Burnout Paradise

        Now coming to racing, the only title that has ruled this world is Need For Speed. But there are many titles emerging, which prove to be better than NFS(Ofcourse I have not tried out the latest installation of NFS : Hot Pursuit). Burnout Paradise is one such game which has a slight edge over NFS in terms of gameplay. Eventhough Burnout does not have an appealing story line, the gameplay is simply awesome. The graphics is good as well, and it works well on a mid range computer.
Now on to the 'Vehicles' you get to drive. I mentioned it as 'vehicles' rather than 'cars' because you have a wide variety of selection. You have quick cars, monster trucks, strong vans, F1 cars and even bikes. Bikes were not available at launch, it was added up later, so has a couple of new cities and hell lot of vehicles. There are 4 types of racing available : Survival, Race, Stunt and Target man. All these game modes are very enjoyable, especially the ramming you can do in Survival and Target man. You unlock cars and bikes as you progress in the game, obtaining new licenses and capturing new cars.
         The crash physics of the game is admirable. Its a joy to watch a car crashing and spinning out of control. A huge city is available to explore, with many sub challenges. A few of the sub challenges are really interesting as you have to explore the whole city to accomplish it, and the rewards are worth it. Paradise City is very dense, especially the eastern, downtown section, offering you a myriad of ways to get through a race. When a race starts, you simply must race from point A to point B as fast as you can, along whatever route you want. While this means that you're given the freedom to create your own course, it also means that you'll be stopping the action and referring to the map fairly often to make sure that you don't take any wrong turns. Since there are so many different tunnels, highways and such to take, it can be easy to make a wrong turn and wind up going off course for a bit. Until you've memorized the bulk of the map, which given its complexity, will take quite a long time, you'll likely have to pause and check the map two or three times during a race to make sure that you're on the right path.
          Burnout Paradise, have multiplayer challenges which are extremely fun to play. A wide variety of challenges are available. Overall the game is fun, but still no match to NFS. So if you love smashing up a car in all possible ways, do it the Burnout style.

Finally I would like to put a note on how it worked on my laptop the HP Pavilion dv6000 with specs
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 @2.00 GHz
  • 3.00 GB Ram
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard(64 bit) edition
  • NVIDIA Gefore 8400M GS - 1518 MB(256 Dedicated)
  • 150 GB Hard Disk
       Surprisingly, this game works out with setting almost maxed out! This is the very first game I installed in this laptop, it has been about 2 years, and Ive never uninstalled it!

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