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Burnout: Paradise in September |

Coming in the free “Davis” update to Burnout: Paradise next month is: bikes! And day and night cycles! And weather! And more wow than ever!

We’ve got two rides ready to go – Day 1. Just head for your nearest junkyard in Paradise City to pick up the FV1100 street bike and the stunning Japanese Firehawk racing bike. That’ll do for a start, but there’s more in store once you’ve played a little way through the bike-specific gameplay. We’ll bring you more on these vehicles in a future post.

From the second we added the first prototype bike, we wanted to cruise the streets of Paradise City at night. So, in addition to the bikes, we’re adding night to the game. You’ll see day cycle through to night and see the city change with it. Paradise City takes on a life of its own once the rush hour traffic thins out!

The folks at Criterion are going further for the gamer than any other developer with free updates. This is great stuff. I just picked up this game last week and have had a lot of fun just tooling around the city learning the lay of the land. Steve gave it a try last night too and gave it his thumbs up. For only $40 new, and cheaper than that used, I think that this game belongs in every PS3 owner’s library.

Too bad it doesn’t have splitscreen… (just had to get that in there).

Paradise City Choppers, Burnout’s Bikes

  • Steve

    I have to say I like this game a lot. I don’t know how they keep a whole city that size in memory at once but they seem to be able to pull it off. This is the first racing game I’ve seen that just lets you wander around the whole city. None of those artificial barriers forcing you to turn left here and right there. Of course that means that in order to actually race, you need to know where you’re going – which has never been my strong suit, even in a city I know! Fortunately Henning was able to act as my navigator while I raced. It’s very neat being able to choose your own course from the start to the finish – and not all of the opponents take the same path, either. If you think you know a shortcut, go for it! Maybe it’s faster, and maybe it isn’t… you never know until you hit the finish line.

    I also like being able to get my car fixed up at a convenient garage, since it is likely to accrue a good deal of damage fairly quickly – this is Burnout after all.

    This one will definitely be in my collection once I have a PS3 to collect games for.

  • No Splitscreen and no instant retries broke the game for me, sadly… I nearly bought it last week, but I held off, as the two things mentioned above were too hard for me to swallow (I am very impatient, so instant retries are a MUST)

  • Trigga_Tybalt

    i’m with segitz. i didn’t like the whole free roam aspect. burnout 2 is still the best in the series with its classic arcade routes and it even had splitscreen.

    i hear the bikes don’t even smash up when you crash as well as no rider ragdolls although that’s understandable to keep the rating down. but then didn’t motorstorm have a low rating with them? hmmmm.

    anyway more developers should support their games with free updates like this. its absolutely incredible what they have done for their customers. other developers need to follow suit really.

  • mpz

    Steve – it doesn’t keep it in memory, that’s why no split-screen. Even streaming that size of city is really remarkable. And no tearing graphics anywhere and only the occasional frame-drop and rare pop-in – at least someone gets that (very) right.

    For some events the free-roaming is a bit of a pain. Some of the races are rather long, and since the easiest way to win them is to drive your own route, it doesn’t really feel much like a race. In some cases you don’t see the other cars after the first corner, and you can’t take-down the non-racers. And for races which end in the hills you’re stuck with a long drive to find another one which probably ends up in another remote place. It would be nice if there were more events per intersection, at least in some cases, and you had cyclical or reciprocal routes so you could at least race back to where you were before. An idea might be to have checkpoints – ‘race to there, (and there and then there) and back’ rather than ‘race to there’.

    The ‘crash mode’ thing is a bit crap too – it would’ve been better as a separate game mode rather than the l1-r1 thing, or even just an implicit background thing every time you crash. Bouncing down the road tapping X makes it feel very silly. I wonder why they didn’t just have ‘crash-run’ starts the way they have ‘stunt-run’ starts – complete with money and multiplier bonuses which appear out of thin air.

    With a ‘driving force’ steering wheel the feedback turns off if the xmb runs (either explicitly hitting the PS button or e.g. saving a game), which is a bit of an annoying bug (you need to restart the game).

    Anyway – having said all that, at its new platinum price (maybe thats why jb had it on sale) and all the free add-ons this a must-have game. The best visuals of any car game (gthd tears terribly and the backgrounds are bland), good physics (the grid demo was terrible – and that tore a lot too), no loading (only at the start and when choosing a car), the best crashes, and even the annoying DJ shuts up after a while. The annoyances of free-roaming are more than offset by everything else.

  • Børten

    I really, really, really wanna get into this game, but i cant..
    Every time I play the game, I end up just crusin´and crashin´.

    Every race I start, I misses a turn, and that was that race. Then I just gonna see whats up there. Crash. Oh well. Where did that race start…?

    As I´m no programmer, I see it from a consumers stand. One. Not all 😉

    And I (like many others here) are split screen whores 😉

    The fact that Criterion are putting bikes and weather into Paradise City is awsome, and I will download the patch day one.
    Then I will drive around on bike for an hour. And wait for the next update.


  • Carl;)G

    I didn’t get it because you can’t(i think)change the Accelerate + Brake buttons to ‘X’ and ‘O’ buttons :-/ Hate L2 + R2 buttons for those!!! :-/
    +No split-screen to??? Wating for MotorStorm 2 which should do it all!!! ;-P

  • Carl G.
    I share your sentiments. I hate that you cant remap the trigger buttons, as they kill my joints.

    But i bought the game second-hand and its been fun. But Im waiting for the Trophys update. I dont want to earn them retroactively, I want to see the Trophy symbol come up on screen!