Burnout Paradise Remastered | Game Review

This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 58 June 2018.

Burnout Paradise Remastered should come with a health warning because it is a game that encourages reckless driving. And it is one that is highly addictive.

In that regard, nothing much has changed since the game originally arrived in 2008. It has now gone and got itself a shiny new coat of paint and the majority of downloadable content released back in the day, but the gameplay remains largely unchanged.

At its core, Burnout Paradise is an open-world racing game that Need for Speed and Forza Horizon owe more than a nod of gratitude to. Alongside the day/night cycle and the (obviously necessary) cars are motorbikes, which many games ignore in the current era. This sense of variety is almost always hanging around in everything you do in the game.

While many games have seen the available playground expand over the years, Paradise City (the home to Burnout Paradise) is relatively modest, but there is an event available to you at almost every intersection. A variety of single player (and multiplayer) modes are available to players, and while racing is obviously the main ingredient, so are the crashes. Ideally, ensuring your opponents are on the receiving end of course, but there’s no preventing your own metal-crunching mishap happening pretty regularly – almost always in glorious slow motion.

As you successfully complete events, you are rewarded with a licence upgrade and access to new vehicles. Customisation is relatively limited compared to modern racing games but ultimately it is all about the crazy sense of speed the game so easily conveys. And the crashes.

Burnout Paradise Remastered has a soundtrack that makes you really want to put the pedal to the metal and is a great addition to any racing fan’s game library. This is an arcade racer in its purest sense.

Score: 8/10
Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Distributed by: Prima Interactive

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.