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EA Games @ NYC '08: Burnout Paradise Bikes (Hands-On)


FOREWORD: You may have noticed that we didn't cover any EA game during this past E3. That was all with good reason. You see, EA invited us to their New York City showcase at the W Hotel, and so we chose to save the best for last. Last night, at EA's "Holidays in July" event, we were able to go hands-on with all of the games present at E3, in addition to two that weren't.

Burnout Paradise featuring the Bikes Expansion is one of those games. Okay, so it's technically not a game, but it does add an all new dimension to the franchise - one we've never seen before. On top of getting to know the bikes, we also saw the night-time mode playout, as well. And there's definitely no doubt about it, we were impressed.

Normally, bikes in games, be it adventure (like GTA) or racing (like Moto GP) are unusually hard to control, no matter the physics type. But Burnout's implementation of two-wheeled motos is nothing short of flawless. The controls are immediately intuitive, as the bikes respond to your touches precisely as you want them to. You won't find yourself correcting your analog stick repeatedly to compensate for floaty or overly sensitive inputs.

This, in turn, made it very easy to navigate Paradise City for an extensive period of time without wiping out. Wipe outs tended to occur more during extremely sharp turns, or stupid driver error such as not paying attention, as opposed to control error. Definitely a job well done here, Criterion. And of course, what good is would an addition of bikes to Burnout be without hair-raising speed? In this case, the bikes demonstrate superb sense of speed, keeping the flow of the game as swift as possible.

The selling point with the Burnout Bikes expansion is that...there isn't one! The price of admission is free, folks. So unlike other games that force you to pay for downloadable content, this expansion is free of charge when it launches in the coming weeks.


Related Game(s): Burnout Paradise

7/31/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 @ 10:17:17 PM

Nice, Looking forward to this one Ben... BTW wasnt there supposed to be an extra small island in that one? Or am I thinking of something else?

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Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 12:55:22 AM

the island will be coming with the update after this one. I think it is scheduled to drop before the end of the year.

Last edited by Jed on 8/1/2008 12:56:11 AM

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Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 12:54:27 AM

I am really excited about this too. the last update was kinda weak. but I love what criterion is doing with paradise. They are keeping it fresh with the updates, and these updates are way bigger than DLC for most games, like an extra character or a map pack. AND ITS FREE!

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Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 7:07:43 AM

Kinda weak? I thought they were pretty impressive with the calendar of events,added goals,custom soundtrack. Not to mention its completely free.

The next update seems less impressive with addition of bikes.

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Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 5:43:57 AM

I've been a long time fan of the Burnout series, but I played the demo and was put off by the "free roaming" city feel of the game. It didn't add anything to Need For Speed Underground so I don't know why they would feel the need to change the tried and tested method. Anyway I don't know if the game has changed that much since the one previous to Paradise City but if I remember correctly, the whole fun of the Burnout games was to smash other cars out fo the races, be it into walls, trucks, whatever. But with Bikes...I don't get it. What can you do in a bike? You touch anything and that's it, your last minute nudges on the leader sending him hurtling into a wall, erupting in flames, then left in your dust as you take chequered flag. If you tried that in a bike you'd be on your arse in a second. Now I understand that Burnout haven't been the most realitic of games, but they have had good physics and a wiehgtless bike just doesn't fit the bill to me.

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Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 9:35:07 AM

I dunno, I'm just excited to have bikes and to do a bunch of jumps XD Thats what me and my friends do in GTA nowadays, free mode and just making stupid recordings...if only they would have that feature in an add on or something..geez,its only the most awesome thing that could be added to GTA online!

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Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 10:57:18 AM

It's gonna be free is the big point for me at least, but I've said before I really didn't like Paradise nearly as much as the previous 2 entries. it felt like they just ripped Test Drive's online mode and added to their game, and as for the bikes if you can't take down other opponents and crash stuff like the cars, really what is the point? BurnOut isn't really a straight forward driving/racing game, it's all about the crashes and that's what kept it different and fresh. I think MNC:LA is gonna be great and they have always had great controlling bikes to me it's more of a racing game so the bikes make way more sense. But like i said it's free and anyone who does actually still play Paradise most likely will enjoy the addition.

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