Yes I’m writing about video games again because the news about the economy (Wall Street went to hell on Sunday) and the upcoming presidential elections (McCain/Palin are polling well) makes me reluctant to deal with reality at the moment. I thought I’d write something positive about something fun and that brings me to the folks at Criterion Games who are responsible for the very excellent Burnout Paradise.
Despite not being a huge racing game fan I bought Burnout 3 for the PS2 back in the day and fell in love with it for its over-the-top crashes which were part of the strategy in the game. I bought Burnout Paradise with birthday money after it was re-released as a PS3 Classic for $30 and it is an amazing update for the next-gen systems and has provided me with many hours of car smashing fun already. If that isn’t enough reason alone to buy it if you haven’t already then the fact that Criterion are about to release a third FREE update to the game should be. There’s already been two updates that added all sorts of stuff to the game and the third, due to be released this Thursday, adds motorcycles for the first time in the history of the franchise along with a bunch of other cool additions:
I was worried when the PS3 and Xbox 360 came out with their ability to download additional content that game companies would end up nickel and dime-ing us to death and, in some cases, that’s just what they’ve tried to do. That just makes the fact that Criterion is updating BP with major content at no charge some 10 months after its release all the more praise worthy. It’s a great game to begin with and the updates have only made it better. I’m sure at some point they’ll stop putting out free updates and move on to a new game, but word has it there’s a couple more updates yet to come. So here’s a big Thank You to Criterion Games for all the work you’re doing on BP. It’s one of the most heavily played titles I own at the moment.