GC 2008: Burnout Paradise PC and Bikes Hands-On

Burnout Paradise made a surprise appearance at Leipzig 2008, with EA showing off both the PC version and the new bikes pack.

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Burnout Paradise is a fantastic game, and thanks to Criterion's regular free updates, it's one with considerable longevity. The next major update is called the Bikes Pack and is due out next month. There's also a PC version of the game being released early next year. Both are major events for developer Criterion--as both the bikes and PC version are firsts in the Burnout series. They were both shown off at the Leipzig Games Convention this year, where EA's booth featured four PCs running advanced code of the game.

The PC setup at the EA booth was magnificent, with three monitors being fed simultaneously using a box from manufacturer Matrox. While the images from the side monitors were slightly stretched, the added viewing angle really made it easier to take down enemies. The PC version will also support the same camera functionality as console versions, meaning you'll be able to use any USB webcam to capture images for your licenses and online takedowns. As for other PC features, the development team claims that it might tweak the single-player progression slightly, but it still has to finalise the details.

We wasted no time in trying out one of the four bikes that were on offer at the Leipzig EA booth. The first bike is a tutorial model that will be used to teach you the handling and speed differences of the new two-wheeled vehicles. When you start to complete some of the new events, you'll be able to unlock the other three bikes, including the top-end model, which will be the overall fastest vehicle in the game.

The bikes are fundamentally different from the cars in Burnout. First of all, their standard speed is higher than most cars, so bikes will be unable to boost. They're also much more fragile than cars, and although the cars crash frequently in Burnout, the bikes are susceptible to crashing even if you turn too sharply. Criterion's answer to the problem is to reduce the amount of crash replays that you see for bikes, so if you crash into a wall, you'll respawn immediately without any waiting around. While you won't see the riders flying through the air, on the bike, they're well animated and will shift their weight around as you ride. There are also some really cool weight-based tricks you can pull, from standard wheelies to back-wheel donuts that can be performed by pulling diagonally back on the analogue stick while accelerating. Criterion promises there'll be loads of things you can do on the bikes, but it wants players to find them out for themselves.

There are both male and female riders from which to choose. While your choice will have no performance effect, it will change the decals on their bike and leathers. The other thing that we got to see was the new day and night cycle. The time of day will change not only the density of traffic, but also the races in which you have to compete. We took part in a couple of nighttime time-trial runs, which were made much easier thanks to the sparsity of other vehicles on the road.

The PC version of Burnout Paradise is set for release in January 2009, while the bikes update will hit the consoles in September. We can't wait to take them online.

Discussion

60 comments
Hellfire93
Hellfire93

Awesome I love the Burnout series so can't wait for this.

hamoksha0000
hamoksha0000

georgious game this is absolute good at all time ea on of the best co of games

GenVidTh
GenVidTh

Finally, New Atmosphere and Fresh Air coming to PC Racing Genre . . . Another console exclusive titles have come to the master of Gaming. PC of course . . . He he... Wait it so much!

f35acepilot
f35acepilot

"just one question: when the bikes crash, what happens to the bikers? This game is going to go MA 15+ people." Don't worry, because the bikers disappear immediately after you crash. So you only see the bike getting thrown around.

Play3rX
Play3rX

Wow, i like so much this game, I can't wait ! I think the PC version will be amazing ^^

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

just one question: when the bikes crash, what happens to the bikers? This game is going to go MA 15+ people.

dragontech22
dragontech22

Oh yea, ability to add/create Mods would be the only thing that could make this even better. I'm buying this the moment its released. Online or off...

dragontech22
dragontech22

One of the very few console games I've been dying to have. I'm only upset that I heard about it coming to PC before its out cause the wait is killing me. Its about dang time us PC gamers get Burnout! I hope that the updates are included in the initial release of the PC version (probably) and that there is console cross-compatibility for online gaming. Being able to play against a friends PS3 console version would be great!

dragontech22
dragontech22

One of the very few console games I've been dying to have. I'm only upset that I heard about it coming to PC before its out cause the wait is killing me. Its about dang time us PC gamers get Burnout! I hope that the updates are included in the initial release of the PC version (probably) and that there is console cross-compatibility for online gaming. Being able to play against a friends PS3 console version would be great!

fraggerman
fraggerman

Nope, it's gonna be free XxlamerzxX.

XxlamerzxX
XxlamerzxX

That is gonna be soooo cool! hmm...do we need to pay for it??

XxlamerzxX
XxlamerzxX

That is gonna be soooo cool! hmm...do we need to pay for it??

Redflash125
Redflash125

Burnout Paradise: Burnout's Bikes has got to be the sickest game ever!

Amir29
Amir29

Thanks CRITERION!!! This is what Next Gen should be. Frequent updates and adding to the replay value even after we've already bought the software. I hope they set a good example to other developers. :)

eviltaz525
eviltaz525

A date would be great as to when we will get this upate for the PS3. I just want to kick some ass thats all.I wonder how the crashes on the bikes are going to look.. LOL .. Keep up the good work EA..

The_Witch_King
The_Witch_King

damn, i was lookin forward to the riders rag-dolling around paradise!

Hear-No-Evil
Hear-No-Evil

WTF I thought they said bikes were coming in Aug???

ib_banging
ib_banging

dam, we have to wait for so long for the pc version.. But I dont mind, I guess it'll be worth the wait.

CALBORN
CALBORN

Criterion can u all make a split-screen update for us .. we are really desperate for split-screen .. juz put inside the bike pack update for us , PLZ>........................................

CALBORN
CALBORN

Criterion can u all make a split-screen update for us .. we are really desperate for split-screen .. juz put inside the bike pack update for us , PLZ>........................................

agustbestur
agustbestur

Cant w8 until the expansion will come

TheMistique
TheMistique

"Next the should let you customize your cars and bikes." ummm PC?? mods..

azafirster
azafirster

Nice man... but my PC won't be able to handle this game for sure.

MegaMegaMuffin
MegaMegaMuffin

Well PC might not be the best idea but Bikes make this awesome. Next the should let you customize your cars and bikes.

vivendidoom
vivendidoom

Im stoked about the bikes fan. been a fan of criterion for awhile now, but the only thing that has gotten me slightly angry about the bikes update is that they are late now on delivering the update. before augest, they said augest. now that lipzeig is running about, they put a hold on its release and put a "sorry guys" note on the site....thanks criterion, you let me down.

oktopuz
oktopuz

Only thing I REALLY HATE about this game is that there´s no Splitscreen. This game sucks if you want to make some tournaments at home with your friends. But Burnout is still the best race game ever, not refering to any in specific.

TheCrapp
TheCrapp

Yeah, is great that Paradise is coming to PC with everything packed on; Cars, Bikes, day-night cycle, what more we can ask for?.

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

I think Paradise is awesome but have fun playing Revenge since you like it so much.

psychedelicbabe
psychedelicbabe

Burnout takedown was awesome and so is Revenge i just couldnt understand why all the series of burnout have gone from good to better then they threw paradise at us and im sorry but why ruin a great game...this is the only racing game i know of that has no speedometer ffs whats all that about?...no i still disagree the skill thats involved throughout the series has been overlooked on this title completely....wheres the adrenalin?.....and wheres the fight for a takedown? theyre way to easy on paradise...REVENGE new tracks a few new cars youll see maybe Revenge 2 which is what we were all expecting in the first place will be created and Paradise will be put at the back of the shelf...where it belongs....

william623
william623

YES!!! Finally Burnout have PC version, previous version din make it, all develop in gaming console, PS 2 and PS 3, Xbox and Xbox 360, now already available in PC!!! Wan-Sui!!!

UnchainedPsYcO
UnchainedPsYcO

Psychedelicbabe I don't know whatcha been smoking but Paradise is better than revenge. Revenge belongs in the arcade than on a console. Burnout takedown was by far the best game in the burnout series. When I had burnout revenge the online multiplayer sucked. Paradise gets rid of the online problems and gives us instant action. So why don't u go play revenge your old console while the real drivers play paradise on next gen

psychedelicbabe
psychedelicbabe

Well im going to disagree with you all....Paradise is the worst game to come out of the Burnout series...ok it has loads of freebies but when you settle down to play the game its lame...if you want adrenalin and good fast racing you should play BURNOUT REVENGE....the best game to come out of the series....we were all anticipating Revenge 2....wtf they gave us Paradise....REVENGE ROCKS.....

Gravestorm
Gravestorm

Can't believe I sold this game... DAMN, I gotta get it back again, cause this looks AWESOME.

grafkhun
grafkhun

and this is how you do post release support right! kudos to criterion, I'm waiting to cruise paradise city on a motorcycle at night.

Anti_Roxas
Anti_Roxas

Makes you wonder why other games charge you for DLC that isn't even as good as the FREE Burnout stuff.

FuZionDCA
FuZionDCA

A surprise appearance? If you watch the Crash TV Podcast it wouldn't have been such a surprise. The guys were plugging their appearance on there. This game is one of the hottest on the PS3 & XB360. I'll be supporting every update they come forward with because the game's still fresh today.

SimpJee
SimpJee

Badass seriously badass. I can't wait for these updates. But I need to get my Criterion elite License before these come out, so I can get platinum bikes 8)

tuna_leg
tuna_leg

But will there be bike achievements..?

Pete5506
Pete5506

Cant wait to try them out

NND1
NND1

Why dont they add a speedometer to the game. so you can tell or get some idea how fast you are going that was the only gripe I had about this game.