Burnout Paradise Remastered comes 10 years after Burnout Paradise, and while I enjoyed that, it still wasn’t quite as exciting as Burnout Revenge, my favourite of the entire series – with Burnout 3 coming just 2nd to that – so those are the ones I wish most had been remastered instead, especially since they’re titles from two console generations ago, which I played on the original Xbox, rather than Burnout Paradise, which I engaged with on the Xbox 360.
Smash, crash and bash your way through 250 super jumps, 400 gates to smash through as well as 120 billboards. Hmm…. 120 billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri? That’d be a long film!
My only major bugbears, with the original Paradise, were a lack of Crash Mode, as well as the fact you had to drive around to find races rather than just going straight from one to another. This hasn’t change, sadly. Neither has some other issues. However, let’s mention a couple of good things about this release…
The graphics are still on top form, and I didn’t see any tearing or break-up (any glitches on the footage below is solely down to my Elgato HD60 not quite getting along with my PC even though I’ve minimised the amount of interruptions possible), so you’re getting solid visuals.
The sound is loud and proud as before, but all too often, it’s just the throbbing of an engine going into your ears, and you know what that sounds like. I’d be hearing it in DTS 5.1 if my Elgato HD60 didn’t screw with that back down to Dolby Surround when capturing. Quite why it does that, I don’t know. I know it can’t pass-through 5.1, but the optical cable is going straight from my PS4 to the amp, so how does it disable it?
Burnout Paradise Remastered – PS4 (1080p HD, 60fps) – DVDfeverGames
Now, onto the issues…
I wanted to turn off the music as that’s a real bugger when it comes to uploading videos to Youtube, since if it’s booming them out, it slaps copyright notices on every single one(!) I’ve made a lot of videos for this one, as I type, but thankfully, the loud rasping of the engine mostly drowns the music out so I’ve escaped from those notices, but why can’t we switch it off? I don’t know if it’s helped that I’ve tried to go for music pieces from previous Burnout games rather than big tracks like Guns N Roses’ Paradise City, which you will hear a LOT while booting this up. It’s a good track but I don’t want to hear it THAT often.
As before, you can stop your car and it defaults to playing some classical music to you, which was great, but again, very Youtube-unfriendly.
The other audio annoyance is DJ Atomica. He still won’t shut up. Why can’t I switch him off?
Again, there’s no crash mode or checking from behind, the latter being something that just wrecks your car, but I still miss it, because you could smash into people from up their rear and send them headlong into another one or two cars and get a nice juicy bonus. Try and nudge someone other than your racing rivals, and you just have a bit of a bump and little else.
While in theory, it should be easy to find a race, as you just press L2 and R2 together when you reach a set of traffic lights, I *still* came across the same ones regularly, just like last time. Similarly, when I come to a Stunt Run or race I’ve completed previously, why doesn’t it tell me I’ve done them BEFORE I select them? It does it AFTER with the Stunt Run, but NEVER with a race. I just want the NEW challenges!
So, there’s a lot of fun to be had, but it still has the same problems as the original, and all of these could easily have been added or resolved.
As an addition, for those who want online competition against others, there’s the Big Surf Island section of the game for that. Online isn’t my bag so I can’t comment on that.
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Players: single player, multiplayer
- HDTV options: 720p/1080i/1080p
- Languages: English
- Subtitles: None
Burnout Paradise Remastered – Official Reveal Trailer
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