Sure, paradise is right there in the title for Criterion Games' latest installment in its crash derby-meets-street racer Burnout franchise, but few were expecting the gamemaker's utopian approach to downloadable content. Nearly 11 months on from the game's January launch on the Xbox 360 and...
Sure, paradise is right there in the title for Criterion Games' latest installment in its crash derby-meets-street racer Burnout franchise, but few were expecting the gamemaker's utopian approach to downloadable content. Nearly 11 months on from the game's January launch on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and Criterion has released a series of free add-on packs for the game that have updated the title with everything from new gameplay challenges to motorcycles.
Moving into 2009, Criterion Games still isn't ready to have its high-octane racer drive off into the sunset. Two weeks ago, the Burnout pit crew revealed Burnout Paradise Party, an offline party-game mode for up to eight players that is due next year. However, unlike past updates, the Party pack will be for-purchase.
What will be free in 2009, however, is the Special Edition Burnout Collectibles toy cars pack, the first details of which Criterion offered today. The toy car pack will include nine vehicles in all, with Criterion today naming pint-size renditions of the Carson GT Concept P12, the Kreiger Racing WTR, the Hunter Takedown 4x4, and the Hunter Manhatten.
Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers will be able to fill the garages with the Burnout Collectibles in spring 2009. For more on Burnout Paradise proper, check out GameSpot's full review.
I Would much rather see game companies make a game then keep supporting it with free updates rather then the same game released every year
I actually find the burning laps easier, some of the ones in previous Burnouts have been brutal (Burnout 3 with the F1, i think it was 3 minutes with one crash the limit for getting gold)
@ necronaux The motorcycle update was free.... I see no reason why now they would say it on this and then not do it. The last 3 updates which added cars and features, were all free. This is so far by far the BEST console updates EVER! Free = better...... Over Priced = Normal EA BS
I just think this series could be 100 times better if they only removed Burning lap events. Those are easily the worst part of the game, because of the absolute flawlessness required for them.
man im surprised by the support this game is getting i feel it wasnt that good burnout 3 is still my fav and the open ended world hurt the game if you ask me idk anyone who still plays it but behold more content.
The reason they are coming out with so much is because the game was not what people expected to begin with....I wouldn't say that they are adding they are just giving us the stuff they should have to begin with.
I'l just a little skeptical about the free comment. I'm sure we'll be paying for it some way... free in a $80-$100 package?
I'm definitely going to keep buying Criterion's future games if they support them half as much as they support Burnout Paradise. The best part is that these updates are all worth paying for! I can't wait for the Party Pack!
@ Vorodor21 Yeah, but I think the in-game ads for Obama as president were more EA than Criterion. I still haven't picked this one up, but I have loved Burnout since the second installment. May pick this up used or something. Used to be a great way to alleviate stress. Traffic checking FTW.
I'm willing to bet money that this is all more Criterion at work rather then EA. EA couldn't care less...
this is the best post-release support EVER.... i hope that more developers follow the steps of the guys in criterion.
people, pls realise that all this is merely a business decision. EA know they were getting a bad rep, so it makes sound business sense to remedy that. As for supporting a title post-release? It attracts new customers, and breeds brand loyalty. Not that there's anything wrong with that, and by all means enjoy the fruits of this approach, but just remember why its being done. Its not 'cause they love you and want to see you smile, its cause they want you to become a fan and continue to consume their product (or future iterations of it) instead of moving on to different pastures (clothing brands have been doing it for years...)
Sprozelth: Lol. Actually speaking of hovercraft....... according to IGN there will also be a downloadable "Delorian" looking car that can retract it wheels and fly. :D
I love the game, Its really good, but for some reason I can't get any of the other upgrades. Oh well.
The next update is coming next week. I am hoping for some traditional crash mode like in previous games, they could add extra achievements for them (maybe for getting gold, if they have medals).
EA are really becoming great now. They release much better titles now (Left 4 Dead, Dead Space, Burnout, BF:BC - not mercenaries 2 though :( - and loads more). They're also beginning to really take pride in the developer's work and help the developers make their games better in more ways than just money, but with other support too
I am very happy with criterion doing now, giving free update but i was very hurt when u announce that the multiplayer will not come in free, i willing to change all my dlc just for the free multiplayer to enjoy with my fren .. PLZZZZZZ
all they need to do is add GPS. Not neccessarily the fastest route, just a route. That way you can see a turn coming without having to pause all the time.
I have to agree with Im-a-roustabout. I really enjoy Burnout Paradise, but I dislike the race events - I much prefer not having to worry about what route to take and just focusing upon the racing (as in Burnout 3). Having to map read whilst zooming around at ridiculous speeds just doesn't gel and Criterion should rectify this issue. Why can't they put their hands up, admit that the system doesn't work for everyone and alter the game accordingly - or at least give people the option to turn on big glowing arrows (like the ones in Burnout 3) if they just want to follow the recommended route. This would prove that they really are a developer for gamer's and that they 'care' for their existing user base and that this whole free download stuff isn't a mere ruse to attract new users to the game. So Im-a-roustabout is correct in suggesting these alterations should be made and provided for free. It annoys me when people's response to this claim is one of outrage. Anyways, still love Paradise and am happily chipping away at the events in pursuit of an Elite license.
Criterion rocks!!! Nine new cars for free is pretty friggin sweet! This is how downloadable content should be after you buy a game, free. Unlike paying $4.99 for Yoda. The little green dude is dope but for the price you should get 5 new characters. Anyways I love BOPC. Oh won't you please take me home yeah yeah!!!
Seems like Criterion is really for the gamers. They have been raining down some good content for free. Devs, if you want your games to have longevity and replay value, take note from Criterion. DLC doesn't always have to be free but it don't always have to have a price either.
PLEASE RELEASE A CREATE-A-CRASH REPLAY MAKER!! I came up with this name and thought it would be really interesting, create-a-crash would have it to where when you crash at any time, any place, any car, and any collision of vehicles, you press start, open up a menu where you can rewind the event that just took place, at different camera angles to the crash, put in some slow motion effects, and watch it in all its crash-tastic glory!!! I think that would extremely add replay value and fun to the game. Where players can relive some of their most insane, adrenaline filled wrecking moments, and create the way they want to view it, any way they want, then upload it and share it with others online. My email is ColdClone02@yahoo.com Criterion, just if you see my idea and think its worthy enough to have created as DLC. Tell me what you all think! Thanks.
ctg867 Posted Nov 15, 2008 4:36 pm PT @ KBABZ I think you missed the point. What I was trying to say is that the free updates they've given are nice, but they're far from huge in comparison to other paid content. It's not like they're giving is a ridiculous amount of content you could justify spending $10 or $15 on. My reference to the car pack had nothing to do with this one, it's with the last one they announced on the Playstation Blog. As for the toy cars thing, it's cool, but again, nothing all that impressive, even though it's free. Rather then updating it with the things the critics gave it demerits for when it first came out, they're wasting time trying to charge for ridiculous pass the controller games in some colorful interface. No race restarts, no real GPS system with route outlines on your map, no menu system for race progression, and no split screen at all. What great support... ----------------------------------------------------- Why don't you go cry about it elsewhere? IT's free, what were you expecting for free? I think the bike add-on was a great edition considering just for some stupid horse armor you have to pay for it like Oblivion, or buy extra characters like that x-men game, or even for just a couple of new maps for online play like halo3 or cod4 you have to pay for. So the fact that they added all this stuff for free tells me your just some lame fanboy who just likes to complain like a girl. Plz do it elsewhere.
am glad criterion is giving away so much free stuff. that shows that they care just like valve. that how they get so many people to get there games, smart.
@ KBABZ I think you missed the point. What I was trying to say is that the free updates they've given are nice, but they're far from huge in comparison to other paid content. It's not like they're giving is a ridiculous amount of content you could justify spending $10 or $15 on. My reference to the car pack had nothing to do with this one, it's with the last one they announced on the Playstation Blog. As for the toy cars thing, it's cool, but again, nothing all that impressive, even though it's free. Rather then updating it with the things the critics gave it demerits for when it first came out, they're wasting time trying to charge for ridiculous pass the controller games in some colorful interface. No race restarts, no real GPS system with route outlines on your map, no menu system for race progression, and no split screen at all. What great support...
Criterion has been doing an awesome job with DLC for this game, hopefully they can keep it going like this for a while :)
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