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Burnout Paradise Demo Now At PlayStation Store and Xbox LIVE Marketplace

Welcome to Paradise! EA today released a fully explorable slice of the award-winning racing game, Burnout Paradise.

Available now at the PLAYSTATION®STORE and XBOX LIVETM MARKETPLACE, the downloadable demo will allow players to experience a piece of Paradise City before the game hits retail stores in North America on January 22, 2008.

Discover jumps, billboards and smashable targets all over Motor City, Big Surf Beach and Ocean View in search of the fastest Burnout Route in the Hunter Cavalry car. Also, attempt your shot at a race and check out the all-new Stunt Run mode. If you’re online, invite up to three friends into your game and connect with them instantly using the EasyDrive online system. Once online, players can work cooperatively to complete three FreeBurn challenges or simply smash each other up and grab their Burnout Mugshots with the PLAYSTATION®Eye and Xbox LIVETM Vision cameras.

The development team at Criterion pushes the boundaries to make each Burnout game stands on its own - reinventing the franchise with every iteration. The Paradise experience is all about freedom and exploration. The game has been designed to embrace speed, freedom, social online play and spectacular crashing, but now with all new modes, a completely open world and events at every intersection.

So make action your middle name and take to the streets of Paradise City.

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  • cnc137 - December 14th, 2007 at 11:05 pm
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    I really want to try this demo and I am downloading it now. I have been playing the Burnout series since the original Burnout on PlayStation 2 that was published by Acclaim. The 2nd Burnout, Burnout 2: Point of Impact, was also great and built upon the original idea of high-speeds and big wrecks. It is funny how a game that is good and published by a sub-par publisher like Acclaim, that didn’t have enough money to market it correctly and had a semi-bad image of releasing so-so games can change into this huge franchise when switched to one of the big publishers with money to back it.

    Ever since EA got a hold of this franchise it has been a huge success. I surely hope that Burnout Paradise continues the games stellar track record. I guess I will see in a little while once the game finishes downloading.

    1.) Have you tried the Burnout Paradise demo yet?
    2.) What do you think of it?
    3.) Which Burnout in the series has been your favorite?
    4.) Should we try to plan a time for a bunch of us to get online and race with the Burnout Paradise demo on Xbox Live or PlayStation Network or both?

  • flea43 - December 17th, 2007 at 11:55 am
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    So how was the demo? Is this the best yet.
    Personally my favorite was Burnout Revenge. I have logged many hours on the PS2 version and still can not get enough.

  • cnc137 - December 17th, 2007 at 12:32 pm
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    Well, I downloaded the Xbox 360 version of the demo over the weekend and my 4-year old son and I played it a good bit. My son played even more than I did. He had a great time driving around the open environment crashing into and jumping off of things.

    The game looks really good as expected with a Burnout game, but I am not sure if I like the open environment that my son seemed to really enjoy. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, but this game, as of the demo, makes you drive around the city to get from race to race and event to event. So, instead of going through menus you just drive up to a street light and hit the gas and break at the same time to initiate the race/event. It is kind of cool, but will it get old when you have a huge map you have to drive around just to get to the next event/race?

    The last couple Need of Speed games did this same thing, but also gave you the option to use the menu to skip to the next race and hopefully Burnout Paradise will do the same???

    There are only two events in the demo that I have seen so far. The first one is a race where you blast through the city Burnout style taking your competition down and taking shortcuts trying to get to the finish first. This was classic Burnout and I enjoyed it a lot.

    The other event was a stunt event where you drive around the city try to perform tricks like jumping off bridges and ramps, sliding around corners, and flipping your car for points. You have to get 50,000 points in a certain amount of time to complete this challenge. I have only tried it a few times and have not completed it yet. Maybe more thing open up in the demo after you win both of these things?

    The other thing that I haven’t seen yet is the aftertouch bullet time effects when you crash. Every crash I have seen so far is in slow motion but I don’t have control of it.

    The online play is also seamless and accessible by press right on the control pad. You just pick from your friends or quick match and are instantly in the online mode. The only thing I have seen of the online mode so far has you driving around the city trying to have the longest run at oncoming traffic, performing stunts, jumping, and wrecking other people. I haven’t seen an online race yet. All it did when I played online was show which place you were in for each of the challenges based on your ranking against the other 3 people online in your city with you.

    The jury is still out on the Burnout Paradise version of the Burnout series. I know that it is just a demo and other things will probably be included/added in the full game. Also, they are probably trying to keep the game fresh and different than the previous ones. Is this good or bad? I guess we will have to wait and see. Until then my son and I will be smashing into things in the demo to keep us occupied.

    Have you tried the Burnout Paradise demo? Let us know what you think of it below.

  • Raven - December 19th, 2007 at 3:27 am
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    I downloaded the demo. I haven’t really played any of the other Burnout games, but this seemed like fun.

    Maybe it was just me, but when I would try to get online, it would freeze at the “Connecting the EA servers” screen, or whatever it says. Anyone else had this problem? I thought maybe it was just taking a long time to connect, but I let it sit there for like 5 minutes once, and still wouldn’t connect.

    Hopefully I can get online with this demo, seems like it could be fun. I saw you on for a while this weekend CNC, maybe we can get some games in.

  • cnc137 - December 19th, 2007 at 12:43 pm
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    The online mode for me was seamless and connected fast. Some of the time when my account said I was playing Burnout Paradise it was really my 4-year old son running around the city crashing into things. :D If I happen to be on this weekend send me a message and if it is actually me, then maybe we can hook up for some crashing and burning.

    I also want to download this demo for PlayStation 3 and compare and contrast the two version to see if one is better than the other.

    Has anyone played both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions? Which one do you think looks and plays better or are they exactly the same?

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