Visuals were great I will give the game that much. Was not a big fan of the single player game, I gave up on doing the stunt runs, and stayed strictly witht he road rage, wanted man and race runs. I like the race games where you can actually upgrade your vehicles, sell them, buy them, etc., and this game just did not do it for me. I also did not like the fact that when you failed at a race you could not retry it, and then you were at least a five minute drive away from the start point and you had to remember which point it was. I also was not a big fan of the mini map and trying to figure out which way i was going at high speed, you had to take your eyes off the driving and usuall either took a wrong turn or hit a wall or another vehicle.
The open world concept is fantastic. At the start of the game your given full access to entire map and are award at least 10 new cars within the first hour. This allows anybody full freedom to have fun right from the get go. The story advances by unlocking new vehicles and races through upgrading your driving licence. Each new level has perticular requirements needed before advancing. Online play is nicely placed into the game by allowing you to jump right into an online race with the press of the D-pad while anywhere in the career map. Future racing games should take note of Burnouts lead. I like where Burnouts heading. A+ title
This game is definitley different from the original Burnout games, but if you like to crash cars, you need to play this next gen version of Burnout.
THE GOOD- Crash physics are amazing; it feels amazingly realistic when cars collide, you hit a wall, etc. Paradise City truly uses the PS3's full capabilities. Its a huge city, and stunts are everywhere. No need to start an event to have fun- just drive the city to find jumps, secret areas, crashes, etc.
THE BAD- No restart of events; you must drive back to the original starting point to start over.... but this is a double edged sword. instead of just playing a race over and over, you find yourself trying new challenges; whatever happens to be closest when you quit. No selectable slow motion. There IS slow motion, but the game chooses when it happens for you. Sometimes I wish I could see just a little more of some of the ridiculous crashes....
The UGLY- No split screen mode. If you don't have high speed then you are screwed if you want to play w friends. I live in the boonies so this is a major flaw for me.
All in all this is still an awesome game, though not quite done in the original burnout tradition. But if you love to crash cars, you've GOT to try Burnout Paradise.