Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, Xbox One
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Developer: Criterion Games
- Release Date: Mar 16, 2018
- Genre: E for Everyone
- Genre: Racing
- Genre: 1 (Online 2-4)
- Official Website: https://www.ea.com/games/burnout/burnout-paradise-remastered/buy
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Assuming you’re new to Burnout Paradise, we will explain what Burnout Paradise Remastered focuses on. Players will assume the role of a racer who has just arrived in the popular city known as Paradise City. Your goal is simple, become a legend in the city. The way to do that is also simple, win races and wreck other opponents along the way. Burnout Paradise Remastered isn’t a hard game to get behind as it has very conventional racing themes but the way developer Criterion Games goes about these conventions is where Burnout Paradise Remastered becomes unlike any other racer you’ve ever played before.
As we mentioned above, Burnout Paradise Remastered wants you to smash cars up and destroy them. As you drive across the open world—which is quite small but still sizeable enough—of Paradise City you will come across different types of challenges. Win these challenges/missions and you gain both cred—in the form of license ranks going up—and new cars to use. Burnout Paradise Remastered allows you to use most of the DLC super cars immediately but we recommend for beginners to start off with the cars they earn to truly enjoy the challenges you’ll face.
Now, there are several different types of challenges in Burnout Paradise Remastered. To begin them, all you need to do is drive up to a stop light anywhere in Paradise City and you will begin the event that is that particular area. Races for example are simple drive from start to finish and beat you opponent. However, races in Burnout Paradise Remastered require the player to not adhere to more strict racing games like Forza or NASCAR. In Burnout Paradise Remastered, you won’t be told how to reach the end area of a race meaning you can take whatever road you see fit—and that includes shortcuts you may discover—as well as hit opponents causing them to wreck. Burnout Paradise Remastered is about wrecking cars and rewards the player often for doing so.
Some of the other challenges you’ll enjoy in Burnout Paradise Remastered are modes like Showtime—which is similar to Crash Mode a combo of destruction caused by your car—elimination, and several other types like getting the most points via stunts. Our favorite challenge besides racing is elimination where you have to destroy a specific amount of opponent racers in a time limit. It starts off simple enough but as you progress in ranks within Burnout Paradise Remastered you’ll begin to see the opponent try harder to avoid being slammed into walls and or oncoming cars. Showtime is also fun albeit we still miss Crash Mode which hasn’t come back truly to the Burnout series since the earlier games. The online portion of the game will allow players to join with up to several friends and race together but as of this review Burnout Paradise Remastered’s online portion was empty seeing as how the game hasn’t officially released yet.
Graphically, Burnout Paradise Remastered is solid. We’re not going to say this is the best remaster out there, but Burnout Paradise Remastered looks good enough to be considered modern with high level of details in the cars and the higher resolution backgrounds. Equally, Burnout Paradise Remastered runs smoother meaning every crash and explosion looks better than ever before. Unfortunately, Burnout Paradise Remastered’s soundtrack wasn’t updated—at least to our knowledge—as it offers a mixed bag of real songs to enjoy. You will have great songs from bands like Gun N’ Roses and even Soundgarden but then you’ll also have Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend and some other weaker songs. We here at Honey’s Anime used our own tunes will driving around Paradise City and we will expect many of you will do the same probably.
The big question we feel many veterans of Burnout Paradise may be asking now though is this. Does Burnout Paradise Remastered have enough to warrant a re purchase? The answer is a yes and no. While Burnout Paradise Remastered has a ton of DLC in the form of the various legendary cars—like the hover car which is amazing—and Big Surf Island which a separate area to Paradise City, everything else in Burnout Paradise Remastered feels the same. Sure, you’re still racing around the big city looking for billboards to smash and even cars to smash to unlock for your own use but if you’re like us here at Honey’s Anime HQ then you’ve done all of this before in the past. Burnout Paradise Remastered might run better and look better but there isn’t anything new to really sink your teeth into. That’s why if your purchase of Burnout Paradise Remastered will come down to how much you loved the original released in 2008 and how much you desperately want to own a Burnout game on the modern consoles.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Impressive updated visuals
- Tons of cars to use
- Still extremely fun to smash cars and cause genuine mayhem
- Refreshing race design that caters to making your own way from the beginning to end
- Runs very well despite the speeds
- A bit pricey for the same game ultimately
- Not much has changed in Paradise City
- The soundtrack is a bit hit and miss