Burnout Paradise Remastered boasts a generous amount of content, offering all of its DLC including the wonderful expansion pack Surf Island. Frustratingly the bonus cars that were sprinkled throughout Paradise’s original post-launch season are all in your garage ready to be driven away from the game’s outset – and whilst these additions are brilliant fun they completely destroy the smooth progression curve of Paradise, one of its most satisfying features. Instead of eagerly taking down new cars to add them to your garage, a progression that sees you slowly transition from old heaps of junk to the fastest set of wheels known to man, you’re offered the best of the best from the get-go, vehicles that will make the first 80% of the game an absolute joke to beat. I urge players to practise some self-restraint in the hopes that you’ll enjoy that wonderful climb that sees you try out a variety of vehicle types, boost modes and ever improving stats. I wish this wasn’t up to player choice, however, and instead these DLC cars had been added into the city for takedowns at appropriate junctures in your career.
Paradise never felt like a slouch when it came to its audio-visual department. Boasting some incredible destruction tech, a beautiful open world, lightning fast visuals whipping past you and all set to the beat of a punky, adolescent soundtrack that never quit, Burnout looked and sounded like the rush it was. That’s all translated surprisingly well to modern hardware for this remaster, and whilst the visuals were never going to be able to go toe-to-toe with genre contemporaries, Paradise holds its own admirably.
It struggles in its original architecture: buildings are all janky right angles and sharp edges, but you’ll only be paying attention to them when you crash and everything slows down enough for you to see its shortcomings. This remaster focuses on upping the resolution of the game and keeping the frame rate locked, and I can say on both of these fronts Paradise is a huge success. Over the multiple versions I’ve owned of this game including the PC release, I can safely say that the Remaster looks just as good – if not better – than the graphics even the beefiest PC can output.
Burnout Paradise was a revelation when it first launched a decade ago. It’s a crime that, all these years on, I’m still waiting on a sequel. I can only hope that this wonderful remaster – which sees the game at its absolute best and positively bursting with content – is a sign of things to come. Racing’s prodigal son needs to make a proper comeback, and I won’t be happy until I’m back in the driver’s seat of a fresh ride. Until then, however, Burnout Paradise Remastered will tide me over just fine.
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