Greetings once again, fellow members!
I recently celebrated my 31st birthday. As a result, a certain number of gifts were supplied to me, as is the custom. My son, who is a thoroughly
badass eleven year old, heard me opine that the Burnout series of games was, in my estimation, one of the greatest driving game franchises in the
worlds history, owing largely to the fact that although you have to have an eye to what you are doing, the games in that series allowed one to drive
angry, really, really angry.
Lo and behold, when my son handed me a gift bag on the day in question, nestled within its confines was none other than Burnout Paradise! I have
played it before, of course, but have never owned it. Now, it must be said that it is now quite an old game, on what is fast becoming an entirely aged
platform, but having loaded it up, and placed the pedal against the metal for just over nine hours of game play since starting it, I have to say that
I am absolutely loving this game all over again. I had only ever played bits of it, certain routes, in certain cars, for only small amounts of time.
Being able to sit there and just slam around a city in an increasingly gnarly collection of vehicles, is a manner of passing the time which I find
utterly sublime, and totally ridiculous, all at once.
Being the anal retentive sort that I can be where such things are concerned, I have, thus far, painted all my collected vehicles in colour schemes
which link them thematically. That is to say, that they are all either black all over, or detailed in some way, over a black background. It amazes me
how engrossing such a relatively simple game can be, and I had forgotten since I last played Burnout Paradise, just how good the game looks for its
No matter if I am taking part in a crashtastic Road Rage event, or completing a red hot Burning Route to gain a more powerful vehicle, or fleeing
from the authorities in a Marked Man event, I find myself utterly absorbed by the process, which stands as testament to the badassery of the
franchise. I have to admit, I always preferred the Burnout: Revenge format, where the route is the only available road, with some small detours and
cut throughs, as opposed to the open city scape of Paradise. That being said, the added concentration required to navigate through a city at two
hundred plus miles per hour, adds an entirely new level to the immersive sensation that playing the game represents, and I have been enjoying myself
immensely. The sounds, the music, the feeling that comes when one has just smashed an opponent fender first into a bridge abutment... it just does not
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