Burnout Paradise review

  • Free-roaming map
  • Loads of hidden bits
  • Spectacular crashes
  • Some missions feel like chores
  • A bit shallow
  • Lacking a sense of progression

The first thing that hits you is how sprawling Paradise’s map seems. Then you realise you can drive from one end to the other in only about four minutes, and around its entire circumference in about ten, and it’s a little disheartening. But then you discover just how dense Paradise City is, how much there is to explore away from the main roads and all seems rosy.

Except that, although 120 race events sounds like plenty, it isn’t - we uncovered 97 of them within six hours, and although you can only take part in some events with certain cars, a dedicated gamer could polish off the bulk of the action in a couple of days.

But let’s rewind a bit, and tell you what most hardcore Burnout fans really want to know - yes, it’s fast. Hurtling along with your boost bar at top whack is a rush unsurpassed by any other driving game, and the framerate is perfect. That it can look so beautiful, and shift so much around the screen so quickly (other cars, crash debris, palm trees, road signs, buildings, lakes, mountains) is cause for celebration.

But the new free-roaming structure won’t be to everyone’s taste - having all the events open from the beginning impacts negatively on your feelings of progression. You don’t unlock any new levels; you simply get a mark on your driving license. This rewards you with new cars whenever you go up a rank. To actually get your new car, you’ve got to find it driving around the city somewhere, ram it off the road, and then collect it from the junkyard. It’s a process designed to artificially lengthen the game and can become a bit of a chore.

More Info

Release date: Jan 22 2008 - Xbox 360, PS3
Feb 03 2009 - PC (US)
Jan 25 2008 - Xbox 360, PS3
Feb 06 2009 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Genre: Racing
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: Criterion Games
Franchise: Burnout
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Language, Violence
PEGI Rating:


  • m4ggot - December 3, 2008 5:52 p.m.

    burnout parardise= 10/10 its such an awesome game! but its the sixth game (dominator is the fifth)
  • merlin - October 31, 2008 2:45 p.m.

    burnout paradies is great,so much history lies in this town.Plus the detail of crashes and th cars is insanley good!The only problem is the way you can just randomly start 'showtime'.But put all that aside I would still rate 10/10.AMAZING!!!
  • oreomonkey - July 14, 2009 4:36 a.m.

    Will someone tell me which car is the best? I heard its the Montgomery Hawker Solo.
  • TNT501 - February 1, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    I have found 399 gates is there some glitch that has taken the last gate?
  • patarman12 - March 23, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    This game is one I recomend to any racer fan, or someone who loves explosions. Great game, alittle hard to control the cars sometimes, but still; 9/10
  • RiversJR - January 3, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    There's not much to say when it comes to Burnout Paradise is is just incredible. One of the best games and the second best racing game out on xbox just coming in behind Burnout Revenge. 10/10

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