Burnout Paradise PC cruises Feb. 5

Criterion Games' Ultimate Box edition of wrecking-ball racer launches for desktops next month; Party Pack available for 360, PS3 download day-and-date.

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Criterion Games' demolition-driven Burnout Paradise maintained a healthy following throughout 2008 thanks in large part to the developer's commitment to delivering substantive in-game content at the best possible price--free. Although the developer's magnanimous nature has waned for 2009, Criterion has a number of premium content packs in the pipe. The first of these updates is the Burnout Paradise Party Pack, which features an offline party-game mode for up to eight.

Clearly, the race has just begun.

Today, Criterion said that the add-on will arrive in the US bundled with Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box for the PC on February 5. On the same date, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners will be able to pick up the Party Pack through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, respectively, though no console boxed version will be released. However, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box will be released in European and Asian stores for all three systems on February 6.

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box includes all previously released game updates, as well as the aforementioned Party Pack. In addition to a variety of multiplayer-centric minigame challenges, the Party Pack updates the game with brighter, more colorful visuals and adds a race restart option. The PS3 edition of the Party Pack also includes the Burnout Paradise Network, which acts as an in-game news-delivery feed and friend-tracker.

Criterion was also quick to remind current game owners that it isn't done with the freebies. Along with Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box for the PC and the premium Party Pack, February 5 will see the release of what the developer calls a "massive" free update. Criterion did not delineate the specifics of the upcoming patch but did say that it will introduce an in-game Web site and store, as well as tweak a variety of game modes, graphics, and vehicle dynamics.

Check out GameSpot's review of Burnout Paradise for more.

Discussion

42 comments
Pepil92
Pepil92

Finally the Burnout series has broken down the iron door, Welcome to the PC Burnout. Maybe we can see some custom maps and mods.

kzuke
kzuke

Definitely buying this for PC when it comes out next week! Yeah!

VTRAINMAN99
VTRAINMAN99

Does anyone know if it's been posted ANYwhere what the cost (i.e. Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) of the Party Pack will be when it's released? This close to release date I was hoping to have an idea of how many points to keep set aside for this download, but I've seen nothing, not even on Criterion's site!!

Blackadder51
Blackadder51

@barr26 lol im not wrong :). the pass the controller gamplay will be like the party crash mode in burout 3 wear one person crashes there score is recorded and the next player is given the ocntroller and does the same level again to beat that score. thats it. its only a beat the score thing but offline

barr26
barr26

Blackladder51.....pass the controller?!? wtf? Why on earth would anyone want to do that? Good lord. I'm going to hold out hope that you're wrong. :)

HaZdawg_11
HaZdawg_11

Gonna download free trail straight away!!!

xp_celik
xp_celik

Oh yeah. That's some good news.

xp_celik
xp_celik

Oh yeah. That's some good news.

Cabal23
Cabal23

This would be great if wasn't rubbish. Burnout Revenge was the last good Burnout.

SweetMusic
SweetMusic

No thanks. I'm quite fine with Midnight Club: Los Angeles and the DLC that will be coming for that.

Waseemreddler
Waseemreddler

it will be better to release the demo before releasing the full game, ( No patches will be needed)

Blackadder51
Blackadder51

@barr26 nah the party pack only means offline "pass the controller" play not lan play

barr26
barr26

My dad and I have been playing PC games together for years, and the N4S series has screwed us with their recent releases because they've totally dropped LAN play support. I'm not familiar with this Party Pack, but does anyone know if this means it's actual LAN play, where we can just hook up offline and race each other?

Baka_Ranger
Baka_Ranger

I can't wait to get my hands on it ^_^

Blackadder51
Blackadder51

Tom u got it wrong, the restart race option is in the FREE update not the party pack

SamSpike
SamSpike

If it turns out to be a terrible port (again), it'll really become a MASSIVE problem. I'm sick of games coming out and running like crap for no reason. This has to stop.

DarkFireGod69
DarkFireGod69

Its ashame this is the only developer that has givin us such good updates with a free price tag. That will make me want to get their next game just to thank them for all the good freebies they have given us!

skinny_man_69
skinny_man_69

Criterion is so nice to us! How can they still be making profit with all this free stuff? :P

aoshi_shinumori
aoshi_shinumori

hahahaha! it might be like gta4 again. pc fanboys will say "the pc version will blow away the console versions" and they will get a terrible port!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Waseemreddler
Waseemreddler

I h've $500 in my pocket , Plz release it before my pocket get empty.

KBABZ
KBABZ

Don't forget guys that the PC Burnout will come in WIDE WIDESCREEN. Basically that means you can play it on multiple monitors for super wide angle! Also, the PC version isn't meant to be a reason to ditch the console versions. There are many PC gamers out there that just don't want to play on the consoles, so this is catering to them. Finally, remember that you should be able to download the Party Pack from the Store/Marketplace, for you worried Yanks.

vietboi89
vietboi89

hmmmm i dont really c any reason to get burnout on the pc if u have it already for the console, unless u yearn for mods for the game but dont expect to be a perfect port, with so many different types of computers out there somebodies gonna complain out there and the game is all about speed and it has kick ass visuals, i dont think its gonna run smooth without toning down resolution unless u have the computers of the future like GTA IV expected u to have... which was stupid

runstalker
runstalker

"Some of the ports lately have been utter trash, ahem Saints Row 2 & GTAIV." I dunno man, that late December patch for GTA IV was night and day for me. Literally, the game went from a frame rate disaster to running smoother than console w/ better textures at 1920x1200. Granted, at launch the performance was indeed "utter trash."

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Hopefully, they do a proper port and have it completely optimized for the pc with extra dx10 bells and whistles, with more traffic, more physics, debris, etc. Some of the ports lately have been utter trash, ahem Saints Row 2 & GTAIV.

Cranio3000
Cranio3000

I love these free updates, i got all of them now, i can't wait to the Party Pack, me and my friends are anxious to play against each other locally (they don't have Burnout Paradise). PARTYYY!!!

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

@isahunt Burnout wipe the hell out of N4S bottom, Burnout did a grind move over nfs ribs against a wall, then nitro shunt his butt and then force the poor bastard into oncomming trafic until nfs noose CRASH into a big rig into a funny and incredible big explosion with hundreds of parts fliying into the sky leaving only a wrecked corpse of NSF ready to be throw into the trash bin... FOREVER. Burnout is THAT better than any recent NFS

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

"Massive" free update.... a MASSIVE truck maybe.... i mean, a HUGE truck to cause pain and destruction to everyone out there? That could be sweet

irongobbo
irongobbo

With the current trend of games ported to PC being lazy ports (GTA4, Saints Row 2, ETC.) i hope this one will be really good

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

I hope it runs smooth on all your current machines lol

daabulls23
daabulls23

Free add-on stuff is always welcome.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@TheMadHatter102 Two player split-screen WOULD be awesome. Too bad they have still overlooked it. And this pay-to play expansion will also be overlooked by me because of that.

RonTorque
RonTorque

Finally Burnout comes to the PC.

ne0man
ne0man

Oh this game is soooo worth buying! It's fun, it's a graphical masterpiece, it's fast, it has value like no other game and you won't finish it so soon! I mean, If right now you have unlocked everything and downloaded all the updates you still aren't 100% finished with the game until these goodies come out! I hope this serves as an example for other studios to do the same, instead of stealing us with 10€ DLC with no content

isahunt
isahunt

Never played Burnout, hope it's better than those godawful N4S games.

wreltch
wreltch

I'm not mad on racing games, but I've been dying for this to come out on PC.

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

I was waiting for this game to come out on the PC for so long. Can't wait till 5th. See you all online :P