"Take me down To the Paradise City where the sign is green and the cars are pretty. I want you please, take me home!"
(The play hours are low because this is my second purchase of the game after my first physical copy was broken [and the last installed game were removed long time ago] and I felt I wanted to be a bit nostalgic after I saw the Steam discount).
So, Burnout Paradise is essentially a Burnout game, but with open world areas that become an ultimate playground of destruction. I essentially love this games and I wanna describe it in some form of pros and cons:
- OPEN WORLD, BABY! This is what many Burnout fans wanted for a long time!
- Vehicles variety. Besides a bunch of muscle cars, sports cars, super cars, and track cars, there are many everyday cars to choose from. You want to drive a sedan? You got it! Want to fool around in a van? There, have some awesome van! Want to haul your family in a station wagon? We got that for you!
- Rewarding activities. Besides racing, road rage, stunt run, burning routes, and marked man, you can have plenty of side activities that sure are rewarding! form smashing billboards and gates, stunt jump, beating record time on certain streets, and also, my favourite, showtime! Which will be explained on the next point.
- SHOWTIME! It's basically a good ol' crash event since Burnout 3, but there are no Crashbreaker. You use your boost to lift your car and move it around. Hitting traffic will refill your boost, and the best part is? YOU CAN ACTUALLY HAVE UNLIMITED SPACE TO DO YOUR SHOWTIME! You can basically start a Showtime at E. Crawford Dr. and end up with your boost tank empty at the South Bay Expressway, which is from north point of Paradise to the south point of it!
- Diverse driving physics. Every cars in the game handles differently, which is a plus point for added realism. For example, when you drive the Carson 500GT, The car handles very slippery and each time you gas it, the rear tire will turn vigorously. But, when you drive cars like Carson Grand Marais, it handles like a boat. Hard to steer, and require e-brake to turn it sharply.
- Day and night cycle. YES! There's finally a day and night cycle for thhis game, and it's a plus point for it!
- Racing. What is lacking from the racing segment of the game is that you can only have point-to-point race in this game, There is no circuit mode which I kinda missed from the previous Burnout game.
- Paintjob. Ugh. I pretty much dislike paintjobs on certain cars in the game. Wish there is an option to choose "no-paintjob" in certain vehicles.
- Traffic variety. Many of us know that there were semi truck, industrial trucks, and RVs in the game. But unfortunately, these were cut content, and it's a shame that they were cut them. It adds plenty of realism if those were added (and also adds plenty vehicles to wreck in Showtime mode).
Overall, it's a great game, alhough there are some lackings, but those are covered with the pros that given.