Matthew Hunter is a student at King City Secondary School, who lives with Asperger’s Syndrome. He loves movies, video games and television, and has agreed to review his favourites (and not-so-favourites!) for AO York. Here is Matthew’s review of Burnout Paradise: Remastered.

Note from Matthew:

Before I begin this next review, I have a great announcement (I won’t do this often), I have been accepted into Seneca college, in not just one program, but three: general arts, tourism management, and journalism. If any Seneca admins are reading this, thank you for giving me this opportunity, I look forward to it this autumn. Anyway, here we go.


Burnout Paradise: Remastered

By Matthew Hunter

10 years ago, the original Burnout Paradise came out, to become one of the greatest racing games of the seventh generation of video games. I have fond memories of it myself, so when it was announced that it would be re-released for the newer consoles, the gaming community went bananas. There really is no plot to this game: there’s no real story, you just try to become the greatest racer in Paradise City.

As soon as you complete the tutorial you are completely free to do what you want. There are 5 different events:  Race, Stunt Run, Road Rage, Marked Man, and Burning Route.

The race events are self explanatory. In Stunt Run you need to complete as many stunts as possible within the time limit; Road rage is a demolition derby, in Marked Man you need to survive driving from one place to the next, and Burning Route is for specific cars to win upgraded models of said cars. If these events are not your thing, you could just explore the large map; it’s full of side activities, try to set the best time on each road, hunt down and crush each stunt jump, smash gate and billboard. Or, you could start a showtime event and smash your way through traffic and property to rack up the highest score.

There are 75 cars to collect in the game, from muscle, to sports, to super, even monster trucks! Each of these will be unlocked after a set amount of event wins; some you will have to track down and crash to unlock.

This version of the game comes with all the downloadable content from the original at no extra cost, which brings dozens of cars and a map expansion. If you’ve played this game before, you’d know what this is.

There is a lot to talk about in this game, it’s just best to experience it for yourself, and you can do that with seven of your friends too in the multiplayer mode. Together you can all try each of the 500 challenges to unlock a special reward car. So get out there, explore the world, race against traffic and friends, there’s a lot to find and have fun with.

That would do it for now, next time I will review Far Cry 5  – have a splendid day everyone.