The Nintendo Switch sees a gentle stream of video games which might be ported from different, extra highly effective, platforms just like the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
But the Switch lacks the graphical horsepower of these different platforms, so concessions should regularly be made to get the sport operating. Because of those concessions, a fantastic recreation on one other platform is perhaps an absolute catastrophe on the Nintendo Switch. Or, within the best-case situations, the core strengths of the sport are in a position to switch over, regardless of the graphical or efficiency hit.
Today we’re wanting on the Switch model of Burnout Paradise Remastered.
What is Burnout Paradise Remastered?
Just launched on Switch, Burnout Paradise Remastered is a remake of a racing recreation that got here out in 2008. Paradise is a complete reimagining of the Burnout collection, ditching linear programs in favor of an open-world metropolis map. But the crux of the sport stays the identical as in previous entries, with an emphasis on smashing and ramming different vehicles to knock them into partitions and earn treasured pace boosts whereas racing.
A remastered model of the sport was launched on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2018, supporting resolutions as much as 4K whereas additionally together with all of the DLC. It’s that very same remastered model that’s now coming to Switch, albeit with one main distinction.
What’s the largest distinction between the Switch model and different platforms?
Everything is similar between all of the variations of Burnout Paradise Remastered, not less than content-wise. All of the occasions, on-line options, challenges, and vehicles may be discovered on the Switch. And thank goodness, as a result of they’re all tremendously enjoyable. The recreation stands up as among the finest racing video games of its time, even 12 years later.
The key differentiator between the sport operating on Switch versus PS4, Xbox One, or PC is the decision. Since the Switch is incapable of 4K, you’ll must accept 720p whereas in handheld mode, and 1080p whereas docked.
The Switch model seems successfully similar to how the sport initially appeared on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 all these years in the past. Thankfully, although, that’s not a lot of a knock, as the sport has aged splendidly, with a crisp metropolis design and detailed vehicles that crunch and crumple when slammed right into a wall or one other racer.
My greatest concern was the body price, as 60-frames-per-second gameplay is a staple of the Burnout franchise. Anything decrease would change how the sport feels, which on this case is rather more vital than the way it seems.
I’m blissful to report that Burnout Paradise Remastered on Switch maintains that easy 60 fps body price all through its many occasions, each in docked and handheld mode. The recreation feels almost excellent on Switch, and with the ability to play among the finest racing video games ever made in handheld mode is a critical deal with.
It must also be famous that the implausible soundtrack of the unique Burnout Paradise can also be again in Remastered. Your recollections of racing to Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” can lastly be refreshed, regardless of the place you might be.
Is the Nintendo Switch model value your time?
If you’ve by no means performed Burnout Paradise and also you’re even passively excited by racing video games, I’m extraordinarily jealous of you. The recreation rocks from begin to end.
The huge query is whether or not you’re planning on enjoying Burnout Paradise in handheld mode. If you’re not, you may decide up older variations of Remastered for a fraction of the Switch price, and so they’ll look considerably nicer in 4K. As of this writing, the Xbox One and PS4 variations price $19.99 on their respective digital storefronts, whereas the PC model is accessible for simply $4.99. At $49.99, the Switch model comes at a hefty premium (although it’ll seemingly see comparable price cuts within the coming years).
If you need to play the sport on the go, nonetheless, you’ve obtained no different alternative. Given the quick size of every particular person occasion and the sheer quantity of gameplay inside, I’ve discovered Burnout Paradise pairs very properly whereas on the sofa with a horrible Netflix present on within the background.
Burnout Paradise Remastered was launched June 19 on Nintendo Switch. It can also be accessible on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. Impressions had been based mostly on remaining “retail” Switch obtain code offered by Electronic Arts. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These don’t affect editorial content material, although Vox Media might earn commissions for merchandise bought through affiliate hyperlinks. You can discover further details about Polygon’s ethics coverage right here.