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Criterion Unveils Big Surf Island As Premium DLC For Paradise

We've come to the conclusion that Criterion will continue to issue updates to Burnout Paradise until the end of time; the game will just continue to expand until it encompasses every corner of the globe and every possible vehicle. This guys are diligent.

Over at their official website, they unveil the details of Big Surf Island, the huge addition to the game that will come as Premium content. As you can see in the shots over at the site, it's all about tropical jumpin', as the team has essentially created a stuntman's super-haven. Everywhere from the quarry to the beach to the huge buildings; it can all be attempted, and Criterion is obviously pretty enthusiastic about this update.

"Big Surf is the culmination of everything we learned creating Paradise City, and we want it to bring you a truly spectacular new experience the highlight of a year of incredible premium content. Burnout already delivers incredible value for money literally hundreds of hours of gameplay with your original disk or PSN purchase, plus more with the free Cagney Pack and free Burnout Paradise Bikes.

We want Burnout Paradise players to experience the greatest support ever seen in a console game. Were transforming not just Burnout Paradise, but the whole Burnout franchise through DLC, and we appreciate the support we know you guys will give us for our paid content. We think it's worth it."

That much, we believe. Heck, we believe it all. If you don't own Burnout Paradise yet, you're really missing out on all the fun. Remember, most all the content up until Big Surf Island has been free, and this is a much bigger and more diverse game than it was when it released earlier this year. And if they keep giving us huge stuff like Big Surf Island, every owner of the game will forever be - forgive the pun - in paradise.

Related Game(s): Burnout Paradise

12/2/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (24 posts)

caliblue15
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 11:23:32 AM
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Yeah I saw this a day or so ago and was disappointed. All along they said it would be free and then dropped the ball. I wouldn't of cared if they told me it was going to paid DLC all along. They also did this with the trophies. That's 2 strikes Criterion, don't make it 3.

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Joe_III
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 11:48:24 AM

you big cry-baby. Have you seen how much free stuff they've put into this game already? And you're complaining that they're charging for an expansion pack?

I haven't touched my cop y of Burnout since like a week after the bikes came out (didn't care for them) but I'm planning to buy the expansion pack even if I don't play it.

The kind of care Criterion is showing Burnout Paradise is the exact kind of corporate mentality we as consumers should be promoting. Hopefully if we can get them some big numbers here it will help show them and other devs/pubs that this kind of thing is rewarded instead of charging us for each and every tiny add-on (ahem ahem Dead Space)...

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caliblue15
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 12:25:15 PM

I am not crying about anything. I will support Criterion through and through. I am just tired of people promising, and promoting stuff as one thing, just to change it at the end and either screw the customer or milk them.

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Daedusian
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 3:34:03 PM

I'm wondering how long this is going to continue tho? For me, even after a couple updates, major or minor, I still get bored of the game. Then when they release a sequel (so many years later) I'll enjoy the new copy all over again just like I did with the previous installment.

I mean, it is great and all that they are acknowledging the gamers, but for how long are they going to stretch out one game and when are they going to start on a new title?

Games are, for the most part, continuations of their past releases, but throwing things out day after day gets old. Therefore waiting for a sequal 2 years later, you'll get back into it again.

I'm not trying to be negative here, just making a point that, for me, what they're doing is a waste of time. Granted, a few updates are great, but the more and more you add, seems a bit too overwhelming and boring when they could be working on an entirely new title instead.

Last edited by Daedusian on 12/2/2008 3:36:46 PM

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Jed
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 4:22:17 PM

I don't think criterion has done anything wrong. In fact, I love what they have done with burnout paradise. Nobody has ever given away premium quality DLC for free, and they have done it several times already. Not to mention that burnout paradise was a badass game in the first place.

Other developers would have charged you for a whole other game. Kudos to Criterion.

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Joe_III
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 6:13:30 PM

well, this is more than just an add-on, its an expansion pack. Granted, the last expansion pack I played was for Starcraft, but Brood Wars (iirc) made the game pretty fresh for me...

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whooka
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 11:34:21 AM
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This is definitely the game that keeps on giving. I had originally sold my retail copy in lieu of the downloadable version as I prefer to run stuff off my hard drive if given the choice. One thing that amazed me about the download version is how small it was, under 5GB. I guess before complaining that it's not free I'll wait and see what they charge for it. I got no problems paying a nominal fee for what looks to be a quality addon, especially since they've already done so many extra enhancements gratis.

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snglbck26
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 11:35:21 AM
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I'd be willing to fork out say...$4.99 or maybe $9.99 depending on how much additional content is involved. Criterion has definitely put a ton of work into this game and at a price of $29.99 the game is a steal.

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pavlovic
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 11:55:06 AM
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Criterion is now my preferred dev. They'd made Burout a jewel. It's a fun game anf if this expansion add more and more fun hours to the whole B:P experience, it will be worth the price.

B:P received a whole new gameplay with bikes for free, SCIV received one character for 5 bucks...

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Jed
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 4:24:35 PM

They also perfer the ps3 over the 360. What's not to love about them?

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dillonthebunny
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 1:06:37 PM
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its worth it, they have done well... I dont mind paying.

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shaydey77
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 2:18:41 PM
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i bought this last sunday. took 3 hours to download all the updates before i even started the game.A great team without doubt!!

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FreQaZoiD
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 2:27:06 PM
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With all the free updates they've given us throughout the past year, I don't mind paying for an entire new extension. On a deeper note, EA should start doing updates (free or paid) for all their sports franchises instead of selling $60 stand alones every year. All I want is updated player info...

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Joe_III
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 2:35:54 PM

Yeah...Umm...Good luck with that one...

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LightShow
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 6:56:36 PM

no kidding. if EA knows anything, it knows that it's got about 5 million people who automatically buy every madden release. 5mil x 60 is $300mil in raw sales, every year (thats not counting other expenses, of course)

there's no reason to give up $300 mil for the sake of people being happy. Add that to the fact that not everybody is hooked up to the internet, or has an internet connection suitable for DLC.

so i think i agree with joe on this one. Ain't gonna happen

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 2:32:34 PM
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Never played it, what's it all about? Racing n'stff?

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Aftab
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 3:45:43 PM

Yup. It's known as a "sandbox racer", like Midnight club if I'm not mistaken. It's like grand theft auto 4, although you never get out of the car, and instead of finding missions to kill dudes, you just participate in races. I heard it has a great sensation of speed, though.

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Aftab
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 3:42:25 PM
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Impressive. I'm still all over Wipeout HD, when I get the chance to play it. The thing is, I don't play games from the same/similar genre concurrently. At most one, action-adventure or rpg, shooter, a fighter, and a racer at a time, but not like racer, racer, shooter, and shooter.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 5:19:43 PM

hey me too, there's little chance of me just taking an RPG break to shoot things. Gotta beat it or burn out on it first.

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LightShow
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 6:44:55 PM
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meh, i thought this was gonna be free...

maybe i'll get it, maybe not...

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BigT_1980
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 7:45:08 PM
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I will wait until February 09 when Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box is released. This will have all the content on one disc.

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FallenClyro
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 5:04:03 AM
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I can't wait for this, the video and the screenshots look amazing. Plus, when you buy the pack you get a free car! Sandstorm X I think it was called. It's a racing buggy it looks really good.

Nice job Criterion!

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CH1N00K
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 8:24:10 AM
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Sign me up for this one, I figured Criterion had to start charging for download stuff eventually, They've already thrown out lots of free stuff for this game, and they're still developing it. They have to run out of money sometime. I like the way Criterion is doing this game.

I wouldn't be suprised if the future of video games is something along these lines. Instead of having sequels to games, you'll just download an expansion to the original. Look at Warcraft, there is no World of Warcraft 2 out there. Burnout could become the same thing, just keep expanding the world inside the game. The only thing that might bring on a sequel to the game would be if something happens that boosts the graphics so much they need to update the game to compete. Criterion can go in whatever direction they want with this now. They can make an off road area to compete against Motorstorm..or load up a race track and have drift/races a la GT or Need for Speed mode...They can have a share of the market of any racing game that is out now, and games to come if they want..and all they need to do is build the expansion and the cars. Although I wouldn't mind seeing them get the licensing to use actual cars in the game, I think the way they are doing it is pretty smart.

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DcIronfist
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 10:55:15 AM
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For all they have given us already for free, I will pay!!!

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