It’s a real icon of racing history, a series that has quickly achieved cult status. We are talking about “Burnout Paradise,” once created under the flag of Criterion Games. With all previous conventions of the racing sport, it has merely thrown overboard.

TitleBurnout Paradise Remastered
Platform(s)PlayStation 4, Xbox One
PublisherElectronic Arts
DeveloperCriterion Games
GenreRacing
Release16 March 2018
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer
esrb-rating-everyone-10+EVERYONE 10+ - Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.

Instead of driving on the track and according to the rules, the right of the strongest on the road applies here. It often ends in a real orgy of violence on the asphalt in every bend or with every oncoming vehicle.

All the sadder it made the fans that for now ten years no new offshoot appeared. The recent release of “Burnout Paradise Remastered” made the hearts of burnout fans beat even faster, so we didn’t let ourselves take a seat behind the wheel of Paradise City’s fast cars.

Gameplay – The Complete Burnout Package

The new edition as “Burnout Paradise Remastered” is a pure remaster of the former Complete Edition. It includes the basic game, all DLC vehicles, and the big expansion “Big Surf Island.” Once again the new remastered game brought numerous missions on an entirely new area.

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In respect, “Burnout Paradise” was even a prime example to the DLC since almost all extras, and technical improvements were offered free of charge at the time. A policy that one would probably not immediately associate with EA today. In detail, “Burnout Paradise Remastered” awaits you:

  1. Burnout Paradise basic game
  2. Big Surf Island Extension
  3. Toy Cars Pack
  4. burnout bikes
  5. Cops and Robbers Pack
  6. Legendary Cars
  7. Boost Special Cars
  8. Cagney Update

This one gets for the $29.99 a game, which fascinated me at that time over 200 hours before the screen and many mad memories left behind.

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At the same time, you can use it as an occasion for a little criticism. Just because we didn’t expect any new Burnout game release in the foreseeable future, the remaster is primarily for people who haven’t played the game yet.

Long-time fans will not make discoveries or find limited incentives for something new, which is somehow a bit of a pity. It should have been at least one photo mode or the possibility to restart a race instantaneously. But it’s also a remaster, not a remake, so everyone should know what they get here.

Graphics – Crashes and Riots in 4K

The primary aim of this remaster was to bring the game up to the latest state of the art. While the cars thundered over the screen in tired 720p at 30fps, now you get a tremendous 4K fireworks display with smooth 60fps. The latter in particular now emphasizes the effects of destructiveness.

You can enjoy watching the entire bodywork slide into each other after every crash, and the windows burst into hundreds of parts. But even so, much more details are present. Textures are now sharper. More information such as graffiti on the walls. Also, the vehicle models now offer a more profound view, including the three-dimensional substructure in which the rotating drive shaft rotates.

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All in all, you can say that the remaster was successful from an optical point of view, even if you often remind that the game comes from the previous generation. It is particularly noticeable in specific techniques that are hardly used today. Like the vegetation, which is supposed to pretend three-dimensional, and such things. Also, one is often still confronted with blurred textures, which is not surprising given these high speeds.

Also, features like HDR are missing, which would have made it possible to create even more atmosphere. If you developed a game like “Burnout Paradise” from scratch today, it would look a little different at the end, which makes the subtle difference in this case. Too bad you didn’t take the chance.

Sound and Playground

What makes “Burnout Paradise” and now the Remaster stand out is the extremely high fun factor that starts with the first step on the accelerator. Here they have dedicated themselves entirely to arcade racing. There is less emphasis on clean driving and even more forgiveness. There are spectacular game modes like ‘Road Rage.’

It is all about sweeping as many opponents off the track as possible. Or ‘Stunt Races,’ which make Paradise City a playground for cars and demand the most spectacular maneuvers – from Barrel Roll to Super Jump. This way even the youngest newcomer gets immediately warm to the game.

It does not mean that “Burnout Paradise” has no claim and victory is guaranteed with every lap. Old Burnout hares do not only attach importance to victory and speed in the races. The whole thing must also have a style or drive up personal records.

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Along the streets, there are countless possibilities. Daring jumps, cracking through poster boards or merely to spin 360°. The better you get to know the city, the more elegant it can be used for yourself – whether, for victory or style, it’s up to you.

Finally, I need to mention that the original soundtrack with its first-class selection of rock, heavy metal and garage rock is back again and it’s long as it can be for the remaster. Look forward to stars like Guns N`Roses or Depeche Mode, who will patter down on you to match all the crash and engine sounds and blow up the adrenaline.

Conclusion

If you loved Burnout Paradise back then, you probably wouldn’t get around the remaster. It’s too itchy to let the pig out again – but mainly because of the lack of real alternatives. However, apart from the technical innovations, one should not raise one’s expectations too high.

Since the new edition does not bring any new content with it. Instead, you now bet on the 4K resolution, 60fps and a few more details in the game world. However, there’s no denying that you can still tell the game’s age. So you would recommend it primarily to those who don’t even know it or want to play it on the PS4 PRO.

The playful aspect is still the killer argument for Burnout. You rarely have as much fun as here in a racing game. Especially the push on the 60fps makes the crashes look even more spectacular. It lets you dive into the road races and stunts even more enjoyable.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
FUN FACTOR - Extremely high fun factor that starts with the first step on the accelerator.
9
GRAPHICS - 4K experience is something you need to try with this racing game.
10
SOUND - The original soundtracks of rock, heavy metal and garage rock is back again.
10
MULTIPLAYER - Multiplayer is a big plus in remaster.
9.5
SINGLE PLAYER - Apart from the technical innovations, one should not raise one's expectations too high.
8
CONTROLS - The controls are responsive and perfectly mapped.
9.5
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