Little Big Burnout? Please.
The latest Versus Mode over on the Newsweek Level Up blog has N’Gai Croal and Stephen Totilo squaring off on what Burnout Paradise’s open world reimagining of the franchise could mean to gaming in general. It seems to really have gotten off the beaten path, coining terms like “SOS (Shared Open Spaces), MMSS (Minimally Multiplayer Sandbox Simulators) or SSAOWG (Simultaneously Synchronous and Asynchronous Open World Games)”. And while I do like to see the design for Animal Crossing’s asynchronous play modes held up as a good thing, I do think their discussion is a whole lot of “If Only Burnout Paradise Wasn’t Burnout Paradise.”
I’ve got news for you guys. Burnout Paradise is Burnout Paradise. Going off on wild tangents of “wouldn’t it be cool” and “they could so easily add crash mode back in” just dupes the less educated public into thinking maybe something like that is in the works. Yes, on current-generation systems with a hard drive you can patch stuff into games. Do I think Criterion would turn its back on its bold move in a new direction and paste old stuff back in? Nope.
Just give it a rest already. Burnout Paradise is a very good game, but I have to agree with reviewers. My time with the game has me feeling like it’s missing something that the racing-centric Burnout 3 had. I’ve been playing Burnout Legends on my PSP — essentially a very good port of Burnout 3 with some B2 and earlier bits thrown in — and it feels good to get back to that type of Burnout game, even on a handheld, after playing Paradise. Paradise is not Animal Crossing and it’s definitely not “Little Big Burnout”. Talk about a stretch!
I never did get all the gold medals on B3 the way I know James did, so maybe I’m not the best judge when comparing it to Paradise. But I do think it’s important to point out when a game isn’t being taken at face value. Dreaming up downloadable content to add back in game modes the public wants is probably doing the core game a disservice. If you don’t like the game, seriously, just say so. It’s ok. You’re allowed to have an opinion.
Source: Level Up.