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Burnout Paradise Remastered comparison videos give the arcade racer a NOS injection

Let's see how Burnout Paradise Remastered compares to the ten year-old original.

Burnout Paradise Remastered is out in just under a week, on March 16. Ahead of that release date, players are free to take it for a test drive in Play First trial on Xbox One.

For those who don’t have a membership to EA’s service, you will have to settle for comparison videos to see if you think it’s worth it.

Fortunately, there are some official ones - EA has released two videos to show us all the old versus the new. Both short videos show a noticeable improvement, with softer shadows and shinier cars, thanks to a bump in resolution.

There is no denying how much sharper it looks. It’s just a shame more work didn’t go in to reworking the textures, which is something my Burnout Paradise Remastered review highlighted.

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Still, who cares about improved textures when you are whizzing through Paradise City at impossible speeds, the urban jungle disappearing behind you in a blur?

Burnout Paradise still feels as fresh today as it did on release, and there is nothing out there quite like it on current generation consoles. It may not be the best remaster we’ve seen, but it’s still one of the best arcade racers ever made, so there’s that.

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It will be interesting to see how EA moves forward with remasters. At one point, the publisher said it wasn’t interested in remasters at all. Burnout Paradise is its first experiment, so perhaps the quality of the remaster will go up with the next one. Mass Effect trilogy, anyone?

Like the look of Burnout Paradise Remastered? Then rev your engine - you can take it for a spin on March 16. Burnout Paradise Remastered comes packaged with all the original game’s DLC, including motorbikes, toy cars, a whole extra island, a cops and robbers mode, and more.

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Burnout (Xbox Classic)

Nintendo GameCube, PS2, Xbox

Burnout Paradise

PS3, Xbox 360

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