I am not good at racing games. I can’t steer, I use walls and other objects to guide my vehicle, and I generally hit in to things a lot. In short, I’m good at crashing – which is probably why Burnout: Paradise is my favourite racer. Well, the hard-working lads at Criterion are about to make it even better; The game will receive a free title update on February 6th.
For me the most important feature – on account of my inability to drive straight – is the oft-requested restart option for races. This alone will save me a fortune in controller and window replacement costs. There’s more though – they’ve added a few more tweaks to keep smiles up, and frustration low.
Read about those after the jump!
In-Game Browser Site (PC and PS3-only)
In a bit of a blow to Xbox 360 users, Criterion will add a PC and PS3 exclusive browser, giving access to something they call the Criterion Games Network. They’re a little mum on what that is exactly, but promise more details later.
The next major addition is an in-game store, where you’ll be able to purchase new content from within the game, bypassing the PSN store or Xbox live marketplace.
Vehicle dynamics overhaul
The vehicle handling has undergone a substantial overhaul, making the game easier and more accessible for people like me, as cars are now slower, harder to crash and less likely to spin out at low speeds.
Stunt Run Timer Reinvented
The stunt run countdown timer will now start to count down more slowly, making it easier for novices. Gain more multipliers, and it’ll start to count quicker – keeping it fun for proficient burnouters.
The difficulty of all events has been modified to accommodate all of the other difficulty rebalances.
Road Rage Tweaked
The Road Rage timer has been streamlined – you’ll no longer get time added after you’ve hit the target number of cars.
The colours of the Billboards, smashes and super jumps have been modified and made to pulse, making them easier to find. The lighting and saturation have been tweaked to make the game more vibrant.
Barrel Rolls for Beginners
Lastly, barrel rolls have been tweaked to make them easier for beginners. They will auto correct their orientation, meaning it’s easier to impress the ladies with your mad barrel roll skills.
It’s refreshing to see a developer – particularly one under the helm of EA – continually adding to, and refining a game that’s a year old. And for free, to boot.
Source : Criterion Games
Last Updated: January 26, 2009