Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box


Digital FoundryThe Criterion Tech Interview: Part Two

The conclusion of the epic Digital Foundry vs Criterion technology interview.

Digital FoundryThe Criterion Tech Interview: Part One

Meet the team behind Burnout's engine evolution.

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box

Where the grass is greener.

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"No more" Burnout Paradise DLC

"We did WAY more than everyone else."

Criterion has said that there will be "no more" Burnout Paradise downloadable content as the two-year anniversary of the game's release rolls around.

Digital FoundryThe Criterion Tech Interview: Part Two

The conclusion of the epic Digital Foundry vs Criterion technology interview.

In part one of the Criterion technology interview, Digital Foundry talked in-depth with two of the guiding minds behind the company's approach to the engine side of game-making, discussing the underlying Renderware technology, the team's proven approach to cross-platform development, the move to an open world in Burnout and the evolution of their technology through the use of DLC, with all the issues that entails.

Digital FoundryThe Criterion Tech Interview: Part One

Meet the team behind Burnout's engine evolution.

Every Saturday, Digital Foundry takes over the Eurogamer homepage, offering up a mixture of technical retrospectives, performance analyses and new ways to showcase some of gaming's most classic titles. When the opportunity arose to meet up with the Criterion tech team, I jumped at the chance - the aim being to get the full story behind what is one of the most technologically advanced games of this generation: Burnout Paradise.

Criterion: Nobody's maxed out PS3/360

"It means you're out of ideas," say devs.

Burnout Paradise developer Criterion reckons that developers who talk about maxing out the potential of a games console are being a bit silly.

Burnout Legendary Cars on Thursday

Just over six quid for the lot.

Criterion has said it will release the Burnout Paradise Legendary Cars pack, inspired by vehicular idols of the silver screen, on Thursday 19th February.

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box

Where the grass is greener.

Just over a year on from its initial release, Electronic Arts has re-issued Burnout Paradise in the form of The Ultimate Box. This combines the original game with all of its download add-ons, a brand new Party mode and a range of other less headline-grabbing but equally welcome updates.

And yes, that includes a restart option.

Some might argue that Criterion has finally bowed under the pressure of its critics. But the truth of the matter is the inclusion of the much sought-after feature isn't just about appeasing The Internet; it is just one of an array of tweaks, upgrades and changes designed to make the whole game more appealing to a less hardcore audience.

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New DLC announced for Burnout Paradise

New DLC announced for Burnout Paradise

Cops and Robbers pack on the way.

Criterion has announced yet another premium pack of downloadable content for Burnout Paradise.

The developer's website says you need to check out the Criterion Games Network via PC or PS3 to find out more.

But for those who have the Xbox 360 version of the game (which doesn't allow you to access the CGN), or just can't be bothered - the new pack is titled Cops and Robbers. Screenshots are due to appear on the site and on the PlayStation blog today, but there's no sign as yet.

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Burnout Paradise: Bikes Pack

Reviewing something free can sometimes feel like you're not so much looking a gift horse in the mouth as wrenching the jaws off the gift horse and thrusting your face so far down its gullet that you can taste its tail. With that pleasant image in mind, Burnout Paradise recently underwent its most sweeping change since release back in January so it makes sense to see how the addition of bikes and clocks has affected Paradise City.

The first thing you'll notice is a new front end, with local time and weather conditions around the world and updated news from the world of Burnout. The downside is that the game now takes an agonising amount of time to start up. I'm playing the Xbox 360 version, and while I used to be able to jump into the game very quickly I know have to watch a loading screen for several minutes, click through some more screens and suffer yet more loading as the console slurps up the additional data from the hard drive. Annoying.

Thankfully, it's worth the wait. Two spanky bikes await you once you've downloaded the patch and restarted the game. The Firehawk V4 is a blisteringly fast racing bike, while FV1100 is a sturdier yet slower ride. Slower is relative though, since both vehicles go like the proverbial poop off a shovel. You can opt for a male or female rider, and the animation is incredibly lifelike. Leave them idling by the road and they'll roll their shoulders to ease out the kinks. Pull off a donut and they'll lean into the spin, steadying themselves with their leg. Even when thundering around, they'll occasionally glance over their shoulder or look around. They're certainly not rigid mannequins.

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