“This is a simple remaster of a ten-year game taken in a break from a major project,” I thought to include Burnout Paradise. I wasn’t counting on much, but these are the best situations, because instead of checking the title 15 minutes before bedtime, I woke up after a good three hours and wanted a lot more. May it be a sign of a great return of this noble brand.
Basically everyone is reheating their most important brands. Electronic Arts defended itself against throwing a few classics on the grill for a long time, but in the end, even this publisher decided to follow the path of cutlets. For a good start, we can return to Paradise City and it is undoubtedly an extremely interesting choice.
Medium rare, once
Fans of arcade racing have been begging the heavens for a specific return to the Burnout series for years. The electronics are officially deaf to these requests, but even in such a situation, we can fasten our seat belts and see the refreshed Burnout Paradise. I can confidently believe that EA does not intend to look at the competition and intends to explore the area on its own, and that is why the first chop is a painfully basic remaster. The game does not surprise positively with beautiful car models, refreshed every alley and unusual effects of destruction, because instead of fully restoring the smallest pixel, the studio responsible for the title decided to upgrade the resolution to 4K (on Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro), smooth the edges and make the game smoother up to 60 frames per second. Little? The first impression is painfully painful, because the title does not present the expected level in terms of setting, but I promise that after a few minutes your eyes will stop burning and the discomfort will turn into pure satisfaction.
The authors of the production have not lost recent years on refining the setting and, fortunately, they also did not find time for unnecessary coloration of the game, because Burnout Paradise defends itself in every smallest respect in terms of gameplay. All it takes is the first race, the perfect corner entry, smashing a few cars and literally winning the final straight for me to start the next race from the automaton and want more, more and more. The developers did not destroy the controls, they did not change the concept and it is for this reason that it is difficult to break away from the first Electronic Arts chop. If those ten years ago you played Criterion Games without reflection, then you can get ready for a replay of the entertainment, because in this respect “Paradise City” has not even aged for a minute. Over the decade, many productions have tried to copy the patents offered by the British, but many have failed for one simple reason – Burnout Paradise is just a well-rounded game where the most important elements work well together.
If you have never had the opportunity to get acquainted with the title (then do not admit it ..), it is worth explaining the general assumptions – races in an open world, in which we include subsequent struggles by reaching the intersections, we collect points for victories, unlock more cars and basically these are the common basics. Sometimes we have to destroy a few cars, other times we hit a given location first, we run away from time to time, and there are moments when we have to show acrobatic skills, but each time the competition is accompanied by a pleasant gameplay, a dizzying sense of speed and a great soundtrack.
The authors managed to do one more thing – they prepared a really “paradise world”, which was designed with great attention to detail, because here we encounter additional challenges at every step, we take shortcuts, destroy billboards and, in fact, driving in the open area is a lot of fun … Many developers still struggle to catch up with Burnout Paradise in this respect. Of course, the game also allows you to test your skills in online struggles, and this is certainly good news for fans of playing with friends.
For this salad with all vegetables
Fortunately, Electronic Arts did not come up with the idea of squeezing players out like lemons and the production includes a large expansion pack – you will find here many additional vehicles (miniature cars, police cars, motorcycles), Party mode, or a location full of attractions called “Big Surf Island”. It is the DLC that is one of the decoys that can encourage many players who only read the base on the previous generation or played on PC. The fans of “sheet metal” could not see the additional spot, which, although it is not very large, offers a lot of challenges … And we must not forget that the title for the PC looked much better in its time than the console version, so in this respect “Peccers” are not particularly spoiled. However, if you have familiarized yourself with the original on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, you will definitely feel the differences in the frame or the smoothness of the game, but players who have not yet visited Paradise City will definitely feel the most fun. The setting is definitely not the strength of this game, but the gameplay stands out even from modern representatives of the genre.
I must also mention a rather unusual problem. Burnout Paradise Remastered offers all add-ons, so from the beginning of the game we have access to tons of vehicles that are different in terms of statistics, possibilities and appearance, so I missed a bit that “competitive feeling” that accompanied me in the previous generation – here we have several dozen fantastic machines from the beginning, so all the “acquired” ones didn’t make much sense to me. This is where the authors could surprise a bit and throw all the machines into progress … Or even prepare additional challenges, thanks to which we could get, for example, police machines. It would require more creativity, but then we could talk about a real gem, because frankly speaking, the graphics disturb here for the first few seconds.
What is next? Total fun. The cars are brilliantly fast, destroying the enemies on the tracks is a lot of satisfaction, and the music is only a binder of these positive impressions. Electronics had to take a few dollars out of their pockets because the game has a full soundtrack, so it was definitely necessary to renew the license. We can even change the music in the menu – it’s like a small addition, but in this title, the sound significantly boosts the fun of winning.
I eat such meat with relish
Burnout Paradise Remastered has not been restored from scratch, it does not impress from all sides, but it tastes delicious. It is no coincidence that this title comes to us as “the first meat for Electronic Arts”, because the publisher was well aware that here the gameplay itself will work wonders and players will again be happy to explore the paradise place. You could be better? Definitely yes, and more and more often we see examples of brilliantly refreshed titles that, in principle, could stand on a par with modern works.
The EA game has minor problems in the setting, or the lack of arranging the add-ons and / or expanding the position in the appropriate way, but even in such circumstances … Burnout Paradise Remastered is worth playing. For the gameplay itself, this city, the sense of speed and the music. Many of you will fall in love with this title again. I hope this is the beginning. Have EA explore the ground and find the right results so that Commander Shepard and Isaac Clarke, among others, may return.