By John Walker on April 15th, 2009 at 1:00 pm.
Criterion are plugging the next addition due for Burnout: Paradise, a Cops & Robbers game. I’m really pleased that Criterion are delivering on extra content for the already superb game. New stuff seems to be arriving all the time. And best of all, the biggest stuff has been completely free, including new game modes, and an entire alternate version of the game for motorbikes. Less pleasing are some of the astonishing prices they’ve charged for the smaller updates. The recent “Toys” pack, which gives you nine new super-cute cars to muck about in, costs an incredible £10 for the “value” version. Or perhaps you fancy sending £6 on getting just two new cars with extra boost? So how much will Cops & Robbers cost? There’s a video of it below to see if you want to smash your piggy bank.
I worry they’re enormously over-pricing these micro-additions. Most bewildering is the Time Savers Pack, where for £4 it will unlock all the vehicles in the game without you having to unlock them manually. So that’s a cheat mode for money, then. I’m fairly sure games used to just have you type a secret code in for this sort of thing, not enter your credit card details. If the game costs £30, and comes with 76 cars, a massive island to race around, and has hundreds of things to do and smash, then how can two more cars be worth £6? Or another nine cost a third of the game price again? Of course, the good news is the core game is so flipping excellent you don’t need any of these bits and pieces. But still, since the game starts including them on the in-game menus, teasing you with them but taking you to the in-game store if you click on them, it’s rather galling. Charge me £2.50 for nine new cars I think I might want to drive, and you’ve got a potential sale.
Anyway, bygones, this is about the new game mode they’ve being very secretive about just now. This obscure trailer is apparently going to be shortly followed by something slightly clearer, and we’ll update accordinly.