Retro Ad Replay – Burnout Paradise’s 13th Anniversary

It’s time for another Retro Ad Replay article! This is the series where we head backwards in time to reminisce and celebrate the anniversary of some of the most significant moments in gaming. If you find yourself wanting more content like this, be sure to visit Mandatory.com.

In this January 22 edition of Retro Ad Replay, we’re taking a trip back 13 years to when Burnout Paradise first launched on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. That’s January 22, 2008. Developed by Criterion Games and published by EA, this game took the Burnout formula and applied it to an open world setting.

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GameRevoluton awarded Burnout Paradise Remastered a 3.5/5 in our review, praising the game for it “hand[ling] like a dream” and being “better than every driving multiplayer experience out there.”

Here’s a snippet from the GR review:

The emphasis is on fun and only fun. Time trials start on a whim and are just asked to be bettered and bettered again. Stats are continuously ticking along the screen, begging to be beaten, as your friends and foes close in on even more of your session’s best achievements. It’s not an understatement to say you can easily see yourself spending half-a-dozen hours in the online realm of Paradise City doing ‘nothing’ and still having the most fun you’ll have in a video game all year.

Burnout Paradise Remastered is ultimately a paradox. Equipped with a purring, powerful new under-the-hood upgrade, the game delivers a pure driving experience that is on-par with many of its contemporaries in the looks and feel department. Unfortunately, it’s also running on well-worn tires. Some of the quirks, acceptable in 2008, haven’t been ironed out, and the game can feel sparse and comparatively tiny when scaled against later titles. Mileage may vary: Burnout nuts will be desperate for a return to Paradise City and will enjoy every minute of it. Those new to the series (and lapsed vets) may want to turn their attention elsewhere.

Check out Burnout Paradise Remastered reveal trailer below, which features the revamped version of the game: