Burnout: Paradise

For those of you who don’t know, I am an avid Burnout fan. I have been for about 7 or 8 years now. The people at Criterion Games have really taken over my soul with the latest addition, Burnout: Paradise. I should not say ‘latest’ as this game has been out for 9 months. The great thing about Criterion is they are making this game ‘new’ every couple of months or so. Just recently with the Bike Pack.

Criterion is on a mission to keep changing the game over the next year with firm-ware updates. The good news is, it’s working. I have played this game almost everyday since January 21st (launch day) and I have never seen it better than it is right now. Granted it still has some things that fans would like to see out of the game. Either way it may be the best racing game on the market. I currently have the game on PS3 and 360 and there are some differences but nothing too extreme. Criterion, I think prefers the PS3 over the 360 but that does not change the fact that I like playing on the 360 the best. Only because the online play is a little weak on the PS3.

I think the game is looked over as being a good game because it’s a racing game. I can almost promise you that there is not another racing game on the market that will hold it’s own against this game. I think that if games like Halo 3, CoD4 and Gears of War can still hold their own I don’t understand why Burnout couldn’t. Then again the FPS crowd is kind of a special group. I don’t mean any offense by that but it’s the truth. You have not played an online game till you have played against a FPS fan…..WOW!!!

Anyway I wrote this post not to inform you about a game that is a year old or even to tell you that with all the new updates how great the game is. I wrote this post to remind everyone that just because a game is almost a year old that does not mean it has lost it’s luster. Just four days ago Criterion seen more online players than there have ever been on this game. Thats after 9 months of release. Most games loose their momentum after the first couple of months, not Burnout it has more people on now than it did when it first came out. If the games I mentioned above (Halo3 Ect.) can still hold their own and they’re over a year old there is no reason Burnout can’t do the same thing for you. So next time you’re out and about and you have an extra 30 dollars pick this game up. I know you can’t kill aliens or terrorists and I know you can’t blow stuff up (or can you) but give it a try. You might be surprised at what you find for the first time or maybe what you might re-discover.


Author: Eric Baumgardner View all posts by
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