I think it’s quite telling that we don’t have any images of Burnout Paradise on our media library, because the game was already launched and selling well before NAG Online relaunched in January 2009. Launched in 2008, what is probably Criterion’s best work in the Burnout series has become a cult classic and only got better with the inclusion of the Ultimate Box edition, which included tons of DLC and new maps, a dynamic weather system, the best soundtrack to any arcade racing game in history (along with the most memorable opening), and some innovative multiplayer features that found their way into the Need for Speed series. Paradise was a template for EA Black Box’s adoption of the “Easy Drive” system, which morphed into “All-Drive” with all of the other additions that found their way into Easy Drive, and the netcode was almost too perfect.
And rumour is that it’s getting a remaster! But don’t celebrate just yet.