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Burnout Paradise Remastered Review – Buy, Rent, or Skip? Before You Buy

What’s up everyone, and welcome back to
another review where I cut out all the fluff and tell you exactly what you need to know
to determine whether a game is for you. Each section will have a pass or fail rating
letting you know the good, and the not so good. Today, we’re jumping into Burnout Paradise
Remastered. Intro:
Burnout Paradise is an arcade-racer at it’s core. The game is focused on letting you go as fast
as you possibly can, and there are not many other racing games that give you the feeling
of driving so fast it’s almost unbelievable. While it also has some awesome crash mechanics
and stunt activities as well as a world full of things to do, can a ten-year-old racer
stand the test of time and compete with modern hallmarks? Gameplay:
Everything in Burnout Paradise is centered around speed. Every road leads back to a highway, and even
in the mountains and city streets the game is tailored in a way that encourages you to
hold down the gas and never let go. Each vehicle also handles incredibly well
for such a break-neck pace, and the entire time the game seems euphoric and fascinating. Each vehicle feels different, and they all
have an arcade-racing feel so don’t expect any simulation driving mechanics from games
like the Forza series to be present here. Races don’t have specific routes, and all
you can see is the end and a compass leading you in that direction. Burnout Paradise wants you to learn it’s
world, and by doing so never have to let off the gas and question where you’re going. This is a problem when you first start, but
once you have the map memorized it becomes a joy forging your own path to the win. Crashing is still a blast as the slow-motion
crash shows sparks and shattered metal, and doing stunt jumps to smash billboards and
other obstacles is a great way to spend time outside of racing. For gameplay, Burnout Paradise gets a pass. Graphics and Audio:
Paradise has been remastered to display at 4K on consoles that support it and runs at
a solid 60 frames per second wherever you play it. However, that’s about it. Unlike Bluepoint Games’s recent work on
Shadow of the Colossus, the textures were not updated, there were no real effects added,
and you can still tell this is a previous gen game. Burnout Paradise was not reworked from the
ground up, and thus, the Remastered version is simply a new coat of paint with no new
bells and whistles. In a day and age where we get remastered games
like Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy and Shadow of the Colossus, this simply seems like a
lazy update, and for $40, it gets a fail. However, the audio is still on point. Every time you boot the game up you hear Guns
N Roses’s “Paradise City,” and a majority of the original soundtrack is still there. Hearing so many songs from this era is a nostalgia
trip, and how they worked out all the licensing I don’t know. The cars, crashes, and world all sound decent
as well, so for audio Burnout Paradise gets a pass. Im going to skip story and plot for this review
because they don’t really exist in this game. Replay Value and Extras:
Burnout Paradise Remastered comes with all the content the original game had as well
as all of it’s DLC. This is a TON of content, and will take many,
many hours to complete to one-hundred percent. This is a gift and a curse though, because
everything is available from the start, meaning the progression of the early hours is ruined
by having legendary cars unlocked. However, having over 150 vehicles present
means the game is no slouch on content. There are events to do at basically every
street corner, and with all the stunt activities like billboards to break, you will never find
yourself wondering what you can do next in Paradise Remastered. There is also multiplayer, which adds another
layer on to the heaping number of things to do here. For Replay Value and extras, Paradise Remastered
gets a huge pass. Overall fun-factor:
All you have to do is go up to a stoplight, rev your engine, and you’re starting a race. Or, you could just drive around the world
at a stupidly fast speed and enjoy roaming the mountains and cities. However, there are a couple things that pull
away from the fun. First, there is no fast travel. Also, to change your car you have to drive
to a junk yard, and to repair it you have to visit a repair shop. Each event is categorized as either speed,
strength, or aggression, and if you do not have the right car you cannot compete. You have to drive to the junk yard, switch
it out, and drive back to the event. However, that is the only part of the game
that isn’t fun, and because the rest of the gameplay is so great, fun-factor still
gets a pass. Pros
1. Speed is key
2. World Design
3. Soundtrack
1. Lazy remaster
2. No Fast Travel So, should you buy, rent, or skip Burnout
Paradise Remastered? Buy it. If you enjoy racing games, you will enjoy
this game. They simply don’t make arcade racing games
like this anymore. A game like this hearkens back to the glory
days of Need for Speed and Burnout, where slamming down the gas, crashing through the
streets, and beating races by going as fast as can was the most enjoyable way to play. This game is so much fun, and you won’t
regret. If you want to wait for a little sale and
then buy it, that’s okay too. I hope this review helped you to know what’s
best for you, and if you want to see more of these videos and a ton of other content
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Ben Perks

Mar 3, 2018, 3:05 pm Reply

Great review peter! I will definitely by this game but is it on pc?


Mar 3, 2018, 4:00 pm Reply

Huh I have actually never heard of this game lol thanks for doing a vid for this game I will check it out


Mar 3, 2018, 4:22 pm Reply

Its a Skip from me i prefer Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon 3 on xbox one/pc 🙂

EDIT: Great Review btw Peter!
EDIT 2: Oh 'dont expect something like forza series here' but still this game doesnt fit my style but your review makes me want it 😉


Mar 3, 2018, 6:44 pm Reply

So, is there some motivation to play it? I mean, if everything is already unlocked, are the races just there for you to beat them and that’s it? I loved this game when it came out and I think I’ll buy it but I feel like I will get bored because there seems to be little to no progression whatsoever

Ryland Lowe

Mar 3, 2018, 6:59 pm Reply

I bought it and played for a few hours and it is totally worth it!

Darren Alway

Mar 3, 2018, 7:50 pm Reply

How long does it take to memorize the map Christ it will take months I'm guessing?


Mar 3, 2018, 8:52 pm Reply

Hi Peter! Nice review! keep making these good videos! Cheers from Montepulciano, Tuscany ?


Mar 3, 2018, 9:56 pm Reply

good review. what songs are missing from this version?


Mar 3, 2018, 10:41 pm Reply

Can you use the motion controller on ps4 like back on ps3 with six axis???

David Mychajlyszyn

Mar 3, 2018, 12:23 am Reply

The game is fucking great

Quizzy SSBU

Mar 3, 2018, 1:55 am Reply

I have this game for Xbox 360 and I was thinking about getting the remaster. Do you think it is worth it?

Quay Songz

Mar 3, 2018, 2:24 am Reply

Thank you for a great review, picking up the game and subbing.


Mar 3, 2018, 3:02 am Reply

Everything just looks darker and less colorful.
What kind of remaster is this?

Trevor Martin

Mar 3, 2018, 3:30 am Reply

Textures were actually remade, just not very noticeably. You've gotta look VERY closely to spot the differences.

Lännen Nopein

Mar 3, 2018, 7:42 am Reply

Fast travel is nice, but in my opinion fast travel would kinda ruin this game

King Fresh

Mar 3, 2018, 5:45 pm Reply

This game is amazing

S Bludger

Mar 3, 2018, 10:07 pm Reply

Austin Evans over here with the amount of “howevers”. Overall good review bro.


Mar 3, 2018, 10:36 pm Reply

Can you even rent games anymore

Da’Bones * Sosa Rick Grimes

Mar 3, 2018, 11:58 pm Reply

Why'd you compare Burnout Paradise to SOTC and Crash Nsane. Those are REMAKES, not remasters


Mar 3, 2018, 2:29 am Reply

From what I've heard, this game is basically the original with 4K resolution and all DLC included. Is there anything else to note?
Because I already have the original game with most of the DLC, and frankly I dont really care about new graphics, and I'm deciding to purchase this game.


Mar 3, 2018, 3:48 am Reply

is Big surf Island and other DLC is on disk by default?

BitchFit Gamer

Mar 3, 2018, 5:46 am Reply

Can someone tell me if the audio still has the option to play custom audio like the ps3 version did?


Mar 3, 2018, 6:07 am Reply

I accidentally said “remaster” when referring to Shadow of the Colossus in this video, when the point of the comparison was to say for only a little more money, you can get a game with that much reworked and for this there is only somewhat of an upgrade. I do understand that SotC is a remake, and Crash is somewhere in between a remake and a remaster. Just wanted to clarify. The comparison still stands.


Mar 3, 2018, 8:25 am Reply

No fast travel = lazy reviewer. I guess you aren't old enough to have played games where you need to travel to get what you want. Besides, the map isn't THAT big anyway.


Mar 3, 2018, 10:35 am Reply

Good review.

Ryan Knol

Mar 3, 2018, 12:56 pm Reply

At 4:00 you say “no fast travel” is a bad point, however i personally like having to drive everywhere yourself, it gives a “bigger” feeling to the world.

Jake Coke

Mar 3, 2018, 12:16 am Reply

over 1000 hours in that game and never once complained about fast travel. just use short cuts and dont crash. get there in no time.

Chris Chupp

Mar 3, 2018, 1:53 am Reply

Buy it at lower price


Mar 3, 2018, 10:49 am Reply

This is a bullshit business practice and it needs to go away.
"OH LOOK WE TURNED UP THE RESOLUTION. That'll be 40 bucks, please."

Gabriel Rojas

Mar 3, 2018, 9:05 pm Reply

Am I the one who’s stuck between buying and not buying? Not buying because I would like to keep this beautiful game in my memories where I enjoyed it when I was younger and the past should just be the past. OR Buy it and just relieve the good ol’ days. HELP!


Mar 3, 2018, 9:47 pm Reply

Who rents games in 2018??

Dirty Dan

Mar 3, 2018, 10:20 pm Reply


Re: Games

Mar 3, 2018, 11:17 pm Reply

A small correction: you said
"Each event is categorized as speed, strength or aggression, and if you do not have the right car you cannot compete".

That's not really true. You can compete in any event with any car, except for one very specific type: Burning Routes, which are time trials tailor-made for specific cars.
But that aside you can play an agression event with a stunt car, a stunt event with a speed car, and so on.

Otherwise, good review overall. Keep up the good work!


Mar 3, 2018, 2:35 am Reply

Buy if you never had it. Rent if you don't wanna blow money on it. Skip if you have the PS3 version.

All 3 options include you playing this game once.


Mar 3, 2018, 11:56 am Reply

Buy this game to show EA that good games and good marketing decisions make good money.

Jack Long

Mar 3, 2018, 5:47 pm Reply

There is a sort of pseudo fast travel in the game. You can redo the last event from anywhere on the map. So if you do an event, realize you need a different car, (if you’re still in the event, stop moving to end it early) head to a junkyard a switch, then restart the last event. You’ll be warped to the start position immediately and begin.


Mar 3, 2018, 6:15 pm Reply

Great video good sir. May i ask what helped you narrate so confidently and easy ? I would like to narrate my first video and would need some tips if you could help that would be great

Lil Corolla

Mar 3, 2018, 12:54 am Reply

Just fucking buy it, I mean it's Burnout in ultra HD on console


Mar 3, 2018, 4:27 am Reply

Wish they would remake or at least remaster a much better racer, Blur.

Lee Meerun

Mar 3, 2018, 4:39 am Reply

Typical EA very poor remaster wait for 75% sale

El BigShegun

Mar 3, 2018, 5:30 am Reply

I still haven’t 100% the game ever since the PS3 days. I need this game so I can play the DLC

Deadpool 101078

Mar 3, 2018, 7:13 am Reply

fast travel dosent even matter its a driving game the point is to drive to your destination.

Joaquín Guajardo

Mar 3, 2018, 8:31 pm Reply

i never got the "no fast travel" thing as a con tbh

i mean driving itself is pretty fun, and adding fast travel would imo make the game less memorable and worse as a result


Mar 3, 2018, 9:00 pm Reply

Buy it, now!

Kopite TV

Mar 3, 2018, 1:00 am Reply

BUY unless you have it on 360 and already have an Xbox one because there’s no difference in graphics and the DLC isn’t worth $40


Mar 3, 2018, 4:14 am Reply

I don't know if I should buy once the pc release comes. I already have the ultimate box, which is fine enough.


Mar 3, 2018, 9:57 pm Reply

lazy remaster? the original looks washed out in comparison.

Christopher Simon

Mar 3, 2018, 10:58 pm Reply

yes please buy it…… cough…… and support EA and reward their lazy remaster…. RENT AT BEST. BUY WHEN IT'S ON SALE FOR$10

Sheryl Crusco

Mar 3, 2018, 7:07 pm Reply

Fast travel why would there be a fast travel in a game where you can’t get out of your vehicle…

Adrian Maldonado

Mar 3, 2018, 8:52 pm Reply

Why can’t rockstar remaster midnight club LA? and yes I know that’s a completely different thing from burnout but still


Mar 3, 2018, 5:20 am Reply

It's like watching a parody of ACG


Mar 3, 2018, 6:30 am Reply

Oh sure, they release a complete version of the game for PS4 and Xbox1, but not for PS3 or xBox360. No, for that you still have to "buy" console-locked DLC. This is why I hate modern consoles.


Jun 6, 2018, 8:15 pm Reply

Really excellent point about no fast travel. Lot of stupid children in this comments section that think even the most benign doldrums of "exploration!" and "travel!", even when the sights are largely copy/pasta textures, lend way to meaningful gameplay and experience. Really a shame they didn't put it in for people that actually value their time on this planet and don't want to participate in meaningless repetition.

The plebs are easy to please, as always. What can you do =)

Luck Master

Jul 7, 2018, 5:22 pm Reply

Just because this game is rated 10 and up doesnt mean it is a 10 year old game it is just the age foe you to be for you to play not necessarily its recommended for that age its still a good game


Aug 8, 2018, 9:41 pm Reply

I never liked using fast travel in games because it felt like I was cheating lol :p

Noah Desimone

Aug 8, 2018, 3:14 pm Reply

When he says what's up everyone welcome back in the beginning it sounds like he's going to start rapping haha.

Gabryś jan

Aug 8, 2018, 10:36 am Reply




Aug 8, 2018, 11:16 pm Reply

Just wait for the sale to kick in… Got this for $6 and it's really worth it

Manan Shah

Sep 9, 2018, 4:52 pm Reply

should i get this for 15 dollars

Marvelous_ Geek

Oct 10, 2018, 12:13 pm Reply

Paradise was the only Burnout game I never played. All the others I loved. Been wanting to play a Burnout game for a long time on current consoles and It's only $8.99 on the PSN. I think I might just give it a shot after just seeing this.


Oct 10, 2018, 6:28 pm Reply

fast travel isn't in the game because criterion wanted people to explore and adding a fast travel option would take away the exploration aspect

when it was first released it didn't even have a restart event option, though this was later added

Dead inside

Oct 10, 2018, 8:53 am Reply

Um the only time you need a specific car for an event is for a burning route otherwise your just at a disadvantage

richard seeger

Nov 11, 2018, 1:39 am Reply

all burnout games are a must buy, great series


Nov 11, 2018, 8:14 pm Reply

Heads up if you're thinking about it. This game is on sale for $8 on Xbox right now

Seeker Goldstone

Dec 12, 2018, 5:41 pm Reply

4:23 look real close at that comparison… The remaster has removed some objects like the streetlamp on the right hand side.

Vlogs n stuff With Jax

Feb 2, 2019, 2:00 pm Reply

It’s actually 20$ bro…

Jeremy Boateng

Jul 7, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

The original is 4.99 on steam rn.

I came here to ask: Which game has a bigger online playerbase?


Aug 8, 2019, 4:27 pm Reply

Crack It !!!
But I will Buy It ???

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