RACING games have been a stable of PCs and
consoles since the earliest days, and some of them have become pretty involved and
Sometimes, though, you don’t want a serious
simulation – you want an arcade racer with cool cars and an emphasis on fun and
speed rather than tweaking gear rations and tyre pressure.
Paradise was originally released in 2008 to fit this
bill and now, 12 years later, has been given a repaint, new tyres and a tune up
by Criterion Software to head onto the Nintendo Switch via EA as Burnout Paradise Remastered.
The goal is simple: Race around an open-world city in a variety of cars, winning races, pulling off stunts and getting involved in high-speed crashes.
There’s no story, no plot, nothing to get
in the way of you and the racing and upgrading cars and crashing spectacularly.
It’s exactly the sort of game that the
Switch is perfectly suited for and Burnout
Paradise Remastered is a lot of fun as a result. The controls were simple,
the environments were great, and the whole emphasis was on having a good time
with a variety of cars and motorbikes.
The game includes the eight DLC released
over the years, including one that adds police cars – I particularly enjoyed
The soundtrack and DJ narrating the game work
really well too, and the whole package just works really well as a fun arcade
The racing areas are well done and
reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto V in
some respects, particularly in the feeling of chaotic speed they present
While there might not be a lot here for
people who already have the original game or the remaster on PC or console, for
Switch owners looking for a fun, accessible racing game that doesn’t ask too
much but offers a high-octane good time, Burnout
Paradise Remastered is well worth starting the ignition for.