previews\ Jul 10, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Burnout Paradise - PS3 - Preview

E3 2007 Preview

The world is a free-roaming one, and ripe for destruction … on a vehicular level, that is. Welcome to the next installment of the Burnout series. EA showed off Burnout Paradise at a pre-E3 event in Los Angeles and the game looks next-gen, plays well and delivers in the fun category. 

Graphically impressive, the game plays out sandbox style with players allowed to drive anywhere at any time, enter races when they wish to or hook up online for more challenges. And, of course, as you progress new vehicles can be unlocked.

Only the free world mode was available for play, with EA keeping other modes under wraps for the time being. In a nice twist, if you use a camera attached to either your 360 or PS3, a snapshot will capture the look on the face of a live opponent as you beat them in an online game. Horror, disgust, anger … you may see a bevy of expressions in this quick little snapshot of defeat. The game does not allow for the victor’s face, though, so that look of “in your face” won’t be shared.

During the event, a little hands-on time was available and the game played well. The controls were tight and the handbrake hotkey really allowed for the power slides that can make or break a racing effort.

Burnout was fun and with the sandbox feel, the game seems to take on a new personality. Look for it to release on the PS3 and 360 platforms in the fall.

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