Burnout Paradise Remastered Nintendo Switch Review

"The Paradise City on the Go"


July 3, 2020 at 3:10am
By Jason Stettner

This is of course the definitive package when it comes to Burnout Paradise, with this Remastered release arriving on the Nintendo Switch and actually delivering the whole experience. You get the core game, the various boosts and all of the extra content that released for the game after its initial launch. I originally played this iteration on Xbox One X prior, so it’s very interesting to see it arrive on the Nintendo Switch.

It’s all here, and it does run quite well. I was fairly impressed by the offering, and the amount of content present. In this you’re enjoying an open world experience where you just get to race around. You drive about upgrading your license by winning, or just fooling around. There are tons of collectibles in the forms of things such as billboards to hit. It’s a fairly large scale area, with a lot to offer in terms of racing options.

If that’s not enough, you can take it further with a varied selection of multiplayer modes. Play these with friends, or randoms online in a series of unique modes. It’s also worth mentioning that Big Surf Island is here, a special mention to that since it was the large expansion to this core title. It’s somewhat hard to dive into further than that since it is all about racing around, causing mayhem and just lots of destruction. It doesn’t have any sort of direct narrative, or real focus when you’re out there driving wildly.


That’s right, this game is all about high speeds and crazy crashes. The vehicles can just get crunched up, and it’s delightful to see that play out in slow motion. It still looks fairly great here featuring a very fluid 60fps and the upgraded high resolution textures. I will note that it’s not quite as impressive as the other versions, but it looks fantastic on a full 4k screen. It is slightly jagged in some areas, but mostly clean.

I did notice the artifacting a bit more when this was undocked, though even on mobile it impresses when it comes to the fluidity level that’s present here. It’s just smooth as butter, and looks good to match which is surprising considering this is a fully open world racing game without loading once you’re in. When it comes to vehicles, there are over a hundred and thirty options from a wide range of choices when it comes to the type of vehicle. The environments are also detailed, and varied to a degree.

The main chunk of the world is a city with a fairly dense style. There’s some destruction, and that looks good. The outer area is more natural, but this is a largely downtown city based setup. There are tons of high action ramps to use, neat shortcuts and mayhem. I will note that this is a racing game of its time. I think it handles well, but it doesn’t have rewind and the races are very loose. You’re not really guided, and it’s easy to get off track which can be annoying. That being, there are no real routes to take. This aspect does make it slightly less accessible in that regard.
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The Conclusion

Burnout Paradise Remastered Nintendo Switch is super fluid, looks great and is mostly just a racing game of its time. That’s right, some mechanics don’t hold up yet it’s still a good time. It’s impressive that this runs so well on the platform and I think it fits a very big hole in what’s possible on the platform.

It does have a nice visual aesthetic to it, and that classic racing experience still comes across as fun today. It delivers quite a bit of content, while at the same feeling minimal by today’s standards. It’s fun, but not super expansive. It offers a fair bit, and some good multiplayer times. It’s got one killer soundtrack with songs from back in the day and it’s just a generally enjoyable time.

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Rating Overall: 7.2

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner