I recently pulled _Burnout: Paradise_ back out of its box and plunked it down in the tray. The reason? My wife bought me a 26″ HDTV for Christmas, which is a huge step up from a 13″ SDTV. Turns out, you can actually see the streets and cars of Paradise City a lot better on a bigger screen. And let me just say, _Burnout: Paradise_ in HD is absolutely stunning to look at.
_Paradise_ is a bit of a departure from previous games in the series in that, instead of selecting individual events from a map, you actually have to drive around the city and surrounding suburbs to find all the Races, Road Rage events, Marked Man duels, Burning Routes, and more. In the process you have to find the 400 yellow gates to crash (indicating various shortcuts you can use) and nearly 200 billboards to break through. There are also Super Jump locations, places where high speed is necessary to make a crossing – and grab a snapshot while you’re at it.
I’ve really enjoyed this second look at the game, and there is so much detail to be seen on a larger screen. If you like your cars fast, your crashes spectacular, and your adrenaline rushing, then this is the game for you.