Stunden damit, die Strassenschilder endlich in goldiger Farbe glänzen zu lassen. Die richtigen Events verkommen dabei fast schon zur Nebensache. Der Schritt Richtung mehr Realismus stört in den ersten Spielstunden zwar etwas, schliesslich kann man nicht mehr in jeden Personenwagen hineindüsen und dafür Boost kassieren, doch nach einiger Zeit wird sich auch der letzte Burnout-Fan daran gewöhnen. Fast schon selbstverständlich ist, dass die Technik wieder äusserst gelungen ist und das Schadensmodell neue Massstäbe setzt. Summa summarum: Burnout Paradise wird wohl das Arcade-Rennspiel des Jahres!
Deeko (Feb 03, 2008)
In the end, Burnout Paradise is as close to paradise as you're going to get. Sure, the game has a few faults, such as being forced to re-drive to a location to restart a race (it sounds like a minor inconvenience, but some of these races are freakin' long), but for the most part, this is a great evolutionary move for the game. Once can't help but feel excited driving around the city and seeing a car that you need to take down drive past and feeling the grip of the road as you slam on the emergency brake, do a 180 degree turn and pursue them. It's moments like these that define the game and truly make it one of the best racers I've had the chance to play in ages.
Atomic Gamer (Jan 24, 2008)
It was a rocky start for me, but I am starting to come around to the way that Burnout Paradise treats racing games. The free world seems great but quickly gets annoying, but it's not long after that players will start to get why EA and Criterion did it this way. The fantastic crashes, smooth frame rate, hard-hitting racing, and seamless online play are all great features, and while there are a few frustrations caused by having to backtracking to retry races as well as plenty of terrible voice acting and music to suffer through, my skepticism is gone and I am a convert. Now, let me dig out some music CDs to make up a new soundtrack with...
Overall, Paradise City is a great arcade racer in spite of some annoying navigational issues. The open world play fits the Burnout series perfectly, and Paradise City takes the series in a new and exciting direction.
Deaf Gamers (Mar 07, 2008)
There was a time when January was virtually a dead month when it came to game releases. Nowadays things have changed and in January 2008 we have blockbuster titles such as Burnout Paradise to look forward to. There is no denying that the game is both equally impressive and very different from the previous Burnout titles. The core Burnout experience remains but it’s possible that the changes that have been made in Burnout Paradise will slightly disappoint just as many fans of the series as it will really impress those who didn’t take to the previous Burnout games. Whatever your take on Burnout Paradise there’s no denying that it’s a highly polished game on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and it deserves a place in any driving game fans collection. Let’s hope that the next Burnout title is more kind to deaf gamers however.
89 (Feb 08, 2008)

פרדייז הוא משחק מרוצים מעולה, מקורי וחדשני. אני מוכן להמר כי כמעט כל חובב מרוצים ימצא בכותר הזה שפע של חוויות נהדרות – אם רק יצליח להתאזר בסבלנות, להיכנס לעניינים, להבין איך המשחק הזה עובד ומה כל-כך מיוחד בו. אין לי ספק ששחקנים רבים יוותרו בדרך. לא נורא. לא תמיד עולם דינאמי ופתוח הוא הפתרון לכל אחד. אלא שמרגע זה והלאה, אין לי ספק כי משחקי מרוצים שלא ילכו בדרכו של ברנאאוט פרדייז יחשבו מיושנים קמעה. בשעה טובה, הדור-הבא של משחקי המרוצים הגיע.

Game Captain (Jan 31, 2008)
Sei's drum – das neue Burnout hat sich dennoch eine Topwertung und den GameCaptain-Award verdient. Die Empfehlung liegt eindeutig auf Kaufen, einen besseren Arcade-Racer bekommt man aktuell nicht für die NextGen-Konsolen.
GamingTrend (Mar, 2008)
Criterion should be commended for trying to try something different in Burnout Paradise. There are some definite quibbles with the title, but the underlying gameplay is so good that it’s actually easy to dismiss them most of the time. It would have been nice to be given the option of the open world or a menu screen and the option to restart, but there is so much to discover that it’s hard to criticize them. Burnout Paradise is a great game and the enhancements definitely make the game stand out on its own. If we could have a mix of Paradise and Revenge in the next Burnout game, we’ll probably have the best Burnout game yet.
IGN (Jan 16, 2008)
Burnout Paradise has its share of flaws, but it's also incredibly fun. The change to an open world brought its share of issues, like having to use the map as a crutch to get around for a while, but it also allows for freedom unseen in any recent racing game. Most importantly though, Criterion has once again delivered a racing experience that can best be described as controlled chaos, one where even crashing is immensely rewarding. If you're even a remote fan of racing games, be sure to check this out.
88 (Feb 06, 2008)
Overall though, this is a great racing experience for any fan of going fast. While this game is pretty shallow in terms of content, it still becomes a great pickup for some mindless fun and destruction. It may not be perfection, but it still is a Paradise.
To sum it all up, this is a great game that is worth your gaming time and money. This title will appeal to wide variety of gamers regardless of preferences and preconceived notions. Burnout: Paradise has gotten the series back on track by forging a new path. Look for this game to serve as a fun alternative to the lot of racers that crowd the gaming roadways.
86 (Jan 23, 2008)
Doch ganz egal, ob ihr vorzugsweise online Takedowns verteilt oder die Offline-Suche nach dem letzten verbliebenen Supersprung favorisiert: Burnout Paradise gehört trotz kleinerer Schwächen in die Sammlung eines jeden Geschwindigkeitsjunkies und dürfte sich auch auf lange Sicht als das beste Rennspiel für eine unkomplizierte halbe Stunde oder Stunde zwischendurch etablieren!
86 (Feb 29, 2008)
If you are a big fan of Burnout games, then this latest one will surely be to your liking. Complete freedom, different events and a beautiful multiplayer make this game a definitive buy. Sadly it can’t be considered a classic because of some minor negative points, but still these are luckily no game breakers.
Burnout Paradise is the kind of game that is hard to describe. Fans of the series will no doubt hate the lack of traditional modes from previous games and consider it a crime that Crash Mode was omitted altogether. However, everything about Paradise screams quality and in turn delivers one of the best driving games released in quite a while. It is hard not to recommend the game to just about everyone while at the same time it is hard not to criticize it for what it doesn’t bring back from previous outings. Bottom line is if you love arcade style racing games you will be hard pressed to find a better offering than Burnout Paradise, just don’t expect it to deliver that same experience you have grown accustomed to over the years.
Game Positive (Feb 08, 2008)
As a whole, Burnout Paradise is a great game. While its open world aspect may have introduced more problems than innovations, the classic Burnout formula still stands strong and offers a fun, exciting racing experience. The multiplayer will undoubtedly keep dedicated players coming back long after the single player game has worn out its welcome, and the new Showtime mode is an amusing diversion. On the flipside, a little more streamlining and the option to restart events at any time would have drastically reduced some of the frustration that's bound to be had. Issues and all, Burnout Paradise is still another excellent entry in the series, and a must-try for arcade racing enthusiasts.
Operation Sports (Feb 05, 2008)
In the end despite the game's few nagging flaws, Burnout Paradise has more than enough style, spunk, and class to occupy a significant amount of time in your console. If you want to play a driving game that doesn't take itself too seriously in terms of simulation but is still intense and fun to play, this is the game to get.
X-Box Gamer (Jan 24, 2008)
Malgré tout, manette en main, ce sentiment de crise d’identité disparaît et tout le monde retrouve les sensations des premiers opus avec une conduite nerveuse mais pas forcément trop agressive. Rajoutons à cela de nombreuses épreuves, des défis divers et variés, des graphismes de haute volée, une fluidité sans faille et une bande son simplement parfaite et on obtient un excellent jeu. En revanche, si beaucoup se laisseront happer par l’enfer du jeu sans jamais s’arrêter, d’autres ne trouveront pas les portes du paradis (à cause du changement brusque d’orientation ou faute d’accès à Internet) et préfèreront rebrousser chemin pour retourner sur un des anciens épisodes.
So, it's not often that I can say that a game is both a disappointment and a must-play, but Burnout Paradise certainly fits both of these descriptions. What's here is nothing short of amazing, but I can't help but wonder what could have been. I will say this: I can not wait for a sequel.
JustPressPlay (Feb 07, 2008)
With the switch to a free open world the game took on a couple of qualities that I was not a huge fan of. All of these quirks don't make it a bad game though. If you're a fan pick up the game. It's a nice reworking of the franchise that just needs the wrinkles ironed out of it.
Game Revolution (Feb 01, 2008)
These minor hitches notwithstanding, Burnout Paradise is an excellent, solid ride for both solo and online gamers, with superb control, high production values, complete freedom, and so much obsessive, secret-hunting, gotta-catch-‘em-all lasting gameplay incentive that it’s almost ridiculous. Never mind the eerie lack of pedestrians populating the city streets - if they had those, the game would doubtless suddenly turn into another Carmageddon or Grand Theft Auto… and we’ve already got one of those on the way.
83 (Feb 18, 2008)
Tapi sebetulnya game ini bisa tampil lebih baik lagi, dan ada beberapa hal yang membuat Anda jengkel. Tak adanya pilihan untuk mengulang event, kerap bikin Anda stress, soalnya kalo Anda gagal lomba, maka untuk ikut event itu lagi, Anda harus menyetir balik mobil Anda ke tempat semula dan kemudian memulai lagi dari awal. Dan sistem navigasi di game ini sangat buruk, tanda-tanda yang menunjukan ke mana harus berbelok kurang berguna. Jadi ketika membalap, Anda harus melihat peta dulu dan menghapal jalur yang harus ditempuh.
Console Monster (Feb 03, 2008)
Nevertheless, this title will still reward your efforts for the most part and if it weren’t for all the previous Burnouts, we would no doubt be stampeding down to the shops for our copy. Just a shame that a few little mistakes have spoilt the otherwise gripping overall experience.
Gaming since 198x (Jun 05, 2009)
Beau, fluide, rapide, efficace: Burnout Paradise aurait pu être le jeu parfait mais la navigation imprécise, les menus peu intuitifs, l'horripilante DJ Diabolika et finalement la répétitivité des objectifs ternissent un poil le tableau.
Xboxygen (Jan 31, 2008)
Si vous avez aimé les Burnout, cette version next-gen devra vous combler, dans la lignée d’un Test Drive Unlimited ou encore d’un Need For Speed, c’est une très bonne surprise et on y revient souvent malgré le fait qu’au bout d’un moment une impression de déjà vu s’installe et on commence à se lasser de refaire sans cesse les épreuves. Heureusement le mode online est là avec ses 300 défis pour relancer notre intérêt. C’est un achat que vous ne regretterez pas.
Blend Games (Apr 20, 2008)
That’s small potatoes though to an overall great game and shouldn’t detract from everything Paradise has to offer. Pick it up if you haven’t already, and give it a try. Very few games can really match the speed and intensity of this game.
Good Game (Feb 18, 2008)
Even though Burnout fans might not take to this new freeroam pinball hybrid straight away, Burnout Paradise is great fun once you get into it. The world is completely free of any human life, but there is texture here. I’m giving it 8/10
80 (UK) (Jan 23, 2008)
Burnout Paradise isn't everything it could have been, but what's here is still worthy of serious consideration for anyone hell-bent on demented arcade thrills.
Boomtown (Jan 29, 2008)
I've played a lot of Burnout Paradise over the last few days and now the review is written that's not going to stop. There's still many foes to vanquish online and lots of fun to be had. But occasionally I'll still have to pop Revenge back into the Xbox if I want some classic Burnout action.
DarkZero (Feb 11, 2008)
Well, there’s no question Paradise takes Burnout to a whole new level. Is it better though? Personally I’m inclined to think not. The open world city has definitely made for more expansive gameplay, but it’s created too many problems, making the game more about luck than skill compared to how it used to be. Maybe they were being a little bit too ambitious, and it didn’t quite work out as well as it could’ve done, but it’s still a lot of fun, and that’s what counts, isn’t it?
G4 TV: X-Play (Jan 23, 2008)
Burnout Paradise is definitely one of the most entertaining next gen racers on the market. Although the open world has caused some negative changes, the overall effect is a great one. The game looks and sounds fantastic, but plays even better. There’s so much to do in Paradise City that you’ll spend hours exploring every nook. Even after the single player game dulls down, the multiplayer should provide even more fun.
Game Critics (Apr 01, 2008)
In the end, Paradise is both more and less than its predecessors. Not everything that made the previous Burnout games great has survived the transition to the new open world format. By not having dedicated tracks and courses, it can't quite match the sheer velocity of its predecessors, and the new "crash mode" lacks the enjoyable puzzle-like aspect it once had. At the same time, the new changes confer a refreshing level of freedom, flexibility, and creativity that would have been impossible within the old framework. Paradise isn't really any better or worse than previous entries in the series. It's just different. Going with either approach involves some inevitable trade-offs, and so I hope that we haven't yet seen the end of the more traditional Burnout titles. Regardless, the series' bold new direction represents an exciting evolution of the racing genre. While there may not be such thing as a heaven for cars, Burnout Paradise comes pretty close to being heaven for racing-game fans.
Totally Gaming Network (Feb 06, 2008)
So, you’re back on the train but this time it’s not on your way to work you are on your way to buy Burnout Paradise. Nervous? Just a little. Will you be ok? Of course you will. Trust me, give the game about 30 minutes and you’ll be flying around town with this huge grin on your face, holding down your Burnout button and experiencing your brain melt as you trying to take in all the motion blur as you’re hurtling around the street as literally impossible speeds. For all the little annoyances, Burnout Paradise is still an extremely fun game to play. If you’re a fan of driving games, it simply is a must.
Xbox Gazette (Mar 21, 2008)
Pari réussi pour Criterion Games, qui a su changer le concept du jeu sans pour autant entacher un gameplay arcade si cher à la licence. Burnout se rapproche désormais d’un Test Drive Unlimited et d’un Need For Speed en s’invitant à la ville, mais garde les bons ingrédients propres aux versions précédentes. Le soft comporte toutefois ses petits défauts, avec en particulier le manque d’un système de navigation. Aussi, vu l'intérêt du mode online, sans connexion Internet, on n’ira pas tous au paradis ! Mais l’animation, la bande son et la jouabilité permettent de vivre une expérience de jeu intense, et font de Burnout Paradise l’un des meilleurs jeux du genre.
GameDaily (Jan 22, 2008)
Overall, Paradise definitely isn't lost. If the game had Crash Mode and the ability to instantly get back in a race, it could've easily scored a nine. The graphics are top-notch, the gameplay still kicks and the online/off-line interaction is lots of fun. If you're a driver looking for something that sets itself apart from the simulation field, you'll happily welcome this little piece of Paradise.
PlayDevil (Feb 16, 2008)
"Burnout Paradise" is a worthy first attempt at an open-world racing game from Criterion. It is, however, flawed. Online is fun, but can get pretty repetitive. Showtime is good but relies too much on luck. You can't quit races. It's too easy to start a race you've already done before, and there are too few races in the mountains, where you often end up after finishing a race, meaning you have to drive back to the city. Some kind of warp to a junkyard would have been appreciated. But, great visuals, music, sound and gameplay, with lag-free multiplayer are obviously huge bonuses, and a lot of content means that this a truly excellent game, but it's not the best burnout ever, but a patch could fix all of the above, and make this quite possibly the best arcade racing game of all time.
80 (GAF) (May 13, 2008)
Despite its shortcomings, Burnout Paradise is a true pioneer in the land of open world racing games. Players have true freedom to do whatever and go wherever they please. Criterion Games made a big gamble by changing the format of their most popular series, and while it’s true that they were a bit too quick to remove some of the finer elements of older Burnout games, Paradise is a fine addition to the series and will be enjoyed by (almost) every fan of the genre.
Thunderbolt Games (Feb 09, 2008)
Paradise is a success because of it's originality within the Burnout series. Innovation isn't always EA's strong suit, but much like skate, Paradise is an all-new concept that pays off, big time. The singleplayer is pretty robust, and the multiplayer Freeburns will have you and your friends laughing like small children as you pull ridiculous stunts and crashes around each other. Ultimately, Paradise is a risky evolution that took the simple racing of past Burnout games and dumped it into a massive environment. The city is huge, and the crashes are even bigger.
GameCell UK (Feb, 2008)
Burnout Paradise is a worthy entry in the Burnout series of games – there's plenty of innovation here that other games should be looking to for inspiration, although the disappearance of crash mode is a concern for me. Overall the game is the best arcade/action racing experience so far in this generation of consoles, and everyone would do well to consider it for their games collection. Also, if you've held your breath this far then well done, I think you should have experienced some of the mild panic that you get in every tight Burnout race.
games xtreme (Feb 20, 2008)
Not the firecracker we were looking forwards to. A good game, but not one that really shines where it should. It runs at a decent frame-rate however!
75 (Jan 23, 2008)
Burnout a repris un concept laissé vacant par Need For Speed. Un pari osé qui dénature partiellement le principe du jeu sans pour autant nuire à un gameplay toujours aussi sympa. Le passage à une génération de machines plus puissantes s'est fait en douceur, sans surprise ni évolution majeure. La recette fonctionne toujours aussi bien mais pour combien de temps ?
Computer Bild Spiele (Feb 06, 2008)
Technisch ist das Spiel brillant. Pfeilschnell und ruckelfrei rauschen die Straßenschluchten am Cockpit vorbei. Die Unfälle sind spektakulär. Lediglich die etwas sterile Optik der Umgebung stört ein wenig. Und dass Sie einen Wettbewerb nicht direkt neu starten können, wenn Sie verloren haben, ist unverständlich. Wenn Sie es erneut probieren wollen, müssen Sie erst zu dem Punkt auf der Karte fahren, an dem das Rennen gestartet wurde. Dennoch: Das neue Burnout ist ein Spaßgarant.
Factornews (Jan 23, 2008)
Complet mais pas toujours inspiré en solo, même si beaucoup de joueurs y trouveront leur compte, Burnout Paradise prend tout son sens en multi, pour peu que l’on ait une bonne bande de potes sur le Xbox Live. Une belle évolution de la série avec quelques erreurs de jeunesse dans un monde ouvert, erreurs qui s’oublient rapidement tant les possibilités offertes sont énormes. Un véritable vent de frais sur le jeu de course arcade.
Gamekult (Jan 25, 2008)
Premier véritable Burnout sur Next Gen, Burnout Paradise ose prendre des risques, quitte à décevoir certains de ses fans. Surfant sur la vague des environnements ouverts, il nous ouvre grand les bras avec une ville certes assez vaste et chargée en défis de toutes sortes, mais à l'ambiance et au trafic un peu trop timides. Il en résulte une progression plutôt fade et finalement vite répétitive, sapée, qui plus est, par des soucis de navigation qui ne pardonnent pas. Inébranlable, le gameplay reste en revanche toujours bouillant à l'image des accidents, extrêmes au possible et à enchaîner en Showtime, piètre remplaçant du mode Crash. Tantôt paradis, tantôt enfer, Burnout Paradise fait en tout cas preuve d'efficacité une fois la manette en main, et offre en outre un mode multi brillamment intégré au reste du jeu. C'est, en ce sens, une réussite, mais à prendre avec ses travers, aussi nombreux et pénalisants soient-ils.