Take the sandbox idea, throw it at a driving game and Burnout Paradise is what would drop from the sky. Both off and online happy this is a huge driving game and this edition throws in all of the available download content packs including the Bikes Pack, which is almost a new game in itself. At £4.99 The Game Collection is undercutting next-closest Game by £2. So if you feel the call of the open road, get clicking.
One thing Burnout Paradise is not is a precise simulation. If you’re hoping for something that mimics the reality of racing, close the browser, turn off your computer, head outside and go sit in your Ford Fiesta. Burnout Paradise feels like you’ve been dropped into the middle of a The Fast and the Furious stunt scene and if you simply go with it, it can be glorious fun. Possibly that's a little down to this version being somewhat less punishing that the original. Time limits have been relaxed in the opening stages and generally it feels totally accessible.
The sense of speed in Burnout Paradise is stupendous and it’s really that, which keeps you coming back. The crashes for all their spectacle do get a little tedious and there’s no more sense of progression other than having a new car unlocked, so sometimes for the single player it can sometimes seem oddly unrewarding.
The ‘ultimate’ part of this packages throws in the pay-for Party Pack, which offers pass-the-controller gameplay for a limited-attention-span generation and is aimed more at the consoles than the PC, alongwith all of the freely available DLC. As we mentioned this includes the large Bikes Pack, which adds a frankly excellent and complete bike element to the game including reworked maps and missions. There’s a also a full day/night cycle, which it’s hard to understand how they missed the first time around, plus a ‘restart’ option that enables you to do just that with failed events. Sadly, though, no Big Surf Island included here, but the sheer amount of game on offer enough is certainly enough to keep you entertained for hours on end.
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