Burnout Paradise Remastered tops UK charts 10 years after original


Burnout Paradise Remastered has topped the UK games charts, ten years after the original version was released.

While sceptics may point out that the remake of the classic open-world arcade-racer was released last Friday during a pretty thin week for new games (Nintendo’s Kirby Star Allies for the Switch grabbed the number two spot in the games charts), it surely demonstrates a desire among gamers to play more Burnout games.

However, publisher Electronic Arts has concentrated on another of its arcade-racer franchises in recent years, Need For Speed. 2008’s Burnout Paradise was the last full iteration of the much-loved Burnout franchise, originally published by the long-defunct Acclaim.

The last Need For Speed game, November 2017’s Payback, received average reviews (in the low 60 per cent area across it various formats, according to Metacritic), and was criticised for including microtransactions and a preponderance of scripted gameplay. It sold well, but it will be interesting to see whether the success of Burnout Paradise Remastered tempts Electronic Arts to consider a full Burnout revival.

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Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.