Burnout: Paradise

Driving, jumping, crashing, burning

Driving, jumping, crashing, burning.

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.

4 thoughts on “Burnout: Paradise”

  1. O.o new theme!!!

    Wow, nice one. Personally, though, I didn't really tell the difference between our old 12-inch box-style TV and our new 42-incher. I mean, the picture was bigger, and a bit clearer, but that was about it.

    Have fun with HD Xbox games though. They rule.

    1. Maybe you just have better eyesight then I do, then, because I noticed a huge difference immediately.

      And HD games are definitely awesome. I've been playing the new Prince of Persia game the last couple of days, and the graphics in that are pretty amazing.

      1. Well, I don't think so, since I have -0.20 degress shortsightedness.

        Then again, I don't really appreciate graphics as much as you do, maybe. Although I must admit the lighting effects in Halo 3 are stunning.

        New Prince of Persia? How is it? I hear it's not as good as it was made out to be.

        1. That could be, too. I did play through quite a bit of Paradise before setting it aside (I'd worked up to my C license), but having a large HDTV renewed the game for me and has made it so much more enjoyable.

          Prince of Persia is amazing, in my opinion. I really love the visuals, the fight sequences (especially when you can get the combos stacked), and the challenge of getting to and collecting all the light seeds in an area. There's not much plot to speak of, but then again even Sands of Time didn't have much in the way of plot. I just know that I'm enjoying the game quite a bit. I'll write up a longer review of it once I'm closer to being finished with it.

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