Download Burnout™ Paradise: The Ultimate Box today. Paradise City is the largest and most dangerous setting yet for the best-selling Burnout series. The massive setting gives players an open-ended world to explore, as they race their vehicles through hundreds of miles of roads and underground passages with more than 70 different cars.
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Release Date: Feb 3, 2009

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Download Burnout™ Paradise: The Ultimate Box today. Paradise City is the largest and most dangerous setting yet for the best-selling Burnout series. The massive setting gives players an open-ended world to explore, as they race their vehicles through hundreds of miles of roads and underground passages with more than 70 different cars. Speed through the streets from event to event, racking up points that are saved to your Paradise City driver’s license. Earn the vaunted “Burnout” license by smashing through billboards, jumping ramps, and sustaining crashes with the improved damage system.

The Burnout™ Paradise: Ultimate Box features all of the great gameplay and modes of the original game, as well as added enhancements especially for the PC. Now you can cruise the streets of Paradise City at night with the new Day/Night time cycles. There’s nothing like racing at night. The Ultimate Box also includes motorcycles for an all-new thrill ride. Take on 70 new motorcycle-specific challenges. Two bikes are available at the start, including the FV1100 and Nakamura Firehawk V4, with additional rides that can be unlocked or downloaded. We’ve also added dynamic weather that features a variety of new conditions. Even if you’ve played Burnout™ Paradise before, you’ve never experienced a challenge like The Burnout™ Paradise: The Ultimate Box. Download it today for the PC.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows XP (SP2), Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 XP / 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 Vista
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM XP / 1.5 GB Vista (2 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible with Shader Model 3.0, requires 128 MB or more and contain one of these chipsets: Nvidia 6600 or greater, Radeon X1300 or greater
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB of free space or more


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175 of 196 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
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-----------This is my review account, because the low playtime.
+ detailed game world
+ great effects
+ harmonious lighting
- partly spongy textures

+ harmonious paradise city
+ day-night cycle
+ realistic traffic
+ rapid staging
- no licenses

+ crisp engine sounds
+ great sounds accidents
+ matching soundtrack

+ is constantly challenging
+ never unfair
- only one level of difficulty
- a little too hard for beginners

Driving Behavior:
+ any car drives differently
+ catchy and very direct driving physics
- damage model only visually

+ charges aggressively
+ fighting among themselves
- acts often over-ambitious
- moves in the pack

+ unlockable super cars
+ paint gadgets
- otherwise no optical or performance tuning

Track Design:
+ very detailed and varied
+ a lot of abbreviations and ramps
+ many attractions

Game Size:
+ solo playtime around 30 hours
+ 75 vehicles and 120 events
+ lots of roads and secrets
+ comprehensive multiplayer part

Multiplayer: not tested

The game takes place is the fictional American city Paradise City, which will be presented attractively at the beginning. The sun rises, the camera pans over reflective skyscrapers, and on the radio sings the same song Guns N 'Roses - you would want to drive off immediately.

In the first race, the motivation case snaps mercilessly. This is mainly due to the excellent playability and the currently unrivaled Action proportion of Burnout Paradise. In a breakneck speed you swish through urban canyons or on disused railway tracks, tear a fence, park benches and lights, cut through just in time discovered entrances off, jump over ramps and half raised bridges, ignite in a straight line, the nitro, meander through the realistic acting city traffic and jostle intrusive opponents against the next post.

If your opponent crash into obstacles, bursting discs, sparks fly and the sheet almost photo-realistic crumpled in slow motion, you feel like the king of the road. Exemplary: The true action-oriented, but not too simple handling you have incorporated immediately, the cars always remain perfectly controllable even with murderous pace.

Another mission, another Level, nor ... damn, I must go to bed! Thus, a spiraling cycle of addiction I know far more than from role-playing games, but Burnout Paradise has taught me a lesson. Wait at every corner jobs, stunt ramps secrets. The race modes are this varied - as action-packed, and the brutal collisions I can not get enough, even after the umpteenth mission. Sure, the tuning is poor and the AI often too aggressive, not really bother me but that - that Burnout Paradise is just all about motivating to gripping, to fun.

Score: 88 / 100

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60 of 70 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I like driving my plastic formula 1 car, the tiniest tap from an infants hand going at 150Mph will send you flying at escape velocity.
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34 of 34 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
This is a great racing game that's all about driving in the open world of people-free Paradise City, of which the title song claims has green grass and pretty girls. Along the way, you'll be bombarded with advertising billboards for such things like Burger King, EVGA motherboards, Crash FM, and this very game. Sadly, you can only demolish one of these billboards, which keep reappearing continuously. Somehow, I feel real sorry for the cleanup crews having to fix up the damage caused by driverless cars. It's like Twilight Zone stuff, man!

While you repeat the events that you've already cleared with each new license, you get to hear a selection of licensed songs that usually repeat a pretty good deal. Or you can listen to past Burnout songs from a time Acclaim published those games. Maybe you just feel like listening to that Avril Lavinge song over and over. Did you know that song was also in Burnout Dominator AND in multiple languages? There are also classical songs in the game, but nobody listens to those. ;)

The damage model is quite glorious, parts flying off, cars flipping about, and [my favorite /s] the game going into super slow motion because you were too slow in reacting to a barrier right in front of you. It's like you know you're going to be taunted mercilessly, especially if you crash mere seconds before the time trial expires. But if you feel like crashing into things and causing mass destruction, there is a Showtime mode. It's not quite like the crash modes in previous games, but it counts for something.

Even with the minor flaws like the lack of a certain bit of DLC that the potato consoles got to enjoy, super slow motion crashes that test your patience, and the general grind with each new license, this is still a very enjoyable racing game that people continue to play to this day.
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27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
179.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Great game! Honestly my favorite part about this game is just driving around and listening to music or watching videos on my second monitor. The races and other various events are great too, but get old after a while. Also, the person who's idea it was to put the fences, signs, and super jumps into the game is amazing, I probably spent about 75 hours just looking for those alone.
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66 of 93 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
This game..this game.. It's ♥♥♥♥ing awsome game!! That awsome mucis at game! Awsome gameplay! Awsome graphic! Awsome cars!

If you look for fun with friends - BUY this game! :D
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121 of 189 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Hey hey, you you, I don't like your girlfriend
No way, no way, I think you need a new one
Hey hey, you you, I could be your girlfriend

10/10 legendary racing game, one of the best games in the world.
brings me back so many memories :')
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This Game is amazing. i played this game and beat it five years ago. now im back to play it again! this game brings back memories i had years ago. run very well for low end PC's and looks great on mid-high end PC's there is so much to do in this game. start a road rage and crash your competition, do a race to the baseball stadium, set some lap times, or just simply drive around. so many good things to be said about this game, for example, bikes have been added in. great sounds, fun to experiment with, and just so much to do. the cons, however, are that criterion has abandoned this game. which is a shame that all the DLC it had on Console hasnt been brought into the PC master race platform. for example, Big surf island, and cop cars, are missing from the game, and that brings a tear to my eye. it is such an amazing game, filled with action and fun, it makes you want more and more. but i will never be able to fully relive the experience of big surf island or cop cars. still, this game is completly worth $19.99, although it was made in 2008.

11/10 cannot stop, and will not stop.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Not a driving game fan, but this is a lot of fun!
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is one of my favorite games of all time.
The racing system is solid, with AI that is both responsive and clever.
The city is always a pleasure to look at, even compaired to some newer titles.
The pacing is great, letting you free-drive and practice your routes, try and go as fast as possible or find the greatest stunt route.
The size is incredible. I've been playing this game on and off for a year and I still don't know all the roads.
Well done EA and team. This is one incredible game.
It's a game that I'm proud to own, and I highly recomend it if you don't already own it.

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71 of 119 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Creepiness because the car doesn't have a driver.
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Doesn't "Ultimate Box" signify all the DLC from the "Ultimate Box"? Or was that just a marketing ploy to make more people buy it? That seems closer to false advertising than anything else.

Either way, I don't see any DLC apart from the pass-the-controller Party Mode, which is fairly useless on a PC.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
The closest game for Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2012!

Everything in this game is perfect!
-Great handling
-Awesome cars
-Al drivers are actually trying to avoid you
-You can play online
-Amazing car damage
-Superb gameplay
-Cool soundtracks
The list keeps going...

In concluding, if you like racing and action then you must buy this game!
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38 of 64 people (59%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
♫ Take me down
To the paradise city
Where the grass is green
And the girls are pretty♫
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
There is simply nothing wrong with this game; it is one of the best racers I have every played. Though it is an arcade-style racer, each car still has somewhat of a different "feel" to it. The graphics are amazing, the damage breathtakingly detailed. One of the best racing game ever, bar none.
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
I was a huge Fan of Burnout 1 through 4 on the consoles, but this open world aspect here just bores me. I don't like to drive around aimlessly. The multiplayer just sucks and is quite dead. The DLC (Ultimate Box) doesn't actually work without some additional hackery thanks to EA abandoning this game. It's a shame Burnout 4 didnt get remastered for PC. I miss the crash mode especially.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
After failing my driving test 8 consecutive times, I like to play this game as practice for the next exam.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Are you looking for a different racing game, or planning to get into the racing genre? Then this might just be the game for you! Burnout Paradise isn't your usual racing game, but will still supply you with hours of fun!

The racing genre has many subcategories, and the burnout franchise might just be an entire subgenre on it's own. You still have the basics like racing of course, but EA has a different look at racing. You can crash into things, crash other racers, make stunts while still aiming for the first place.


The main concept is still the same. You are in a car, dropped in Paradise city, have fun. The physics aren't too different from other games, but I felt that drifting has been kept to a minimum. Which isn't necessarely a bad thing, especially not in a city full of buildings and other cars.

Like I said before, you are able to crash into everything, breakable or unbreakable. Remember however, that it doesn't mean your invincible. At least, not in most events. Fortunately, there are several repair stations around Paradise City so that shouldn't be the biggest of your problems.

You start off with a basic car at a junkyard, and the game will teach you several things before you start the journey. However, it does barely to not teach about the controls, which is something you have to find out yourself unfortunately. If you're familiar with racing games, then this won't be any problem for you, but it may be annoying for new players.

Each car has 3 stats, being Speed, Boost and Strength. It is up to you to seek the best combination which both fits your driving style and is the most useful in events. Events are scattered all around Paradise City, of which I have a few examples below:

  • Races - I can't make it more obvious. The great thing about Burnout however, is that you decide your own route. That's right, you are not stuck on a set route where you just have to show your skills and prove your the best. Shortcuts and ramps are your best friends in Paradise City.
  • Road Rages - Personally my favorite of the bunch. Your goal is to take out a set amount of cars in a set amount of time.
  • Take overs - This has nothing to do with racing whatsoever, but it is still fun. Think of it as a minigame, where your car is like a ball, trying to hit as many objects as possible to get crash dollars, which are mandatory for completing the event. I will admit that this event gets boring after a while, and you have to do this event a lot if you're seeking completion.

When you complete an event, it sometimes occurs that there's a new car racing through the city. You can take it out and add it to your own collection! Also, you get a new car every time you upgrade your license. Your license gets upgraded every time after you have completed a set amount of events.


The game is still part of the racing genre, but still does many things different from other games in the same genre. Instead of selecting events, you are racing through Burnout Paradise, which is the overworld itself!

I won't touch the graphics however. Graphics is something strictly personal to people, so I can't give my opinion on that. For me however, the graphics are pretty good and fitting of the game. You can see far ahead of you and I haven't experienced any lagg or framedrops during my playthroughs of the game.

We now have Steam music, but I still want to mention that the music selection in Burnout is pretty good. There is music for everybody, from metal to opera to classic. Of course, there is also the narrator, being the dj of this radio station, who will give you advice during the game.

There are a few things I have to mention, that may not be appealing to several people. For example, cars aren't customizable. The only things you can change to your car are the colours. I personally don't mind this but I can understand that other people do.

To go online, you are also required to have or creat an EA account. It's not too big of an issue, unless you are strictly against it of course.

The final steps

Beating the game isn't too hard. It only requires you to complete events until you got the final license. I would recommend trying to take on as many different events as possible, because otherwise it might become boring/repetitive over time.

Completing the game however, turns out to be a more difficult journey. The game does not have Steam Achievements, but there are in-game achievements called Paradise Awards. They are technically the same as Achievements, only that they won't show up on your Steam profile.

I myself am not a completionist, but it does bother me that the game handles collectables rather poorly. There are Super Jumps, Billboards to destroy and Fences to drive though. Unfortunately, When you achieve a colletable, it does not show up anywhere on the map for example. You will most likely have find them all by the end of the game, but it's still a nitpick which I can't overlook.


Burnout is a really fun game that I would recommend to anyone looking for a new fresh experience. People familiar to the racing genre might find a few nitpicks, but may still find a lot of fun here. And while this may be different from most racing games, this may still be a good starting point for newcomers to the genre.

While not necessary, it is recommended to play this game with a controller/
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Another glaring example of how games are ruined because of the recent trend of injecting social and open-world elements. The first Burnout games worked because they were unique in what they offered. Now it's another drop in the bucket of overwhelming garbage where you can't just play the game without being bombarded with ranks and incessant social account reminders. But also the game is vague in a lot of ways and the camera was pretty irritating. If this were a physical copy, I would snap the disc in half and go play the first Burnout on ps2. At least it was fun the moment you booted it up without having to sit through half an hour of disembodied dialogue telling you all about how awesome it is.

Pros: I got this game in an ultra cheap Humble Bundle
Cons: I got this game in an ultra cheap Humble Bundle
Overall: The very first song it played to me was Paradise City by Guns n Roses. No.
Score: -0/0
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
An awesome game gifted to me by a friend of mine!

This game is not your traditional press-fwd-arrow-and-win-racer, because tracks for the races are not scripted and it is an open-world race. You have to know the map like the back of your hand, or constantly open the map menu to draw an imaginary track for your competition, which can get absurdly annoying while you are flying against the oncoming traffic.

As I mentioned traffic- this game has somehow too much of it. I know it is a racing game, but regarding the fact that tracks are not scripted, you can crash your car each 4 seconds of a race because of a missed turn or because of too much traffic.

At the beginning it is all ok, because the cars that you own are not so fast- you can predict your turns more easily and pass by the traffic, but later on it gets absurdly hard to get to the first place because of the high speeds.

Overall a good racing game that is not so hardware-demanding, brings a lot of fun, but in order to "feel" that fun, you need to invest in a lot of time studying the city, the shortcuts, jumps etc.

I highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11

Well for 1 this game is the best racing game ever created
Racing games are worse the better the graphics are and this
games graphics are perfectly balanced with the gameplay,
so its strength is most focused on the gameplay,
Playing this game with your friends is a fantastic experience
the driving and drifting feel great, ive never been more satisfied
with a car game since PGR3 I highly recommend this game for its
fun style gameplay and smooth engine fun multiplayer, and good
varity of vehicals to choose from.
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