Posts Tagged ‘Burnout Paradise’

Have You Played… Burnout Paradise?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

How have I not covered Burnout Paradise already in the HYP archives?! It’s been in my top five all-time games since its release in 2008, and remains my favourite driving game of all time. The game I’ve gone back to more than any other, apart from maybe Freecell.

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Let’s Not Play: Burnout Paradise

Welcome to our Let’s Not Play of Burnout Paradise. This is a series in which we discover the fun to be had in obsessively refusing to play games properly. Apparently Burnout Paradise features races, challenges and cars to collect. But ignore all that! To not play Burnout Paradise is to SMASH EVERYTHING! Don’t even bother collecting any other cars other than the starting one! I wrote about how brilliant doing this was six years ago. I continue to find it brilliant. Here are the first 200 yellow fences and 50 billboards destroyed, while I natter rubbish over the top.

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Criterion Separation: Founders Quit Burnout Dev Studio

This image is a metaphor for freedom.

Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward have left the company they founded, Criterion Games. The EA subsidiary has gone through some major changes recently, starting in September 2013 when the majority of its employees were moved over to a new studio called Ghost Games. That team is focused on the continued development of the Need for Speed series, while Criterion’s remaining 17 employees set about creating something new codenamed ‘Project Zero’.

Why should you care, I defensively imagine you asking.
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Turns Out, It’s Burnout: Need For Speed Most Wanted

Oh god, he just changed lanes without using his turn signal. MOBILIZE ALL UNITS.

When talk of racing games comes up, I’m one of those people. “I DON’T REALLY LIKE RACING GAMES BUT BURNOUT’S GREAT,” I blurt. And then some people sigh dejectedly and resume their debates about cylinders and dinosaur liquids while a precious few join me in discussing rad crashes that mangle metal into fiery explosion pretzels. And that’s how I make friends. So now we arrive at Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Normally, I wouldn’t even give this series the time of day, but apparently, someone forgot to tell Criterion it was making a Need For Speed game. So it made Burnout Paradise 2 instead. And I wept. But just a little. In a cool way. You can do the same with this video of NFSMW’s open world in action. Otherwise, we might not be able to be friends.

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Burnout Paradise For No-Pennies

Cars wot go free

Edit: Still working after all! But you have to ‘buy’ it and apply the code via the Origin client, not the website. UK only, by the sounds of things.

Me: Fancy a free download copy of the pretty good Burnout Paradise?
You: Ooh, yes please. You’re so good to me, Alec. I think I might love you.
Me: OK. first you’ll need to install EA’s controversial Origin…
Me: Well, whatever. My cat loves me, so I’ll be alright. Anyway, then add Burnout Paradise to your basket from the Origin store, and enter PARADISE at checkout to remove all cost from it. Yes, in capitals.
You: OK, I might do that, but if you tell anyone I installed Origin to get my hands on a freebie even though I’ve spent the last month loudly saying I would not, I’m going to kill your cat.
Me: Deal. Oh yeah, and this probably won’t last long, so get a move on, right? And stay the hell away from my cat, you bastard.

Via HotUKDeals via PCG.

Smashing Stuff: Burnout Paradise Revisited

This awesome pic is from the Burnopedia -

400 smashes and 120 billboards smashed, it’s crashed again. And I’m secretly hoping it will have taken my save game with it for a second time. I’ve got a horrible feeling I’ll end up starting a new save game otherwise, just so I can smash everything again. I have a bit of a problem, and it involves Burnout Paradise.

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Burnout Paradise Cops & Robbers Update Soon

Scarper, it's the rozzers.

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.

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Wot I Think: Burnout Paradise

Burnout Paradise was released last week on PC, via a gigantic time-limited demo. It was one of the most popular console games of last year, thanks to its open-world racing model. But is it any good? Here’s Wot I Think.

Playing Burnout Paradise on PC was rather like biting into a large, delicious sandwich, filled with quality meats and condiments. Sadly the first bite revealed that the sandwich also contained an elastic band. Once the inedible foreign article had been spat out, and cuss words uttered, the meal was delicious. After all, this is one of my favourite sandwiches. And I am so very, very hungry.
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Gigantodemo: Burnout Paradise

Let's hope the demo doesn't crash, too! Oh, I am a wag.

I can see it in your eyes. You want to download a 2.9GB demo. No, really, you do. Because ta-da, the PC release of Burnout: Paradise goes shopward in the morning, and entire game is available to download, for free, in a time-limited way. Perhaps from Fileshack, perhaps from GamersHell. Or maybe from NVidia. (Actually, the servers are crazy busy at the moment, and hopefully they’ll be echoed in a few more places. Post links below if you find them – but please, no torrents unless officially sanctioned.)

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Burnout Paradise Trailer, “Ultimate Box”

Criterion’s maniac open-world racer was one of my favourite console games last year, and the “Ultimate” edition also comprises a bran-spanking PC version, which is out February 5th/6th. The trailer after the jump, then, acts as a useful teaser for our Windows version of the game, while featuring console footage. It’s fairly safe to say that super-hi res PC visuals will make it look even more spectacular. Word has it that there’s a PC demo in the works too, which will be a timed and feature-locked version of the full game. I’ll be all over that.

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