I’ve been a big fan of the Burnout series of racing/crashing games since the original was released. I have favorites and fond memories of these games. I don’t really have a favorite – each has its redeeming qualities, though Paradise almost my favorite of all.
In fall of 2007 I put down a reserve for Burnout Paradise at GameStop. Later in the year (or perhaps it was in early spring of the next year) I downloaded and played the Burnout Paradise demo via XBox Live. A few of my friends tried it out, too.
We were unimpressed. Ultimately, I cancelled the reserve on Burnout Paradise and used the money for a reserve on Mario Kart Wii.
At this point I wish to stress the following to all Burnout fans who have not given Paradise a chance: Purchase the complete game. It’s very good and the open world offers a lot of replay value.