- Paradise is a very different Burnout game. The biggest change is that it's jumping on the free-roaming city bandwagon that every current-gen racing game seems to parade with such enthusiasm these days.
Unlike your Test Drives and Midnight Clubs though, the metropolis in Burnout Paradise has truly been designed for a wealth of things to do inside your motor.
On any road in Paradise you can activate 'Road Rules' with just a tap of the d-pad. Once activated, the best time for racing the length of that street pops up on-screen and if you beat it you 'own' that route. Take that online and you can see a huge friends list competition take shape.
Similarly, handbreak onto a curb and you'll activate the parallel parking challenge, another completely seamless batch of fun that has nothing to do with the game's main races and events, but adds tons of content to Burnout's massive metropolis.
While Paradise City is clearly massive, it's obvious that most of Criterion's effort has gone into maintaining this sort of immediate, accessible arcade action that Burnout is known for - and you're never far from something to do.
A crazy shortcut that has you smashing through scenery and onto a packed highway is always round the corner, and learning and exploring...