I spent last week at E3 and generally came away with the feeling that this years show was a waste of time. There were very few bright spots during the show for me, but I did find a few games that I found appealing.
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Personally, out of all the games that I saw at E3, my favorite game was Burnout Paradise from EA. Burnout Paradise will be available on both PS3 and Xbox 360. The version I was able to spend some time with at E3 was an alpha of the PS3 version of the game.
Even though this was an alpha title, the game looked very polished to me. This game has the best graphics of any driving game I have seen for PS3, if you think Motorstorm looks good, wait until you see Burnout Paradise. The paint on the cars (yes cars, there are 70 of them) is very shiny and reflective and as you can see from the screen shots you can see the entire world reflected from the paint.
The sensation of speed you get as the cars rocket down the road is fantastic with the blur around the outside of the road. The environment in Burnout Paradise is large and open. The races aren’t structured and there is no unlocking tracks or upgrading to the cars, though you do unlock more cars as you progress. When you want to race, all you need to do it pull up to a stop light and do a burn out, other drivers show up and the race is on.
The races aren’t structured, as you would expect, you aren’t confined to a single path to the finish. Rather your HUD shows you a blue dot that is the goal and it is up to you to find the fastest method to the goal. You can follow the other cars or blaze your own trail. To me the coolest aspect of the game was the online play where you can play crash up derby with the entire environment. The goal in the method of play is to crash your rivals and render their cars inoperable.
Burnout Paradise works with certain webcams as well and will capture mug shots, which are images of you as you play, when you crash your opponent’s car or they crash yours. This is the most enjoyable online play mode in a racing game that I have tried. Currently Burnout Paradise is still pending rating by the ESRB, but EA is expecting the game to come back with an E10 rating like the other titles in the Burnout franchise. Considering Motorstorm is rated T for teen and is allows you to knock riders off bikes and ATVs and shows people flying around in crashes, the fact that Burnout Paradise has no drivers in the cars, or people in the environments a rating of E10 should be no problem.
The one thing I couldn’t get was a potential release date for the game, what I saw looked very polished, yet it was still claimed to be an alpha release. I would be very surprised if we didn’t see Burnout Paradise coming to the starting line in time for the holiday season. Be on the look out for this game if you are a fan of racing/driving games, this is the best of the genre and the coolest game on show at E3 this year.