Burnout Paradise is unquestionably one of the best racing games at all time. It may not be everybody’s favorite Burnout game, but it certainly is my favorite, and it is undeniable that Burnout Paradise revolutionized the casual/arcade racing genre, and important groundwork that many racing games in multiple sub genres are still built on today. You can see Paradise‘s DNA in everything from Need for Speed to Forza Horizon to the DiRT series and well beyond. It was a drastically influential game that had a lasting impact on the design of racing games. It also happens to be an absolute blast to play and sports some of the most incredibly cohesive game design I’ve seen; the car handling, world design, art direction, extra objectives, event types, and even the soundtrack choices all work in tandem to create a thrilling, raucous playground. Burnout Paradise is the rare game where every single aspect sings together in beautiful harmony, and it creates an impactful, joyful experience that still feels exciting and unbelievably fun to play today. It is in many ways a masterpiece, showcasing how strong video games can be not as art, but as sources of pure entertainment and glee, which frankly is something of an artistic achievement in its own right.
I have a duty to inform each and every one of you that Burnout is alive and well, and is now living under the name of Dangerous Driving. While I like to believe that witness protection is actually a thing for videogames that drop off the radar… the truth is, Dangerous Driving is the culmination of work from Three Fields Entertainment. They have been working on their Danger-branded games since their formation in 2014 after leaving Criterion and EA behind. What’s comes in the wake of the Burnout series is Dangerous Driving, a thrill-a-second racer that hits a few bumps along the journey, but makes it to the destination with nothing but mere scratches on the fender. Dangerous Driving is a dream come true, and one you won’t want to wake up from.
Good news for PC players of Criterion’s NFS game. The 2nd patch has finally been released. Now, while we know the downloadable content will not be seen on PC, Crtierion was kind enough to fix bugs and introduce 3 free DLC cars (also given to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 owners of the game) to this patch.
The following issues have been fixed in this patch:
– Flickering graphics after Alt-Tabbing out of the game and back.
– Controller configurations sometimes failing to save correctly.
– Steering response dead-zone when playing with steering wheel controllers.
– Player car engine audio volume too low.
– Some issues with CPU performance.
– Rare crash issue when entering the Career map screen.
The patch also contains 3 Free Cars!
– The Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster and the Dodge Viper SRT10 Convertible Final Edition.
Note: After installing this patch you will only be able to play online against players who have also installed it. You will, however, continue to get Autolog updates from all other players regardless of which version they are using.”
Now I’m off to raise my bounty as Cop and a Racer AGAIN (I have 100% completion in NFS Hot Pursuit for Xbox 360).