Burnout Paradise Remastered – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Burnout Paradise Remastered.
Burnout Paradise could be my favourite driving game of all time. When I first heard it was getting a remaster I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and jump back into Paradise City.
Loading it up for the first time made all of the memories come flooding back. From the moment it started loading and I heard Guns & Roses, I knew I was going to fall back in love with this game! Although this is a remastered version the only noticeable difference is the graphics. They look much more up to date and I imagine look even better in 4K on the Xbox One X.
The other main thing that the remastered version offers is the DLC Surf Island. If you wanted this on the original version you would have to pay extra whereas this is free and all areas are accessible with the remastered version. In Surf Island there are more cars, more achievements and more events to take part in. Who wouldn’t want more of all that?
For those of you who have never played Burnout Paradise before you are definitely missing out. There is so much for you to do in Paradise City with over 120 Events in Paradise City alone, do you have what it takes to earn your Burnout Licence? Your Burnout License means you’re one of the best in Paradise City. You start off with a low ranked license but the more you win events the better license you earn.
As stated there are 120 events available in Paradise City not including Surf Island and each type offers a different driving experience. Obviously you have the standard Race. Just like any other race you have to race your opponents to a certain destination. The finish line can be at one of 8 places so the quicker you learn the map and find the shortcuts the quicker you become the best.
My favourite type of event is Road Rage. This basically means you have to take down as many cars as possible in your 2 minute time limit. Obviously you have a target you have to reach in that time to win the event. Stay safe because if your car gets totalled before you reach your target you will fail the event.
Similar to Road Rage you have Marked Man. The objective is to get to a certain location. You can take as long as you like just don’t total your car. However instead of you taking out other cars there will be cars trying to take you out so make sure you choose the most aggressive car!
An event completely different to the rest is Stunt Run. You have a 2 minute time limit and have to rack up as many points as possible. You will have a target that you have to reach and you can get points for just about any type of stunt as well as doing jumps and breaking things.
The final type of event is one that I didn’t really play on the original, its called Burning Route. Burning
Routes are similar to a time trail. You have to get to the finish within the time limit. The twist is each Burning Route is car specific so some of them you wont be able to do until you unlock that vehicle. However when you beat a Burning Route not only do you get points towards a better license but you also get an upgraded version of the car that you used.
These events can be found by any traffic signals and are added to your map once you find them. They are also colour coded to help you find the event you want quicker. You will want to use different types of cars for different events. Each car is rated on 3 factors. Speed, Boost and Aggression and are then given a type. The 3 types available are Speed, Stunt or Strength. This shows what your car is best at. You wouldn’t want to be going into a Road Rage or Marked Man event using a weak car so this definitely helps you choose which is best for the job. There are 75 cars to unlock as well as the ones that are free with the DLC such as police cars and toy cars. These cars can be unlocked by completing burning routes or taking them out while you see them cruising around Paradise City.
Not only are there events around the map there are a variety of other things too. Drive throughs are the most important things to look out for because they might be the game changer from you winning or losing an event. The drive throughs available are, Boost Refill, Spray paint, Auto Repair and of course Junk Yards. Junk yards is where you find all your new cars or where you go to change car. The other 3 are pretty self explanatory but still as important. An example is if you’re in a Road Rage or Marked Man event and your car is almost totalled simply drive through an Auto Repair to fix up all the problems instantly.
If you are a gamer who likes to just cruise around the city or perhaps you don’t fancy doing an event right now there is still more available for you to do. There is lots to do around Paradise City including Super Jumps and smashing Burnout Billboards. If you see a Burnout Billboard the crash through it. Crash through them all and get yourself closer to 100% the game. As well as Billboards and Super Jumps there are also fences for you to drive through. There 400 of them in Paradise City and the are usually hiding a shortcut so be sure to find them all to know the best route around the map.
Burnout Paradise also has an online mode. It wasn’t really something I played on the original but I really enjoyed playing it this time around. With lobbies from 2-8 players and challenges to be done with all numbers of players the hours you could put into this is impressive. As well has challenges you can also do minigames such as Marked Man, Road Rage or even Cops and Robbers.
As much as I loved playing it all over again I do think the price tag of £34.99 is a bit much seeing as the original is backwards compatible and available on the Xbox Store. Saying that though you do get all of the DLC free and if you have never played it before I would definitely recommend it.
Price – £34.99
Website – Burnout Paradise Remastered
Publisher – EA
Review code supplied by XCN