Take me to Paradise City! For the first time on the Nintendo counter, Burnout Paradise Remastered is a bunch of races, high-speed collisions and a huge city to explore. The franchise honours Nintendo for the first time since Burnout 2 on GameCube over 15 years ago, so great that it’s back on GameCube now.
This is a reworked version of the original game released in 2008 for PS3 and XBox 360, with an updated image and a clean docking and unlocking of 60 FPS – an incredible achievement that is often not reproduced by other developers. Also included are 8 large DLC packages, including Big Surf Island, Burnout Bikes and Cops & Robbers. In total there are more than 130 cars, bicycles and hotrods in the Rice City. You won’t be bored here!
If you have a multi-console, you may already have Burnout Paradise Remastered enabled on a PS4, Xbox One or PC since its release a few years ago. In fact, there are no new features in this version. Double diving is therefore not guaranteed unless you want to take the game with you and play it in portable mode. Unfortunately, pricing can also be another barrier to market entry.
To be honest, the price of the game was the only question I really had. EA decided to release the game for $50, while it is currently worth $20 on other platforms. At the time of writing, this article was sold for $10 on PlayStation. Paying more than double for the same game with the portability option hardly seems like a wise decision. In addition, the game works great on the stand and offers owners a large open racing game world, which does not seem to be very present on the platform.
The race through the city is a lot of fun, and at every intersection there is always a new race or challenge to discover. By winning races and completing tasks, you can upgrade your license and unlock cars to enrich your collection. Because all DLC cars are in it, you have a wide choice from the start, so you don’t have to play too long to get a good car. There are some great fake cars that look a lot like the Ghostbusters Ectomobile or the DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies. It only adds to the fun and madness.
The drive mechanism is tighter than ever. Blinding speed in the city and sudden electronic braking in corners is just as much fun today as it was in 2008. At every intersection there is a race or race you can participate in, but I would like to be able to choose these races from the menu. I thought it would be a super easy solution because I didn’t always want to go all over the map to get into a particular race.
Paradise City is a huge playground with many secrets to explore every corner. I especially enjoyed chasing after the red billboards to dismantle my car, and there are 200 of them that need to be dismantled!
As I said before, the game is very good on a switch and it’s a good example of how to work with switch ports. There is no frame drop, and it is locked at a stable level of 60 FPS, which are unlocked and docked. In manual mode the texture quality has slightly decreased, but I hardly noticed it at high speed. The game contains a long list of artists, from Alice in Chains to Avril Lavigny and of course Guns N’ Roses, so there is something for everyone. Even movie crashes are impressive in excellent HD quality.
As someone who played the original on PS3, it was a good walk through a nostalgic alley, where I invaded Paradise City with my fake DeLorean in the palm of my hand. Burnout Paradise City Remastered is a fantastic example of working with a switch gate. It has no frame drop, looks great and contains all the DLC packs that have already been released. All I feel is that its price is unreasonably high. Shouldn’t we wait for it to go on sale?
Reconditioned Paradise and Burnout Overview
- Graphs – 8/10
- The tone is 8/10.
- The gameplay is 8/10.
- Late appeal – 8/10
Final remarks : GROSS
Racing through the city at breathtaking speed is as much fun today as it was 12 years ago. Burnout Paradise City is an excellent example of how to reach the right switch gate. The price of 50 dollars is a bit hard to swallow, but the crazy fun we found here is undeniable.
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