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Burnout Paradise - fresh info

Monday 30 April 2007
Burnout 5 on PS3 and Xbox 360 has been officially named Burnout Paradise and we've got new screens  and a rather snazzy trailer of the game in action to show you.

New info has also arisen regarding Crash mode, which was dropped from the recent Burnout Dominator on PS2. Next-gen crashing is all about air and momentum. How high and how far can you go? And how many things can you hit along the way? According to Alex Ward, creative director at Criterion Games, you'll be able to hit a shoulder-button even while racing online to trigger crash mode.

Let's say you're mid-race when you leave the road and start to plunge down the mountainside. You'll press the shoulder button and opt out of the race while your opponents continue without you, allowing you to steer your wreck in slow-motion with SixAxis control, racking up points. It sounds great, although we just hope that shoulder button isn't too easy to hit by mistake.

There's also new info regarding EyeToy support. Ward states: "Every time I take you down, we take a picture. I collect mugshots of everyone I've beaten online." That sounds great to us, although the potential for pointing your camera at a piece of paper with an insult on it is greater than that for embarrassment, we'd say.

You can read more of the interview with Alex Ward in the new issue of PlayStation Official Magazine - UK, which is on sale soon. While you're waiting for your new subscription to arrive, check out the new screens right here. And dig out that Guns 'n' Roses CD too. "I'll take you down in Paradise City..."

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