In previous Burnouts, you could race only along specific tracks. But now, game developers understand that gamers want the freedom of such "open worlds," established by the Grand Theft Auto series, where you can travel roads, jump off ramps, or accept goal-oriented missions whenever you want. That's what Burnout Paradise offers.
The racing events are awesome, and the steering controls are the best in the business. And detailed cityscapes look lifelike as you speed past them at over 100 mph.
There's only one missing ingredient from previous Burnout sessions: levels where you pull off explosive stunts at intersections.