We Just Played Burnout Paradise Cops and Robbers DLC

Criterion Games' continuing support of Burnout Paradise for DLC should be a blueprint for how developers can keep a game feeling fresh long after its release. Here we are, more than a year removed from the original release of Burnout Paradise, and the DLC keeps coming. The latest downloadable pack,...

Criterion Games' continuing support of Burnout Paradise for DLC should be a blueprint for how developers can keep a game feeling fresh long after its release. Here we are, more than a year removed from the original release of Burnout Paradise, and the DLC keeps coming. The latest downloadable pack, Cops and Robbers, is rolling out today and, earlier this week, I got a chance to head down to EA's Redwood Shores HQ and check it out for myself.

The setup for Cops and Robbers is as simple as can be. Two teams square off online, with one group playing as the cops (in police-skinned version of popular Burnout model cars), while the other team plays as the robbers. Both team's goal? Grab the stash of gold, which appears at random points in Paradise City and bring it back to their home base as quickly as possible.

Simply driving over the gold stash is enough to grab it and the player carrying the gold will drive at a markedly lower speed than the rest of the cars. This means that his or her teammates will need to protect the car with the gold, either by forming a protective barrier with their own cars, or simply going headhunting and performing takedowns on their rivals. In fact, takedowns are more frequent than ever in Cops and Robbers--even slight contact will wreck your opponent--so that the matches end up being non-stop hectic wreck-fests.

Another interesting component of the DLC will be in the cars selected. You can set options to play a Cops and Robbers match where everyone is driving the same vehicle to even the odds, or let folks choose their ride, which adds an interesting element of strategy. For instance, some players might choose to go for big bruising trucks or vans, which are more impervious to takedowns, while others might go for a sleeker, faster sports car which is perfect for tracking down an opponent who's about to take bring home the gold. One other bit: there's no turbo in Cops and Robbers mode, so speedy cars will have that much more of an advantage.

We had a great time with Cops and Robbers--things get especially hectic when large numbers of both teams collide in a mad rush, with the gold quickly swapping from one car to the next with each collision. Hopefully, Burnout Paradise's long streak of DLC won't be ending here and we look forward to seeing what Criterion has in store for fans next. The Cops and Robbers pack is available today on Xbox 360 (800 MS points) and PlayStation Network ($9.99).

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48 comments
melisa06
melisa06

i like it very nice cool man thanks:D sesli sohbet sesli chat

raiden_mgs2
raiden_mgs2

i bought it now i wish i didn't know one plays it on PS3 i found like 1 game with it out of 100 and i couldnt even connect havent even been able to play it yet uve been warned lol

Mastiff
Mastiff

Microsoft does a really crappy job of announcing DLC sometimes. I had no idea this had been released. I have never seen anything on the NXE that marketed this. Oh but let's watch another awful Trixie or Major Nelson vid. Or another lame IGN tip even my grandmother could figure out. This DLC is important news!!

yampi
yampi

good good reason to keep playing burnout :)

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Criterion= best DLC ever and best racing game ever.

gk_of_berea
gk_of_berea

One of the things I'd love to do with buddies on Midnight Club III was drive around in multiplayer arcade mode and play tag. This seems like it'd be pretty fun.

kilbrittain
kilbrittain

brilliant downloadable content with burnout! :D:D

W1ckedS0ul
W1ckedS0ul

*That's weird.. I can only comment this video! I can't comment any other on GameSpot!..*

W1ckedS0ul
W1ckedS0ul

I just downloaded it! Great mode and Criterion knows how to make a game rock!!

alex5523
alex5523

well i think this is not their last DLC in somewhere i read that there is going to be be a new island full of new challenges so its not going to be the last

maverick_76
maverick_76

Man that is awesome, and for $10, that I can live with considering all the stuff they added for free, this doesn't seem like such a huge price to pay.

Shadow_Fax87
Shadow_Fax87

sounds fun.... too bad I"m broke.... : (

FurioustigerGR
FurioustigerGR

cool download content, BURNOUT once again did it!!!

jhan52
jhan52

That's one of the most coolest game i ever played in my life.If you play this game it would drive you crazy of cool things it has of cars.

crix3
crix3

Criterion is a great developer, they make great games, and keep them alive with new DLC and updates all the time.

KoM-EgeN
KoM-EgeN

Anybody recall Midtown madness ? It had a game mode exactly like this one on multiplayer...

blazin640
blazin640

Dang, Burnout is a hit (Thats why I own it hehe)

wonderman1
wonderman1

i'm not sure y i haven't bought this game yet

kkevguy47k
kkevguy47k

i just sold this game. w/e i got wayyy more playtime out of it than i expected its the longest lasting game ive ever had. although i do wish very much i could play this

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

This is what i love to see, a developer that listens to its audience and gives great DLC in order to keep a game going and enabling us to get the best out of it, rather than just releasing a game then to dump it in favour of a newer venture. Nice one Criterion : )

jashwin
jashwin

best burnout dlc ever!!!

coruscant
coruscant

[quote="e77net"]I want TWO PLAYERS OFFLINE Splitscreen UPDATE!!!!! Please![/quote]I second that. Party mode is ok but a proper splitscreen mode would be much better.

coruscant
coruscant

Cops and Robbers is so much fun, it's worth getting for sure.

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

I'm thinking about getting this mode.... it could be a lot of fun to do with people online. There is still a lot of stuff I need to do in Paradise City, and they keep adding to it! This really is a great example of how developers should approach DLC. Have a lot of variety, both free and paid updates, and just a huge amount of content that is added. I guess it helps to have a game that is very free-form, and easily modified, like a Burnout for example. I'm really impressed, I want to see a lot more games in other genres do this. Developers need to be able to adapt rather than freaking out and having no clue on what to do for DLC. I guess features that are unlocked by keys are okay, but those are already on the disc. Nothing is really being added. It's amazing when a dev. can say "Here's this 400 megabyte update... Have fun...." Yeah, I understand the costs involved with development... But it just takes a little planning and a lot of imagination to have some foresight on what to do with a game. It's definitely a huge service to fans of the game, but could also draw more people into a potential title.

lilan
lilan

I love this mode, never have i had so much fun with a DLC

iaistrike
iaistrike

This was quite fun to play, but the cop's sirens really get annoying after a while. Without the boost, it really makes you think twice about takedown strategies, especially if you're used to boosting into opponents to knock them out. All in all, a fun new twist... and more trophies to gobble up.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

they need to add lan support than this would be awesome, it's no fun having to go to the server on the internet just to play with someone in the same room when you could have a lag free game, this new mode look awesome though wil probably pick it up sometime.

Xions-Fursy
Xions-Fursy

I recently started playing Burnout Paradise, yes I was a bit late to the party but the amount of Free DLC, and other DLC that criterion games has thrown out for it is amazing, they have done an absolutely fantastic job of making this a game that I will actually buy a lot of the DLC for.

buvel
buvel

looks great!

Mikethechimp
Mikethechimp

Criterion is one of EA's best. Criterion > Black Box

lucebuce
lucebuce

SWEEEETT , this is an amazing and fun DLC , by the way , McMJ3 , ur pic is great

lrsp
lrsp

This looks like such a fun mode.

Pete5506
Pete5506

This game seems to get better all the time

McMJ3
McMJ3

Hmm I'll get the island before I get this.

vix
vix

I'm debating waiting to get the island first and then maybe cops and robbers.

GGCrew_basic
GGCrew_basic

This sounds like a similarly-named LAN-party favorite game mode from Midtown Madness. We had a lot of fun with it when the game was new, and we still occasionally retell stories of using the bus to close off an alley and obstruct the pursuers. Of course, the crashes in Midtown Madness were nowhere near as spectacular. :)

redzed24
redzed24

you know.. if you think about it, a lot of games just update the last product with new features and send it out at full price. So DLC makes sense in that you pay much less for additions to the games instead of buying a whole new game. A year after its release, they are still putting out DLC. Its keeping the game fresh and you have not had to fork out another $70 for a new version of the same game.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Picking up Burnout Paradise Ultimate box will start any Burnout neophyte off in the fast lane. Most of the DLC is free. Thus far, only a few have been paid DLC. When the island splashes down in a few months . . . or weeks, that will really make you want to buy DLC.

e77net
e77net

I want TWO PLAYERS OFFLINE Splitscreen UPDATE!!!!! Please!

guy_cocker
guy_cocker

I'm torn! I love Burnout Paradise, but if I were to buy all the DLC I'd have spent a fortune on the game by now!

mechberg
mechberg

Criterion Games' continuing support of Burnout Paradise for DLC should be a blueprint for how developers can keep a game feeling fresh long after its release. Here we are, more than a year removed from the original release of Burnout Paradise, and the DLC keeps coming. The latest downloadable pack, Cops and Robbers, is rolling out today and, earlier this week, I got a chance to head down to EA's Redwood Shores HQ and check it out for myself.

The setup for Cops and Robbers is as simple as can be. Two teams square off online, with one group playing as the cops (in police-skinned version of popular Burnout model cars), while the other team plays as the robbers. Both team's goal? Grab the stash of gold, which appears at random points in Paradise City and bring it back to their home base as quickly as possible.

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Simply driving over the gold stash is enough to grab it and the player carrying the gold will drive at a markedly lower speed than the rest of the cars. This means that his or her teammates will need to protect the car with the gold, either by forming a protective barrier with their own cars, or simply going headhunting and performing takedowns on their rivals. In fact, takedowns are more frequent than ever in Cops and Robbers--even slight contact will wreck your opponent--so that the matches end up being non-stop hectic wreck-fests.

Another interesting component of the DLC will be in the cars selected. You can set options to play a Cops and Robbers match where everyone is driving the same vehicle to even the odds, or let folks choose their ride, which adds an interesting element of strategy. For instance, some players might choose to go for big bruising trucks or vans, which are more impervious to takedowns, while others might go for a sleeker, faster sports car which is perfect for tracking down an opponent who's about to take bring home the gold. One other bit: there's no turbo in Cops and Robbers mode, so speedy cars will have that much more of an advantage.

We had a great time with Cops and Robbers--things get especially hectic when large numbers of both teams collide in a mad rush, with the gold quickly swapping from one car to the next with each collision. Hopefully, Burnout Paradise's long streak of DLC won't be ending here and we look forward to seeing what Criterion has in store for fans next. The Cops and Robbers pack is available today on Xbox 360 (800 MS points) and PlayStation Network ($9.99).