When the remaster was announced the Internet went crazy about it, with many of us more than happy to throw money at EA once again (Forget most people said they were never giving EA a penny again, this is Burnout after all. Shhhhushhh). Being an Xbox One owner the news of this remaster wasn't as big of a deal for me, as only recently we had the BC version available to us, with the chance of playing the original game all over again at a fraction of the price. Now yes, the remaster does look a bit better and may even run a little better. It also comes with all the DLC for the game including vehicles and Big Surf Island location too, but does that really warrant a £30.00+ selling price for a game that is over ten years old? That's why I decided I need to give this a look.
The events on offer are.
Race: Here you must go against seven other AI racers in a race to get from one point to another. There are no set routes here, so simply get to the finish line as fast as you can before anyone else.
Road Rage: This is what I deem classic Burnout, with this mode seeing you need to get a set amount of takedowns (the games cool way of saying making another car crash) to complete the event.
Stunt Run: Score the required total to beat this event. Jumps, boosting, drift, barrel rolls, do whatever you can to reach the score to beat the event.
Marked Man: In this event, you have cars trying to take you down as you try to get from one point on the map to another point. If these cars do their job and take you down enough times you will find your car in a critical state, one more hit after that and it is game over for you. You can combat this slightly by taking your time and driving slower in these events, but you can also find a handy auto repair shop to drive through if you happen to see one or know where one is going to be as you make your way to your destination.
Burning Route: This mode requires you to use a certain vehicle if you wish to try and beat it. This can make these a little annoying if the junkyard is miles away and you just come across and want to try it.
On top of these events, you have loads of things to do on the streets of Paradise city and Big Surf Island that you could lose hours in if you find yourself addicted to collectibles. Smash billboards, find super jumps, smash gates, find the parking garages, as well as finding all the repair stops/gas stations/paint shops, and junkyards found all over the map. Most streets also have a thing called road rules too, with these having a time or crash amount to beat on them while you just drive around exploring. While a timed one is simply getting from one end of the road to the other within the time shown, the crash event is certainly a bit of a pain to get started, and actually just isn't explained all that well or I missed it. Find a crash event by pushing up on the d-pad on any street that has one, then on that street get a bit of speed and hit all four shoulder buttons to get going, with the mode only stopping when you have drained the boost meter out on the bottom of your screen, which you keep filled by hitting as much stuff as possible.
Overall: If you enjoyed Burnout Paradise and don't own the 360 BC version on your One, then I can't really say you're not going to enjoy this game at all. While it does feel a little dated in some places, Burnout Paradise is easily still one of the most fun arcade races out there. That said, it's not perfect. Just simple things like better map markers which give the best route other than the simple red marker and flashing road signs at the top of your screen could have made it better. Trying to hunt down things for achievements and sort of have to plan out your route before setting off with one wrong turn resulting in having to go back on yourself does get annoying. The online play certainly feels dated, with a better menu system and ability to join certain games needed badly, with me having the game a few weeks now I've still been unable to just play a simple race online for the achievement. Fun but a little dated I guess is the summary.