SmashPad Streamkend with Burnout Paradise – February 2 at 2 PM ESTFebruary 1st, 2013 | Written by Chris Selogy | Topic: PC, PlayStation 3, SmashPad Streamkend, Xbox 360
When we have off weeks with no big release to play, we will usually be playing a classic from this generation on SmashPad Streamkend to celebrate the great games we’ve seen on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii as the next-generation of consoles is taking over. Valkyria Chronicles got the spotlight two weeks ago and this week brings up Burnout Paradise from Criterion Games. For me, Burnout Paradise is the best racing game of this generation and the game itself stacks up well against other sandbox games as one of the best and most addictive games in the genre. Criterion did a fantastic job solving the puzzle of how to bring the series’ unique brand of chaos to an open world format with a lot of great design decisions for Paradise City itself and how they emphasize exploration in a way that no other racing game had really done before it. They also did post-game support right with a number of free updates that fixed a few key issues that fans had early on while also adding new content for free that almost made it a completely new game compared to what you were given at launch.
As a heads-up, next week’s SmashPad Streamkend will feature Sly Cooper: Thieves in Times, which is the newest entry in the acclaimed stealth platforming series from Sanzaru Games, makers of the Sly HD Collection. Beyond that, it doesn’t look like there’s another big release in February that I am that interested in getting unless a downloadable title surprises me. It looks like this month will be a big one for celebrating the classics of this generation and I have a few more games in mind for the upcoming weeks. As always, you can keep an eye on this page for the video player at around 2 PM EST on Saturday, February 2 or you can head over to our SmashPad page on Twitch.tv to chat with me during the stream. Either way, I’m looking forward to showing you why Burnout Paradise is one of the best games of the generation.