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Burnout Paradise review

The old game blazes a new trail, with barely a wrong turn on the way


  • 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.

More Info

DescriptionThe fifth installment to the series arrives promising "a truly next-generation game" and a seamless open-world environment.
Franchise nameBurnout
UK franchise nameBurnout
PlatformXbox 360, PS3, PC
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating7+
Release date22 January 2008 (US), 25 January 2008 (UK)