It has been 10 years since the original Burnout Paradise launched and EA has decided that it’s about time for a remastered version, simply titled Burnout Paradise Remastered.
I was very excited for this release as I really enjoyed the Burnout series and still feel like there is a gap in today’s market for a pure arcade racing game like this. Slipping the disc into my PS4 Pro, I was hit with a blast of nostalgia as DJ Atomika kick-started the game with the all to familiar Paradise City soundtrack. The Burnout Paradise gameplay is exactly the same with fast speeds, tons of events and truly epic slow-motion crashes. There is a reason that it was one of the top games of it’s genre back in 2008 and this translates beautifully to the new platforms. The inclusion of the additional DLC is nice (although expected) and brings some variation with different vehicles to try out – 150 vehicles in fact with all 8 DLC packs including Big Surf Island.
However, I was quite disappointed in the graphical updates. Criterion has updated the textures and resolution to run 4K at 60 FPS but it still feels quite underwhelming. It really just felt like a straight port to PS4 with very little noticeable improvement. This is largely due to the fact that the game is 10 years old and racing games have come a very long way in terms of graphical output since then. I still felt the new Burnout Paradise lacked visual depth compared to other remasters such as Last Of Us and the Bioshock collection. It really highlights how far we have come with lighting effects and textures. Having said that the 60 FPS are buttery smooth and really feels very responsive.
If you are a fan of Burnout games or have never played it before and are keen to get your arcade racer itch scratched, then Burnout Paradise Remastered is a great game for you. Although, don’t expect a full overhaul but rather just a simple repackaging with DLC included. It feels a bit short on value for money but does benefit from the fact that we currently lack any real competitor to the Burnout series on current generation platforms.
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