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Review

With Paradise, the developers moved far away from the roots of the franchise. As unusual as the racing game was at first, the direction was right and the game turned out to be good. While the crash mode that once made Burnout popular no longer exists, you can still flatten vehicles in accidents in a very stylish way. Physics? Pft, Burnout is not...

Burnout™ Paradise Remastered

  • Greg Burn
  • Jun 18, 2021

With Paradise, the developers moved far away from the roots of the franchise. As unusual as the racing game was at first, the direction was right and the game turned out to be good.

While the crash mode that once made Burnout popular no longer exists, you can still flatten vehicles in accidents in a very stylish way. Physics? Pft, Burnout is not a simulation, but a real arcade racer. You can safely leave the brakes alone. The game thrives on fast-paced action, fancy takedowns, and a soundtrack that appropriately underscores this mood.

Burnout Paradise is set in the fictional city of Paradise City. Of course, the virtual city doesn't look as imposing in 2020 as it did in 2008. The open game worlds of today have completely different dimensions. The game world may be a bit more compact, but the next event is usually just around the corner. You can easily start races at traffic lights. There are different modes. In classic races, you drive together with your opponents towards the finish. While in many racing games you have to follow a fixed route, here you find your own. Sometimes this can go wrong if you don't know the road well and you get bogged down on a descent, for example. However, this is exactly where the appeal of the races in Burnout Paradise Remastered lies. Is the supposed shortcut a time gain or a fatal dead end?

In Marked Man you also have to reach a destination. However, the other racers will hinder you in the process. They will try to push you off the road and involve you in accidents. If you get a few takedowns, your car will be wrecked and the race will be lost. In other races, however, the goal is to hand out takedowns yourself. In stunt races, barrel rolls, flat spins, super jumps and the like are in demand. Only the drifts are a disruptive factor here since their control isn't exactly optimal on the Switch. Or you can jump into the online mode of the game.

Since Burnout Paradise Remastered has all the expansions and updates on board, you can also switch from the car to one of the motorcycles and play the designated events. With Big Surf Island, an additional region awaits you in the form of an island.

Even without events, the game has a lot to offer. There are numerous possibilities for stunts. There are ramps all over the game world. Often these are the key to destroying the billboards. Yellow barriers are so-called smashes and reveal shortcuts. As compact as the game world is, it's packed with content and you'll have several hours to explore and experience it all. In this day and age, such a manageable open world is a relief. No miles of walking to the next destination, no empty places just to make the game world one more square kilometer bigger. A compact world full of content and fun awaits you.

Conclusion:
Burnout Paradise Remastered cuts a good figure. The game scores with gameplay, a great sense of speed, a soundtrack that fits well into the setting, and a decent frame rate that almost always remains stable. 
Burnout Paradise is one of the coolest arcade racers ever programmed. A timeless classic that still has its charm. 

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